The Royal Hotel

Ventnor, Isle of Wight

Lawns run down to the pool in sub-tropical gardens ‘which, with their climbing geraniums, are magnificent’ at this cliff-top hotel overlooking the esplanade. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

Lawns run down to the pool in sub-tropical gardens ‘which, with their climbing geraniums, are magnificent’ at this cliff-top hotel overlooking the esplanade. ‘From the genuine reception to the moment we leave the hotel, we feel valued and cared for in this fast-paced life,’ say readers, hinting at a timeless air within. And yes, it is more cocktails and piano than boutique-chic. The bedrooms vary in size and aspect. Some have a country house feel, with antiques; others are more contemporary. Sea and garden views command a premium. ‘Ours was, as usual, just right, and we had everything we could need,’ write trusted readers. ‘The staff are very kind, attentive and capable. Our reservation was dealt with perfectly, our ferries booked and a parking space reserved.’ New chef Ben Chamberlain is developing the menus while retaining such favourites as lamb sausages and day-boat fish with beurre blanc. ‘The Gallybagger cheese soufflé is something special!’ There is a separate menu for vegetarians and vegans. Remember, too, to take afternoon tea, as Queen Victoria often did, perhaps on the Geranium Terrace. (Eric and Mary Woods, and others)

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, in-room TV, civil wedding licence, spa treatment rooms, terrace, 2-acre grounds, outdoor heated pool, public areas/toilet wheelchair accessible, six electric charging points.

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 £115–£135, double £170–£305, D,B&B add £35 per person. Dinner £40, tasting menu £50. Min. 2-night stays on peak weekends.