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Centrally located in Ryde on the Isle of Wight, Dorset House is just an 8-minute walk from 6 miles of sandy beaches. The hotel features a large car park, available to all guests for free. Guests can enjoy the bar and lounge. There is free WiFi throughout the property. Bedrooms at Dorset Hotel, Isle of Wight are individually decorated and they all feature tea/coffee making facilities, a Freeview TV. Some offer sea views across the Solent. Guests can make use of laptops, provided by Dorset House. There is also a garden for guests to enjoy. This bed and breakfast is just 300 yards from the Seafront Esplanade and a 3-minute walk from the hovercraft, bus and railway stations.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9.0 for a two-person trip.

Dorset Hotel, Isle of Wight has been welcoming guests since Aug 1, 2005

Property Highlights

Top Location: Highly rated by recent guests (9.0)

Breakfast Info

Full English/Irish, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free

Free Private Parking Available On Site

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Guest reviews


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  • Wendy
    United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    The location and accessibility to the town centre shops and sea front. Free parking on site. They accommodated special food request.
  • Ann
    United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    The staff were very friendly and polite. Clean towels every day. Clean bed linen. Room cleaned every day. Nice lounge.
  • Sara
    United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Just a short walk to the sea. Good breakfast, promptly served by helpful, friendly staff. Easy late check-in after an evening ferry crossing. Very convenient for the first part of our stay.
  • Stephen
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    Fantastic location. Close to lots of restaurants, the seaside promenade and the bus depot. Bus system is great.
  • Kay
    The location was excellent within east walking to restaurants and pubs. We loved the full breakfast! Our garden room was very sweet with a pretty outlook. Had a lovely stay and highly recommend a local restaurant Ada Mediterranean!
  • M
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    The folks who ran Dorset were very patient and helpful. Breakfast was delicious and filling. I particularly like the dining room which was more like a restaurant.
  • Jennifer
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    We had a very large room with a very large bathroom on the main floor. There were plenty of towel warming racks and radiators to dry out our sodden hiking clothing overnight. Our full English breakfast was very good.
  • Sai
    United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    The rooms were clean, very comfortable, and the staff was amazing. They went over and beyond to help make our stay enjoyable. I highly recommend this hotel for anyone visiting Ilse of wight. Excellent property and very convenient to activities....
  • Michelle
    United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Loved the freshly cooked breakfast. I ordered the home made marmalade too. Lovely ☺️
  • A
    United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Great location as not far to walk when arriving on the hovercraft.Property was clean and great breakfast.Great place to stay when visiting the Isle of Wight.
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  • Do you have anywhere to secure a bicycle

    yes, we have a lock up bike shed in our rear garden secured by padlock authentication once registration is complete
    Answered on 10 September 2019
  • What does a compact bathroom there a bath or just a shower room.

    smaller bathroom than the Premier rooms, a compact bathroom usually contains a walk in shower and wc with wash basin.
    Answered on 10 September 2019
  • how far away from the wightlink ferry port are you ...

    From the passenger ferry 1000 meters, from the Portsmouth - Fishbourne car ferry approximate 3 miles, from the Lymington to Yarmouth car ferry approxi..
    Answered on 20 April 2021
  • Can we bring our well behaved do with us to stay at your hotel if we come? He has his own bed we can bring too.

    Sorry, we do not accommodate pets in the house.
    Answered on 20 May 2021
  • Hello, Do you have any cocessions for the portsmouth ferry?

    Yes we do have special rates available for all car ferries to the Island from all major departure ports. We can normally make substantial savings on t..
    Answered on 10 March 2021
  • do you have parking?

    we have a large car park at the rear of the house adjacent to the garden and patio area.
    Answered on 16 August 2021
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Hosted by Michael Baker

