We have just returned from a great fortnight at the Esplanade hotel. Right from the start Kevin and Rose, the proprietors, made us feel very welcome. As the hotel was quiet, we were given an upgrade to the top floor sea view room, which was a fantastic size with an ensuite bathroom with a bath, separate shower, toilet and basin. There was a superb view right across the bay - what a fantastic sight to wake up to. The bed was very comfortable with beautiful crisp, white bed linen. There was also a pair of bunks making it an ideal family room.
Breakfast was served at the civilised hour of 8.30 to 9.30, with a choice of cereals, fruit juice and full English breakfast. The cooked breakfast was magnificent, with tasty thick bacon, and fresh, not tinned, flat mushrooms. Just pick want you want from the menu and it is cooked fresh to order.
There is a good bar where we whiled away many happy evenings with Kevin. He has a good knowledge of the island and will quite happily recommend places to go, good restaurants and pubs (and also the ones to avoid). Nothing seems too much trouble for him - no reasonable request refused.
A bonus is a small car park behind the hotel. It will only hold about half a dozen cars, but there is a large public car park about 50 yards down the road and lots of parking on the front itself. During the daytime this is pay and display, but from 6pm to 10am it is free so there is no problem with overnight parking.
I would have no hestitation coming back here again, and would recommend the hotel to anyone.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Esplanade Hotel is a traditional beach front hotel catering for couples and families. The Hotel is a family owned and run, and we offer a friendly relaxed environment in a prime location, directly opposite the beach, and within a 10 minute walk to Shanklin old village. We are also very proud to be able to cater for many school group residential visits during the spring and autumn seasons, many of whom have been returning to us for many years. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Esplanade Hotel Shanklin, Isle Of Wight