More about Wight Montrene Hotel
Loved the Wight Montrene!
I discovered the Wight Montrene Hotel in a brochure, and it immediately caught my eye. After further research (on Tripadvisor, and the hotel website) I thought this was probably a good choice. Having said that, I was worried about a number of things. This was to be our first family holiday to a hotel with dinner & breakfast, with 3 children… aged 4, 3 and 3 months.
And so it began. E-mail after e-mail to the poor owners who duly replied to each of my questions and put my mind at rest about numerous issues. Yes, they would provide a cot, yes, it was ok to feed the baby in the restaurant but if I wished, they would allocate us a table at the side, and numerous other worries completely dealt with so I booked for 18th-25th August 2007.
We arrived to find the hotel looking very appealing, set back from the road away from the noise. We were shown our room and my husband and I did comment that it really did look quite dated. Having said that most seaside hotels are like this in décor, and our room was clean and spacious. There was a spare bed so we could all get a good night’s sleep. The cot was made up really nicely too. There was even a safe in the room, which I thought was a good idea and we made use of.
As for the food… well it was wonderful. The children’s menu was the same each day which is great, as we all know how the little people have their favourites… the main menu was varied and delicious. I don’t eat meat but there was a vegetarian and a fish dish every day so it was great to have a choice. Our waitress was absolutely wonderful. She seemed to be completely aware of which tables wanted to “get on with it” and which wanted to have a relaxing meal. Obviously with our 3 little ones, we just wanted to get in there, get them fed and get out before they caused too much noise. This was not a problem for any of the meals that we had, and there were no issues with any requests that our children came up with. They enjoyed the food more than I have seen them enjoy meals out previously.
The facilities are great. Obviously we didn’t venture into the adults Trimnasium or Snooker room, but they even have a laundrette! I have never seen that at a 2 star hotel before and it was good to know that it was there if we needed it. The pool is beautiful and there is also a sauna, steam room and spa bath. My daughter particularly enjoyed swimming and we went quite a few times. As mentioned by a previous poster there is a supermarket right opposite the hotel with a Nationwide cash machine too which is handy.
Bad points… well nowhere is perfect. Yes (as mentioned by another person) there was a small amount of noise coming from the next room (I could hear snoring when I was up feeding the baby in the early hours). This wasn’t a major problem for us though. The water pressure is a bit limited and if you have thick hair you may find washing it a bit of a job. It just took longer than usual though. I can’t really think of anything negative that is a major issue.
All in all, the staff were wonderful, the hotel was lovely, and we loved the Island. For families with children of all ages we would definitely recommend Blackgang Chine, and also we visited Dinosaur Isle, which the little ones loved. Dinosaur Isle is great for younger ones as it is very hands on and they have an arts & crafts room for the children too.
Would we come back to the Isle of Wight? Definitely! Would we go back to the Wight Montrene Hotel? Try and stop us! Recommended for anyone of any age who is looking for a friendly, relaxing break away.
Fantastic Family Holiday
Just a quick note to praise all the wonderful staff at the Wight Montrene Hotel. As a group of 15 (from 4 to 'senior status') we all thoroughly enjoyed our week at the Wight. The staff are all fantastic, providing a friendly and relaxed atmosphere where nothing is too much trouble. If you are looking for a family holiday for all ages this is the Hotel for you. Sandown beach is excellent; plenty of space, great sand and a perfect sea for children of all ages. The IOW Zoo, Dinosaur Island, Golf, Pier and much more is all within walking distance. Great stuff.
What a disaster
Booked this hotel for a 3 night romantic getaway after reading Tripadvisor reviews and visiting the hotel website. What a mistake, I will have to really think twice about booking any hotels again after reading these reviews and website info. Hotel website states "set in secluded grounds of 2.5 acres - thus avoiding night-time noise from the High Street and Esplanade." What they failed to mention was the noise from adjoining rooms.
It was as if there was no walls/ceiling at all. Our room number was 147. If your going to stay at this hotel insist on rooms well away from this area. They seem to be all the same, very thin walls & squeeking ceilings from rooms above.
On first evening I could not get to sleep due to next door snoring, not very loud but the walls are as thin as you can get them. My wife was lucky as she had brought her ear plugs with her, wish I had done as well.
At 6.15 am on Sunday morning the next rooms alarm clock went off . OK, no probs, apart from the timing, but after a few minutes it was still going. Had to go and knock them up. Then had to endure listening to them make tea/coffee (twice) in 30 minutes and chatting. Not their fault, but the walls are so thin.
Then at 7am the room above decided to get up and the floor boards creaked like mad. Every step they took. The deciding factor of whether to stay at this hotel or not came when I had to listen to the room above going to the toilet. You could actually here him peeing & pooping, every drop. Sorry, but thats how it was.
Although reception did offer another room I'm afraid the damage had been done, I lost confidence in their ability to look after us and I was not going to risk another night here.
Only plus we could see was the swimming pool/sauna complex. We were really looking forward to using it, but the room changed all that. Sorry Wight Montrene Hotel, you really need to work on the thickness of the walls and floorboards.
Excellent value for money.
Good hotel, had a great weekend.
Parking, Location, Friendly staff, Swimming Pool, Pay Jacuzzi, Cheap Bar, Amazing Breakfast, Cheap accomodation £212 for 2 nights for 2 people especially with free ferry for my car and the 2 of us thrown in (the ferry would have cost around £80).
Decor dated, grounds a little untidy, entertainment to suit a much older crowd (aimed at retired audience), bar closes at 12.
Would i return?
