The Esplanade is good value for money, in that you don't pay much, but get a pretty good deal; basic but clean rooms, very friendly host, perfectly OK breakfast. We (2 adults, 3 kids) stayed in one of the 2 'family suites', which to be honest were a masterpiece of creative photography on the website - although the rooms were perfectly adequate, they were'nt the size they appeared when you looked on line (the wonders of a fish-eye lens). The beds were fine however, new towells every day, and the shower always had hot water, despite my son's attempts to use it all! Kevin did promise WiFi connnection, but it didn't reach as far as the 3rd floor (where the 2 family suite are located). We had to go and sit in the breakfast / restaurant area to get a connection.
On the positive, it was a good view from our room, and the breakfast, though basic, made up in volume - the kids were never hungry afterwards. Rose was a perfect host, as was Kevin. And from my point of view it was good value; £560 for 4 nights, including breakfast, for 5 people. Add to that the hotel is in a good location, lots of minigolf / beachside attractions within 50m, plus the beach itself just over the road, and Shanklin is on the right side of the island for sightseeing, most of the things to see/do are within 20mins drive.
Overall - recommend it, just don't expect luxury!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Esplanade Hotel is a traditional beach front hotel catering for couples and families. The Hotel is a family owned and run, and we offer a friendly relaxed environment in a prime location, directly opposite the beach, and within a 10 minute walk to Shanklin old village. We are also very proud to be able to cater for many school group residential visits during the spring and autumn seasons, many of whom have been returning to us for many years. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Esplanade Hotel Shanklin, Isle Of Wight