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Gracellie Hotel (Shanklin, Isle of Wight)
Member Name: lyndsey1989
Gracellie Hotel (Shanklin, Isle of Wight)
Advantages: Beautiful restaurant, lovely rooms, very clean, polite and friendly owners and staff
We visited the Isle of Wight back at the end of October 2011. We were planning a weekend away with The Suns Hotels for £5 deal and we just fancied going to the Isle of Wight so we chose from the hotels on offer and this one looked the nicest and in the best location for us so we went for this one.
==Where is The Gracellie?==
The Gracellie is on Hope Road in Shanklin on the Isle of Wight. Shanklin is one of the larger towns on the island and there are some shops there, many hotels and pubs, and a beach.
==Arriving at the hotel==
The hotel was easy to find as we used our sat nav but if you don't have a sat nav it would probably be best to look up the hotel on Google Maps or something first because Shanklin is quite big and therefore you could struggle to find it.
When we arrived the hotel looked like a nice place to stay. The exterior of the hotel looked nice, it was white and looked like it had been recently painted. There is a large area at the front of the hotel for parking, there were no marked bays or signs telling you how or where to park but as it was empty when we arrived we parked how we thought would be best.
Entering the hotel you go straight into a reception area which I preferred as often when visiting hotels you have to walk through the bar with your bags and I always feel a bit self conscious.
The man who greeted us was very polite and friendly. He was the owner of the hotel and he was keen to chat to us about where we had travelled from and what our plans were etc. He told us that he had only just reopened the hotel and was 'testing the waters' before the Christmas rush.
I always feel a bit embarrassed if I have booked a room at a reduced rate (I don't know why! They made the offer!) But the owner was extremely welcoming and treated us as though we had paid full rate.
He showed us to our rooms which were upstairs. We went with my sister and her partner and they had put us in rooms opposite which was nice as I like to go in and bug them if my partner is asleep or in the shower etc!
The rooms were very nice and I couldn't quite believe we'd paid a fiver each! The two rooms we had were ever so slightly different, our room had a nice, modern en suite whilst my sisters had a larger area where the toilet was separate but next to the shower room. Both of the bathrooms were lovely, they had very modern fittings and they were finished to a high standard. They were also spotlessly clean which was a huge relief to me as I do suffer from OCD and I get very upset if I go somewhere and it is dirty!
The rooms both had a double bed, a flat screen tv, a desk, a chair, two bedside tables, a chest of drawers and a hanging rail. As we were only staying one night we didn't bother to unpack but the hotel room was very nice, the carpet was soft and clean and the bedding was crisp and white and in perfect condition.
The view from our room was of the garden which was undergoing renovation at the time so I don't want to really include that in my review as I don't think its fair to mark the hotel down because there was some waste lying around - I imagine it will be finished by now and will look lovely as does the rest of the hotel.
The hotel provided tea, coffee and hot chocolate making facilities and shampoo and shower gel. The cups and spoons were sparkling and the kettle was also nice and clean inside.
The hotel has a bar and an on site restaurant. We didn't visit the restaurant because we were heading out for the evening and decided to grab something whilst out but there is a menu available to view on their website and I believe the restaurant is open to non residents too. Prices range from £4.50 to £5.25 for a starter, £8.50 to £16.50 for a main and desserts from £2.50 to £4.95.
It is worth noting that we had breakfast in the restaurant area the following morning and it is absolutely gorgeous in there, finished to an extremely high standard.
We visited the bar later on in the evening and as we were the only guests at the hotel we had it to ourselves! Drinks were a reasonable price and the girl behind the bar was very friendly and polite. We had a few games of pool and darts and then retired to bed.
The hotel also has an outdoor swimming pool but as we went in October I cannot comment on this!
==How did I sleep?==
I am a terrible sleeper. Some nights I'm lucky to get two hours and I often wake up 5 or 6 times a night. Therefore when I stay away from home I tend to not sleep well because I am not in familiar surroundings.
At The Gracellie I slept extremely well. The bed was comfortable and cosy and it was very quiet. The curtains were thick so therefore blocked the light out and when I awoke the following morning I felt fully rested as did my partner. My sisters partner had a stinking cold so he was up in the night but of no fault of the hotel!
Breakfast was an additional £5 per person to us because of course we only paid £5 each to stay there. When we went down for breakfast we were greeted by a lady who I think was the owners wife but now I cant remember! However, the lady was extremely friendly, going out of her way to make us comfortable.
We had cereal and she bought us toast with preserves. She then asked if we would like cooked breakfast too. I was going to decline as I had had cereal and toast but she twisted my arm telling me I could have anything I liked! I chose just a poached egg and some beans and a hash brown. The men ordered everything on the menu and my sister ordered something similar to me I think.
The breakfast came out looking absolutely delicious. It tasted delicious too! She bought more toast with the breakfast and she was very friendly. Once we had finished she asked if we would like anything else and we felt like we were truly valued there.
Checking out we needed to pay for our breakfast and return our keys. The husband and wife were both there to bid us farewell and they were very grateful for our custom and were keen to chat about our lives aswell as their hotel.
They were an absolutely lovely couple and it felt more as though we were staying with relatives than in a hotel as they were so attentive and friendly and they were often seen around the hotel rather than being hidden away in an office.
The Gracellie Hotel and Restaurant
25 - 27 Hope Road
Isle of Wight PO37 6ED
Telephone: 01983 863243
This was a lovely hotel which was finished to a high standard. I cannot remember exactly what the room rates were usually but I remember thinking I would definitely book with them again as it was affordable and very clean and welcoming. I have a feeling the rate for a double room was around £70 or £75 but please don't take my word on it because I'm not entirely sure.
Next time we fancy a jaunt over to the Isle of Wight I will probably book this hotel straight away. For the room rate you get a lot for your money and the owners are very welcoming and friendly. Breakfast was fab too so I imagine the restaurant is also worth a visit!
Summary: A place I will be staying when I return to the IOW!
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