The George Hotel

The George Hotel

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3.5
#2 of 2 hotels in Yarmouth
4.7 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
3.8 of 5 bubbles
Service
3.5 of 5 bubbles
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The George Hotel is a 17th Century townhouse enjoying a wonderful location nestling on the water’s edge between the castle and pier in the bustling harbour town of Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight. This magnificent building is steeped in history and was once home to the most noteworthy of the Island’s Governors, Sir Robert Holmes who often entertained King Charles II. Today the country house interior with its sweeping staircase, ancient panelling, uneven floors and stone flags is complemented by smart contemporary flourishes. The 17 bedrooms are individually designed, many with spectacular views of the Solent or the vibrant harbour.
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Property amenities
Paid public parking nearby
Public wifi
Restaurant
Beach
Children's playground
Highchairs available
Conference facilities
Baggage storage
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Kids' meals
Special diet menus
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
24-hour front desk
Room features
Blackout curtains
Desk
Housekeeping
Room service
Telephone
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Iron
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Hair dryer
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Historic Hotel
Quiet
Languages Spoken
English, Bulgarian

Location

Quay Street, Yarmouth PO41 0PE England
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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3.5
3.5 of 5 bubbles989 reviews
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The George Hotel garners appreciation for its comfortable rooms boasting pleasant views, though guests have suggested improvements in room lighting and availability of coat hangers. While its prime location and cleanliness receive high marks, the hotel's atmosphere and amenities, despite a private beach, are marred by loud music and high prices that some guests don't find reflective of the value, particularly noting costly drinks and average food. Service experiences are mixed, with commendations for staff friendliness set against frustrations over slow and inconsistent service.
Location
Picturesque
Atmosphere
Lively
Rooms
Comfortable
Value
Expensive
Cleanliness
Meticulous
Service
Inconsistent
Amenities
Relaxing

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towerringer wrote a review Oct 2020
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The staff are the best; attentive, charming and pleased to help where possible. Unfortunately the total lack of any management and cohesion between kitchen and restaurant staff was highly embarrassing for the waiting staff, who had to deal with incorrect orders and long delays. Breakfast took up to 2 hours.
The breakfast starters gave a reasonable variety, but cereals were limited to children's products and cornflakes.
Normal constituents for a cooked breakfast, but strict portion control was evidence - ie one tomato half, one medium mushroom cup etc etc' which applied even if you wanted a limited selection. In a town with a bakery I would have expected proper bread to be used for toast, not Chorleywood Method steamed sliced bread.
Having looked at the drinks and dinner menus, and thought of the service experience, we could not countenance paying rhe exhorbitant prices charged.
The premises are tired and some carpets are badly worn. However, our bed was huge and very comfortable.for an excellent night's sleep.
Access is in a busy narrow street with no footpath and no parking outside, with no porterage to assist with luggage etc
At £256 a night (discounted price) for a premium double room there is a lot to be desired.
Our stay was during the Covid 19 crisis and hopefully the missing services will be provided when this is over.
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Date of stay: October 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: The best rooms are apparently on the top floor - but with no lifts or hall porters you must be fit.
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misstellithowitis wrote a review Jul 2020
UK
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This hotel makes a fabulous first impression. Very grand, oozing with historical presence. We'd booked a top room - prestige with balcony (and paid a handsome price for it!). But it didn't disappoint although the balcony was not at all private and we would have been less impressed had the room next door been occupied as the outside space is virtually shared offering only a low trough of plants to separate. We had great weather and so the garden restaurant was fabulous. The food was also reasonably good and the staff very friendly. But that's where the positives end. There were not enough staff, few were properly trained and the whole experience was let down by this. Our first night's meal took 2 hours for one course, our room wasn't cleaned due to covid but it didn't occur to them that when we put our dirty towels and crockery outside that we would expect them to be replaced! We had booked a 2 night 'package' but no-one seemed to have been briefed on what the package included as it was vaguely worded and they hadn't been briefed. All in all this left us feeling that the whole experience offered very poor value for money.
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Date of stay: July 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Rachel M wrote a review Aug 2020
London, United Kingdom
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Don't get me wrong, this place is lovely. The food is wonderful and the setting is so relaxed and beautiful.
However, the complete lack of social distancing, appropriate PPE and covid-safe procedures shows a neglect of responsibility. None of the waiters were wearing masks and the cutlery was all left on the table before we arrived. We sat inside as it was raining and there was no ventilation, no regulation on the number of people in the restaurant and absolutely no social distancing. Really disappointed.
It made for a stressful experience and I would strongly advise that this venue takes the current pandemic a lot more seriously or I fear they will be shut down.
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Date of stay: August 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Charlotte wrote a review Jul 2020
1.0 of 5 bubbles
This is the second time we have been for food and it has been awful service! The receptionist who found us a table was lovely and very helpful! It then went downhill, we ordered our drinks, and once the wine was delivered to our table, we then had to ask 3 times for wine glasses! The last time we asked, we got up and asked a guy who happened to be the manager...he was very rude and not apologetic at all for that fact that we had already been waiting 10 minutes for them!

