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)
Isle of Wight
51. 1 suitable for disabled.
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.
in public areas, pianist on peak-season weekends.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in some bedrooms, not in restaurants.
Amex, MC, Visa.
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.