If you're looking for a comfortable, friendly base from which to explore the island, then look no further.....this is definitely it!
It is clear that the owners, Keith and Christine, take great pride in the hotel. All rooms are newly decorated and the carpets obviously vacuumed daily, rooms ditto and ensuite bathrooms also cleaned daily. Their attention to detail was noticed and appreciated.
The rooms were great - very clean and comfortable. Lots of little touches - a bathroom kit (just in case you've forgotten a toothbrush or toothpaste!) but more importantly, hot chocolate and biscuits on the tea tray!!
I stayed half board and both the breakfast and evening meals were excellent. A choice of cereals, fruit juices, a full cooked or a lighter option (toast and beans/scrambled egg/tomatoes etc) for breakfast. Evening meals were of the three course variety - chosen from a good selection with adaptions for specific dietary requirements readily accepted. Copious amounts of tea and coffee served with both meals.
After an evening stroll, a drink from the hotel bar in the lounge was the perfect end to the day. The relaxed atmosphere leant itself to bare feet or slippers and curling up on the sofa while having a chat to Keith with drink in hand - us not him!!!
Overall, I totally enjoyed my stay. Keith and Christine were the epitomy of friendliness - extremely welcoming. As a first time visitor, I felt like I'd known them forever :-) Will definitely go back.
Thanks very much to you both - Karen (Stokes)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hello There, We are now filling up fast so hurry up and contact us as we are 70% full for our 2017 Season already! The Swiss Cottage is the Pride of Shanklin and has been consistently voted in the Top Five with 96% or 5/5 Satisfaction for being one of the best in the Hotel category for Shanklin & the whole of the Isle of Wight. We have now won three Trip Advisor Travelers Choice Awards in 2011/12 & 2013/14 and 2016/17 aswell as Certificates of Excellence in the past 6 years running since 2012 to 2017. We have also been awarded a much sought after Green Leaders Gold Level Award in 2014, 2016 & again in 2017 for being Environmentally Friendly re our Towel, Linen, Lighting & Recycling procedures, so we would like to Thank all those who have abided by our simple guidelines to help us achieve this Award. In October 2014 we were voted the Best B&B/Guest Accommodation on the Island and were also placed in 4th Place as Highly Commended in the prestigious Tourism's The Beautiful South Awards. So why not check us out and read what everyone is saying about us! We are continually updating and keep the place clean and modern by putting in new comfy seating on the decking area, touching up the rooms and improving the place even more for your comfort. Although it only has 8 en suite bedrooms, our guest accommodation has that personal touch that many of the larger Hotels doesn't provide and is run by Keith & Christine the Owners. Whether it is B & B or Half Board we have tried to cater for everyone's needs whether single, double, friends or families, (sorry NO Children under 10 years of age or babies/infants and no animals as we have pets of our own), a safe environment for females and groups, in our comfortable modern bedrooms and bathrooms that we have converted in this old 1866 family home. (Unfortunately we do charge a Single Supplement in our School Summer Holidays and also slightly higher rates over our popular Bank Holidays & Festival Weekends). We have tried to think of everything for you, from Flat screen TVs, DVD, CD Players, Sky, Free WI-FI, fans, mini fridges and much more to make your stay a pleasurable one! We also arrange discounted Car Ferry crossing for you with Red Funnel or Wightlink. Unfortunately due to our continuing popularity, we no longer take one/two nighters as minimum stay is 3 nights as we now specialize in short breaks of 3/4 nights and a weeks holiday to ensure you see as much as the Island as you can. All of the above has transformed this property into a 4 Star plus with a coveted Silver Award for Service, Cleanliness and Hospitality and also a much sought after Breakfast Award for our full and varied Breakfast. We know and are realistic that after reading all our wonderful reviews, there are always some people out there who will come to try shoot us down, nick pick everything and will try our patience, leave rooms in a state, go against our guidelines and generally be unruly, so if you are one of them we ask that you go elsewhere as we only happy to accept friendly respectful guests here, who want to enjoy themselves with us. We may meet as strangers but all our guests leave as friends. A Home from Home but don't forget to bring your slippers! Kind Regards Keith & Christine ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Swiss Cottage Shanklin Isle Of Wight