The Waterfront Inn

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True to its name, our family-run Guest House is poised right on the Shanklin’s shoreline, offering panoramic views over Sandown Bay towards Culver Cliff and beyond. We have eight en-suite bedrooms and, with an atmosphere that is as welcoming as it is relaxing, we hope to ensure our guests enjoy a tranquil stay.

Our brasserie offers lunches and dinners throughout the year, while the well-stocked bar has real ales, lagers, wines, spirits, soft drinks plus delicious cocktails. Classic furnishings create a stylish indoor environment with a bar and separate dining room, while mosaic tables and comfortable seating outside allow for a priceless al fresco dining experience.

Charles Darwin once visited this famous town and after a stay at The Waterfront (then known as Norfolk House) commented that it was one of the nicest seaside places he had ever seen. Free WiFi is available throughout, pets and children are welcome and there is free overnight parking directly opposite the guest house, along the seafront. For further information please visit the tabs below.


The Waterfront Inn is all about customer service – it’s in our DNA.

We offer a full English breakfast with local produce, together with fresh orange juice and piping hot coffee and tea. Cereals, yogurts, fresh fruit and other juices are always available and we can cater for most dietary requirements including vegetarian. Breakfast is served at a time to suit you, normally until 9.30am.

Our restaurant is open from 12 noon until 9pm daily, serving great value lunches, snacks and evening meals. You can check out our lunch menu – then follow the links for our other menus. The bar opens at 10am and closes late. We often have live music during the spring and summer weekends. Check-in is usually from 2pm but can be earlier by prior arrangement. Check-out is by 10am but, again, can be varied if needed and we can store luggage for you should you require it.


The Waterfront Inn has 8 rooms – all are non-smoking and ensuite with either a bath with shower over or a separate shower cubicle. 6 rooms have double beds, one has a King-sized bed and one has twin beds. Four have fantastic sea views over Sandown Bay. We offer all staying guests a complimentary hot drink on arrival and you’ll find everything you need in your room, from bottled water and coffee/tea making facilities to Duck Island toiletries and high quality towelling & linen. Herbal teas and de-caffeinated drinks are available on request. Every room is equipped with a modern, flat-screen television with Freeview.

Facilities & Features

The Waterfront Inn is right on the seafront on Shanklin Esplanade and therefore is perfect for families with children or those looking for a relaxing seaside break. Pets and children are welcome throughout the guest house and pets can be accommodated in the non-seaview rooms. Daily newspapers are provided. We have a well-stocked bar, a separate dining room (both equipped with large TVs) and an extensive patio area, perfect for watching the boats go by. Many board games and packs of cards are available. We host live music throughout the summer weekends and the occasional pub quiz. Our friendly staff are always on hand to advise on how to get the best out of our beautiful island, how to get around on the bus and the train, where to find car hire, cycle hire, boat hire etc.

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Adults Only
Bar and/or Restaurant
Family Friendly
Ferry Arranged or Inclusive
Fitness Facilities and/or Spa
Free Wi-Fi
Ground Floor Room(s)
Half-Board Available
Linen Included (applies to self-catering)
Off Road Parking
Open All Year
Pets Accepted by Arrangement
Sea View (some rooms)
Swimming Pool
Wheelchair User Accessible
19, The Esplanade, Shanklin, Isle of Wight, PO37 6BN
01983 863023
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