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Bay Royal Esplanade Hotel, Ryde

Isle of Wight

Bay Royal Esplanade Hotel

Customer Rating: (9 Customer Reviews)

At a glance;

  • Sea level position on the Esplande offers stunning views
  • Attractions in Ryde include Isle of Wight Steam Railway, Carisbrooke Castle, Ryde Theatre, Ryde Ice Rink and more
  • Moments away from the town centre shops
  • Perfect to explore the many annual local carnivals: Arts Parade in June, Lantern Parade in December and the Carnival at Ryde in August

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The rich diversity of the Isle of Wight presents a plethora of things to see and do for all ages. Whether touring historic houses or visiting natural adventure parks, watching the yachting action and festivities of Cowes week, or just relaxing on one of the island’s many beaches, you are sure to enjoy the island’s unique charm.

The Royal Esplanade Hotel is conveniently located on the esplanade and this Victorian hotel has unique sea-views from its level seafront position. There are some wonderful views from the restaurant and lounges and guests will delight in a number of recent upgrades including the refurbished bar and drinks terrace - the perfect place to sit back and relax. The beach is close by and the shops and holiday attractions of the well-known resort of Ryde are only a short walk away. The hotel is well-situated for buses, taxis, trains and the hovercraft, so offers the ideal base to travel all around this beautiful island.

As with many other Ryde hotels, the Royal Esplanade does not have a car park although a public car park is located nearby (parking charges apply).

Great for

  • Food
  • Walking
  • History

Bay Royal Esplanade Hotel Standard Room

Typical Standard Room at Bay Royal Esplanade Hotel

Our Standard Rooms are charming and have everything you would expect. The rooms have digital televisions, tea and coffee making facilities as well as an en-suite bathroom. 

  • En-suite and WC
  • Television
  • Shaving point

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Hotel Accessibility

Here at Bay Hotels we want you to have the best short break possible. We are happy to provide advice to guests with special needs who wish to take breaks at our Hotels. In order to avoid disappointment and/or misunderstandings, please contact us on 01942 496 507 to discuss any needs that you may have.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do you have single rooms?
    Yes, in most of our hotels.

  • Do you take dogs and pets?
    We do not allow dogs and pets into our hotels, with the exception of guide dogs.

  • Do you have lifts in all hotels?
    We have lifts in most of our hotels.

  • What time is check in time?
    3pm in the afternoon.

  • What time is check out time?
    10am in the morning.

  • Do you have smoking rooms?
    We do not allow smoking in any parts of our hotels.


The Isle of Wight, also known as the ‘Garden of England’, offers plenty of heritage sites and captivating countryside.

How to get there

By Car:

From the M27 or A27, take the M275 and the A3 to Portsmouth. Follow signs for Old Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight Car Ferry Terminal. Wightlink's port ticket office is by the terminal. On leaving the ferry at Fishbourne, take the A3054 to Ryde. Follow the road until you reach the seafront. The hotel is on the seafront, opposite the Bus Station. AA Roadwatch 09003 401100.

By Train:

Services operate to Portsmouth Harbour Station which is near the Isle of Wight passenger Ferry Terminal. (Rail enquiries to 08457 484950). A catamaran service operates to Ryde Pier Head, where there is a connecting rail link. The hotel is within walking distance but alternatively you can catch the train, disembark at the next stop and the hotel is located opposite the station.

National Express:

Services to Portsmouth Hard Interchange which is near the Isle of Wight Passenger Ferry Terminal. (National Express enquiries to 08705 808080).

By Taxi:

Taxis meet all Catamaran services or contact Ryde Taxis on 01983 811111.

Bay Royal Esplanade Hotel

Bay Royal Esplanade Hotel

16 The Esplanade


Isle of Wight

PO33 2ED

Res: 01983 562549

Tel: 01983 562549

Local Attractions

The following places, attractions and things to do are easily reached from Ryde:

  • Cowes
  • Alum bay
  • Shanklin
  • Freshwater bay
  • Osborne House
  • The Needles
  • Godshill
  • The Tennyson Trail

Local Insight

The Isle of Wight is a diamond shaped Island that is just 23 miles wide and 13 miles high. It is situated at the far South of Great Britain, sandwiched between France and the UK and has many attractions to offer on the island.

  • Shipwreck Centre and Maritime Museum
    Many sad and tragic stories of shipwreck and loss of life are told in the displays, including famous wrecks such as the SS “Mendi”, and the mystery of the missing submarine HMS”Swordfish”,(found by Martin in 1983). Famous local shipwreck stories such as the “Clarendon” and “Sirenia” are also to be found in the displays. Literally thousands of treasures and artefacts are on display in the museum complex.
    Visit their website

  • Isle of Wight Zoo
    The Isle of Wight Zoo is a family-run zoo with a special interest in tigers and lemurs. The zoo was built within the ruins of a Victorian Fort built to guard Sandown's coast, which means we face one of the Isle of Wight's nicest beaches. Once upon a time the zoo owners used to walk tiger cubs on the beach, and we're still famous locally for it. Nowadays we focus on looking after older tigers and giving them a happy retirement.
    Visit their website

