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“Good value for money” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Esplanade Hotel

Esplanade Hotel
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Esplanade Hotel
Ranked #41 of 54 Hotels in Shanklin
Melbourne, Australia
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262 reviews
58 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“Good value for money”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2012

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!!

Room Tip: To get WiFi, ask for 1st floor.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2012

Very friendly, extremely clean and comfortable accomadation with great beach views from the room balcony. Lovely breakfast and see you soon.

Nigel and Lizzie / Sheffield

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank nigelelvidge
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Warwick, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2011

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Kevin and Rose were wonderful hosts.
The sea views were stunning and the beach even more.

Room Tip: Choose a room with a sea view
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Belinda P
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Berwick upon Tweed, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2011

Fantastic hotel, very welcoming by Kevin, Rose & of course Chris the waiter. We have stayed here 3yrs running, this year my in laws stayed in the Alverston suite which was lovely & we were in the adjacent room both with balconies. The rooms both very comfortable, ours had 2rooms with kids in 1 room with bunk beds own TV very popular with the kids & us!! TV for us too with Tea & coffee making facilities with lots of biscuits which we had to get in there first before the kids!! Plenty of fresh towels.

Lovely breakfast which saw us through till tea time, plenty of choice.

There is a very relaxed atmosphere at the hotel & nothing is ever a problem. My brother in law who is mentally disabled had a seizure just as we were supposed to be coming for breakfast & Kevin said not to worry he would cook my in laws breakfast & take it up for them, it just makes things so much easier in life when you have someone thats thoughtful & understanding.

You cant get much better than this location with the beach on the doorstep & buses that run frequently to the top of town where you can then get other buses else where. We travelled from Brighton to Shanklin by public transport & it was so easy .

Looking forward to next year dont want to say to much more or there might not be any room when we want to go again but then again we have been penciled in already for next year just in case!!

The Adelson Families

Room Tip: Any of the rooms with a view are of course the nicest but rooms 3 & 4 have the balconies which a...
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Stephanie A
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Bingley, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2011

My wife and I visited the Esplanade Hotel in Shanklin for five nights in August 2011. On arrival we were shown to our room (no 4) which was spacoius, comfortable and spotlessly clean. The room had a large king size bed, a three piece sofa/chairs and a great balcony overlooking the sea. The room was a great place to relax after a day out on the island and was so much more than just somewhere to sleep.

Kevin the proprietor looked after us extremely well during our visit as did the young waiters at breakfast. On that note the food was nicely cooked and very tasty, indeed a diet is now badly needed after five full english breakfasts!!

All in all we are looking forward to returning to the Esplanade again next year.

Room Tip: Stayed in room 4, which I can highly recommend.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Paul A
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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28 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2011

Great B&B on the seafront with a lovely view. We were a small family group and stayed in the Alverstone room and family suite, both having a great terrace next to each other with wonderful seaview. Unfortunately, the weather was not the best during our stay but certainly would be excellent when the weather is nice.

Kevin, the owner, and his wife were very warm and welcoming. They were very helpful with any area questions and interested in hearing about our day out and just chatting in general.

The only issues with rooms were the beds were quite narrow and rooms could use a minifridg, at least the Alverstone room. Though we had a small bottle of champagne we requested they put in the hotel fridg while we were out and retrieved it when we got back, no problems. They were very accommodating.

If we happen to go back to the Isle of Wight in the future, we would not hesitate to stay here again. We very much enjoyed our stay at this B&B and the Isle of Wight.

Room Tip: for terrace book alverstone room or fam suite
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Passthescotch
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2010

Having a love of the Isle of Wight it seemed an obvious choice to spend my 50th Birthday weekend there with my family. On arriving at the Esplanade Hotel I realised what a fantastic choice I had made. The owner Kevin makes you feel welcome immediately and both he and his wife could not do enough to make your stay enjoyable. My friend had spoken to him on the phone about putting flowers, a balloon and champagne in our room and he had personally gone to the florist to arrange this. This I think you will find is more than most Hotel owners would do. On being shown our room we were pleasantly surprised to find the room had been recently decorated and now contains a very modern leather suite were you can sit and enjoy the stunning views. The balcony is a big plus with comfy seats. The rest of my family stayed in the room next door which meant that we had the entire balcony to ourselves. There was a great choice for breakfast and it was very well cooked and came promptly but without feeling rushed. The two young men that took our orders at breakfast were very efficient and attentive. My family and I had a fantastic weekend and would not think twice about returning to the Esplanade Hotel and would recommend it highly to anyone.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Esplanade Hotel

Property: Esplanade Hotel
Address: 33 Esplanade, Shanklin PO37 6BG, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Isle of Wight > Shanklin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
#16 On the Beach Hotel in Shanklin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
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 
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Esplanade Hotel Shanklin, Isle Of Wight

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