We spent 2 nights at Hillside and can only repeat what others have said. Gert is a great host and has very good staff. The rooms are bright, spotless and airy. The linen felt like it was brand new and the shower room continued the theme. Downstairs there are two rooms where one can enjoy a pre or after dinner drink or coffee or just relax with a book or a newspaper. Then there is the breakfast room/restaurant which looks really pretty in the evening with myriads of lit candles. Outside there is a long conservatory and terrace with fantastic sea views over Ventnor. We had one dinner here which was excellent and very good value. The drinks are also good value.
The service is attentive without being in your face and the location ideal. It's a short walk into town but a bit uphill on the way back. Gert is opening a Bistro in town and we had a quick peek (before it opened). The decor matches the hotel and I'll bet it will be excellent.
One suggestion-- A bowl of fresh fruit salad would be a good addition to the otherwise very good breakfast selection.
Overall a great place for a getaway or a family reunion. Plenty of parking as well.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hillside is a charming 18th-century Grade II listed Hotel built of mellow stone and thatch, with panoramic sea views and a southerly aspect. Set within 5 acres, backed by St. Boniface Down overlooking the Victorian town of Ventnor, Hillside's location is delightful in summer, sheltered and cosy in winter. Hillside has 2 eateries: Hillside Restaurant and Hillside Bistro giving super choices for lunch and evening meals of highest standard. Hillside is welcoming individuals and groups. Hillside Hotel is a calm place to relax and enjoy great company and presence. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hillside Hotel Ventnor, Isle Of Wight