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With a beautiful cliff top location, The Clifton boasts views of Sandown Bay from its lounge and garden. Leading onto Keats's Green, it has a bistro that uses local produce in its menu. Many bedrooms have views of the Isle of Wight’s coast, and some have a balcony. Each room features free Wi-Fi, a TV, radio, a private bathroom and free tea, coffee and hot chocolate facilities. The dining room provides home-cooked food using seasonal ingredients from the nearby farmland. Special dietary requirements can be catered for. The bar stocks beers brewed on the Isle. The garden opens onto the Coastal Walk between Shanklin and Sandown. The picturesque Shanklin Old Village is a 5 minute walk away, and Shanklin Chine and the beach are also just a short walk from the hotel.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9.6 for a two-person trip.

The Clifton has been welcoming guests since Jun 3, 2006

Property Highlights

Located in the best-rated area in Shanklin, this hotel has an excellent location score of 9.6

Want a great night's sleep? This hotel was highly-rated for its very comfy beds.

Breakfast Info

Full English/Irish, Vegetarian, Gluten-free

Free private parking

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Room Type
1 twin bed
1 queen bed
1 king bed
2 twin beds
1 queen bed
2 twin beds
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Guest reviews


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  • Rachel
    United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Staying at the Clifton was the highlight of our whole trip to the Isle of Wight. I only wish we could have stayed more than one night! The garden was lovely, our room was spotlessly clean, breakfast was great, staff were wonderful, and everything...
  • Amy
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    Very nice, small property. Nice walk into and around town. loved having a balcony off our room. spacious room with updated bathroom. very nice breakfast served in dining area.
  • Marianne
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    Breakfast, view, near Chine, grounds, common areas!
  • John
    United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Lovely sea views. Exceptionally clean. Nice period property. Off street parking. Fantastic breakfast with freshly squeezed orange juice, yum ! Nice staff.
  • Rosemary
    United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Brilliant location and breakfast , quiet peaceful and nice Garden Staff were pleasant and helpful Communal areas clean carpets Smelt fresh
  • Suburbiton
    United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Breakfast was exceptional, lots of choice and freshly cooked. Location good, a short walk to both the old village and in the other direction the beach - slightly up hill walk on return. Booked the large room and it was nice and big, although next...
  • Jeff
    United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Very nice rooms. Comfortable public areas for dining and relaxing. Beautiful garden and excellent views. The breakfast was delicious and everyone there was friendly. A great place to get away from it all.
  • Michael
    United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Was in a great location on the cliff next to the chine. Our room was clean with a comfortable bed. The staff were all lovely and we enjoyed our stay
  • Deltastace
    United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Location was brilliant, staff great, choice of breakfast was excellent
  • Ian
    United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    The breakfast choice was excellent and the hot food was cooked perfectly, not overcooked or dried out as at some hotel establishments. The room was spacious and clean with good ventilation in what was the hottest week of the year. The range of...

Property questions and answers
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  • Does this hotel offer Ferry discounts

    Hi We have a trade account with both ferry companies so we can offer discounted prices
    Answered on 27 July 2020
  • is there entertainment

    Thank you for your enquiry, as a 14 bedroom boutique guest accommodation we do not provide entertainment.
    Answered on 5 May 2022
  • could you please tell me if this hotel provides half board for residents? thank you.

    Hi, Unfortunately, we do not offer half board, we have a Light bites menu that is served all day and there are many good restaurants within a 5-minute..
    Answered on 4 February 2020
  • Do you have to leave your room to get to the private bathroom please?

    All of our rooms are ensuite
    Answered on 7 October 2020
  • Hi, Could you tell me if you have any disabled blue badge parking ?

    Thank you for your enquiry, we do have one disabled parking space.
    Answered on 14 July 2022
  • hello, how many rooms do you have in total

    Hi, We have 14 rooms in total. Kind Regards Denis
    Answered on 23 March 2022
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Hotel area info *

Amenities of The Clifton
Great facilities! Review score, 8.7

Most popular amenities
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Beachfront
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Tea/Coffee Maker in All Rooms
  • Bar
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Private Bathroom
  • Toilet
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Linens
  • Wardrobe or closet
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Beachfront
  • Sun deck
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Electric kettle
Room Amenities
  • Socket near the bed
  • Bicycle rental
    Additional charge
  • Beach
Living Area
  • Desk
Media & Technology
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Radio
Food & Drink
  • Coffee house on site
  • Fruit
  • Wine/Champagne
    Additional charge
  • Snack bar
  • Bar
  • Tea/Coffee maker
WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.
Free private parking is available at a location nearby (reservation is not needed).
    • Public transit tickets
    • Daily housekeeping
    • Shared lounge/TV area
    • Baggage storage
    • Fax/Photocopying
      Additional charge
    • Packed lunches
    • Express check-in/out
    Entertainment & Family Services
    • Board games/Puzzles
    Safety & security
    • Fire extinguishers
    • Smoke alarms
    • Key access
    • Smoke-free property
    • Heating
    • Carpeted
    • Fan
    • Ironing facilities
    • Facilities for disabled guests
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Upper floors accessible by stairs only
    Languages Spoken
    • English

    Sustainability initiatives

    This property has taken steps to provide more sustainable and eco-friendly travel

    House rules

    The Clifton takes special requests – add in the next step!


    From 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM


    From 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM



    Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodations type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check what conditions apply to your preferred room.

    Children & Beds

    Child policies

    Children over 10 are welcome.

    Children 11 and above will be charged as adults at this property.

    To see correct prices and occupancy info, add the number and ages of children in your group to your search.

    Crib and extra bed policies

    Cribs and extra beds aren't available at this property.

    Age restriction

    The minimum age for check-in is 18


    Pets are not allowed.

    Mastercard Visa Cash The Clifton accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.

    The fine print

    Children under 10 years of age cannot be accepted.

    Children can only be accommodated in family rooms.

    The hotel and grounds are completely nonsmoking.

    Please note that the hotel does not accept American Express cards.

    FAQs about The Clifton

    • The prices at The Clifton may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates, hotel's policy etc.). To see prices, enter your dates.

    • The Clifton offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):

      • Beachfront
      • Bicycle rental
      • Beach

    • Room options at The Clifton include:

      • Double
      • Twin
      • Single
      • Suite
      • Twin/Double

    • Guests staying at The Clifton can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 9.5).

      Breakfast option(s) include:

      • Full English/Irish
      • Vegetarian
      • Gluten-free

    • The nearest beach is 350 feet from The Clifton. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

    • Check-in at The Clifton is from 3:00 PM, and check-out is until 11:00 AM.

    • The Clifton is 1,300 feet from the center of Shanklin. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.