The table wasn’t cleared from our starters before the mains came. We then had to ask for fresh cutlery for our mains, again had to ask twice. When we mentioned this at the end, we were told it was because we had finger food...calamari and bread and butter. We would expect fresh cutlery even if that was their view, the prices are expensive so you expect the service to match!

During our first visit, the manager was rude to many customers who actually got up and walked out. The service was incredibly slow, they spent an hour making up a table for a party and ignoring the customers currently in the restaurant but we thought we would give them the benefit of the doubt with a second visit but they let us down again.

You would expect for the prices you pay that the service would match but the service is awful and makes the experience incredibly frustrating and you then resent paying the inflated prices. We will not be returning again.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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drummond454 wrote a review Aug 2020
London, United Kingdom
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Like many other reviewers I have been staying here for years. Lesson learnt was I should have a checked the reviews and not booked without hesitation. Booking.com reviews are inaccurate. To be honest I am angry this new owner has ruined a historic and important hotel for Yarmouth and the Isle of Wight while charging ridiculous prices. Here are some examples: thudding music now played in the lovely beach front garden until late (not nice if you are in a room facing it), shower stopped in use (apparently does that often no apology), breakfast: slow service, dirty mugs with spoon left in, toast arrived after breakfast, separate plates not provided for toast/pastries etc, meagre portions. Dinner: we are from London and food was outrageously expensive which is fine if great but it was below average by any standards.

Having tried to find out what has happened to this hotel online, I see this has been taken over by a London club owner. Clearly this hotel is no longer a premium product and run by a team without the ability or knowledge to manage what used to be a great hotel. All show and no substance.

Hopefully a short shelf-life so someone can rescue the situation because in spite of large numbers of noisy people getting drunk in the garden on the days we spent there the only way is down hill particularly for hotel guests looking at many similar reviews.

Sorry about the rant but saddened one of our favourite weekend breaks has been ruined. You can make allowances for Covid but not sure this was at all relevant.

Dinner for 2 with basic wine £195!!! It wasn’t good either. We ate in Cucina, a nearby Italian restaurant, which was much nicer and better value

£1100 for 4 nights. If you charge this you have to deliver.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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The Travelling Barrister wrote a review Sep 2020
1.0 of 5 bubbles
This hotel was once the jewel in the crown of Solent Hotels.
To say that the standards have fallen is an understatement. The staff have simply no idea what they are doing.
Scruffy, indolent, off hand, indifferent and incompetent pretty much sums them up. No idea whatsoever of what constitutes good service, they certainly manage to charge top dollar.
Lavatories are filthy. Soap, shower gel, conditioner etc have ALL been watered down many times over. The bath fittings are hanging off the walls and the rooms were freezing.
Art work fitting of a Travelodge. The heritage of this place has gone.
If we hadn’t been forced to book two nights, I’d be off tomorrow.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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philip w wrote a review Sep 2021
Betchworth, United Kingdom
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We took the plunge and decided to book the family room for 3 nights @375gbp which includes a continental breakfast (full English at extra cost). On the outside the George looks like a decent establishment. It sits right on the waters edge in the centre of Yarmouth. Sadly it’s the location only on which this hotel trades as the service is appalling. We were not informed before arrival on Sunday that the menu is scaled down on Monday and Tuesday. If you have children, we have 3 small children, the menu is burger or pizza and our request for a simple chicken breast and vegetables was turned down. Breakfast is a free for all which means if you arrive at peak time the fruit bowls are empty and the replenishment rate is very slow. We ordered a pot of simple English breakfast tea and after 39 mins and 3 separate requests for the tea we were advised that they’d run out of cups……honestly you can’t make it up!! I gave up in the end and went and purchased a tea at the deli around the corner. Lunch was just as slow, 26mins and 3 requests later and they deliver a pint of beer, at least the waiter knocked it off of the bill because he was so embarrassed. When the food arrives it’s of a good standard but in my opinion overpriced. Nobody apart from the reception desk and housekeeping seems to take customer service seriously.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Paul Tilley wrote a review Aug 2021
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The restaurant and outdoors space is stunning with good food and friendly attentive staff. The room we stayed in however was very disappointing - we booked a classic double and the standard of the room was very poor. The cleaning was not of a good standard which is surprising considering the COVID pandemic. The wardrobe was small, there was no mirror in the room, the bedding was sub standard - very creased and pillows flat. There was no milk for the tea / coffee and we had to move a table to provide a suitable location to use the kettle. The carpet in the room was dirty and the TV was faulty (as the sound would go on mute without touching the remote). The room rate was £285 for one night which was not in keeping with the room experience. I would not recommend staying at The George - instead have a lunch or dinner and book accommodation elsewhere within Yarmouth.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Altnahara wrote a review Jul 2020
Welsh Borders
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We visited for lunch a couple of days ago. The setting is lovely and we really liked the refurbishment of the 'beach bar'. Great furnishings, attractive planting, a gorgeous day... and so we had high hopes for a happy experience. We were also optimistic about the fact that there would be an alternative west Wight destination to the The Hut, which has got it so 'right' it's almost impossible to get a booking any time of day.
All started well, with a very pleasant young waitress efficiently taking and delivering our drinks order fairly promptly. We were then presented with the food menu and I think it's fair to say all of our party found the prices to be a little eye-watering, and akin to London levels. We started with oysters and cockle popcorn. The oysters were creamy and delicious but we thought the cockles overcooked and given that they were hard as pebbles they were impossible to stab with the teeny cocktail sticks provided. One of us had fish soup with croutons and rouille, and had to borrow a knife from another one of us in order to spread his rouille onto his crouton. The fish soup was very good. We had to ask for napkins and paper ones arrived. The second course of two times fish and chips were really good, as was the Caesar salad. The lobster roll and fries was also very good, although the brioche roll seemed a little dry and crispy.
Our main problem was having to ask for cutlery on three occasions, and then to be pleased but confused to be presented with fresh linen napkins towards the end of lunch. Why the paper ones earlier?
We had a quiet word with the maitre-d' at the end of our visit who could only keep repeating: 'your are absolutely right... I couldn't agree more...'
To sum up, there were many things that were really enjoyable but, oh dear, if The George is going to succeed they really need to pull their socks up. If they are going to charge what appear to be massively inflated prices (especially for the Isle of Wight) then there has to be some added value in terms of the level of service and attention to detail. We would hate to see it fail when there is clearly demand for a competitor to The Hut, but judging by the similar experiences of others who have posted reviews on this site, this might be a very short-lived venture!
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Date of stay: July 2020
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GILLYBUGS wrote a review Oct 2020
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The staff were delightful and most helpful, especially our breakfast waitress in her first week, but she was bitterly let down by the kitchen. Breakfast day one took 1 hour 20mins, day 2, 1 hour 30 mins and finally day 3, 1 hour 55mins. Unbelievable for an hotel charging these exorbitant prices.

