The Wellington Hotel
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Derek and Megan - June 26,2010 (London, England)
So the time has come for real backpacking to take place. When Megan finally arrived at Heathrow, Derek had already been waiting for 3 hours. To make the travel day longer, we had to figure out how to successfully use the underground, including buying tickets, which line to take, and how to …
Just four weeks to go and I just want to be settled on board with the real world, and Christmas , left behind. I still need to order money and am checking the exchange rates daily its still going up so hang on. If it starts to go down then I buy before it looses any more. The money is delivered to the ship so don't have to carry it. The exchange rate is pretty good also. Found ...
So were frantically working (ro) / seeing friends / packing and buying last few bits and bobs! Insurance paid for and flip flops packed. Roisin packing up her room and thinking about how to take Yannis in her backpack :) We will try and write on ...
... with a toad. Then the motorhome pitches up, gets the awning out and parks car under the awning - didn't realise that's what they're for. I thought the awning was for those warm sunny days when you sat out in the evening with a barbie and a gallon or two or wine. Pehaps I'm being a big optimistic about the evenings in the UK!!!
Another bacon and eggs breakfast - set off the smoke alarm this time. We need to get a checklist of all the things we do before we move ...
... test our ability to 'live' in Monty without any outside entertainment. And it worked. It was warm, comfortable and with enough space to do the things we want to do without tripping over each other. We were forced into this because it rained for 36 hours non stop. We did not move out of the van all day - except for David doing a rubbish dump and filling up the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Wellington Hotel Ventnor
The Wellington is an excellent hotel - very reasonably priced and should defintely be 4* not 3! Check in was easy and the staff were very friendly - we managed to get a parking space right outside which was lucky as there is limited parking but i understand they are building another car park next door so that should be open soon.
Room was great we has a super delux with a balcony which was georgeous -definately worth the extra money it had a large balcony which nice comfy furniture and looked out over the sea - excellent views!
We only ate breakfast in the hotel which was one of the best cooked breakfasts i have had for ages - we didnt eat dinner there but the menu did look good. Had dinner in the Spyglass Inn down by the sea front which was very good.
Overall I would definately recommend the Wellington, maybe not for older guests as there are a lot of steps although the staff did say they provide breakfast in the room free of charge for the guests who cant make it down to the restaurant!!
Nice but very over priced
Stayed at this hotel with my 2 young children.
We paid £138 per night for a family room. They charged for my baby of 8 months to stay both nights!!!
We were given a family room with a lovely view but had to be asked to be moved as the family room was right beside the hotel kitchen, therefore very very noisey until very late and also very smelly due to the smells of the kithen food.
The furniture is a little dodgy so to speak as a chest of drawers fell over and crashed onto the floor - thank goodness my children were no way near it when it happened.
The staff are lovely and the food was delicious, but very expensive. The average cost of a main meal was £14.
Virtually no parking, but this has been mentioned previously.
Fawlty Towers by the Sea, but good!
The Wellington Hotel is clean, modern and has a fantastic location above the beach at Ventnor. Parking is poor on site, although there is a public car park 200 metres down the road. We had a relaxed and unhurried couple of days at this hotel and had no official timetable or plans to keep to. This was probably just as well as there was a certain air of chaos amongst the staff in attendance. Everybody was very friendly, but the restaurant staff in particular were severely lacking co-ordination. Out of 7 staff, 2 were Czech and couldn't speak much English, 2 were Polish and also had limited English, and 2 were local to the area, but just very inexperienced. We did actually feel rather sorry for the 1 girl there that was trying to pull everything together. Fawlty Towers regularly sprang to mind, but then the humour associated with that same type of almost slapstic service kept us very amused. I would be happpy to stay at this hotel again, but don't go there if you are in a rush or get frustrated easily, or at least until far later in the season when the restaurant staff have had a chance to sort themselves out!
As an aside I would recommend the Spy Glass Inn which is the pub below the hotel and right on the waterfront. Excellent food, huge choice on the menu and speedy service. Also the New Inn in Shalfleet is worth a visit if you are a fish and seafood lover - though book in advance. The Needles Park is very touristy and aimed squarely at families, (and charges for everything) so I would probably suggest avoiding the area if you are more in to the coastal walks and countryside appreciation as we are.
This was our first visit to the Isle of Wight and we were very impressed overall with what we saw - although I can see that having decent weather is quite key to enjoying the overall experience.
Nice hotel but not quite 4*
A very comfortable hotel in a lovely location very close to the shore where you can hear the sound of the waves.
The food is excellent and the menu sufficiently varied but the wine list is small and restricted to french wines only.
From the website it looks a silver star type of place but although the staff are very willing and eager they're enthusiastic amateurs who need some professional training.
