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“Great location with sea views, rooms comfortable, staff lovely”
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The Clifton
Ranked #2 of 52 Hotels in Shanklin
Certificate of Excellence
London England
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289 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 198 helpful votes
“Great location with sea views, rooms comfortable, staff lovely”
Reviewed 29 July 2011

We were a family party with four rooms, staying two nights over the weekend mid July 2011, and the hotel was quite full. The new owners this year have renovated the hotel nicely, all rooms comfortable (some double rooms had bunk-beds for children) though there were some small teething issues such as no wifi broadband, not really a problem, and a blocked washbasin pipe which was quickly fixed. Breakfast was full English, or salmon omelette and other egg variations.
Nearby within walking distance are some great pubs for food, The Steamer Inn being particularly friendly and enjoyable with huge portions of beer battered cod.
Overall a very pleasant stay, and we would recommend the hotel to others as we believe the new owners are making great improvements.

Room Tip: Front sea-facing rooms with balcony are great if available, so book ahead
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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beesondave, Owner at The Clifton, responded to this review, 12 August 2011
Thank you for your honest review, we are starting to settle in a bit more now after a hectic first few weeks. You will be pleased to know we have had a new wi-fi router installed now along with a laptop for guests to make use of. It was a pleasure to have your family group here for a few days, hope we see you again in the future.
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Horsham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 May 2011

Fabulous setting-some great sea view rooms, but Graham models himself too much on Basil Fawlty to be funny.

  • Stayed September 2010
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 April 2011

The friendly welcome, the spacious & clean room.
the lovely views from the restaurant & conservatory.
Breakfast was ample and tasty put us in good condition for our island exploration.
The thing we didn't like was leaving, like all good things they have to end.
we would strongly recommend this hotel for visitors to Shanklin

Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 April 2011

After reading the reviews on tripadvisor we opted for the Clifton for a 1 night break to have a day in Shanklin and enjoy the beach.

The hotel is positioned beautifully on a hilltop overlooking the sea, the room was very clean and had everything you need (including a hairdryer which I always forget!) It is the perfect place for a wander down into Shanklin and a stones through away from a beautiful beach.

The breakfast was superb with a choice of ceareals/toast/tea/coffee/juice and a wonderful full English. I look forward to visiting again!

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 April 2011

We came to the Island to get married and stayed at the Hotel Clifton. Tracy, Steve, Graham and Pauline, the Proprietors, made our Wedding Day extra special.

The Hotel was lovely and the service was way beyond our expectations.

We would recommend this Hotel to anyone of any age, as our party covered 3 generations, and all felt comfortable.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 April 2011

We stumbled upon this Hotel, almost by accident as we had booked another (which will remain nameless) but knew we had to change as it did not suit us. It is situated in a quiet road overlooking the esplanade. The owners of the Clifton were friendly and courteous to us from the moment of arrival. The rooms are spacious, spotlessly clean and looked to us as if they had been recently refurbished. If you can choose then book a seaview as it is worth every penny of the supplement and the thoughtful owners provide binoculars to enjoy it even more. The breakfasts are big with plenty of choice and cooked to your order. We have no hesitation in recommending this hotel.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Andover, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 November 2010

We booked late on a whim thinking we would end up with the dregs. Not so. I was smiling as soon as we got in the room. Straight out to the balcony, what a view. The bed was big and comfortable. Two mattress zipped together. The en-suite shower was big with good presser and water as hot as you like.
We walked down to the sea every day and into town to eat at night. Nothing was to far to get too. A bit hilly but it was easy.
Breakfast plenty of choice and good size portions provided. Always came out having eaten to much. Good quality as well.
We didn’t want for anything and can't wait to go back.
Owners very friendly and good humored.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Clifton
Address: 1 Queens Road, Shanklin PO37 6AN, 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
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Shanklin
#2 Luxury Hotel in Shanklin
#4 Romantic Hotel in Shanklin
#12 Family Hotel in Shanklin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Clifton 4*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Clifton's privileged location on the Shanklin cliff top offers an amazing sea view and makes it an ideal retreat for those in search of tranquility. The stunning view of Shanklin bay can be enjoyed from the lounge and bar, where light meals are available all day. We also cater for gluten free diets. In the award winning cliff top garden you can also take advantage of the fabulous sea view, warm Isle of Wight sunshine, wonderful sea air, and refreshments from the licensed bar. Local is Best……with prime farming land all around us and a host of specialist growers and producers making the most of it, we usually have access to plenty of fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables, as well as quality fish and meat. The garden opens out to Keats Green and the lovely walk between Shanklin and Sandown (part of the Isle of Wight Coastal Path) with fantastic views across Sandown Bay. This also leads to the famous Shanklin Chine with a pathway down to the sandy beaches. Within easy reach by foot are the picturesque Shanklin Old Village with its thatched roofs, and the beautiful Rylstone Gardens. ... more   less 
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