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“In the words of the Beatles ... "I'LL BE BACK AGAIN".”

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The Harrow Lodge Hotel
Ranked #10 of 52 Hotels in Shanklin
Certificate of Excellence
Southampton
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8 reviews
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“In the words of the Beatles ... "I'LL BE BACK AGAIN".”
Reviewed 24 July 2011

Actually it's "We'll Be Back Again". And not for the first time. This review might be in the "couples" category, because this latest visit was just me and the missus. However in the past, my in-laws and the pooch have come along as well. They too love the old Harrow Lodge as much as Myself and Linda (the long suffering other half) do.

I (We) first stayed at this particular Hotel in 2005 - although I have always loved Shanklin since boyhood anyway The first thing to say about Harrow Lodge is that it represents excellent value for money.The Car Ferry package is always worth having. Right that's the monetary biz out of the way.

The "Harrow" also has one of the best locations and outlooks in this lovely old town of character and characters. The view looking out to the open sea from either the bar area or perhaps your balcony room - if you have one - is stunning and instantly relaxing.

To your left you can also gaze towards Culver Down. I recommend visiting the top of "The White Cliffs Of Culver" whilst on the IOW. Again, the view is wonderful. In the other direction beyond the lovely cliff-top "Keats Green" is Knock Cliff and an ambience of complete contrast. Whilst Culver Cliff is white - Knock Cliff/Yellow Ledge is golden, mixed with dark blueish clay. A walk along the beach in the morning in that direction towards Luccombe - is well worth it , via Horse Ledge (a flat rock juts into the sea just here). Apparently its possible to walk right the way through to Ventnor along the coastline, for people with those sort of ambitions.

Anyway back at the Hotel. Grub great. We always have both the brekky and evening meal and our family reckon the food is always wholesome, tasty, home-cooked stuff. All the chefs are good but special mention must be made here of the lovely Gina. Gina used to chef much of the time at this hotel and still does sometimes.

However all the staff are versatile and work as a proper team - much like a family. Many staff stay and work here for years on end - just like most of the guests that come back year upon year for a vacation. Alan, his wife Lyn and family, should have full credit for what they have made of Harrow Lodge, since taking it over in 1988. Alan in fact is one of those people who loved the Island so much when first visiting - that he bought the Harrow Lodge business and came to live at Shanklin where he himself enjoyed so many wonderful holidays (well "most of 'em anyway" - he tells me).

The staff in fact, interact with the guests and locals very naturally and we've had so many laughs here.The most recent was this year, when myself and Linda locked ourselves out on the balcony and had to call down to the cliff railings opposite - for someone to go into reception and relay our predicament - so that we could get back in. This caused great hilarity down in the bar & reception area that morning. After all what are holidays for - and we have always, without fail, been happy staying here.

In fact I would much rather have the family atmosphere and character that goes right alongside a place such as Harrow Lodge, than somewhere overpriced and soulless.
The Harrow Lodge Hotel, is most certainly not one of those. I personally would rather stay here, than anywhere else in town. Chris Newman & Linda (Southampton).

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 April 2011

After reading the reviews of this Hotel, some comments we read made us cautious of this hotel, but i can honestly say this is a nice, clean friendly hotel, close to beach and old town shanklin. Breakfast was good, cereals, full english, lots of tea and toast.

Room was cleaned every day, all staff were friendly, room and hotel is clean, food was good. i would recommend this hotel to other, this is a 3 star hotel not 2 as advertised

Tony & Shel London

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Falmouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 August 2010

My husband, Son (11) and I wanted to extend our weeks holiday in the Isle of Wight having been in a holiday cottage for a week. On a Sunny Afternoon in August your choices will be quite limited and also we did not have a huge amount of money to spend. We found the Harrow Lodge very welcoming the room was clean and tidy and from the 1970's and amusingly the corridor and our room seemed to run a bit down hill. Breakfast was fine and the location is wonderful - easy walk into town and right above the beach. Lovely lovely views from the bar area. I don't mind dogs in the hotel, but it you do not want to share you holiday with doggies - do not visit. Basic room, Easy parking, Value accommodation with stunning views!

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 May 2010

Great location good price shame about the beds lumpy & hard. This hotels has been redecorated its a shame they did'nt spend any money on new beds. Not very friendly on reception either.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled with family
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Paignton , Devon
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Reviewed 18 October 2009

In good position ; Staff could not be faulted: food good limited menu but staff always helpfull for changes and diets; romm clean but datedbut was not uncortable ; Priced at lowest end of market very good value foe money.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 July 2009

The reception was causual, "Here is your key, it is the second on the right, the room is the silver key". The food reminded us of school dinners. The breakfasts were apparently cooked in advance and kept warmish.. There were no offers of a second cup of tea/coffee, which was "Instant". The boards on the patio outside offered "Happy Hour" all day and various other incentives for non-residents, if these had shown in the photo we would not have chosen this hotel. The only positive point was we had a reasonably sized room with a very small shower room.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2007

We fairly recently stayed at this hotel which I must say is at a prime location, not only for the sea front but also it is only a short walk along Palmerston Rd to the town centre (5 Mins) Also the lift down to the beach saves a few aches and pains, especially on the walk back up,it is almost in front of the hotel (80p) The Hotel has adequate parking facilities. On arrival was just given the keys(not showed to our rooms) Very small room (only about a foot at the end of the bed) No electric socket near the mirror for doing hair, and lead wouldnt reach socket for the kettle. Only tea bags milk and sugar (No coffee provided) No shower in the room we had. Not much thought gone into the planning of the roomThe heating didnt come on till about ten minutes before the evening meal so we were cold when we came back in the afternoon. Food was O.K.

  • Liked — The location
  • Disliked — Size of room and not enough heating
  • Stayed October 2007, travelled with friends
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Property: The Harrow Lodge Hotel
Address: Eastcliff Promenade 31 Palmerston Road, Shanklin PO37 6BD, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Isle of Wight > Shanklin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#5 Best Value Hotel in Shanklin
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Shanklin
#19 Family Hotel in Shanklin
#22 Romantic Hotel in Shanklin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — The Harrow Lodge Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 40
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