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Michael Baker
We offer a large FREE CAR park at the rear of the house with parking for 20 vehicles. The house was built in 1842 and in 1862 became the foreign office for the Osbourne House estate during the reign of Queen Victoria. At the front of the building we have two cast iron pillows which represent two of her nine children these are grade one listed. The house is typical of many victorian establishments which makes Ryde quite unique. We have the added bonus of being able to see the sea from the hotel and admire many of today's largest cruise liners as they sail pass. The seafront and six miles of sandy beaches are within walking distance of the hotel and the many fine restaurants and public houses are a short stroll into town. We are very central but not in the noisy area. The present owners acquired the hotel in 1998. 23 rooms in total, all with tv, hospitality tray and our dining room offers an extensive breakfast menu with many choices to start the day off. The photos on the website are for guideline purposes only as all rooms are individually decorated and no guarantee is given that you will end up in the room featured.
Michael has worked in the hotel industry for the past 40 years running large and small hotels and public houses in Brighton and Hove. Moved to the Isle of Wight in 1998 when I purchased the Dorset Hotel. works seven days a week and can usually be found on reception or in the kitchen cooking breakfast.
Dover street in Ryde, is located withing a conservation area but within walking distance of the town centre, very close to the seafront in Ryde. Many of the building in Ryde were designed and planned during the reign of Queen Victoria and the Dorset House was once the foreign office during the reign of Queen Victoria. The hotel car park is out of view off road and accommodates 20 cars.
Language spoken: English

Area info *

Amenities of Dorset Hotel, Isle of Wight

Most popular amenities
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Family rooms
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Bar
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Linens
  • Alarm clock
  • Picnic area
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Garden
  • Electric kettle
Room Amenities
  • Clothes rack
  • Bicycle rental
    Additional charge
Media & Technology
  • Radio
  • TV
Food & Drink
  • Wine/Champagne
    Additional charge
  • Special diet meals (on request)
  • Bar
WiFi is available in the rooms and is free of charge.
Free private parking is available on site (reservation is not needed).
  • Accessible parking
  • Public transit tickets
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Baggage storage
  • Fax/Photocopying
  • Packed lunches
  • Meeting/Banquet facilities
    Additional charge
Front Desk Services
  • Invoice provided
Entertainment & Family Services
  • Board games/Puzzles
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • CCTV outside property
  • CCTV in common areas
  • Smoke alarms
  • Security alarm
  • Key access
  • 24-hour security
  • Designated smoking area
  • Smoke-free property
  • Heating
  • Family rooms
  • Non-smoking rooms
Languages Spoken
  • English

House rules

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From 2:00 PM to 9:00 PM


From 5:00 AM to 11:00 AM



Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodations type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check what conditions apply to your preferred room.

Children & Beds

Child policies

Children over 10 are welcome.

Children 18 and above are considered adults at this property.

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Crib and extra bed policies

Cribs and extra beds aren't available at this property.

Age restriction

The minimum age for check-in is 18

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Smoking is not allowed.


Pets are not allowed.

The fine print

Dorset House does not accept single-sex groups of more than 6 people.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), make sure you're booking this property in accordance with the destination's local government guidelines, including (but not limited to) the purpose of travel and maximum group size.

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), additional safety and sanitation measures are in effect at this property.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), this property is taking steps to protect the safety of guests and staff. Certain services and amenities may be reduced or unavailable as a result.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), this property has reduced reception and service hours.

Please inform Dorset Hotel, Isle of Wight of your expected arrival time in advance. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly using the contact details in your confirmation.

Bar is closed from Wed, Nov 01, 2023 until Sun, Apr 07, 2024

FAQs about Dorset Hotel, Isle of Wight

  • Guests staying at Dorset Hotel, Isle of Wight can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 8.2).

    Breakfast option(s) include:

    • Full English/Irish
    • Vegetarian
    • Vegan
    • Gluten-free

  • Dorset Hotel, Isle of Wight offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):

    • Bicycle rental

  • Room options at Dorset Hotel, Isle of Wight include:

    • Single
    • Twin
    • Double

  • The nearest beach is 2,150 feet from Dorset Hotel, Isle of Wight. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

  • The prices at Dorset Hotel, Isle of Wight may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates, hotel's policy etc.). To see prices, enter your dates.

  • Check-in at Dorset Hotel, Isle of Wight is from 2:00 PM, and check-out is until 11:00 AM.

  • Dorset Hotel, Isle of Wight is 1,000 feet from the center of Ryde. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.