Decor is minimalist which means there are no drawers for clothes storage (but there is a large wardrobe). There is no tea or coffee making facilities in the rooms (although room service will provide tea & coffee for a charge). There is no hotel facilities or local area guide either.
Car parking, as has previously noted, is rather problematic.
Delicious food, friendly knowledgable staff
My wife and I Spent a night at the Wellington as a treat for my wife who was 40 after reading the positive feedback on this site.
On arrival the staff were keen to help us to park as there is little space and you needed help reversing.
Our room, a superior deluxe was bright, modern and spotlessly clean.The view of the ocean was magnificent.We soon relaxed after opening our bottle of champagne on the balcony !!
We were staying half board and the restaurant food was delicious.I suffer from a wheat allergy and am used to most hotels asking if you have special requirements and then forgetting when dining,however at the Wellington it was different.All the staff were aware and went out of the way to offer alternatives.The chef had even prepared a special wheat free brandy sauce to accompany my delicious fillet steak !! I was in heaven !!
My starter, Carrot and Coriander soup was freshly prepared and tasted devine.
Raspberry Creme brulee and Coffee to finish.
Stay here if you want to relax, delicious food, friendly helpful staff who will even tip you off that the Queen Mary will be sailing past at Dinner !!!
The only down side is the parking, and actually Ventnor does not have a lot going on either, but if you take your car, you can tour the island to your delight.
Treat yourself, it is worth it !!
Best Hotel On The Isle?
Here are my pro's and con's of the Wellington Hotel:
- Very NEW, nice, bright, smart, clean, minimalist, modern interior.
- Large, comfortable, attractive rooms with picture perfect sea view. The decoration adhered to the modern guidelines of white woodwork, cream walls, beige carpet, and silver metal work.
- Very tastey dinner, served in a posh looking dining room.
- Calm, intimate, quiet, tranquil feel to the whole hotel.
- Friendly, helpful staff that were enthusiastic and offered lots of interesting knowledge.
- VERY little parking space. You're best off leaving your car in the nearby public car park.
- No elevators in the hotel, only stairs. Bad news for old people and daleks.
- Dinner is excellent, but most main course items are £14.
- The legs on one side of our bed snapped off, sending the bed crashing to the ground. Perhaps more frequent maintenance is required.
A good choice
Great views over the sea from our room - I think that our balcony was bigger than the room! There was a minor problem with our bathroom but it was sorted out efficiently.
All the staff were friendly and helpful. Good breakfast - with more great views of the sea from the terrace. We would stay there again.
As a treat we went for dinner at the Pond Cafe in nearby Bonchurch but were very disappointed.
"WOW" factor on an island
An exciting find. This unique NEW hotel will appeal to people who enjoy style and quality with friendly service.
The stunning position over the bay and the fabulous terraces with fantastic sea views makes it a great place to chill out from the "Big Smoke".
Falling asleep to the sound of waves can be very seductive.
Looking forward to returning for the generous yummy English Breakfast!
A breath of fresh air
I've just returned from a relaxing break in the pretty town of Vetnor with wonderful coastal walking, friendly locals and cosy pubs. However, what really made the break one to remember was the Wellington Hotel. A breath of fresh air with spotless, bright and airy rooms decorated in a contemporary yet characterful style that provided excellent value for money. A spacious balcony with modern decking & sun loungers offering panoramic views of the bay and down to the charming hotel terrace below, exceeded expectations even further.
The lack of room service is more than made up for with the simple yet excellent food; a hearty breakfast of local produce and an evening menu of freshly caught lobster and fish made for one of the most enjoyable dining experiences I've had in a long time.
All in all a tranquill haven to recharge your batteries (and come home a few pounds heavier!) Looking forward to returning soon!
Contemporary seaside hotel
I've just returned from a trip to IOW where I stayed in this lovely hotel overlooking the bay at Ventnor. Hotel building is a lovely old victorian building perched on the cliff with great views of the bay from the balconies which run the length of the hotel. Inside the hotel has been renovated to provide contemporary rooms with neutral shades and fresh clean bathroom. I stayed in a super deluxe room which had its own balcony which is big enough for you to sit out on and enjoy the view - chairs are provided for this. The room itself is fairly small but very comfortable and clean. If I went again I'd upgrade to a larger room as the difference in cost is very small. This hotel has fairly basic amenities - minimal parking, no tea & coffee in room, no minibar or room service but for the price it is an excellent find. Full English breakfast was included in the price of the room and was one of the best hotel breakfasts I've had in a long time. Definitely great value for money and a lovely hotel from which to enjoy the beuatiful coastline. Steps go from hotel directly down to sea front - takes a couple of minutes but obviously not suitable for the infirm. I'm planning on returning to this hotel in the summer - can just picture myself sitting on the balcony sipping from a glass of champagne and listening to the sound of the waves breaking on the shore.