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Melville Hall Hotel 3.5

Sandown, Isle of Wight, England

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Pros

  • Relatively peaceful adult-only spa hotel
  • Set in a quiet residential neighborhood
  • Ten minutes' walk from Sandown Bay beaches and pier
  • Spa facilities include hot tub, sauna, and spa pool
  • Free cooked-to-order breakfast
  • Spa rooms include jetted tubs in bathrooms
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout and parking on-site

Cons

  • Some interiors feel dated
  • Some bathrooms could use a refresh
  • A few rooms are very small

Bottom Line

The 30-room Melville Hall Hotel is an adult-only spa hotel set in a residential area of the Sandown resort, half a mile from its sandy beach. While there's plenty to be positive about -- ample spa facilities, free cooked breakfast, and some charming period details -- much of the property feels dated with some parts in need of a refresh. However, the mood is relaxing and rates surprisingly competitive for what you get -- if you don't get stuck with a tiny room.

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Scene

Adult-only spa hotel in a 19th-century building with modern add-ons

A gravel driveway curves through a large well-tended garden and up to the Melville Hall Hotel -- an adult-only spa property occupying a 19th-century stone building with a couple more recent architectural add-ons. Reception is in the older section of the hotel and features some of its original features such as high ceilings with ornate coving and elegantly arched doorways. An extravagant centerpiece chandelier, antique vases, and a marble fireplace contribute to the classically traditional ambience of the place while busy floral carpets and dowdy furnishings add a more dated and old-fashioned feel. Its no-kids policy and relatively secluded position means the vibe is more peaceful than most hotels in the area, attracting couples keen to have some peace away from the little ones with some spa-based indulgence.  

Location

Set in a quiet residential area half a mile from Sandown Bay sandy beaches

The hotel is located in a fairly quiet, residential area of the seaside resort of Sandown in the southeast of the Isle of Wight. Although set back from the seafront, the yellow sands of Sandown Bay are just half a mile away -- or 10 minutes on foot -- where visitors can find a traditional pier and plenty of cafés and restaurants. Sandown station is also 10 minutes' walk away, though train connection are limited to a few stops up the coast. It's just under a half-hour drive to Sandown from the island's northern ferry terminal in East Cowes -- with connections to and from Southampton. Alternatively bus services connect via Newport and take around an hour and 15 minutes.

Rooms

Adequate though unexciting rooms with free Wi-Fi and Gilchrist & Soames toiletries

The hotel has just 30 rooms in total, all of which are decorated in a perfectly pleasant through not particularly exciting blend of modern and traditional styles. Room sizes can vary a great deal between the spacious superior category and occasionally poky standard rooms. In-room amenities include free Wi-Fi, electric kettles, and flat-screen TVs with Freeview channels (though no satellite or cable channels). Traditionally styled, white tile bathrooms include Gilchrist & Soames toiletries and heated towel rails -- and spa rooms include jetted tubs -- though some bathrooms look in need of a refresh. 

Features

Spa facilities include plunge pool, hot tub, saunas, and massage treatments

Guests have free use of the hotel's Utopia Spa Leisure Club which comprises a heated indoor plunge pool, hot tub, and spacious sauna. Infrared heated cabins with ambience lights and music also provide extreme relaxation, together with a range of beauty and massage treatments while an outdoor spa pool with hydro-massage jets is open during the summer. A cooked-to-order breakfast is included in the rate, though -- typical for the island's hotels -- service is short and finishes early. The hotel's Summerhill Restaurant also provides a wholesome lunch menu and a three-course dinner in the evenings. A hotel bar serves drinks to both guests and locals and features memorabilia from the Isle Of Wight music festivals of the sixties. 

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Address

Melville Street, Sandown PO36 9DH, United Kingdom

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