The Royal Hotel

‘Splendid afternoon teas’ are part of the ‘olde-worlde charm’ at this ‘absolutely wonderful hotel’ overlooking the esplanade and the English Channel. More

Contact details

The Royal Hotel
Belgrave Road
Ventnor
Isle of Wight
PO38 1JJ
England
01983 852186

Hotel information

Bedrooms

52. 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, Riviera Terrace (summer only), 2-acre grounds, outdoor heated swimming pool (May–Sept), rigid inflatable boat for charter.

Background music

in public areas, pianist on peak-season weekends.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in some bedrooms, not in public areas where food is served.

Credit cards

all major cards.

Prices

[2017] 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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Special offers

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.

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The Royal Hotel
Belgrave Road
Ventnor
Isle of Wight
PO38 1JJ

Guest comments

'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
'An old-fashioned hotel, and all the better for it. The splendid front rooms are worth going for as they have a good view over the gardens and the sea. The food is absolutely excellent and so is the service. Staff are very friendly and helpful. ' - John Wheeler - October, 2014

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