The Best Hotels on the Isle of Wight

A clifftop view of Freshwater Bay, on the Isle of Wight
A clifftop view of Freshwater Bay, on the Isle of Wight | © Adam Burton / Alamy Stock Photo
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20 October 2020

Stunning beaches, Carisbrooke Castle and the Needles lighthouse – there’s plenty to explore on the Isle of Wight. Here’s our pick of the best hotels on the island.

The Wight Mouse Inn

Bed and Breakfast
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Step back in time with a stay at the Wight Mouse Inn, which boasts wood floors and oak beams. The view from the hotel is a real selling point: it looks across Tennyson Down and Freshwater Bay, a particularly special place on late summer nights. It’s a family-run business, with friendly and accommodating staff who go out of their way to ensure you have a pleasant stay. Rooms are decorated in a neutral palette, with traditional wood furniture throughout.

The Crab and Lobster Inn

Bed and Breakfast
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This lovely seaside pub goes perfectly with a glass of red wine. The crab sandwiches are a local favourite, and a visit to the Bembridge Windmill at the end of a scenic 20-minute walk along a coastal path is a must. The bedrooms comprise comfortable beds, high ceilings and plenty of natural light.

The Hambrough

Bed and Breakfast
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One of the best features of this boutique B&B, in Ventnor, is the bay windows that offer plenty of light and stunning sea views. The bedrooms are beautifully decorated, with large bathrooms and stylish loungers, plus thoughtful touches like coffee machines. There’s no restaurant here, but the afternoon tea is delicious, and you’re only five minutes’ walk from the beach. For an interesting excursion, Godshill Model Village is a 15-minute drive away.

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Koala Cottage

Bed and Breakfast
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If the charming name doesn’t reel you in, the location in one of the Isle of Wight’s most popular villages certainly will. Koala Cottage is something of a hidden gem, but its antique furniture and cosy rooms are not to be missed. The spacious, individually decorated suites are a particular highlight, as are the beautifully crafted dressing tables and wooden chalet housing a whirlpool and sauna – a great place to relax.

North House

Boutique Hotel
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Each room at the North House is unique and stylish
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North House, the first boutique hotel to open in Cowes, looks like something straight off the pages of a design magazine. Rooms are individually furnished but retain the charm of this 19th-century Grade II-listed townhouse. You’ll love the Farrow & Ball wallpaper, roll-top baths and sea views, but the real selling point is the library. Spend a relaxing evening lounging on the antique furniture with a great book.

The Boathouse

Boutique Hotel
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This seafront inn has just four rooms, all of which have beautiful, uninterrupted views over the ocean to Portsmouth. The food here is delicious, especially if you’re a fan of seafood. Order a plate of something freshly caught and watch the world go by – there’s no better way to spend a summer’s day.

These recommendations were updated on October 20, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.