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Welcome to The Royal Hotel Isle of Wight

The Royal Hotel is a refined, elegant historic jewel and has been a destination for the discerning traveller for more than 180 years.

Built in 1832, The Royal is one of the oldest hotels on the island and shares the rare privilege of being one of only 30 establishments to be listed in every Michelin Guide since it was first published in 1911. The Royal was also the first hotel on the island to achieve Four AA Stars and has held 2 AA Rosettes for excellent food for over 20 years.

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    The Royal Hotel is renowned for its colourful sub tropical gardens.

    The drama and beauty of the Royal Hotel gardens is the first thing the visitor sees, and it sets the scene for a magical stay. Linger a while, order a drink or tea on the terrace and admire the view. During the season the grounds are a tapestry of colours from burnt orange to deepest purple. The inspired planting and layout is the work of Chris Kidd - Head Gardener & Curator at the celebrated Ventnor Botanical Gardens.

    Chris has continued a long tradition of using rare and unusual plants in the gardens of The Royal.

    The south aspect of the hotel is known as the Geranium Terrace because of the wonderful display of beautiful pink geraniums. When the weather is warm it is the perfect place to have lunch or enjoy tea but there’s a fascinating story behind this dazzle of colour.

    To find out more read this article in the Isle of Wight County Press

    The Royal Hotel's unique style has been created by William Bailey's sister, Annie.  Annie has worked as a stylist, interior and garden designer and has taken inspiration from the rich history of British decorative arts as well as her travels throughout the world.
    Annie has consulted on every aspect of the hotel's elegant interiors and describes her vision for The Royal as ‘classic-contemporary ’ which cleverly embraces tradition in a thoroughly modern way

    Environmentally Friendly

    Islanders are naturally careful custodians of the environment and strive to live sustainably. Here are just a few of the things we are doing at The Royal to provide a greener hotel: We champion local food. We employ our own local fisherman to catch bass, plaice and skate.

    All fish is line-caught from Ventnor Bay and delivered straight to our chef. We also buy meat, game and vegetables from local farms and small producers, usually within a five-mile radius of the hotel.

    Our vegetable scraps are turned into compost to mulch and fertilise the garden, where we have planted an organic soft fruit garden to produce the ingredients for summer pudding, and jams and preserves throughout the year.

    A Breath of Fresh Air

    With miles of unspoilt coastline and downland, the Isle of Wight is the perfect location to make the most of what nature has to offer. Whether it's a casual stroll or something a little more taxing you're after, the Isle of Wight has it all.

    Here's a few things to try during your visit:

    Water Sports

    The island is surrounded by glorious sea. We have miles of pristine beaches, including 13 award-winning beaches and 3 blue-flag beaches. There are many activities including surfing, sailing, kite surfing – you can even kayak around the island!

    Aerobic Workout

    The island has hundreds of cycle paths and every September the island holds the Isle of Wight Cycling Festival which features the legendary Seven Hills Killer.  So, if you like cycling there is something for everyone on the island.

    LINKS: Cycle Hire - Wight Cycle Hire | TAV Cycles


    If you like the thrill of reaching new heights then Goodleaf tree climbing is just the thing. Suitable for ages 8-80 this award-winning eco-business allows you to see the island from a bird’s-eye perspective. It’s great family fun – exhilarating and unusual.


    With over half the island designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty it’s hard not to feel moved by the wonder around. The island has inspired William Turner, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Julia Margaret Cameron and Lewis Carroll. From romantic ruins to secret coves to sleepy village churches – the island is in itself an incredible journey with the potential revitalise your soul.

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    Award Winning Training at The Royal

    Built in 1832, The Royal is the Island’s premier four-star hotel and shares the rare privilege of being one of only 30 establishments to be listed in every Michelin Guide since it was first published in 1911.  The Royal was also the first hotel on the Island to achieve Four Stars, AA rating and has held 2 AA Rosettes for excellent food for over 20 consecutive years.

    "We are extremely proud of all our staff and apprentices" says William Bailey owner of The Royal. "The Royal has very high standards and has held two AA Rosettes for over 20 consecutive years- this is a very high pressured environment and our staff need to demonstrate talent and dedication to have a great career in the hotel industry. 

    Current Positions

    Hotel Receptionist
    A fantastic opportunity has arisen to join our Front Office team. 
    The Royal has a reputation for excellence within the hospitality industry and we are looking for an experienced receptionist with a passion for delivering exceptional customer service.  Providing a warm welcome to our guests, you must be able to anticipate their needs and exceed their expectations.  Working in a high pressured environment you will be responsible for taking room, restaurant and event reservations and should be able to work in a calm, organised and professional manner. 
    You must be a confident communicator and strong administration and computer skills are essential. 
    The right candidate will be rewarded with an attractive salary, depending on experience.
    If you have a friendly and positive attitude and are able to work flexible hours we would like to hear from you.
    Please apply in writing with CV and covering letter to: or send to Donna Reed, The Royal Hotel, Belgrave Road, Ventnor, Isle of Wight, PO38 1JJ

    Front of House - Restaurant and Bar Department
    Wehave full time and part time positions available in our bar andaward-winning restaurant. Candidates must have prior experience ofworking in the hospitality sector. It is essential to be smart, well-groomed with a positive attitude. We take service very seriously - in fact we believe it is an art form. If you have a passion for great service, good food and being part of an award-winning team then please email your CV to: or send to Paul Taylor, The Royal Hotel, Belgrave Road, Ventnor, Isle of Wight, PO38 1JJ

    Chef de Partie
    The successful applicant for the role of Chef de Partie will be experienced, passionate and enthusiastic about food. This is an important job in the island's premier AA four star hotel - you will be capable of running your own section and have great food knowledge. Ideally you will have considerable experience working in a Rosette standard kitchen. The menu’s are modern British featuring many local and artisan suppliers. Live-in accommodation available. Please email your CV or send to Steven Harris, The Royal Hotel, Belgrave Road, Ventnor, Isle of Wight, PO38 1JJ

    Trainee Chef
    A fantastic opportunity to join our award-winning team and kick start your career at the island's premier AA four star hotel. The Royal has held two AA Rosettes for excellent food over 16 consecutive years. This year The Royal has won HTP Employer of the year and one of our apprentices won HTP Apprentice of the year. Live-in accommodation available. So, if you are passionate about cooking food to a high standard and want to work with the best, then please email your CV to: or send to Steven Harris, The Royal Hotel, Belgrave Road, Ventnor, Isle of Wight, PO38 1JJ