Stayed with a friend for a girly weekend away 4-6 October and were lucky to catch the last of this years sunshine. The view from our 2nd floor balcony (room 220) looked out onto the whole of Shanklin bay and the sunsets were amazing. This hotel is central for visiting many attractions on the island and close to Shanklin town centre which was a 10 minute stroll up a gentle hill.
The hotel is a bit tired and outdated but kept as clean as is possible with dated fixtures and fittings in the room.
The beds were clean and comfortable and there was always plenty of hot water for a shower. Tea and coffee making facilities in the room was a welcome you don't always get in every hotel and reception were only too happy to top our supplies up when I asked for more. Our 2 night stay included breakfast and dinner which consisted of 4 choices for each meal, including the 3 courses at dinner. The food was always fresh and hot and the portions were adequate. We did find it a bit strange that we were asked to pre order our evening meal at breakfast, we refused as we weren't sure what we would fancy 9 hours later !! This was met with acceptance in a professional and friendly manner from a member of the waiting staff, in fact all the staff there were as customer focused. I can only imagine that this helps out in the kitchen with portion control, which I understand but it felt a bit hospitalised.
The main clientele at this time of the year seemed to be coach trips of older people, who incidentally were sometimes louder than your 'average lager lout on a benidorm booze up' especially early morning before breakfast ! At least they got us up in time for breakfast which is served at your table 8.15 - 9.00am. Dinner is also waitress service 6.15 - 7.00pm. Quite restricting but kept us organised and on track planning our fun packed days out. The biggest problem for us was deciding which activities/visits/attractions etc to prioritise during our short stay...there are so many things to do on this small island you will be spoilt for choice.
Would I go back ? If i was looking for a value for money break ... Definitely
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