52. 1 suitable for disabled.
lift, lounge, bar, 2 restaurants, conservatory, function rooms, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV, civil wedding licence, spa treatment rooms, Riviera Terrace (summer only), 2-acre grounds, outdoor heated swimming pool (May–Sept), rigid inflatable boat for charter.
in public areas, pianist on peak-season weekends.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in some bedrooms, not in public areas where food is served.
all major cards.
 per room B&B £190–£290, D,B&B £260–£360. Set dinners £31–£40, à la carte £33. 2-night min. stay at peak weekends.
Good Hotel Guide Review
‘Splendid afternoon teas’ are part of the ‘olde-worlde charm’ at this ‘absolutely wonderful hotel’ overlooking the esplanade and the English Channel. It is owned by William Bailey, a son of Isle of Wight hoteliers. A grande dame of traditional seaside hotels, in a ‘perfect location for exploring the island’, it earns a full entry this year thanks to regular Guide readers who praise its ‘high standards’, ‘kind, efficient staff’ and ‘scrumptious orange soufflé’. Outside are a geranium-festooned veranda and sea-view picnic spots in an expanse of sub-tropical gardens; in the smart brasserie, ‘beautiful conservatory’ and chandelier-hung dining room, chef Steven Harris’s cooking is ‘superb in every way’. ‘Of note: delicious Isle of Wight Gallybagger cheese soufflé; excellent Ventnor Bay crab; sirloin steak with plenty of good veg; a fruity meringue dessert.’ The classy bedrooms – some within sound of the sea – are elegant without being old-fashioned; the best, and most spacious, have garden views and extra seating space. Cliff-top walks are minutes away; lunches on a skippered boat may be arranged. ‘Steephill Cove, near the botanic garden, is not to be missed.’ (Mary Woods, Mary Coles)
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10% discount voucher
This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. To take advantage of this offer, you must present the voucher at the time of booking.
Day trips available to a Gaelic-speaking, traditional area off the west coast of Ireland.