Alex Fisher spends the night at The Royal Hotel, an elegant stay in Ventnor on the Isle of Wight
WHAT’S THE BUZZ?
This elegant hotel, built in 1832, offers a sophisticated break overlooking the sea in Ventnor. Exuding timeless style, it has an outdoor pool set within pretty gardens, fantastic food and excellent service.
WHAT ARE THE ROOMS LIKE?
With influences varying from Art Deco to Country Manor, all rooms have an elegant polish.
ANY LUXURIOUS TOUCHES?
The entire hotel exudes laid-back luxury from times gone by. Organic Voya treatments are offered in the rooms; fluffy gowns and a range of toiletries are provided.
BEST SEA VIEW?
The Deluxe and Premier rooms offer the best views of the sea and gardens.
HOW’S THE FOOD?
Head chef Steven Harris has created an exciting menu for Royal visitors. Starters may include Ventnor Bay crab or their home-smoked salmon, for mains try their stunning seafood risotto served with langoustine bisque, and don’t forget to leave room for one of their divine desserts. They are famous for their soufflés, so if you don’t start with a Gallybagger cheese soufflé, then do finish with a passion fruit soufflé with pineapple carpaccio, passion fruit sorbet and coconut tuille. Dinner is served from 6.45pm to 8.45pm. A two course meal starts from around £28. In the warmer months you can also dine on the Riviera Terrace, which has uninterrupted views across Ventnor Bay.
WHAT WILL IT COST?
Rooms start at £280 for a classic double in low season. To book call 01983 852186 or visit royalhoteliow.co.uk.
HOW DO I GET THERE?
To book your ferry to the Isle of Wight go to wightlink.co.uk.