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The Havelock
Ranked #9 of 52 Shanklin B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Outstanding in every respect”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2011

We have stayed at this hotel for the second time in two years between 15 and 21 April this year, after last year had been such a resounding success. If you find a gem like this there is no point looking around any further! Both times we stayed in low season which meant we had a choice of room and there was space to park, but the weather was still superb. The hotel is very easy to find as it’s the second last in a long row of hotels on Queen’s Road, which is easy accessible from the town centre. The hotel is in an amazing location, right next to the Shanklin gorge and only a few minutes walk from both the picturesque old village and the seafront, which has a few nice restaurants as well. This was good as once we parked for the night we did not want to have to give up our parking spot as parking is a bit precarious. There are six narrow spaces at the front, and 6 wider spaces at the back, but they are in a double row. I could see this becoming a little problem in summer, but on the other hand I am quite glad they don’t have the space to accommodate coach parties!

The hotel is lovely, the rooms are modern and clean and reasonably priced. The balcony rooms must be the best ones on offer as they are quite spacious as well. It is money well-spent to go for a room with sea view, and having a balcony is just wonderful – but you got to be quick to book them as there are only two balcony rooms available (rooms 7 and 8)! We stayed in room 8 and thhe bathroom was a little on the cosy side but I would chose this room over and over again. It is so unbelievably quiet in this hotel that I was able to sleep without ear plus, which is almost unheard of for me. The breakfast is wonderful, and incredibly varied. The waitresses as well as the owners are very friendly, helpful and efficient, even though the very young waitresses could do with a bit more training.

For the last night we had to be in a smaller room as the balcony room was not available, and when the TV channels turned out to be messed up (they are switching over to HD), I went down to reception, and within two minutes the owner knocked on the door and personally retuned all channels.

I choose accommodation largely based on the hotel / B&B website and communication with the people who run the place, and I can say that both are simply outstanding. All you want to know is presented clearly or can be asked, with emails being answered swiftly and courteously. The owners also arrange ferry travel for you without any hassle.

If there was one small thing that could be improved it’s that staff actually follow the sign on the wall that asks people to leave towels on the floor if they want them replaced and leave them on the towel rack if they don’t. I frequently left towels on the towel rack only for them to be replaced nevertheless every day. And maybe we could have a few biscuits and some more sugars with our hospitality tray – but that’s just small niggles which in no way took the enjoyment of your stay.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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LONDON
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11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2011

Well really I am not one for repeating things I've said over and over again. But on this occassion I'm afraid I just have to.

Myself, husband and teenage son have now stayed at the Havelock Hotel on 5 occassions over the past 9 years. It really is a wonderful hotel.

The rooms are so very clean, beds are very comfortable. The breakfasts are absolutely amazing. There is such a variety of cereals, fresh bread, yogurts, fresh fruit salad (which is just delicious). And of course, the full english breakfast. The staff are so helpful and friendly too.

The hotel is in a great position. Has wonderful sea views. Just a short walk to the sea, and into the town. There are a great number of restaurants on the seafront as well as in the town centre. The hotel has a lovely outdoor heated swimming pool . There is a well stocked bar. Sandwiches, freshly made cakes are all served until around 5.00 p.m. as well.

But what really makes a great hotel is it's owners. And the owners of the Havelock are Dave and Ann. This couple are absolutely great. They are professional, friendly and nothing is ever too much trouble for either of them.

Hopefully in the not too distant future we will be able to stay at the Havelock again.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank cat45London
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UK
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31 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2011

We just returned from a short 2-night break.

Firstly, I must admit the Havelock undercharged us (their online system) but the owner Dave, was good to allow us to stay for the price we were charged.

The room we had included a sea view, wonderful, as the weather was amazing. A good, hot shower with excellent toiletries (Cole and Lewis I think). LCD TV in the room with freeview was adequate too.

The bed was very cosy and comfy, the room cleaned meticulously (smelt v clean) and decor was very modern.

Coupled with a great breakfast, and the staff put together a tray of food for my wife, as she was unwell in the morning.

All in all well recommended, at the usual rate (£70/night) although a steal at £35/night for us.

BARGAIN!

Room Tip: Ask for a sea view room, it's worth it!
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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank j45anj
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Hampshire
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27 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2011

This was our second stay at the Havelock, and we going to back there. The location of the hotel is close to the Chine and Old Shanklin village which is ideal.

The hotel inside is beautifully set out, and the staff and proprietors are very welcoming, warm and friendly.

The breakfast service is second to none and the choice and quantity of breakfast would be difficult for anyone to fault. The service at breakfast is also very relaxing and first rate.

I would strongly recommend staying here to anyone for a long stay or even just for a couple of days, you will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank HedgeEndTraveller56
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winchester
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35 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2011

Wonderfully welcoming owner who was always accessible and cheerful.
Great priced rooms.
Lovely lounge with huge comfy sofas and board games.
Garden and pool great.
Single rooms lovely and cosy which very comfortable beds.
Immaculate rooms and bathrooms.
Perfect location, sea five mins one way and the village five mins the other way.
Would highly recommend fir relaxing short break with personal service.
Breakfast choices great and filling and breakfast staff very polite. Not the best full grill as sausages, scrambled egg and mushrooms could've better but this is probably more me!
Would definitely visit again.

  • Stayed April 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank winchestersmith11
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Somerset
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9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2011

We have just stayed at the Havelock this weekend and were very impressed. We received a very warm welcome upon arrival and a very welcome pot of tea. Our room was one of the cleanest we have ever stayed in, with a comfortable bed and beautiful view of the sea from our balcony. We were particularly impressed that our morning tea cups were taken away and replaced rather than being rinsed out in the bathroom sink by the room attendants as commonly happens in a lot of hotels. Breakfast in the bright dining room was excellent, with a nice buffet of cereals, yoghurts, fruit and bread as well as a menu to suit all tastes. With plenty of toast and a bottomless tea pot, we were set up for a good day of walking the many coastal paths on the island. The comfortable lounge and bar is a great way to end the day, chatting with the owners of the hotel.

Room Tip: Car park also at the back of hotel.
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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank muttimouse
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2010

We stayed at this hotel for a leisure break and it did not disappoint. Nice comfy room with TV and coffee making facilities, albeit a smallish bathroom. The friendly couple who ran the hotel were lovely and he kept the bar open even though we were the only couple in the bar. The hotel is convenient to the old village which has a number of very nice restaurants. The breakfasts were excellent along with the staff. We would not hesitate to recommend the hotel at this time of year.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Crickster
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Property: The Havelock
Address: 2 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 Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 52 B&Bs / Inns in Shanklin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — The Havelock 4*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Havelock was originally built as a gentleman's residence and over the years has been sympathetically renovated and extended to provide a mixture of 22 superb bedrooms & family suites, 10 of our rooms also have sea views. Set in attractive gardens, near to the sea and with its own Mediterranean style heated outdoor swimming pool (open mid-May to mid-September), we offer the ideal location to relax and unwind in friendly and comfortable surroundings at outstanding value. Open mid-March - November annually. Guest bar/lounge. Free WiFi available most rooms and bar/lounge area. ... more   less 
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The Havelock Shanklin, Isle Of Wight

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