I acknowledge that I am not properly qualified to express adequately my experience of this gem, this bijou hotel. I must give a context for this review - I am over seventy; I spent over thirty five years as an officer in the British Army; I am not overly fond of 'modern'. I was with about twenty others. As I entered the Villa Rothsay, I stepped into a world furnished with items that would have been familiar to either of my grand-mothers! Victoriana is alive and well! The era of King Edward VII garnishes the ambience. Immediately it was apparent that 'Formica and fluorescent' happily were absent. I wish I could describe the furniture properly, but I simply do not know how, except to say it is comfortable and lovely to look at. My bedroom was just like a room at 'Grannie's house' and furnished identically! There was a TV, but I didn't use it. Not all is ancient: Wi-fi is free, fast and everywhere. Floorboards groan; doors creak - nothing so vulgar as numbers on the bedroom doors, so try to remember where your room is. All rooms have the obligatory bathroom en-suite. The drawing-room has splendid views and is enhanced by small balconies accessed through French windows. There is an 'Honesty Bar' that led me fiercely astray - I did sign properly for everything consumed of course, but helping oneself seems to involve drinking more. (Dear American friends - think Hilton or Inter-Continental and then think the absolute opposite). Comfort of course and every small hotel facility but such superb staff and service as the great hotel chains can only dream of. Food! Be warned the 'Full English Breakfast' emphasises the 'FULL'. After the first morning, I stuck to kippers and scrambled egg and toast! Supper or dinner, are treats that many Michelin starred establishments could not hope to emulate. In keeping with a certain eccentricity that pervades this wonderful place, the owner 'suggests' a menu - I only saw a written menu once in four days. If the items requested are not fresh, they will be denied. I truly believe that if a guest asked in time for 'Swan in Aspic' or 'Fricassee of Fresh Otter', it would be provided. Dear readers, if any there be, please forgive my rambling style. It is not inexpensive and may not suit all. Enter this truly magical place with an open mind and most importantly, with a large smile - it will be reciprocated a hundred times.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Villa Rothsay Hotel & Restaurant is a characterful & charming boutique hotel located near to the Royal Yacht Squadron at Cowes with commanding views from it's many balconies and reception rooms, across the Solent towards the New Forest.The hotel has long been the choice of sailors and business personalities from around the World to meet their accommodation, dining and hospitality needs, as is evidenced by the huge collection of nautical memorabilia throughout the hotel.The 14 bedrooms are all en-suite and offer all mod-cons including LCD Freeview TVs and complimentary WiFi.The perfect place to 'get away from it all' and a perfect base to explore the magnificent Isle of Wight. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Rothsay Hotel Cowes, Isle Of Wight