The Royal Hotel

Ventnor, Isle of Wight

You can take afternoon tea, as Queen Victoria did, at this ‘VERY good hotel', perhaps on the Geranium Terrace, ‘the whole length adorned with superb pink geraniums’. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

You can take afternoon tea, as Queen Victoria did, at this ‘VERY good hotel’, perhaps on the Geranium Terrace, ‘the whole length adorned with superb pink geraniums’. Sub-tropical gardens roll out before you, with views past the pool to the bay. Established in 1832, the former Fisher Hotel, now owned by William Bailey, attracted the Mayfair set, keen to swap London smog for sea-bathing and clean air. A reader this year praises the ‘high-quality accommodation’, the ‘personal, friendly service’, the advice given when choosing a room. These range from small to family, some in contemporary style, some with a country house feel. Another reader found Room 20 ‘spacious, well equipped, very comfortable, with two large windows facing the gardens and sea’. Lunch can be taken in the brasserie, bar, conservatory – or, in summer, from a hamper on the Riviera Terrace. Dinner is served under chandeliers in an opulent dining room. Chef Jon-Paul Charlo ‘aims high and delivers’, with such dishes as south coast crab with hand-rolled linguine, chilli, lime, coriander; lamb sausages, creamed potatoes, local greens, crispy onion, lamb sauce. Cooked breakfasts are ‘excellent’, too. (Graham Angel, MW)

Hotel details

Address

Belgrave Road
Ventnor
Isle of Wight
PO38 1JJ
England

Telephone

01983 852186

Bedrooms

51. 1 suitable for disabled.

Open

all year.

Facilities

lift, lounge, bar, 2 restaurants, conservatory, function rooms, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV, civil wedding licence, spa treatment rooms, terrace, 2-acre grounds, outdoor heated pool, public areas/toilet wheelchair accessible.

Background music

in public areas, pianist on peak-season weekends.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in some bedrooms, not in restaurants.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B single £100–£115, double £195–£305, D,B&B add £35 per person. Dinner £40, tasting menu £50. 2-night min. on peak weekends.

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