First off, me and my partner just wanted to get away from the stresses back at home in birmingham but little did we know it turned out to be more stressfull going to the isle of wight!
It was a spare of the moment decision, and we thought we where lucky enough to find Abington Lodge Hotel at a reasonable price online at £57.00 a night, so we went ahead and just booked, we set off quite early on the 31st march 2012, the journey was ok went smoothly, we arrived at Abington Lodge Hotel and Noticed the car park was tiny could fit 4 cars thats with them queing up behind eachother! There is 22+ rooms in this hotel so where is everyone else meant to park?! We where lucky to get a space and went straight to reception, as soon as we walked in we got stared at. We are 18-21 yes we know we are young but we are not going to steal your appliences! Anyway the hotel manager was standing at the desk as a lady booked us in, straight away the manager asked where we where from, as we said birmingham he took the micky out of are accent!!!! And repeated what i said in that stupid apparent accent we do?! I was fuming and the lady could tell so, she usherd us to our room, and explained that we could come and go as we pleased, which i thought was a bonus as me and my partner like to eat quite late, we asked for the wifi code as it explained on their website "free wifi in all rooms" she huffed and gave it us, as we bought the laptop to plan our travels around the island, we tried.... The code didnt even work.
We stayed in room 22, it was Horrible!!
The sink was in our room instead of the "en-suite" as they called it! The sink glugged loudly on a frequent basis!
The bed was beyond a joke, we asked for a double bed ..... It looked like a single bed. I know they said online it was one of their smaller double rooms but i didnt think that putting a chester draws in the way of the door so u had to slide up against the wall to come through and out the door!! It was a anoying especially if you have your bag over your shoulder!
After all this we just wanted a cuppa and to chill out before we went for dinner, there where tea making facilitys in our room. As i went to make us a drink their was a huge crusty stain around the brim of the mug! It put us right off and just wanted to go and have a drink and something to eat! We left the hotel at about 6.30pm, it took us 1hour and 45minutes to find somewhere that had a carpark and that wasnt full! Me and my partner are not fussy in the slightest! Dont care if its standard pub food or posh nosh just as long as they have great food and a clean enviroment, we ended up at the bugel inn family pub in brading, and they had cracking food! Definately a must go! As it was about 8.00pm then, there wasnt much to do after, so we drove to a sainsburys to get snacks and films for the hotel room as we usually dont go to sleep till late, as we drove back, and got to the entrance of the hotel the carpark was chocablock!!! Every where had double yellow lines! There was a pay and display car park but for £10.50?! Why should we pay when the hotel lacked in facilitys?! We drove round for 1hour and 15minutes trying to find a alternative! We found spaces 5 roads away parked up and walked, we were so annoyed as the hotel did not warn us when we checked in that it does become full and here is the alternative! We could not complain at this point as reception was closed, so we put it too the back of our minds and carried on with our night, we watched our film and tried to get to sleep in a bed they called a double, i was up and down most the night opening and closing the window as it got hot! Believe me i was so tired! We set our alarms for 8.00am even though the check out was for 10.30 but as we parked on that road it was only free from 6pm-8pm! We could of at least had another 2 hours if the hotel provided acceptable parking, we got up i cleaned the room back too the way it was went we came and my partner went to fetch the car as we where not going to walk 5 blocks with our bags, i waited outside with the bags then put the bags in the car and went to check out, we said can we check out now please they just said "ye,bye then" not how was your room/stay etc! It really annoyed us as we didnt make a complaint about the parking situation as we didnt want any hassel! But i wish we did now.
Stay there if u dare.
We are a bog standard couple that just wanted a chilled out weekend away. We actually ended up in brean that very same day and stayed the night and it was fantastic and wished we saved our money and went there in the first place. I have never wrote a review before, but in this case i felt like i needed too, to save you from what horrible experience we had.
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