We stayed at the Shanklin Hotel for 3 nights during June 2010. We had booked a special deal for bed and breakfast with free dinner. The ferry fare was also included for the total price of £384 which we thought was good value for a 3 star hotel. When we arrived the car park was quite full but you can also park on the street next to the hotel if you need to. We weren't expecting the hotel to be as nice as it was as some reviews had mentioned that the decor was dated. The furniture isn't old. It just seems to be the look the hotel is going for with a slightly art decco feel. There is no musty smell as some reviews had mentioned. The reception area is nice with comfy chairs and a really good piece of artwork made with nails. The staff were really friendly and helpful and we were asked if we needed help with our bags. The bedroom was very clean and presented nicely. The furniture looked ok and it all seemed to be quite new but it wasn't great quality. Nonetheless it did the job. The bathroom was quite nicely fitted and it seemed quite newly done. The shower wasn't exactly a power shower but it was ok for what we needed. The room did get very warm in the night and we had to open the windows wide and leave the curtains open (there were blinds though) but we did manage to sleep fairly well until the seagulls woke us up. The food was really good. Breakfast offered continental (including porridge), followed by full English Cooked or a choice of eggs or kippers and then toast. The dinner was a good standard with nice starters (choice of 3), a choice of mains including veggie and gluten free options (although they did say gluten free food was prepared alongside other food) and a nice selection of desserts which were quite traditional e.g trifle and cheesecake. The entertainment was ok for what it was and it seemed to appeal to the older guests. We chose to go for walks after our meals. The sea front wasn't too far and there is a public lift to take you down from the cliff. We'd recommend walking into old Shanklin village and taking a look at the Chine (a gorge) which is lit up with coloured lights in the evening. It was quite spectacular. Other attractions we enjoyed were the Owl and Falconry Centre, the Needles and the Zoo in Sandown. Make sure you visit the Old Thatch Tea Shop in Shanklin and have a cream tea in the garden. It was lovely.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Shanklin Hotel - Isle of Wight.(3 Alpha grading - AA Three star) One of the best known hotels on the island, the Shanklin is situated in Shanklin town with superb views from its magnificent Starlite Restaurant and many bedrooms. Shanklin Old Village is a few minutes' walk away and the beach is accessible via the nearby cliff lift. A Leisureplex Hotel. ... more less
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- Shanklin Hotel Isle Of Wight