21 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
25th wedding anniversary
"My wife and i spent four days and three nights at the Clifton Hotel recently, Dave and his wife Carys and all their staff made our stay extremely welcoming and comfortable , we had a delicious cooked breakfast each morning followed by a relaxing walk along the sea front before going to visit the rest of the island during the day,We had our evening meal each night at the hotel as the food was so good,Our stay at the Clifton has made our 25th anniversary memories all the more special. This was our first stay t the Clifton but it will not be our last. "
- Travel date: Mon 16th of March 2015
This is the place!!!!!
"We took a chance on visiting the Isle Of Wight as we could not travel due to the uncertainty of the volcano cloud. Some of our friends told us it was a very pretty place, so we booked a few days to try it out. The next thing was where to stay? Having been advised to use Trip Advisor, we studied reviews and decided on the Clifton Hotel. This place is WONDERFUL, food great, staff so friendly and willing to help with anything we asked for. They treated all the people there with respect, courtesy and friendliness. Some guests had special food due to their diet needs and were so pleased to have good home prepared food. The evening meals are satisfing and real value for money We will be staying there again next year for a week. My husband and I loved it."
- Travel date: Tue 18th of May 2010
Best kept secret in Shanklin. . . . Shhhhhh!
"I have been a regular guest at The Clifton since 2007 and consider this attractive and well situated hotel the best kept secret in Shanklin. It's Victorian style and tasteful decor bring back fond memories of family holidays on the IoW in the 1970s but it's attraction doesn't end there.
What makes The Clifton first choice for me is the warm welcome I receive from the two couples who run this hotel between March and October. I genuinely feel at home here and have made it a personal mission to eventually stay in every one of it's attractive and well maintained rooms.
The dining room is big enough to accommodate everyone and in the morning is flooded with sunlight. The menu is traditionally English and the portions are generous (look out for the smoked salmon muffin on a Sunday). My peculiar requests are never a problem and Tracey always delivers with a smile and some conversation. Try the local rod caught mackerel if it's on the dinner menu and in season, I recommend it.
The views from the East facing rooms are stunning with the panorama of Sandown bay extending in front of you. Most rooms are en-suite and those that are not have bathroom facilities situated nearby. The hotel has free wireless internet which is usually reliable but can become intermittent occasionally.
The Clifton is popular with parties of schoolchildren during the summer months and is also used as a base by cyclists and ramblers so booking in advance is sensible. The cliff top location is ideal for walks around Shanklin Chine and the Old Village where there are many small restaurants and pubs serving food. The Clifton is also convenient for local shops and the cliff top path and lift offer access to the promenade and beach.
There are many hotels in Shanklin offering sports facilities, jacuzzis and heated indoor swimming pools but if good old fashioned comfort and a relaxing atmosphere are more to your taste then The Clifton will not disappoint you."
- Travel date: Sat 30th of January 2010
A great place to stay
"A great hotel at a great price. The staff were amazing and could not do enough for you. The location was close to beach and town. Would definitely recommend and we would be happy to stay there again."
- Travel date: Sat 10th of October 2009
We loved it
"We stayed here for 3 nights. Once arriving at the hotel we thought it was a little dated, but within 15 minutes we soon changed our minds. What a lovely hotel. The staff were very friendly, the breakfast was amazing. I would recommend spending the extra Â£10 for an upgrade for a sea view. Waking up to look at the sea is amazing. The only criticism i have of the hotel is that the walls are very thin and you can hear everything in the next rooms, i.e talking, plugging in of haridrier etc. This hasn't put us off and we will definately be returnining. I will never forget my first visit to isle of wight thanks to the location, staff and atmosphere of this hotel. You also get free wifi, which is a bonus if you need to check out where to go to eat and things to do."
- Travel date: Tue 29th of September 2009
Not bad but nowhere near as good as the other reviews suggest
"On the upside, the location is great, and rooms clean. But amenities are pretty basic and the breakfast very average. I won't be returning."
