I was going over to the Isle of Wight for its half marathon, so thought I would make a weekend of it. A Times travel piece said that Ventnor was THE place to stay. The Royal Hotel was mentioned as a nice play to stay, so I thought I'd give it a go. Well, its common areas are very nice and the service is superb. The breakfast is very nice, and I had one very nice dinner: well cooked, nice atmosphere. However, I was very disappointed by my 'classic' room. I was on my own, so the 'single' room was literally a single - a tiny bed in a small, square room (I'd say, no more than 7 x 10 feet). It was very, very basic. I paid £120 a night, so expected something a bit more classy and comfortable - even the pillows were flat. Also, for that rate, I don't expect to have to pay extra for a newspaper or an espresso. On the positive side, they did give me a £20 voucher for dinner, I assume as an incentive to eat there. As for Ventnor, the village area is very boho, and I happened to be there for Ventnor Carnival so saw the illuminated parade. However, the seaside promenade was a disappointment; I'm still not sure why many of the businesses were closed at 7 pm on a Friday night in the height of Summer. In summary, there are several other hotels in the area that appear to be better value, so I'd try them out before coming to The Royal Hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Royal Hotel is one of the Isle of Wight’s Best Kept Secrets – a refined and elegant historic jewel and a destination for the discerning traveller for more than 150 years. This is the island’s leading AA Four Star hotel.Grand yet intimate, this beautiful early Victorian hotel has 54 bedrooms and is set in sub tropical gardens in the seaside town of Ventnor, on the island’s south coast. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Hotel Ventnor
- The Royal Hotel Ventnor, Isle Of Wight