Booked for 2 nights, first time in a guesthouse for many years and have to admit that I am more used to staying in 4/5 star hotels these days so have to admit my expectations were very high. So ok why did I choose a guesthouse you might ask? Well guesthouses are plentiful on the island and the reviews on trip advisor reported Foxhills to be of very high quality, so I thought I would choose it for our weekend away rather than a hotel. I am happy to report that it is a pleasant well maintained guesthouse with a lot of charm and very friendly attentive staff.
We stayed in the Osborne room which had a four poster bed, unfortunately I found this very small and not the most comfortable bed, in hindsight I think I should had chosen the superior room but believe this was already booked the weekend we chose, and admittedly thought that the four poster sounded romantic. The room was victorian styled, absolutely spotlessly clean as was the bathroom which was large and unusually for a bathroom these days, carpeted. I have to say that the room loses points because of the shower, whilst looking good, was awful, it really was a dance around to try and get wet and rinse soap off, a real let down. The room faced the main road although traffic could be heard it really wasn't that busy so not a problem. As the bedroom doors were very thin any conversations in the hall ways could easily be heard in the room.
Breakfast was plentiful and nothing was too much trouble. I don't think I could agree that the food was to die for though, just fine and plenty of it. I wasn't keen on the satisfaction survey that was on the table every morning, I don't feel this is necessary and get tired off everyone expecting a completed survey for every movement we make these days. I didn't complete one at all, wanted to save my thoughts for Tripadvisor.
Foxhills is well placed for Shanklin old village about 5 minutes walk away. There are plenty of maps available and if you needed any guidance or directions James was more than happy to assist.
My review is purely my thoughts and feelings and like I said I am more used to modern hotels. Having said that Foxhills is a charming comfortable guest house and one of the nicest I have stayed in.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An award winning Five Star Gold Guest Accommodation with Spa and Health and Beauty Treatments in Shanklin on the Isle of Wight in easy reach of the town, the Old Village, the beach and the downs. Perfect for a relaxing break. ... more less
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