The Royal Hotel

Built in 1832, as Ventnor burgeoned from fishing hamlet to resort for health tourists, the Fisher Hotel became ‘royal’ thanks to the patronage of Queen Victoria. More

Contact details

Belgrave Road
Isle of Wight
PO38 1JJ
01983 852186

Hotel information


51. Some suitable for disabled.


all year.


lift, lounge, bar, 2 restaurants, conservatory, function rooms, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV, civil wedding licence, spa treatment rooms, summer terrace, 2-acre grounds, outdoor heated swimming pool (May–end Sept), rigid inflatable boat for charter.

Background music

in public areas, pianist on peak-season weekends.


all ages welcomed.


allowed in some bedrooms for ‘a small supplement’, not in public areas where food is served.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.


per room B&B £195–£305, D,B&B £265–£375. Set dinner £31–£40, tasting menu £50. 2-night min. stay at peak weekends.

Good Hotel Guide Review

Built in 1832, as Ventnor burgeoned from fishing hamlet to resort for health tourists, the Fisher Hotel became ‘royal’ thanks to the patronage of Queen Victoria. Today, under the ownership of William Bailey, it’s a ‘luxurious’ place that ‘well deserves’ its Guide entry, says a trusted reader this year, praising the ‘staff consistency, comfort, good food and very personal welcome’. ‘Wonderful!’ another concurs. ‘The reception team are most pleasant and helpful. They booked our ferry both ways, sending us tickets and useful directions.’ The traditionally styled bedrooms have fresh fruit, flowers and garden views; family rooms sleep four or five. The ‘splendid’ Royal Tea is one of the old-fashioned charms, but prudence suggests settling for a slice of Battenberg at cake o’clock, leaving room for head chef Jon-Paul Charlo’s inventive cooking. ‘Our starter, the Gallybagger cheese soufflé with white onion purée, is amazing! An ‘excellent breakfast’ has ‘many cooked choices’. The sub-tropical gardens and sea bathing are as salubrious today as they were during Victoria’s reign. (Mary Coles, Mary Woods).

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The Royal Hotel
Belgrave Road
Isle of Wight
PO38 1JJ

Guest comments

'Superb in every way. All the staff, without exception, were kind, helpful and friendly. Housekeeping was of the highest order. Our room was excellent. For dinner, we think that the Royal Hotel is better than anywhere else we know. The gardens, with their climbing geraniums, are magnificent. Eat your heart out Kew! The new General Manager, Andrew Woodland, is very pleasant. ' - Mary Woods - April, 2019
'High quality accommodation; personal friendly service (good advice on which room to choose when booking by phone). Winter break package (booked direct with hotel) exceptional value. Restaurant aims high and delivers: cheese soufflé, sea bass with chicken, and intensely flavoured house made ice creams and sorbets highlights. ' - Graham Angel - November, 2018
'A VERY good hotel. Our welcome was excellent in every way. Room 20 is large, well equipped, very comfortable and spacious. All the staff were excellent, and wanted to ensure that our visit would be enjoyable. The breakfasts were excellent - the buffet is most enjoyable; cooked breakfasts very good, with plenty of choice. Dinners are very generous: a wide choice of main courses, plenty of puddings.. All the wines were well chosen and very good. ' - Mary Woods - June, 2018

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Tourist attractions

  • Aran Islands

    Day trips available to a Gaelic-speaking, traditional area off the west coast of Ireland.

Last updated: October 8, 2018. Information from the 2019 Good Hotel Guide