My girlfriend and I stayed here for Bank Holiday weekend 26/5-29/5 2006. We couldn't find any reviews online for it, but as it was hard to get a B&B that weekend, we ended up booking here after all.
The hotel is at the bottom of Palmerston Road, 10 minute walk from Shanklin station and 5 minute walk from the High Street. The location is pretty good - 20 metres away and you have a nice view over the beach/sea and up to Sandown. It is also close to the lift down to the Esplanade. The hotel has a pretty nice beer/tea garden that is probably lively in the summer.
The room (number 9, no seaview) was pretty small. There was maybe just one foot of space on either side of the double bed, and maybe two feet at the bottom of the bed. The bathroom was also small, and as the door opens inward, it only really has room for one person at the time in there (unless the other person is in the shower, of course). The room and bathroom were kept satisfactory clean during our stay.
The breakfast (served 0830-0915) was just alright. There was a choice of cereals and/or full English. If you want continental breakfast, it has to be ordered the day before. We had a look at the dinner menu (three choices of mains, different each day), but it didn't quite tempt us. The bar looked pretty nice, with a good selection of drinks, but most of the people we saw were in there in the evenings seemed to be 50+.
Checkout is at 1030 (rather early if you ask me). And the day we checked out, we got a call at exactly 1030 reminding us (not in a friendly way) about the checkout time... I understand that they have their schedule, but we both found it a bit pushy. When we asked him later if he could call a cab for us, he just pointed us to a payphone in the corridor where their phone numbers where.
At £29 per person, per night, we should perhaps not expect much. It is an OK place to sleep in, but not much more. I would recommend going up to Godshill and eat in The Essex - the food and service there was brilliant - Michelin-star quality!
Bear in mind the cancellation fees as well before you book as they are not mentioned on their web site.
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- Also Known As:
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- The Harrow Lodge Hotel Shanklin, Isle Of Wight