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Review of Melbourne - Ardenlea Hotel

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Melbourne - Ardenlea Hotel
Ranked #46 of 54 Hotels in Shanklin
Bicester, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Weekend Break”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2013

Decide to take a last minute break with friends on the Isle of Wight. Googled a few hotels and came up with the Melbourne Ardenlea in Shanklin. Rang direct rather than go through booking agents the person who answered the phone was very helpful and did us a nice discount and also sorted the ferry for us as well. On arrival staff very helpful and directed us to our rooms. The doors to the rooms have the old fashioned mortice locks which means you have to manually lock the doors when coming and going. The room we were allocated was not very clean, the cream coloured carpet had stains in various places and it looked as if no one had cleaned under the bed in ages. There were cobwebs throughout the bedroom and bathroom. Old style single glazed windows that have seen better days. Overall the decor is very tired and the hotel as a whole is in dire need of refurbishment. All the staff we came in to contact with were very friendly and helpful. Breakfast was good, plenty of variety for all tastes. Location to the beach is good but those less mobile will find the steep hill very difficult. Swimming pool was freezing and jacuzzi was out of order.

Room Tip: Rooms 40 and 42 have a good sea view
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Spiderboy99
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2013

We booked this hotel mainly because of the location and the indoor pool for the children. The location and staff were good but everything else was such a disappointment. Rooms are extremely dated and bathrooms desperately in need of refurbishment. Swimming pool was freezing and noone was brave enough to go in. Really this hotel is only good for stags or cheap coach trips! Really a shame as the staff were nice. VERY overpriced for what you get.

Room Tip: We had interconnecting rooms 50 and 51 which are the furthest away from any noise.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2013

We booked very late and were slightly nervous about what we would find.

What we found was a clean, relaxed and very friendly hotel. Decor was dated but everything was in good condition - it's not a flimsy Travelodge or boutique place just a good honest hotel. We had connecting rooms for us & our children, and our dog was made most welcome too! In fact it seemed that about half the residents had dogs.

The rooms were warm (weather was freezing), cosy and comfortable. We used the pool every day which was in excellent condition but cold. There was a sauna and hot tub to warm back up in.

Breakfasts were usual breakfasts and perfectly good, we didn't eat in the evenings so can't comment on the dining (there are some great restaurants in Shanklin).

All in all we were very happy with our stay and will definitely go back.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jimbo800
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Bridgwater, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2012

Great Family Run Hotel, Some rooms a bit small, very clean. Restaurant and service very good, Food was great, No complaints. Pool and Jacuzzi was perfect ,Staff would do anything they could for you, Entertainment each evening was of a high standard, had us all dancing and singing. Their
was a couch load, but 14 in our group.Could not fault the 5 day`s.
I would like to mention our Couch Company (AVALON COACHES) Glastonbury, Driver Brian done us proud,

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Dennis P
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Southampton, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2012

There were around 30 of us that stayed there this week on a bit of a jolly down to the seaside. We had an amazing time and I cannot understand why people have left poor reviews for this lovely, family-run hotel. The bar, restaurant, service, rooms, location and pool with jacuzzu were all amazing value for the price. Lovely, comfortable leather sofas in the bar area only added to the sense of luxury we felt from what is, offcially, a 2 star coaching hotel. We all felt it was much, much more than that. There were thirty of us and not one of us could fault any aspect of our stay. We have all decided to go again for a reunion next year. I have stayed in other hotels on the Island before and this was by far the best value of any of them. I can' recommend this place strongly enough. You won't be disappointed.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
    • 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Hannah R
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Melbourne, Australia
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27 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2012

We booked online and the photos looked good, but when we arrived we discovered the hotel is a bit old and run down. The main lounge area smelled of booze, and the bar had loads of fruit flies in it which were buzzing around our drinks. The young guy working late on friday when we arrived was very helpful, but the rest of the staff were a bit rude. In particular there were two staff members serving breakfast on Saturday morning who were not very friendly at all. Location is good, very close to the beach and the lovely old village of Shanklin. Not sure if we would stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Brett369
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London
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51 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2012

This was a last minute booking made to go with a friend to enjoy a few days of sun. The hotel staff were very friendly and accomodating. Breakfast was good. Rooms were clean. Cheap and cheerful really. Good location as only a few moments away from the beach and the old village.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank travelthree
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Additional Information about Melbourne - Ardenlea Hotel

Property: Melbourne - Ardenlea Hotel
Address: 4-6 Queens Road, Shanklin PO37 6AN, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Isle of Wight > Shanklin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#18 On the Beach Hotel in Shanklin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Melbourne - Ardenlea Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 50
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