From the moment we arrived we were pampered and made to feel most welcome by our hosts, Des and Lynda. It's the extra touches that make the Belmont so special; the complimentary wine, chocolates, fresh fruit in addition to an extensive toiletry range in the bathroom and a well stocked tea tray. Our room is spacious, warm and comfortable with a lovely view across the sea - Des even thoughtfully provides binoculars (and a list of shipping) so we can identify the ships passing by on their way to Portsmouth and Southampton.
The Hotel is superbly located only a minute or two from the beach and a 5 minute level walk from the local shops and amenities. We like the Belmont's location as it is so near public transport hubs such as the bus station, rail station and nearby bus stops. You do not need a car at the Belmont; the buses take you all over the Island (a rover ticket is very economical) and there is a superb link via rail/ferry/rail all the way to London Waterloo and Victoria. Shanklin is also a good base for cycling and Des (a keen cyclist himself) will provide you with all the information about recommended routes.
We love the well-stocked bar downstairs, you can have evening meals there if you do not feel like venturing out to a local restaurant, and water, tea, coffee and biscuits are provided in the spacious downstairs sitting room. A computer is provided for guests near to reception for guests to use - so you can leave your heavy laptop/tablets at home. The recently-refurbished dining room has lovely garden views and we have seen red squirrels darting from tree to tree. The breakfast is superb with an excellent menu selection including speciality teas and coffees, a continental option if you prefer this, and a delicious comprehensive cooked breakfast served on piping hot plates with all the trimmings - see our photo. Lynda is happy to vary the menu to suit individual tastes - for example we prefer poached eggs to fried.
The Belmont is perfect for us because our hosts are local to the Isle of Wight and can provide excellent knowledge and information about the Island, in addition to being so friendly and helpful. We will certainly return again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Where comfortable hotel meets staying with friends, Shanklins Premier Adult Accommodation, the Belmont is an imposing and unique Victorian building in Shanklin which has been receiving guests since the late 1800's and was built as a gentleman's residence. The Belmont Hotel is independently owned and is 4 star adult accommodation and is well known for our warm welcome, friendly efficient service and the relaxing atmosphere. Combining Victorian elegance and modern comforts, we offer Classic and Luxury rooms in an excellent location close to Shanklin Old Village, the Chine, Railway/Bus stations, Lift and the beach. The Belmont enjoys a suntrap garden, unheated outside pool, Dr Detox Cabin,licensed bar and restaurant. There is also free off-street parking covered by CCTV, Infinity fibre optic hi speed Wifi, lounge area with TV, games. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Belmont Hotel & Restaurant Shanklin, Isle Of Wight