- Travel date: Wed 9th of September 2009
Loved it, Loved it, Loved it!!!
"Well... what a *friendly* set of hosts and what an *awesome* location!!!! This traditionally classic guest house is situated with the most romantic views from the clifftop lawn out to sea. Close by to Shanklin Olde Town and Shanklin Chine, with easy access to the main Esplanade from Shanklin to Sandown or Shanklin to Ventnor coastal walks; these routes are easliy accessible by the cliff lift or by a short meandering stroll from Keats' Green. It is delightful, beautiful and there for you!!! If you are looking for the chesterfields in the reading room / conservatory with sea view ,and mega hospitable/ relaxed hosts, this place is for you!!! The rooms are meticulously clean (we stayed in family room 10 on top floor -very comfortable, and of a decent size, with side sea view). The breakfast is cooked to order : full english, scrambed eggs, poached eggs, smoked salmon.. tea/ coffee, toast, cereal on tap. As a vegetarian I had no problems at this place; and my husband as a carnivore,enjoyed the sojourn immensely from my cooking!! The owners excel at a welcoming ambience; these people are for real!!!!! Their guesthouse has an unobscured seaview from the lawn, a comfy room to sleep in, and a most excellent location!! They cater for all - these people are perceptive naturally - they know what you want ,when you want...with added je ne sais quoi! We are booking again before the year end. ..Isle of Wight in December- yeah!! We booked at the last minute -- but this place is *undersold * at lastminute....this is Value for Money!"
- Travel date: Tue 25th of August 2009
friendly and laidback
"a last minute booking,staying for 3 nights. the staff were friendly and helpful with laidback humour.comfortable but small room,excellent breakfast, lovely view out to sea,great location,really enjoyed our stay and would go back again,thank you all."
- Travel date: Thu 9th of July 2009
Lovely hotel in a stunning location
"Just had a few days away .with the wife on our first trip to the isle of wight. Was a bit wary booking accomodation on line but what a lucky find. The owners of the Clifton were very friendly and couldnt do enough for us, the meals were great and the place was spotless. Located on the cliff top over looking the sea with beatifull views, unfortunately we didnt book a seaview room on this trip, but enjoyed ourselves so much weve booked for next year and treating ourselves to a room with seaview and balcony.Cant rate this Hotel Highly enough ."
- Travel date: Thu 4th of June 2009
"The hotel is better than portrayed on its web site. Best English hotel ever, excellent hospitality, tremendoud food. Free unhindered wifi too! Stupendous views, great local walks. Clean & fresh rooms. We had a wonderful relaxing time, have rebooked our return visit in September this year."
- Travel date: Tue 2nd of June 2009
"We just had to go back. It is such a wonderful place for a relaxing holiday. Staff were welcoming as before. VERY professional and always willing to help out. Food is WONDERFUL and always ready to alter the menu for special dietary needs.
The hotel is becoming more difficult to book as it is so popular, word is geting around, but they will take bookings for the next two years so you can get your "own" room.
Value for money
Spotless & clean
Friendly & welcoming"
- Travel date: Fri 8th of August 2008
Wonderful Seaview and Location
"We stayed for four nights over Easter in March 2008. The room was excellent - very clean, seemed newly painted and included a small table and two chairs so that we could sit looking at the view out to sea. (However, the sea view costs an extra ten pounds per room per night - but worth it). Even a pair of binoculars was provided! Breakfast was good. Morning papers ordered beforehand were always ready and my wife's allergy to milk products swiftly accomodated with alternatives.
Hotel is well situated - about five minutes walk to restaurants in the village and ten minutes to the station. Shanklin is a good base for exploring the Island with frequent buses (even in the night) to other towns. Get the two day rover ticket on any bus for fifteen pounds and you have unlimited bus travel round the island.
Hotel is two star so suffers the problem of most small hotels re breakfast times - you need to be down by 9 am. The only negative feature but unfortunately normal in similar small hotels I've stayed in in England."
- Travel date: Wed 26th of March 2008