The room for single occupancy at £220, after discount, per night were tired, scruffy and neglected. Old unused light over the mirror in Room 28. Wardrobe had not been vacuumed and the stained carpet was not one to walk on in bare feet.

Threadbare and split carpets on the stair cases were dangerous and on the two steps into the dining room the carpet had completely come away from the fixings, and definitely not recently. All totally unacceptable. Where are safety inspectors for these things?

Sadly this hotel needs a serious wake up call.
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Date of stay: October 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Go elsewhere
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Answer from lizbrian
Truro, United Kingdom335 contributions264 helpful votes
Back up to level 5 for hygiene, but how long will it stay here? It yo-yos up and down with each inspection.
nonkynoo asked a question Mar 2020
Isle of Wight26 contributions14 helpful votes
Why are you encouraging non essential travel during covid 19 - disgusting behaviour
Answer from JNP
Shere, United Kingdom3 contributions4 helpful votes
Wasting you time trolling posts the were put in place long before social distancing was even mentioned. Yours? Disgusting behaviour. I wonder what you re doing to fight COVID-19, nothing I suspect :-)
Tourist87257 asked a question May 2018
2 contributions4 helpful votes
What is your food safety rating
Answer from lizbrian
Truro, United Kingdom335 contributions264 helpful votes
It has finally got to a respectable 4 after many years at zero and 1. I hope this can be maintained or even improved to 5.
Brenda B asked a question Apr 2018
Mystic, Connecticut7 contributions5 helpful votes
Do you have any rooms with king size beds?
Answer from Carlos G
279 contributions51 helpful votes
Our room the bed was very big but not sure if it was a king size bed or not. But you can always email the hotel & ask which rooms have a king size bed before you do your booking. Enjoy your stay at The George.
kiwimaxwell wrote a tip Jun 9
Auchterarder, United Kingdom280 contributions87 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book!"
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Nicholas D wrote a tip May 2024
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Just be aware, there is no lift in the hotel, (VERY OLD AND LOVELY CHARACTER) and no private parking."
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Susan L wrote a tip Apr 2024
Weymouth, United Kingdom4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"No parking on site"
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croakies wrote a tip Jan 2024
California214 contributions158 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Try the Wheatsheaf, skip the restaurant"
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Not Joan Smith wrote a tip Dec 2023
2 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Water for the room before 11:00PM and check the room safe if locked - they will need to open it before you can put your code in and use it."
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C$472 - C$607 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
17
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Frequently Asked Questions about The George Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to The George Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Yarmouth Castle (0.1 km), Yarmouth Pier (0.02 km), and Yarmouth Harbour (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The George Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, breakfast buffet, and room service.
Which room amenities are available at The George Hotel?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, blackout curtains, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at The George Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at The George Hotel?
Yes, paid public parking nearby is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The George Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Terrace, On the Rocks, and The Wheatsheaf inn.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The George Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Bulgarian.
Are there any historical sites close to The George Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting The Needles Battery (7.3 km), Hurst Castle (3.6 km), and Yarmouth Castle (0.1 km).
Does The George Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.
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