The Inglewood certainly lives up to it's great reviews and this is down mainly to hosts Andy and Pip who really made us feel at home from the moment we arrived until our departure. They were welcoming, helpful, full of advice on things like pubs and restaurants, likely weather etc and even let us use their phone when we found on arrival that our mobiles didn't work.
The whole place was comfortable and well decorated. Our room, which faced the rear was of adequate size and comfortably furnished and the bathroom was well appointed but a little cramped. There was plenty of tea, coffee and hot chocolate provided in the room, plus a widescreen TV and hairdryer. What could be a downside for some in that like most hotels and guesthouses on the promenade it has four floors, so there could be a lot of stairs if your room is on the higher floors. However the Inglewood's website does make this clear so there should be no surprises.
The breakfasts were excellent with a choice of full cooked bacon etc, kippers and 'healthy' and various permutations in between were no problem. In the evening, the bar (residents only) was a convivial place to share experiences of your day with Andy and Pip and other residents, who mostly seemed to have stayed there before - a testament in itself. There is also a spacious lounge facing the sea.
The Inglewood has a pleasant location on the Promenade about a mile from the town centre and less than half a mile from the Manx Electric Railway and Horse tram terminal at the north end of the Promenade. A frequent bus service passes the door and takes you not only to the Sea Terminal and town centre, but also direct to the Airport, Castletown and Port Erin. The Horse tram also passes the door. There are a number of good places to eat on the Promenade within ten or so minutes walk of the Inglewood. Best ones for us were the Italian Job in the arcade next to the Gaiety Theatre - great food and efficient service even when busy, The Taste of India - which tasted excellent and the Terminus pub, which as the name suggests is next to the horse tram and MER terminal.
Douglas itself disappointed. Apart from a good museum, the Camera Obscura and the promenade itself, there is not a lot for the visitor. The shopping was particularly poor with only one shopping street mostly fast food and low-end High street names. Best then to make the most of the excellent transport system radiating from Douglas with steam trains going west, electric trains going north and a comprehensive and frequent bus service across the island. An 'explorer' ticket for buses and trains is a great buy, particularly for 5 or 7 days. Castletown, Peel and Port Erin had more charm and there are miles of spectacular coastal, hill and dale walks or cycling to be done.
It was our first visit to the Isle of Man and despite mixed weather, we enjoyed it. We will be back and will have no hesitation in recommending the Inglewood.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Inglewood is a four star gold and breakfast award winning guest house. It has been beautifully updated with modern contemporary rooms and facilities. The sixteen rooms are all en-suite and the bayview suites are spacious enjoying uninterrupted panoramic views of Douglas Bay. The inglewood is licensed for residents in the evening. Free wifi is available throughout. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Inglewood Hotel Douglas
- Inglewood Isle Of Man/Douglas