On a romantic, foodie-centric, weekend escape from London, I explored the beautiful Isle of Wight with The Royal Hotel.
First of all, getting there was very easy. A quick, hour and 15-minute train ride out of Waterloo station and a 25-minute ferry later I had arrived on this stunning island. This isle, just south off the coast of Great Britain, is known for summertime festivals, exceptional local produce, and a unique cultural experience where a hippy way of life meets English culture. Many also come to enjoy surfing, beach fun, and biking along nature trails. And I noticed a tranquility about this island that made me feel at home and relaxed upon arrival.
The Royal Hotel falls into my hotel ranking category of Local Luxury. It is clearly a favorite of Brits in the know living in southern regions of the country for many a getaway, year-round. I found the staff and the other hotel patrons welcoming and ready to strike up conversation.
The hotel sits atop a hillside, looking southward over the sea. The view from my room was phenomenal – even at night! (check out the picture gallery below.) The grounds surrounding the hotel are beautifully landscaped providing for ample areas to soak in the outdoors with a view. The common, interior spaces of the hotel included quite a few areas to lounge and socialize including a bar, a foyer with tables where one can order drinks, lunch or an afternoon tea while listening to live piano player.
The view from my room at the Royal Hotel
The entry to the hotel.
That’s me twirling in the lobby.
My local crab, finger sandwich with a crab bisque for dipping.
My cozy room.
The moon was out in full effect that weekend!
A vista of this stunning island
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I must thank The Royal Hotel for inviting me out and hosting me for the weekend. This is one trip I am eager to repeat!