At our age of 86 my wife and I prefer a few short breaks each year at different hotels rather than longer holidays, and we have just returned from a three night 'half board' October break. This was our first visit to Shanklin's 'Channel View'' and we were impressed by everything about it. This is a medium sized holiday hotel, apparently privately owned and managed and so with none of the impersonality of larger more commercial chain hotels. Our friendly welcome on arrival by hotelier Gill (who escorted us personally to our room) was indicative of everything to come. All the staff were extremely friendly and helpful, the dining room menu excellent and substantial with considerable choice, our room quite large and extremely clean - as were all the public rooms. This is an outstanding holiday hotel providing a really first class service at a reasonable price. We have promised ourselves a return visit when we can, and meantime send many thanks to Gill and all the staff!.
A couple of hints if you do not know the area:
The sea front promenade is close to the hotel, and is very pleasant to walk along, but at the bottom of a very steep hill. Best to walk down and come back by the excellent beach lift, but bear in mind that this does not operate in the evening, at least in October when we were there.
If travelling home on the Red Funnel car ferry to Southampton avoid Friday afternoon sailings if possible, because they are crowded in October and probably even more so at the height of the season..
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Channel View is a highly respected family run 3 star hotel that prides itself in offering high quality customer care, exceptional service and excellent value for money. Situated on the cliff overlooking the bay, the hotel offers an unrivaled position within walking distance of both the seafront and the town. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Channel View Hotel Shanklin, Isle Of Wight