  • The Needles
    Our world famous coloured sand cliffs overlook the Isle of Wight’s most famous landmark – The Needles Rocks and Lighthouse. The Needles Park offers a range of attractions including the spectacular chairlift to the beach, Alum Bay Glass and Sweet Manufactory; the perfect packed day out for all the family. And remember the park is free to enter – rides and other attractions are pay-as-you-go, so you can decide how long the fun goes on!
    Visit their website

  • Carisbrooke Castle
    One of the main tourist attractions in the Isle of Wight, Carisbrooke Castle is best known as the place where King Charles I was imprisoned. You can still play bowls on the very green Charles used. For a castle that has lived through more than 800 years of service, including resisting a siege by the French and seeing off the Spanish Armada, it's also wonderfully well preserved.
    Visit their website

Great for

  • Food
  • Walking
  • History


A non-stop programme of lively music for dancing, visiting Cabaret, competitions and quizzes

Entertainment Programme

On Monday Evenings
An evening of music and dancing with Instrumental Duo
On Tuesday Evenings
Music, Fun, Quizzes & Games
On Wednesday Evenings
An evening of entertainment with
Instrumental/Vocal Duo

On Thursday Evenings
Exceptional Vocalist & Comedian
Simon Howard
On Friday Evenings
A great selection of music and songs with Instrumental Vocalist
Julien Cooke

On Saturday Evenings
Outstanding Instrumental Vocal Duo
Cherokee Duo

On Sunday Evenings
Music for Dancing, Fun & Quizzes with
Anne Abe

The entertainment programme advertised is subject to change for reasons beyond our control without prior notice.

Renee Walsh


rating is 3 stars

31 January 2014

Amazing Value

Yes it’s a little tired, wouldn’t you be if you had to house lots of guests all year round. Fab location you can get anywhere on the island and go beyond if you please. The food and staff great, lift still out of order must be a mega reason for this, but I’m ready to go back and I would only use this hotel! Good entertainment every night and a wonderful driver called Mel he made the trips with his extensive knowledge and always happy he was a pleasure to be with. Thanks to all National Holidays.

Anne Haworth


rating is 4 stars

9 May 2013

Really good value for money

After reading the reviews I was a bit apprehensive but the hotel is really lovely, yes it is a little tired but what do you expect of a building which is this old, it adds to the character. The room was very comfortable, clean and the sea view great. The staff were very friendly and couldn't do enough for you. The manager is available and very helpful. Food was very good and varied. On the whole we had a great week and can't wait to go again. Thank you to all the staff especially Miriam.

Ali and Ian Hall

North Shields

rating is 5 stars

25 January 2013


Had a great time at this hotel with national good.....staff excellent.....trips out great thanks to our driver PETER very friendly and happy guy....wasn’t looking forward to evening entertainment because of reviews I had read on here....mid week entertainment was very good especially singing duo. YZ. Alan & Sue who entertained an older age group with 50s & 60s. Music brilliant singer & very funny SIMON HOWARD. Bingo entertainers. THANK YOU ALL....8 OF US GEORDIES HAD A GREAT TIME.

William Harrison


rating is 2 stars

7 January 2013

Poor Entertainment

The entertainment spoiled our stay at this hotel, we had a nice room no 48, the food was good apart from the festive evening meal on the Friday, service at the bar was good with a good drinks package (5 free drinks each per day) but the entertainment was a big letdown, somebody had the wisdom to book children’s entertainer on Saturday night, when the hotel was basically all the older end and 2 children.

Mrs P Chalmers


rating is 5 stars

19 October 2012

Mrs P

Had a wonderful holiday at this hotel. Staff couldn't do enough for you, made you very welcome. Rooms were clean and tidy. Excellent location. Can't wait to revisit.

Shirley and Phillip Hesse


rating is 5 stars

12 August 2012

Would go again soon

We had a great holiday with Shearings coaches. The hotel was in a good position on the sea front and near the small bus station hovercraft and ferry ports. The local buses were good and regular until the early hours of the morning. The food was ok and got a little better over the week. The staff were very friendly our room was 6A which faced a side street but was fairly quite. Strangely we went up 2 lots of stairs but our room was on the ground floor?? The weather was hot can’t wait to go back.

Patricia and John Sugden

East Yorkshire

rating is 5 stars

1 June 2012


Wonderful hotel. Staff couldn’t do enough for. Went out of the way to help you, food was very good and plenty and hot. Mel who fetches us our meals was a very nice person. Very good staff. we had gone with friends we had rooms 72 and 73 we had wonderful views and our rooms where very clean and tidy would go again very very good.

Stuart and Helen Fox


rating is 5 stars

14 October 2011


Fantastic Holiday Hotel, Staff couldn’t do enough for you food was good and plenty of it, nice quiet good sized room and very clean, 5 hour free bar every night as it was with National Coaches, special mention to the driver Jim Brilliant will go again.

Julian Geard


rating is 5 stars

6 March 2011

Royal Esplanade Hotel, Isle of Wight

This was a very friendly hotel to stay in. The rooms were of a good clean standard/. The food was good. The car parking was along the road from the hotel. My wife and I had a really good 4 days break. We will be back this year.

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