The Isle of Wight is one of the most beautiful islands in the South of England. This great Island in front of the Hampshire coast attracts many tourists from all over the UK each year. Known for its great walks, amazing beaches and cosy little villages, the Isle of Wight is often seen as an affordable alternative to the New Forest. In this blog post I will guide you through the 15 best Isle of Wight hotels.
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1. The Wight Mouse Inn
This three-star hotel offers much more than expected by its star rating. It offers a full breakfast, free wifi and free parking and along with this, the hotel sports a large terrace from where you can take in the magnificent panoramas with a cuppa. The inhouse restaurant offers excellent, mouth-watering dishes. At the same time, the playground allows for the kids to enjoy the monkey bars and swings. The rooms are large, cosy and full of light, comforting and welcoming, with attached bathrooms which are tastefully decorated.
2. Koala Lodge Isle of Wight Hotel
This idyllic bed and breakfast offers the perfect luxurious getaway in the cosy village of Godshill. Led through perfectly landscaped mini courtyards, each deluxe suite has its own private entrance, with large wooden furnishings reminiscent of Victorian times, including a king-sized bed and work table with attached cosy bathrooms. They serve an equally delicious breakfast to keep you going while you explore the surrounding village. For whoever needs, wifi and workstations are provided at the lobby area.
3. Kingsmede Bed and Breakfast
Kingsmede Bed & Breakfast is a cosy, quaint bed and breakfast located in a quiet village, ideal for a peaceful getaway. The property includes a blooming garden, cosy and inviting, with friendly ducks and chickens making an occasional appearance. It offers free English breakfast, free wifi and free parking and is also pet friendly. The rooms are spacious and bright, with comfortable linens and amenities such as tea/coffee making provided. You can also make use of the fridge in the common area, luggage storage facilities and barbeque grills within the premises, and when you’re feeling like cosying up with a book, head over to the fireplace at the reception.
4. Westbury Lodge Isle of Wight Hotel
This eight guestroom lodge makes for the ideal location, regardless of the weather, for when you feel the need for beachy air. It provides free parking, free wifi and free made to order breakfast. It also comprises a terrace and a garden, perfect for enjoying your morning coffee or for an evening stroll. The rooms are all bright and airy, decorated simply and comfortably, as are the common areas, also providing a shared fridge and luggage storage areas. Many beaches are just a short walk away and allow for the exploration of the Isle of Wight.
5. Haven Hall
Beware, there is a risk of Haven Hall transporting you to a Mediterranean dream. With countless spots to enjoy the beautiful views of the beach and blue waters from, you may be tempted to stay for the entire vacation. The rooms are thoughtfully decorated, sophisticated but kept minimal, each unique in its own way, with equally tasteful bathrooms. The rest of the hotel interiors match the rooms, classy and exquisitely decorated, almost transporting you to a different era. The extensive gardens also comprise an outdoor tennis court, pool and terrace, and the entire property is pet friendly. Enjoy the luscious free breakfast buffet before heading to the beach.
6. The Caledon Isle of Wight Hotel
Providing minimal modern comforts within a comfortable, traditional townhouse, just minutes away from the beach, the Caledon ensures that you have the perfect stay to explore the Isle of Wight. Some rooms offer beach views, so you can enjoy the beach even as you sleep in. They offer a hearty free breakfast, free wifi and free parking to make your life that much more comfortable and also have a library to be enjoyed on a rainy day and a bar lounge to grab a drink at.
This four-star accommodation takes comfort to another level, by not only providing spacious, fully equipped, cosy rooms but also ensuring your stay is as close to home as possible. You’re invited to enjoy free toiletries, tea/coffee facilities and self serve laundry facilities along with free wifi, and free made to order breakfasts, which will come in handy to have before you head off to the beach. To add a cherry to the top, the entire property is also pet friendly, a double win for those of you not wanting to leave any family behind.
