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From the north facing sailing centres of Cowes, Yarmouth and Seaview to sheltered southerly resorts such as Ventnor, Shanklin and Sandown the island is definitely worth a visit and our list of the best places to stay in the Isle of Wight should inspire you to call a friendly guru and book your break.
The Isle of Wight is a sheer delight. It is carpeted with a diverse countryside, part dramatic, part gentle, and has a quirky charm all its own.
The George Hotel in Yarmouth is one of the best places to stay on the Isle of Wight. This family friendly Georgian property with a huge sun terrace overlooking the Solent has superb period features inside including a17th century panelled hall and bedrooms with crooked wooden floors.
The best bedrooms have private decks. Guests can eat and drink on the terrace when the weather permits and take in the huge sea and sky view.
The suntrap garden is a perfect spot for a very long lunch or if you don't quite make lunch this charmingly accomodating hotel serves breakfast at any time of day.
Beach huts and ice cream stalls, crab shacks and oddball cafes, pretty villages, harbours full of bobbing boats, thatched cottages, cosy pubs, rivers, cliffs and gentle cycleways along disused railway lines: simple, timeless pleasures.
- All of these can be experienced from the comfort of The Seaview Hotel. A firm favourite with both locals and visitors, The Seaview has a relaxed vibe and is perfect for anyone a bit sailing mad.
- For wonderful views, a spot of time travel and a truly quirky place to stay, try the Northbank Hotel in Seaview. Run by the same family since 1959, you won't find en suite bathrooms, but you will find an unforgettable atmosphere and fabulous breakfasts straight from the Aga.
- The Little Gloster is a stylish B&B close to Cowes that is becoming increasingly popular with the the boating set. It serves up delicious yet unpretentious food in the eponymous restaurant and offers three cool bedrooms - book the balcony suite for a private terrace overlooking the Solent.
The island is hugely popular and this is reflected in the increasing number of great places to stay on the Isle of Wight .
- The Hambrough is a must for foodies - it is the island's only Michelin starred establishment, but it also boasts stylish accommodation, pampering bathrooms and wonderful views over Ventnor's esplanade.
- The final property in our selection of the best places to stay on the Isle of Wight is Hillside. This thatched Georgian villa is a revelation when you get inside. Chock-a-block with designer Danish furniture and abstract art. It oozes cool Scandanavian sophistication with a very warm welcome.
Best Hotels in The Isle of Wight
Northbank Hotel 18 rooms from $61Seaview, The Isle of Wight
An eccentric family run hotel in a fabulous setting - the 1930s with a ‘60s twist. Forget en suite bathrooms, but for families wanting a very relaxed seaside atmosphere at reasonable rates, with lots of friends to make, it's an experience. The antithesis of boutique.Families - A memorable experince for all the family, with eccentric hosts, communal bathrooms and plenty of beachlife.Great walks - With over thirty miles of Heritage coastline, there are many stunning walks to be had.Sailing - A prime sailing spot and a favourite past time for both locals and tourists.Sights nearby - Carisbrooke Castle - once a prison for Charles I.
The Little Gloster 3 rooms from $86Gurnard, The Isle of Wight
Top quality food with Solent seaviews to match - a delightful and stylish b+b close to Cowes and popular with sailors. Just three bright, seaside chic, minimalist bedrooms, one with a private terrace. A lawn overlooks the sea. Delightful.Restaurant - Recommended.Views - Lovely Solent views.Sailing - Can be booked nearby.Seaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.
The George Hotel 17 rooms from $171Yarmouth, The Isle of Wight
Handsome, relaxed Georgian hotel in charming Yarmouth with great Solent views. Popular food, lovely bedrooms, some with antique panelling and private decks. Family friendly, a great base for sailing or exploring the Island.Exclusive offer - "Winter Warmers"Romantic Break - The perfect getaway for two, simple yet undeinably elegant rooms, deep soaking tubs, views of the bay and top notch dining.Local exploring - Situated between the pier and Yarmouth Castle, there is plenty to keep you entertained.Sights nearby - Less than a mile away is Fort Victoria now housing an aquarium, planetarium and underwater archaeology centre.Great walks - Work up and appetite for dinner along the miles of coastal paths and trails.Recommended by - Sawdays
The Seaview 28 rooms from $178Seaview, The Isle of Wight
Friendly, stylish hub in the centre of charming Seaview, popular with locals. Boasting a busy terrace, two restaurants and a mix contemporary or chintzy bedrooms in various sizes, some with views. Great base for sailing or local exploring, 50 yards from the sea.Families - A family friendly hotel on an island that provides plently of outdoor activities for children, plus babysitting services.Beach Life - Situated right on the coast. Ideal for all manner of sea bourne activities or simply coastal walking.Sights nearby - Puckpool Mortar Battery is nearby and makes for an interesting historical visit.Great walks - Bring one of the hotels packed lunches and walk the coastal path to Ryde beach.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
The Hambrough 7 rooms from $184Ventnor, The Isle of Wight
An enchanting clifftop villa with spectacular seaviews, in charming Ventnor. Lovely light and modern bedrooms with pampering bathrooms. Nearly all bedrooms have views, some with balconies.The fine dining restaurant uses local produce and experimental cooking. A chic stay.Foodies - Chef Robert Thompson has transformed the restaurant into a veritable Mecca for foodies- emphasis is on local, fresh ingrediants.Romantic Break - Stylish rooms, with private balconies overlooking the picturesque bay, incredible food and romantic walks along the coast.Sights nearby - Visit the nearby is historical and beautiful village of Bonchurch, once the home of Charles Dickens.Great walks - Make the most of the miles of sandy beaches and coastal paths.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide
Hillside 12 rooms from $191The Isle of Wight
Stylish guesthouse in a charming thatched Georgian villa, overlooking Ventnor and the sea. Rooms are all white, with designer furniture and abstract art abound. Groups and families can also stay in the stables apartment adjacent to the house. A tranquil place to stay, with wooded gardens.Views - Overlooking Ventnor with panoramic seaviews.Great walks - At the foot of St Boniface DownSecluded setting - For escaping.Seaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide