Stayed at the Steamer Inn, Shanklin for two days mid-September 2012. The establishment is in a great location on Shanklin esplanade, with many local hostelries and restaurants close by, and
only a short walk to Shanklin Chine and the Old Village. However, the Inn does not have a car park, and 24 hour parking nearby can cost up to £13 per 24 hours. The only alternative is to park on roads near to the chine, and walk down to the hotel, and then move your vehicle at 6pm when parking on the esplanade is free until 10am next morning. Hardly ideal, but it does save money! Management would do well to consider this, and perhaps they could approach the local Council to barter for concessionary or free parking outside the Inn for those STAYING there?
We were in room 6, it was reasonably clean (but did have a lot of stains and marks on the ceiling and walls) and very dated with magnolia paint on woodchip wallpaper, dated furniture to match the colour scheme, and light coloured curtains to match with (sagging) net curtains for privacy, and a pine bedstead, which was (reasonably) comfortable to sleep in. Tea and coffee making facilities are in the room, but a big health and safety issue here was the fact that to use the kettle and bed side lamps an extension lead had to be plugged into another (under the bed which was plugged into the wall socket located there) which meant the lead was a trip hazard as both the room access door and the bathroom access door were beyond the wire.
The bathroom consisted of a bath (narrow) with a shower attachment over, however the shower mechanism was very ancient, and in fact the shower was pretty useless as the ball valve failed to stay open to allow the water (hot) to make the shower head, and if the cold tap was turned on, it just made the shower run cold. Unfortunately therefore a bath it had to be, difficult when you want to wash your hair in these modern times. I see from a previous forum post that management suggest bathrooms are to be refurbished soon - the sooner the better I would suggest because room 6 was definitely in a very poor condition!
Food at the inn is very very good with a varied (pub) style menu, and the quality cannot be in any doubt, judged on the number of visitors eating there at all times and the evening meal we took, and the full English breakfast included in the B/B price for our stay. It would appear however there were one or two staff issues, as on our second morning NO breakfast tables had been laid, and no one seemed to know who was doing what, or what had happened to the guests breakfasts orders (which had to be filled in by 10pm by guests the evening before and handed in at the bar).
The allocated room was a bit noisy during late evenings, but as this is a very busy eating establishment and Inn, it has to be expected.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, and I think one has to remember this is not a 4/5 star hotel, but a working Inn, and is (budget style) priced accordingly! I do think, however, that room and bathroom refurbishment is long overdue, (even at the room price currently being charged). Would we stay there again, probably not, but we would definitely visit to eat there again.
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- The Steamer Inn Shanklin, Isle Of Wight