Probably not if I could find a higher quality hotel with good recommendations from guests. I was trying to book a 5 star but there was no availability. If it was last minute and they had a vacancy i probably would.
Would I recommend?
Yes for anyone who would like a good value friendly hotel.
Artex Artex everywhere
This hotel is stuck in a 1970's time warp. sometimes this is
amusing, other times disappointing.
Some things are done very well.
The room we stayed in had all the 1970's fittings, and
I am sure they are original. All the walls are Artex - yuk.
The furniture is functional but a bit tatty, and very much
like MFI flat pack.
The bathroom suite was brown! and the bathroom
was carpeted ( isn't that a bit unhygienic for a hotel ? ).
We slept in the creakiest bed i have ever slept in, it was also
quite hard. After a day or so, you don't notice the decor to be fair.
The curtains let a lot of light through, so if you are travelling
with small children you will need to bring your own black out
curtains to hang over the windows. The shop called Baileys in
Shanklin sells blackout curtain material. Cots for the kids
are wooden with mattresses, better than the usual travel cots
you get in most hotels.
There is no fridge in the room, but there is one in the
dinning room for guest to use ( note to hotel owner, a couple of
small fridges for parents with children will not cost much ).
None of the rooms are on the main streets. Our room was
very quiet. There is a tea and coffee tray in the bedroom,
with biscuits and plenty of tea etc
The restaurant must have the national collection of pelmets!
There is even a 1970's pelmet over the fire exit.
Unfortunately the food is 1970's school dinners like.
It costs 12 pounds per person, so its not expensive, and
probably value for money. After eating in for 3 days, I
recommend easting out ! You do not get the quality of food
that their web site implies ( the web site is quite honest
in most other respects ). Breakfast is very good, you can have
anything you want. Service has a few rough edges, but what they
loose in finesse, they make up for in efficiency. We never
had to wait more than 5 minutes for anything.
The children's food selection is 1970s' and there are no
healthy options. This is available from 6pm. If thats too late
for your kids, try the cafe's in the high street. They
offer a better selection and are open all day.
The Hotel is very well situated for the beach, only
200 yards away. It has one of the best indoor pools I've seen
for kids. Large and not too deep. There is also a games room,
with table tennis etc.
There is a disco or entertainer in the bar most nights, which
has a small dance floor.
The hotel was good value for money, i'd rather pay more for much better evening food though.
Top Value For Money
I visited the Wight Montrene for the second time this year and on both visits have been very impressed with the hotel. The staff are exceptionally helpful and polite. All of the leisure facilities are exceptional for a hotel of this size and price. If for no other reason it is worth a visit just for the food. Cannot fault it in any way. It is perfectly situated for both the sea and the shops. Overall excellent value for money. Will definately be making a further visit.
Will definately return
What a great little hotel this is. Whilst the decor is a bit dated, the staff are friendly, the food is good and the pool area and snooker room are great additions. The hotel is a very near the beach and ideally positioned to walk to other attractions such as pitch 'n' putt golf and Sandown's zoo. I stayed there for a week with 2 kids under 10 and found it extremely safe and convenient, nothing being too much trouble for the staff to attend to. Will definately return.
Fantastic Holiday Enjoyed by All
Have just returned from a weeks holiday which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Cannot fault the hotel at all and especially the staff. We arrived with a newborn baby and everybody could not do enough to make us feel comfortable.
The food was excellent and the restaurant staff were really polite and helpful only wish we had booked for half board instead of bed and breakfast although we did manage to enjoy an evening meal one night and it was the best meal of the holiday.
Cannot fault the leisure facilities and the children were especially pleased to have a swimming pool.
Once again thanks again to all the staff you made the holiday even more enjoyable.
We were part of the Valentine tribe that stayed at the Wight Montrene for a week and enjoyed every minute of every day!! The hotel was in a perfect location for the beach, shops and tourist facilities and had everything inside that we could have asked for. The pool and games room was great for all the kids and adults alike and the entertainment every night was a nice change, not to mention the food which was 1st class every night. The staff were all lovely and very friendly and made us all feel very welcome. We will definitely be coming back but probably not with the other 13!! Thanx for everything, Claire & David xxxx
I like cream; you'll love the Montrene!
Stayed at the Montrene from Sat 18 - until Wed 22 August with my elderly parents and two children (14 & 6).
The rooms are fairly basic, but spotless, with a daily towel change (though the cleaner did nick my shower gel first day - not happy). We stayed on a Bed, Breakfast and Evening Meal basis. Breakfasts are fine, with plenty to choose from. Dinners are OK, strange choice of veg though (including Broad Beans yuk and purree of suede and carrot double yuk) and also i found it strange that the fact that kids meals take longer to be served than the on-tap adult meals so that adults have virtually eaten theres before kids arrived!
Games room is OK, with a pool table 50p (minus black ball), table tennis and table football. Swimming pool not that impressed overdosed with cholrine and slopes from 2ft 6 in to 8ft in about 15 meters which i think makes it pretty child un-friendly. Nice Jacuzzi (though you have to pay £1 for it too bubble) and a small sauna.
Entertainment was a dicso twice, which my little one loved as the guy did a great job getting kids involved and a bloke on the guitar another night. The bar manager is a jovial fella and the waiting staff are efficient.
Overall reasonably happy with the hotel, wouldn't rave about it but then again wouldn't try and put people off. Certainly not worthy of the regular 5 star rating achived on here IMHO, but a 7 out of 10 would be fair.
And finally if you love cream then your love your evening meals, becuase you get lashings of the stuff, the good old squirt squirt out of a can with every pudding! The chef must be on commission with the local supplier :O)