We stayed last weekend with friends and found the hotel excellent in every respect from room quality to friendliness of staff. The position, breakfast quality and ambience was superb.
The only factor stopping a rating of five is that on a weekend break where one wants to slow down the pace and chill, breakfast had to be taken between 8am and 9am with a 10am checkout. The offer of their bistro in town instead of breakfast for brunch did not really compensate.
That said we would definitely return but would request that the hotel reviews it's weekend breakfast approach. I work in the hotel industry myself and was surprised to see this approach to weekend breakfast as I've never seen it operated before, a 10am or 10.30am finish is normal practice. I can only think that it relates to staffing costs and overhead control, which again is surprising given the hotels price point.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hillside Hotel Ventnor, Isle Of Wight