Hotel is situated just a few minutes from the centre of Shankin in a quiet area which made it an ideal location for us. We had a twin room that was sufficient for our needs for 7 nights. We opted to have breakfast there which was excellent and served quickly. You do need to state what you want to eat the day prior to avoid food waste. What really impressed us was the super friendly owners and staff who couldn't do enough for us. They even arranged making something to eat the last morning when we had an early ferry to catch before breakfast time was scheduled to start. I would certainly stay here again
Travelling as a couple we have just spent the most enjoyable three day break on the Isle of Wight. Somerton Lodge was absolutely perfect for our needs. It’s a beautiful old building that’s been tastefully redecorated with light fresh colours. Spotlessly clean, white bed linen and towels also immaculate. Peaceful garden to sit and relax, yes it’s alcohol free but is that such a big deal when you’re booking B & B. There are very good family run Thai and Italian restaurants within walking distance recommended by Ann. Please don’t take any notice of the negative reviews with the arrival of all inclusive holidays some travellers have forgotten you have to get off your backside and find your own enjoyment, we arrived early at the hotel to be greeted by Ann who kindly checked us in as our room was ready, our car parked in the hotel car park and there it stayed for the duration of our three day stay. Excellent island bus service and goodness me yes you can walk!!!!!!!!! Don’t miss the shows at Shanklin’s little theatre, Thursday night Beyond the West End is a triumph. Good luck Ann & John for the future and thank you for making my birthday breakfast memorable. Kindest regards, Jean & Alan…
We were a large group who visited recently and throughly enjoyed our stay. Great location to the beach and other nearby attractions and a beautiful garden. Cleanliness was spot on. The main room is such a great idea for groups and allowed us some time in the evening before going back to our rooms. There was a non alcoholic bar there which was very welcoming and priced decently with some other little snacks like crisps too. Jon was very accommodating and this a real plus. He recommended places for us, replenished our room tea/coffee and even helped us bring our luggage in. He was very welcoming. The landing has a reading area which is just divine. If we weren't on such a busy action-packed getaway, then I would have surely spent some time sitting there. The decor was really lovely and you can see they've put a lot of effort into updating it. Older houses like these come with their issues and that is to be expected, so yes, some rooms are smaller than others etc. If we had stayed as a couple, I would probably have complained about our room as it is more suited to a single occupant based on its size (no.14) however as we were a large group, this was fine as we had taken up 7 rooms anyway and we visited during the Jubilee weekend so they were busy. Our only improvement advice would be breakfast. Breakfast is charged which is fine. We were told that as we were a large group, we couldn't dine together and had to come at different times. Of our group of 11, there were 5 people on one morning, 7 the next and 1 on the last morning. We didn't mind too much but for such a large dining area, they do need to be able to facilitate more than 5 people at once. We think they would benefit from a price list and menu for breakfast. At present, there is just the choice to have cooked breakfast the night before. At £8, I would have expected a coffee machine that does latte/cappuccino etc and a cereal / fruit station or something. We had some guests who didn't want a full cooked breakfast and only eggs on toast or toast. We were told this has never been asked before. They were accommodating (told us we would sort upon checking out) only to try to charge £8 for 2 boiled eggs, toast and some tea and £8 for 2 fried eggs, toast and coffee was steep. She (lady at reception) was quite blunt that it is cooked or not regardless of what people have had and that's the price. I felt like she was trying to make me give in but I stood my ground. We were still charged two full breakfast and one at £6. It's a shame as this last encounter was my last memory. We would suggest that a breakfast menu is printed with 4 items and clearly priced (but also more reasonably) - Full English (meat) Full English (vegetarian) 2 eggs on toast (poached, scrambled or boiled) with tea/coffee Toast with tea/coffee Irregardless, the waitress at breakfast was brilliant. She was so so accommodating and friendly. She really made us feel at ease and is a real credit to the lodge! :) All in all, a great experience but we sincerely hope the feedback is also taken on board. So thank you.…
Having stayed at this hotel on previous occasions John clearly explained that due to COVID restrictions our room would not be serviced on a regular basis However our room was in excellent condition as was the breakfast, lounge, TV room and garden I felt the breakfast had improved from our last visit but in the last two days I had to refuse the excellent fry up. Many thanks to your excellent staff hope to see you again in 2022.
Our second stay at Somerton Lodge. John is a welcoming and helpful proprietor,e.g. accommodating allergies. Our room was compact, clean and comfortable but suffered from some car park noise. Breakfast was good, with friendly, efficient service. John's team seemed to be making a good effort to manage social distancing, e.g. in the airy dining room.
The most basic needs met but the room we stayed in was barely big enough to get changed in. We found a used sleep mask on the floor and some old pain killers amongst various other previous guests’ dusty belongings; just more attention to detail required in general, when cleaning the rooms. The furniture is cheap and outdated leading us to pretty much live out of our suitcases instead. The clothes that we did store in the wardrobe became damp over our 3 day stay and the pillowcases smelt damp too. The wifi, whilst it was free, was atrocious and pretty much redundant. Overall, I found the bottom floor of the hotel quite claustrophobic and would not stay again by choice.
Lovely old house set close to the heart of shanklin - we did room only for our stay - staff were friendly and accommodated an early arrival - Rooms are basic but. Very comfortable and well equipped and when we asked for more tea making facilities these were with us within minutes - On site parking lovely garden to sit in This is a non alcohol hotel which we didn’t realise but lotta of pubs locally to visit Great stay and excellent value for money would recommend
This hotel has recently had new owners, so previous reviews which we read before booking should not be taken into consideration. Vegetarian cooked breakfast was poor, Mattress was old and bed broke when sat on. It felt a business first, hospitality second. We left after one night, got a refund but the relaxing time we had hoped for was gone.
A peaceful stay, midweek, as a base after day-trips around the island. Very hospitable, efficient and happy people, good breakfast, lovely garden and lounge areas....felt very welcome and homely. Thank you x
John, Ann, Dave & the team made my wife & I very welcome. Considering they took the hotel over recently they have done an amazing job of creating a peaceful retreat. When you arrive you’re treated as friends, not just customers. Our room was clean, very comfortable with an infinite supply of tea/coffee! Nothing is too much trouble when you ask. Breakfast is very good, whatever requests I had were met with courtesy and good humour. If, like me, you’re reading the reviews before booking, stop reading now and book up! One thing you might not realise if you’re booking through booking sites is there is no bar serving alcohol. As a result, in the evenings the hotel is a wonderful oasis of calm in a busy world. Thank you to the whole team - we’ll be back to see you soon!