8. The Braemar Isle of Wight Hotel
The Braemar is located minutes away from the beach and surrounded by a calm neighbourhood, allowing you to easily reach the beach or the town at your liking. It comprises 11 well equipped, minimally designed rooms, with comfortable linens and attached bathrooms. The common areas comprise a pool table and tv, for anyone feeling like staying in, and also an outdoor terrace, from where you can enjoy a meal or coffee and a garden. The property offers free breakfast in a delightful dining room, free wifi and free parking. Dogs are also welcome, and they provide a luggage storage service for anyone who may need.
9. 24 Ward Avenue
Don’t be fooled by its 3-star rating; this bed and breakfast offers much more than their star rating leads one to expect. It comprises two chalets with separate entrances, both facing a lush garden, and two rooms located over two floors within the hotel. Guests can make use of the barbeque grills and an outdoor terrace, as well as internet facilities at the lobby and ironing facilities if needed. The Royal London Yacht Club and Cowes Beach are within a 10 minute walk, which makes this a great location to explore. Breakfast is also available at the property and dogs are welcome, which adds on many bonus points.
10. Palmerston Grange Isle of Wight Hotel
The Palmerston Grange has a character of its own. With at least three different types of rooms to choose from, all exquisitely decorated and comprising tea/coffee making facilities, you’re guaranteed to be able to suit your travel needs, whether travelling alone, with family or a large group of friends. They offer double rooms, single rooms and triple rooms with a single bed and one double bed. One of the double rooms even has an adjoining room with bunk beds, perfect for families. Their restaurant is also uniquely decorated, consisting of unique ornaments that bring out its character.
11. The Chestnuts Guest House
This cosy stay houses nine bedrooms, all well furnished and comfortably arranged, comprising tea/coffee making facilities and attached bathrooms. They have different types of rooms to choose from to suit individual travel needs, from family vacations to single getaways. They offer a free breakfast, free wifi and free parking, along with an in-house bar/lounge and terrace to be enjoyed. Many beaches such as Shanklin Beach and Sandown Beach are a very short walk away, making this ideal for your beach getaway.
12. The Chequers Inn Isle of Wight Hotel
Located amidst beautiful green pastures, this inn embodies the qualities of a countryside getaway that meets minimal luxury comforts. Its simplicity is inviting, and their attention to detail adds finesse. They offer three comfortable rooms with king-size beds, all comprising tea/coffee making facilities and views over the green lands. They have a restaurant and 2 bars/lounges at which you can enjoy drinks, food and the free breakfast they offer. For the little ones, they offer a playground.
13. Bedford Lodge
This lodge is the epitome of home away from home, with the added luxury and comfort of being in a well-equipped lodge. Out of the 13 rooms, some face and open up to the garden. The lodge is perfect for both exploring the Isle of Wight, and also for cosying up and staying in, maybe strolling through the garden or basking in the sun on the terrace. The main sights of Shanklin are close by, with other nearby beaches to be explored.
14. The Brunswick Isle of Wight Hotel
This stay offers you pristine views of the sea further out, to be enjoyed from the outdoor pool or garden. The 30 rooms at the Brunswick Hotel are all bright and modernly but cosily furnished, with some of them even having a living room within the room itself. They offer tantalising food and breakfast upon request and also have a bar/lounge to be enjoyed by the guests. To the more outdoorsy people’s delight, they have more than one pool on the premises, so crowds would be less of an issue if one decides to stay in.
15. The Clifton
The Clifton offers breathtaking views of the ocean, paired with free breakfast, wifi and parking on site. Some of the rooms comprise an ocean view, so you’ll be waking up directly facing the ocean. The rooms are big and well equipped, as are the common spaces such as the dining room and terrace. The garden, full of wildflowers and facing the ocean, makes it an excellent spot to have a coffee in the morning or a refreshing lemonade in the evening and the restaurant, with its elegant dining room makes for the perfect ending to a day exploring the Isle of Wight.
Lieze Neven is a globetrotting travel writer and expat currently based in Nepal. With a passion for exploration, she has lived in Dubai, the UK, and Belgium, alongside her international teacher husband. Her parents live in France and she tries to visit Paris at least once a year. Together, they travel the world looking for the best hotels, experiences and food locations have to offer!