Having returned from The Royal yesterday and having stayed there for the last four years, my husband and I were very disappointed with the evening meals. We felt that if you were coming from outside for a meal, £40 for three courses was a bit steep. The first night I had the lobster starter (with a £3.00 supplement). We have both had lobster at the Royal on previous visits, so I was very much looking forward to it. There was a piece of very tough lobster about the size of a 1 1/2 inch square on a bed of, well I really don't know what. Very disappointed. The menu was basically the same for all four nights. Also, vegetables and salad were non-existent. The "three fried" chips were disgusting (I tried them twice).
Bring back the old chef!!!
The staff are absolutely brilliant and cannot do more for you. We left a very large tip for them.
The other issue I have, is that the bar is "open for residents" all night. One night we were woken by "drunks" returning to their room at 4.15 am (with a ten year old child).
I have never commented on a hotel before, but having stayed there previously, it was a bit of a disappointment. I don't think we will be returning. (We go to the IOW to visit family once a year.)
- 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