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The Royal Hotel, Ventnor, Isle of Wight
A grand Victorian hotel sitting high above the beach at Ventnor in the sunny south of the Isle of Wight, this is the place to go for an old-fashioned seaside holiday. Take afternoon tea on the terrace, swim in the secluded outdoor pool, wander down the steep hill to the beach and work up an appetite for dinner on your way back. Enjoy excellent local cuisine in the refined dining room or more casually in the brasserie and listen to the pianist tinkling the ivories. If that all sounds too relaxing, then charter the Royal rib for the day for an exhilarating round-island tour.
We love taking a daily dawdle to the beach, followed by the heart-pumping walk back up.
Located in the popular town of Ventnor with stunning views of the sea and coastline.
By car: 3 hours 30 mins from London via A3. 3 hours from Brighton via A27. All drivers will need to take the Fishbourne - Portsmouth ferry to get to the hotel. There is free parking at the hotel.
By train: From Portsmouth Harbour, change at Ryde Pier Head for Shanklin station (1-hour journey). Shanklin is a 15-minute drive from the hotel. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
The hotel is perfect for older couples wanting a refined getaway. The bar opens out onto a pretty terrace in the summer that makes you feel like you could be in France.
Service & Facilities
The friendly bar staff make a point of remembering preferences.
- Outdoor heated swimming pool
- "Royal Rib" for charter
- 24-hour room service
- Free parking
We love the old-fashioned elegance of the rooms. Room 20 has a canopy bed, bathroom with free-standing claw-foot bath and French doors opening onto a seaview balcony.
Classic, Deluxe, Premier, Family
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom, flat-screen TV, direct dial phone, tea and coffee-making facilities
Food & Drink
We love the care and attention that goes into presenting exquisite-looking plates of food. Whilst the restaurant is grand and formal, the conservatory offers live music and views of the garden.
The Royal Kitchen: 2 AA Rosettes, seasonal food including seafood and meats, fine wines, afternoon tea. Children's menus available. Open for lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. Mains from £18.95.