This hotel, set in lovely grounds, gives you the feel that you have gone back in time with the style of decor and architecture. Nice large comfortable bedrooms with King size beds and good service from the hotel staff. I was even lucky enough to get a free pint of Guinness of the bar manager! The food is very good although one should not go in to eat with shorts and T shirt on as everyone wears evening dress. The only down side really was the price which is quite high but then again it is a 4 star hotel (the only one on the IOW) so one should expect that.
We had a three day stay at The Royal Hotel in Ventnor, which was pleasant with no real nasty surprises for us, but not worth a return visit. I would give it a 2 star but my partner said that was a bit mean, so it gets 3.
Room: clean and comfortable, had all the extras you need, and as the hotel is placed well away from any busy roads, it was quiet... The bathroom is showing signs of wear and tear, bits wobble, black mould around the bath, shower unit could do with a look at.
Breakfast: I have stayed at a range of hotels and b&b's, but I can't remember that I have to sit where the table is allocated to a room number apart from when I was on a cruise ship, until my first breakfast dining experience at The Royal. What a Royal pain it was to try and sit near a window, first I got asked to move by the waiter with 'these tables are reserved', with no signs on the table saying at much, and when I later asked a waitress if I could sit on a window table, she looked at a clipboard and point to a table with ' they didn't come to diner last night'. The hotel wasn't even half full from the number of diners who came down during breakfast, and plenty of vacant window tables remained so during that time. Could this hotel do as others do, take a room number from the guest and allow the guest to sit where they want to sit, simple enough.
Hotel Restaurant: We did have an evening meal booked for one of the nights but after the breakfast fiasco, we cancelled and went to other local restaurants. I'm sure the food would have been nice, but why sit somewhere that they see you as an inconvenience.
Price: a little much for what it is.
Surprised to see that this spot has only one review, seeing as how it was teeming with half term visitors and groups of women having (taking?) tea during my trip here now nearly a month ago. I came here with my Aunt and her friend while taking in the sights around Ventnor. The hotel is beautiful with its stately facade and gardens featuring palms reminiscent of Devon or the South of France. As the weather was unseasonably warm, we ended up sitting outside, with a nice view of the outdoor pool (closed for the season) before going into the hotel for tea. As far as the food/drink on offer, there was nothing that couldn't be obtained elsewhere, as we ended up having sweet and savory scones with our respective pots of tea. I understand there is a Royal Tea that necessitates ordering 24 hours in advance, though I looked around at a couple of the neighboring tables that had chosen this option and it seemed underwhelming, to say the least. Needless to say, the food took a back seat to the ambiance (complete with a self-playing piano that endlessly entertained my Aunt's friend) and people watching. It was hard to believe that a few hours could pass in the blink of an eye, but it was good to take a pause from the hustle of ordinary life and pretend--even for a short time--to be a member of the leisured class of a bygone era, taking tea and watching the world go by.
Well appointed hotel with good quality service. Restaurant food very good. Recommended. Bar recently refurbished.
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