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Carlton Hotel
Ranked #7 of 54 Hotels in Shanklin
Certificate of Excellence
Doncaster, United Kingdom
1 review
“Excellent place to stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2014

I've been staying with Bob and Anne now for several months, and have been made to feel very much at home. Rooms are great, breakfast is excellent with lots to choose from. I've stayed all over the UK and you won't find a warmer welcome. Very highly recommended, many thanks to you both

Room Tip: Balcony rooms are fantastic
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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Walton-On-Thames, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2014

We enjoyed a long weekend at The Carlton in Shanklin this last week. Overall we had a lovely time. Bob and Ann, the owners are very helpful and friendly. The hotel is a bit more like a B&B than a hotel but either way we enjoyed it.

Pros
- lovely back garden / porch / gathering area
- friendly owners and staff
- good location close to the beaches and the cliff lift
- short walk to the high street or the train station
- great English Breakfast, or choice of croissants or beans on toast included
- We felt at home at the Carlton.


Cons
-Our cold water didn't really work but it was probably just an issue with the faucet as the hall bathroom had plenty of cold water.
- shower pressure was minimal.
- Don't expect to rent bikes there even though several websites seem to indicate it. The bike hire is about 3 miles away in Sandown.

Room Tip: Ask for one of the rooms at the back that look out over the ocean and back garden.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Cranfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2014

Bob and Anne make you feel welcome as soon as you walk through the door. The hotel is clean, has a great location and parking. This was our second stay and we will definitely book again. The breakfast is great too, the kids were made to feel special and safe. That's priceless!

Room Tip: Family rooms are great, would love a balcony room if only two of you!
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2014

The Carlton is a perfectly situated hotel for staying in Shanklin. The garden leads you straight out onto the cliff top walk, and only a minute to the lift down to the beach and promenade. It's only a 5 - 10 minute walk to the beautiful Shanklin Chine, only 10 minutes into town and also 'Old Shanklin' which is lovely, or to the railway station to take you up to Ryde.

Ann & Bob are smashing hosts, and the hotel itself is clean, comfortable, and has all you need. We paid a little extra to get a sea view room with a balcony, but it's well worth it, as the view is lovely. The only very small niggle was that breakfast was (for us) a little early, served only between 8.30 and 9am, but that's probably fine for most people, and the breakfasts were great.

We stayed 4 nights and got the hotel's special rate to include ferry crossing both ways, which was cheaper than booking the ferries ourself, (note that you don't have to enter and leave by the same route - we arrived via Yarmouth and departed via Fishbourne).

This was our first holiday on the IOW and we were so lucky to have found the Carlton, it's a little gem. I'm sure we will be back!

Room Tip: Recommend getting a sea facing room, the view is worth paying a bit extra for!
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2014 via mobile

I visit the Isle of Wight on business quite regularly, and when I do I always try to stay at the Carlton Hotel. All the rooms are nicely decorated, very clean and with all you need for a perfect stay in Shanklin. Breakfast in the morning is second to none and Anne and Bob are very nice hosts and make me feel always welcome. Hope to see you both really soon, Martino from Nottingham.

Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
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Crawley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2014

We're starting to make a habit of staying at this excellent hotel for Easter! We plan to return in 2015. Bob, Anne and all the staff are so friendly and really helped to make our stay easy and relaxing. We don't even consider any other hotel when planning a visit to the Isle of Wight now. The breakfast menu is great and beautifully cooked. A special touch this year was a little plate of Easter goodies for the children on Easter Sunday - what a kind thought - and the children were very excited that the Easter Bunny had remembered them. The large comfortable lounge/bar area has a panoramic view of the beautiful award winning garden and the sea beyond. You are made to feel very welcome and part of their family. The bedrooms are immaculate, airy and comfortable. We love this hotel!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2014

Discovered the Carlton only 12 months ago - only wish we had found it years ago!
Beautiful rooms, magnificent gardens and the views from the terrace, across Sandown Bay, are to die for.
Sitting on the "The Deck" terrace having lunch is something we always look forward to. The food is beautiful, fresh and, as far as possible, locally sourced.
All local amenities are only a short distance away including the famous Shanklin "Old Town" and the beautiful beaches - there's even a lift down to the Esplanade and beach, only a stones throw from the terrace gardens.
This a genuine "Family run Hotel" - Bob and Ann really make you feel at home and part of the family.
If we ran a hotel, this is how we would do it!

Room Tip: Ask for a seaward/terrace room (they have their own balcony to sit out on) fantastic views - watch t...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Carlton Hotel
Address: 9 Park Road | isle of wight, Shanklin PO37 6AY, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Isle of Wight > Shanklin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Shanklin
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Shanklin
#7 Romantic Hotel in Shanklin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Carlton Hotel has a deserved reputation as one of Shanklin's finest bed and breakfast hotels. Guests enjoy exhilarating sea views, quality standards of service and comfort, delightful home cooked food and the warmest of welcomes. The Carlton Hotel enjoys an ideal location for exploring Shanklin's sandy beaches, the famous esplanade and the charming Shanklin Old Village. For the adventurous, watersports and activity holiday opportunities abound. ... more   less 
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