The Claremont Hotel, Douglas

If you are looking for a place to stay on the Isle of Man, I can highly recommend The Claremont in Douglas. The hotel is perfectly located on the waterfront, overlooking Douglas Bay and within a short walking distance to shopping, the ferry terminal and the station of the electric railway. The bus number 12, which runs to the airport, literally stops across the road from the hotel.

The rooms are nicely appointed and clean. There are complimentary tea and coffee making facilities, including a Nespresso machine. Every room also comes with bathrobes and slippers. The bed has one of those Tempur mattresses which adapt to the shape of your body. I thought the mattress was okay, but I can imagine that it may not be to everyone’s liking, especially if you prefer sleeping on a hard bed.

If you can, I would seriously recommend getting a room looking out the front, facing the rising sun, because the view is really lovely. However, on the downside, the windows do not have double-glazing so it can get a bit noisy, especially at the weekends.

The hotel’s restaurant is good and even offers Afternoon Tea, although this needs to be ordered in advance.

Link to The Claremont Hotel

Douglas, Isle of Man

The Isle of Man is sandwiched in between Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom, although the Isle of Man itself is not actually a part of the United Kingdom. As such, it is also not a part of the European Union.

The Isle of Man Railway is one of the island’s most popular attractions. In its heyday, the railway’s network ran along a distance of 74 kilometres, of which only about 25 kilometres remain today.

The city of Douglas is a good starting point for any excursion by train. Just in case it matters to you though, keep in mind that only the trains heading south from Douglas are steam powered, whereas the trains heading north are all electrically powered.

One classic itinerary sees tourists taking the train from Douglas station to Laxey and then transferring there on to the Snaefell Mountain Railway. On a sunny day it really is quite a pleasant journey and the view from Snaefell is rather breath taking. The train schedules are obviously all coordinated, so you rarely have to wait for any length of time for a train to arrive.