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“Charm on the Cliff”
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The Clifton
Ranked #1 of 52 Hotels in Shanklin
Certificate of Excellence
Kingston, Canada
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“Charm on the Cliff”
Reviewed 28 September 2013

Location - important at the end of the day and there it was, up a few steps you mind, but very welcoming. Clean and fresh, with staff that made us feel that we were at a private B&B rather than a small hotel. Bags were carried, breakfast (Full English) outstanding, but best of a bright table with a sea view, what ay to start the next day of our round IOW hike. My congratulations to all staff and we would easily recommend this to others.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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David B, Owner at The Clifton, responded to this review, 6 October 2013
Thank you indeed for such a 'charming' review. Being right on the Coastal Path means that it is a great place to stay for all the Ramblers and Walkers we have looked after here. As you are aware we are recommended to walkers by Visit England. Hope we get the chance to welcome you back again. David
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Reviewed 25 September 2013

Have just returned from spending a very enjoyable week in Clifton's premier room and we would find it very difficult to criticise any aspect. The hotel is in a great location with a fantastic view of the English Channel. Our room was very large,extremely comfortable and spotlessly clean. The food was beautifully cooked and there was ample choice each day. David and his staff were very friendly and nothing was too much trouble. We would thoroughly recommend it and would certainly return.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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David B, Owner at The Clifton, responded to this review, 6 October 2013
Hello Dennis. What can I say? except to give you a very big thank you for such a wonderful review, I am sure all the staff will enjoy reading it as well. Kind Regards. David
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Thatcham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 September 2013

I stayed at the Clifton for 3 nights with my elderly mother. The location was great and the views from the dining room were fabulous.Staff were friendly and helpful. Our room was comfortable and the bathroom was very nice.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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David B, Owner at The Clifton, responded to this review, 6 October 2013
Hello Sue. Thank you for your kind review, the view from our dining room truly is stunning - it makes a great meal even better doesn't it. We hope to see both of you back again next season. Kind Regards. David
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Wellington, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 September 2013 via mobile

Really nice hotel. Very friendly service. The room was a good size, very comfortable and clean. Great location very close to old village and superb views from garden, lounge and verandah. Well worth visiting

Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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David B, Owner at The Clifton, responded to this review, 6 October 2013
Hello Devon Ranger. Thank you for recommending us, we always appreciate such kind words. Best Regards. David
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Reviewed 18 September 2013

My husband and myself stayed four days here last week lovely room with sea views and balcony
Spotless very large comfy bed. FOod at breakfast and dinner very good large portions were sometimes a bit much for me Staff very helpful especially waitress. Husband and wife team run this hotel.
She is kitchen he is front of house just feel he could be more interactive with guests. But overall in the two years they have owned the hotel they have upgraded bit by bit

Room Tip: Try and get a sea view room hotel nice and quiet at back
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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David B, Owner at The Clifton, responded to this review, 6 October 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write your review, I never tire of reading good reports! Glad you like all the upgrades we have put in over the last two years - this winter we are replacing our old boilers and upgrading the hot water supply to the whole of The Clifton. Hope we see you again next year - I'll try and talk even more! Kind Regards. David
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Reviewed 14 September 2013 via mobile

Great location, lovely hotel with fantastic sea views. Staff accommodating, especially Graham who was very friendly and nothing was too much trouble for him. Had a lovely honeymoon there, but not a hotel for young children. Would visit again.

  • Stayed September 2013
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David B, Owner at The Clifton, responded to this review, 6 October 2013
Hello Jarrod and Deb, glad you enjoyed your honeymoon here at The Clifton. We try to make the same effort for all our guests, honeymooning or not! Hope we see you again before long. Kind Regards. David
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Neenah
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Reviewed 8 September 2013

This hotel is traditionally English in a very English setting. Our host was so welcoming and our room, facing the sea was lovely with a little balcony, extremely large and supremely comfortable bed and good sitting/TV area. No lift here, but the owner carried out cases up and we enjoyed a cup of tea and a piece of home-made cake! Outside is a pretty garden with plenty of benches, seats and a gate opening onto a pedestrian path along the cliff top. Breakfast was good and varied and we ate dinner here twice - you can't beat the quality of the food, delicious and interesting. We tried eating at "The Crab" in Shanklin Old Town once but it was very disappointing - chain of pubs style and crab was not even on the menu. There are lots of places to see in the Isle of Wight and we visited most of them. Great hotel with excellent chef!

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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David B, Owner at The Clifton, responded to this review, 6 October 2013
Thank you for your kind comments, our chef is very happy that you enjoyed her food - she thinks it is amongst the best in Shanklin as well! Kind Regards. David
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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
#1 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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