What a splendid experience, three nights in the Eversley. The staff could not have been friendlier or more helpful. The food at both breakfast and dinner was perfect, beautifully presented, freshly prepared, tasty and (both meat/fish and vegetables) cooked to perfection. After suffering reheated breakfast buffets at plush ***, **** and ***** hotels, what a delight to get freshly cooked eggs, mushrooms, bacon, saute potatoes and sausages, AND for them to be carefully and attractively presented on the plate. The chef and kitchen staff were clearly making a real effort, just like the visible members of staff.
My seabream was cooked to perfection, with delicious crunchy skin; the lamb shank fell off the bone; the vegetables were neither overcooked nor undercooked. Simply stated: perfection. Time and again. Perhaps it was not quite fine dining, since none of the dishes could be described as innovative, but perhaps that's not what's needed at a holiday hotel.
The hotel itself was immaculately clean and delightfullyt charming. One could just imagine Miss Marple as a guest. The lounges had the feeling of the 1930s or 1950s, though with modern paintings on the walls, and the old-world, unhurried charm of those days.
The hotel is within easy walking distance of the centre of Ventnor and the Esplanade, and is also quite close to the Botanic Gardens (worth a visit).
The price for our two rooms half-board included the ferry charges from the mainland and added up to fantastic value for money. Definitely the hotel to choose next time we visit the IOW.
Just one negative point. The hotel has no lift, so anyone with a mobility problem would find the stairs to the bedrooms rather tricky.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Eversley Hotel Ventnor, originally built as a gentleman's residence in 1873 has been in our family since 1964. Over the years we have built a reputation for our quality cuisine and friendly, attentive staff. Should you choose to stay, be it for 2 nights or 2 weeks, the Isle of Wight is a wonderful place to experience. The Hotel is situated by the picturesque Ventnor park, and our grounds lead to beautiful costal walks. The Eversley Hotel is approximately a 6-minute walk from Ventnor town and Ventnor beach. Nestling at the foot of St Boniface downs & lapped by the English Channel,Ventnor is renowned for its mild climate and almost Mediterranean feel, the perfect choice for your Isle of Wight holiday. The hotel consists of 2 buildings the main Eversley and the Dalston building, both built in the 1870's ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Eversley Hotel Ventnor, Isle Of Wight