Hotel is in excellent position, only a short walk from the cliff elevator and the town centre in an area dominated by hotels of every variety. On arrival the reception staff were smiling and welcoming. I was in a coachload of pensioners on a 4-day 'Tinsel & Turkey' trip and the solitary two-persons-and-baggage lift was under strain. However, there are only two upper floors and plenty of porterage available. Finding one's room was the first entertainment of the trip as there is one long zig-zagging and labyrinth-like passage the considerable length of the building. A bit of TLC on the carpet might not be amiss here.
Our room was absolutely adequate, light, airy and warm with a partial sea view and the bathroom pristine with a superb shower, the only problem with which was it was awkward to get into for some of the more physically challenged of the party as it was in the bath, which had a rather high side. We found the rooms could do with an improvement to sound-proofing, or perhaps we just had a herd of elephants above us.
Meals were quite superb with a huge choice of breakfast ingredients including a formidable 'Full English'. Dinner afforded a wide choice, well varied from day to day and the quality was faultless. The service was provided by a bevy of smiling and willing young people. The two bars stocked a good variety of drinks, although there was, sadly, no 'real ale' available.
Entertainment was provided each evening and was of very high quality.
The hotel boasts a very nice heated swimming pool, and an excellent jacuzzi and sauna, of which my companion and I made full use.
There is a three-day jazz festival coming up in the hotel in October and we will almost certainly be attending.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Shanklin Hotel - Isle of Wight. 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