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The Hambrough
Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Ventnor
Certificate of Excellence
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Perfection”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2013

We stayed and dined at the Hambrough last week and the experience was brilliant from start to finish.
The staff is friendly - nothing seemed like too much trouble, rooms are spacious, bright, clean and with amazing views over Ventnor bay.

We dined in the restaurant and had the tasting menu. The flavours were perfectly balanced, the dishes worked well together and the service was friendly and attentive.

We will definitely return and would recommend this little gem to anyone!!!

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Mariaondon
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Hambrough, Manager at The Hambrough, responded to this review, 2 September 2013
Thank you for your lovely review - we look forward to welcoming you back to the Hambrough.

Warm regards,

Jo Rogers
Operations Manager
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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93 reviews
30 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2013

The Hambrough is undoubtably in a great location with wonderful sea views from the classic seaside town of Ventnor. The rooms are lovely with good facilities but not 5 star in my view. Hadn't heard about the change of Chef, and had made booking based on past experience. That said, dinner was superb and all credit to the new incumbent. The local crab and treacle smoked salmon were delightful entres and the sea bass and lobster mains delivered the wow factor. Pads and cheese were up to standard. The service was perfectly timed and smiley.

Breakfast the following morning matched the previous nights experience. Delicious smoked salmon and fluffy scrammies. A lovely stay and happy to recommend.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank SteadyTiger
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Hambrough, Manager at The Hambrough, responded to this review, 27 August 2013
We are grateful for the lovely feedback - Thank you! We hope to welcome you back in the future and wish we are worthy of top marks then!

Warm regards,

Jo Rogers
Operations Manager
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Sussex
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2013

We had a very good experience at the Hambrough in Ventnor. A lovely small hotel, with bright, clean, comfortable rooms and fabulous views of the sea. I had not read any reviews as we stumbled upon this hotel whilst we were in Ventnor. I have now read the reviews - why do people worry about ridiculous things like "there is no reception - only a book!!??" The important things are.. This is a small hotel - no reception, no lift, no parking (if you want those things try the bog standard ) ... BUT oodles of charm, lovely, kind and happy, courteous staff. (Kaye was a delight). Delicious breakfast, gorgeous views, lovely products in the bright airy bathroom. All in all a great stay. I think you can learn a lot on Tripadvisor from the way a hotel replies to it's "not so good" reviews. Check out the Royal.. not terribly nice.. now look at the Hambrough - that's how they treat their customers too, with politeness and excellent customer service.

Room Tip: Lovely balcony in room 2 with a great view.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank BethSussex
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Hambrough, Manager at The Hambrough, responded to this review, 27 August 2013
Thank you very much for the great feedback - it was lovely having you here and I hope we get the chance to welcome you back to the Hambrough in the future.

Warm regards,

Jo Rogers
Operations Manager
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2013

Stayed here for 2 nights, lovely clean hotel and great view, didn't have dinner there but the menu looked great the breakfast was delicious, ate at The Spyglass Inn & Phileas Fogg restuarant in Ventnor, would recomend it to anyone, a bit overpriced though,I have paid the same prices per night in a 5* hotel in Barcelona on the seafront

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank bevvy1824
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Hambrough, Manager at The Hambrough, responded to this review, 16 August 2013
Thank you very much for the lovely feedback! We hope to see you back soon!

Warm regards,

Jo Rogers
Operations Manager
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Atlanta, Georgia
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2013 via mobile

Beautiful setting, tastefully done, with an amazing staff. Very much service first with lots of extra touches to make you feel welcomed. Counting the days until we get back. Room 3 has a great sitting area, nice view of the sea, very comfortable bed, and nice sized bath.

Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hambrough, Manager at The Hambrough, responded to this review, 5 August 2013
Thank you for your lovely review - we look forward to having you back soon!

Warm regards,

Jo Rogers
Operations Manager
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Hooke, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2013

I stayed at the Hambrough for three nights as a guest at a wedding - the wedding party had taken the hotel over and the civil ceremony are reception were held here.

The hotel itself was splendid - immaculate service, stunningly good food from their Michelin-starred chef and his team of experts, and there must have been a staff to guest ratio of 1:1 at least. Nothing was too much trouble, and the arrangements for the wedding went like clockwork. Certainly a hotel I would visit again, if only...............

..............it wasn't in Ventnor. The hotel's location is great, on a very quiet road overlooking the sea. But arriving in Ventnor was like turning the clock back to the 1950's. And the demographics were very strange - everyone seemed to be on a mobility scooter or on an ASBO (am I allowed to say that or is it not PC?).

I would have given full marks to the hotel - but it loses a 'star' for being in a town that I don't plan on visiting again anytime in the near future.

Room Tip: Room 2 overlooks the sea and has a private balcony.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hambrough, Manager at The Hambrough, responded to this review, 3 August 2013
Thank you for your kind comments - we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the wedding celebrations and your stay. I hope one day you can consider returning - I promise - Ventnor is on its way up!

Warm regards,

Jo Rogers
Operations Manager
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Fremantle, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2013

Our experience at the wonderful Hambrough, between June 29th and July 4th of 2013, was one of outstanding hospitality and service. Roomed on the top floor overlooking the fishing marina, our accommodation was exceptionally comfortable, modern with a mega comfy bed. Each day we were greeted by the smiling and very professional staff, specifically the charming Anna Maria and her colleaugue, Zeus.
Our dinner experience in this Michelen Start restaurant under the masterly cheffiness of Darren Beavers, made one of the most outstanding dinners we have had anywhere along our world travels.
The food combinations and flavours were so exotic and extremely tasty that it was hard to comprehend the creative mind behind the culinary genius. 6 Stars. Gavin and Jayne Mair (Australia)

Room Tip: A Balcony room would have been nice, but then you would have the creaking floorboards above you.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Gavin M
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Hambrough, Manager at The Hambrough, responded to this review, 29 July 2013
Thank you for your wonderful comment which I have shared with the team. They join me in saying it was great having you here!

Your guitar has been placed on the shelf above reception – thank you again for the lovely gesture!

I hope to see you back here soon!

Warm regards,

Jo Rogers
Operations Manager
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Additional Information about The Hambrough

Property: The Hambrough
Address: Hambrough Road, Ventnor PO38 1SQ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Isle of Wight > Ventnor
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Ventnor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — The Hambrough 5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sitting high above the fishing harbour in Ventnor, The Hambrough (AA 5 Star Accommodation) offers accommodation by the sea on the southern tip of the Isle of Wight. All but one of our seven spacious bedrooms has magnificent views of the sea and our award winning breakfasts are legendary. Although our restaurant is closed for the time being our bar is open where we are serving delicious afternoon and cream teas. ... more   less 
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