My partner and I booked the Somerton very last minute for a couple of days stay in IOW. The greeting at the hotel was very friendly and the this level of friendliness was continued throughout the stay. Breakfast was very good and we were impressed that you could order off the menu and little touches like cooking our eggs to death ( how we liked them) was carried out without a fuss. The price is reasonable and the location is convenient for Shanklin attractions. There is also a bus stop outside the hotel which is great if you haven't a car and you can access Newport and all other major towns/attractions from here.
Now the less positive; this hotel has the attitude of if it ain't broke don't fix it etc. it is very dated both in decor and routine - for instance if you are joining them for dinner you have to order your selection at breakfast. The menu has a very 70's feel and the rooms could do with sprucing up.The room itself is clean but basic and we had an excellent shower but the bathroom lacked any storage space or shelves/ hooks etc for toiletries.
My biggest disappointment was the very rude banging on our door on the day of checkout to remind us we have to leave at 10.30. Now admittedly they did this at 10.25 but I felt this totally unnecessary and at odds with the friendliness we had experienced throughout our stay.
This hotel would suit traditionalists but I'm afraid for me it doesn't warrant a return visit.
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