I have long used the trip adviser website as a tool to decide where to stay, but our wonderful weekend at Hillside has inspired me to post my first review. We stayed for 2 nights and chose to eat dinner in the hotel both nights.
From the moment we got out of the car we were made to feel welcome and like we were the most important guests they'd ever had! The building itself has been lovingly restored to an extremely high standard exposing the heart of what is a stunning building, it has been decorated and furnished clearly by someone who has an eye for design, reflected in the bold colourful abstract paintings and well placed coffee table books. The entire hotel is kept spotlessly clean throughout, and although it is very modern in design, is warm and very comfortable to relax in.
Check in was seamless, we were shown up to our top floor room with a lovely view of Ventnor and the sea beyond, like we were old friends. Our bed was super comfortable and was home to, soft gorgeous fine quality linen ensuring an excellent nights sleep for both me and my partner.
The food was delicious, you choose between a meat, fish or vegetarian menu and dinner starts promptly at 7pm I can honestly say it was some of the tastiest food I have ever had the pleasure of eating.
The real stars of Hillside though are the owners Anna and Gert, and their staff (most notably Britta who was brilliant) who all seem to be able to read your mind... One minute I think I fancy a cup of tea, the next Anna is there asking me if I want one! They got the balance of friendliness and privacy exactly right, resulting in service worthy of a 5 star hotel but without the pomposity which so often accompanies that level of attention.
When we left, we genuinely felt as though we were leaving friends, not just a hotel. Hillside thoroughly deserves my 5 star trip advisor rating, in fact if they had a special 6 star rating they would qualify for that too, as they genuinely go the extra mile for every single one if their guests!
Thank you so much Hillside, we will definitely be back for our baby break ASAP!!!
- 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