The hotel is in an excellent position and within walking distance of the old and new towns. There is a lift opposite to get down to the seaside level - there is a charge. However, the hotel is somewhat dated and is in need of an interior improvement programme - although shown as a 3 star hotel in their brochure it is really only worthy of 2 stars at the moment. I cannot fault the staff. I have noted the comments abut the deputy Manager - I personally found her very pleasant and helpful. Bedroom and bathroom - pleasantly large with plenty of storage. However, there is no shaver socket in the bathroom or hairdryer provided (reception were unable to supply me with one for the week). Try and get a bedroom overlooking the cliffside for a wonderful view of the bay - complete with balcony and chairs. There is one lift but entails a longish walk to the opposite side of the hotel - tiring if you have mobility problems.
Breakfasts were good with plenty of choice. Dinner was the big let down for the hotel. Firstly, you had to order your evening meal at breakfast which was the first sign of the institutionalised cooking we were to receive! If the Spanish Omelette (tortilla) was served to a Spaniard they would be holding their head in their hands! It loooked like a brick and - I am reliably informed - tasted like one. This definately needs to be taken off the menu. You cannot run a 'tab' for your dinner table wine - you have to order it and pay at the table. I have never come across this before at a hotel when staying for a week.
The pool/spa is a bonus - although the jacuzzi wasn't working the week I was there.
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- Ocean View Shanklin
- Ocean View Hotel Shanklin, Isle Of Wight