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Hillside Hotel
Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Ventnor
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1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Exceptional. People, place, provender - all delightful.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2011

Beautiful rooms in Scandinavian chic. Nothing too much trouble for our hosts with excellent communication before the trip and care and attention to all our needs during the stay. They even vacated the carport so we could keep our cherished car under cover. Great recommendations for dinner on the days that we did not eat in, and great food for those when we did. No tea or coffee in the room but you can always ask for it anytime downstairs - in fact we never had to ask, it was always offered just when we needed it! How did they know? A bit of a hike up the hill from the town, but you have to work off those calories somehow. Can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Fareham, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2011

My husband and I were looking for a quiet break, good food, good service and a clean comfortable hotel. Hillside more than met expectations. We were warmly greeted by Gert and Anna and made to feel welcome from the moment we pulled up in the car. Nothing was too much trouble for any member of the small but effecient and friendly team. Our room was spotless and comfortable. The food was excellent - both dinner and breakfast. Even the marmalade and jams are home made. We stayed for two nights and were sorry to leave. The two night break felt like a weeks holiday. We have travelled worldwide and stayed in some very fine hotels. Should we need a short break in the future this is where we will head. We will be back!

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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23 Thank KimnMike65
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2011

We stayed here for our Easter break and thought it was fantastic. From the minute we arrived to the minute we left we were looked after extremely well. The team have a fantastic eye for detail and really understand that fine balance between great service and attention without over doing it. I would recommend the Hillside to anyone looking for a nice relaxing break away in fantastic surroundings in excellent accomodation. The beds by the way are very very comfortable. Really a 5 star experience

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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22 Thank martin123432
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2011

Hillside is possibly the best hotel I have ever stayed in, and certainly I have never been made to feel more welcome anywhere. Anna and Gert are born hosts with flawless attention to detail. From the moment I arrived they couldn’t do enough for me. I was plied with coffee and even got a chance to sample Gert’s beer (which he has just started brewing).

The hotel has a refreshingly modern style with no chintz in sight. That alone sets it apart from the usual hotels on the Island. This was my second trip to the Isle of Wight in a year and the contrast with my earlier trip couldn’t have been greater. On that occasion I stayed in a hotel that felt like it was trapped in the 1950s. As a solo traveller I was put into a tiny cell with broken bed and minute shower room. They had rules for everything and one didn’t want to linger in the hotel

Hillside is completely different. I had a relatively large and airy room with a view over the downs at the side of the house (and even an oblique sea view). There was a proper bath which was most welcome after a day traipsing over the hills and the bed was amazingly comfortable. I slept like a log, at least until I was awakened by the morning sun. The public rooms are large, comfortable and sensibly furnished. There is a lovely conservatory and a very well landscaped terrace (especially popular in the blazing sunshine).

I hope to be able to return to Hillside in the future, and in the meantime I would advise anyone travelling to Ventnor to stay there. Truly a 5* experience that sets a new standard for others to live up to.

Room Tip: Dine here if you can - the food is excellent
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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2011

We had a fantastic time at this great hotel with exemplary attention to detail.
The breakfast & dinner service is amazing and Anna, Gert, Britta & Chef make sure everything is perfect.
Will definately be returning as Ventnor and the IoW have a lot to offer and are conveniently close to London :-)

Room Tip: A great base for exploring by foot & by bus
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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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11 Thank salim_stacey
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Newbury , UK
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65 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2011

Hillside exceeded our expectations in every way. Great location, amazing design and truly first rate hospitality from the owners and their staff. The trip adviser rating / awards say it all ......we will definitely visit again.

We ate their one night and if I'm honest I was a bit nervous about eating at such a small hotel, wondering if there would be any atmosphere and what the food would be like. We had a great evening, lovely food, reasonable price and no drive or walk home to worry about.

We were cycling around the Island (65 miles) which I would recommend to anyone with a good level of fitness. There is a way marked route which makes navigation easy on back roads and lanes - (see www.cycleisland.co.uk). We were worried about cycling on poorly maintained roads following the pot holes on the drive from the ferry, but once on the back roads it was absolutely fine. There was even room to park the bikes in one of the garages.

Many places we stay, including ones which cost hundreds of pounds more, could learn a thing or two from a visit to this little gem.

Room Tip: Look out for the red squirrels in the garden
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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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11 Thank MrandMrsSmith1
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Derby, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2011

A beautifully positioned hotel overlooking the sea decoratred in spotless Danish style. A warm welcome from the hosts Gert and Anna. Good sized rooms with excellent views from the front bedrooms. Food of a very high standard in the evenings and good wine list; excellent breakfast choice. Easy walking distance into town (steep hils but that's the IOW!). Would certainly recommend it and also return.

Room Tip: Ask for seaview room.
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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Hillside Hotel
Address: 151 Mitchell Avenue, Ventnor PO38 1DR, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Isle of Wight > Ventnor
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Ventnor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Hillside Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hillside is a charming 18th-century Grade II listed Hotel built of mellow stone and thatch, with panoramic sea views and a southerly aspect. Set within 5 acres, backed by St. Boniface Down overlooking the Victorian town of Ventnor, Hillside's location is delightful in summer, sheltered and cosy in winter. Hillside has 2 eateries: Hillside Restaurant and Hillside Bistro giving super choices for lunch and evening meals of highest standard. Hillside is welcoming individuals and groups. Hillside Hotel is a calm place to relax and enjoy great company and presence. ... more   less 
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