The 2* Bayshore Hotel could not be closer to the sea without floating away. It is literally 20 yards from the pier and 50 yards from the main town centre. As is the 4* Royal Pier hotel on pier street – right on the seafront as the name suggests, and opposite the Victorian pier, the hotel was buit for Princess Beatrice by the Victorians and would suit anyone looking for an authentic British seaside experience.
A little further West down the coast brings you to Culver Parade and the 3* Sandown Hotel. The position of this hotel allow you to watch the sun go down on Sandown Bay and Pier and enjoy the rugged coastline around it. You can also access long, coastal walks across Culver Downs whilst remaining close to the shops and town centre. Freshwater Bay is a few minutes away from Culver Parade and for those wanting a slightly quieter holiday, away from the bustle of Sandown town centre and seafront, this would be a good bet. The 3* Albion Hotel dominates the seafront here and its grounds meet Tennyson Downs, named after the 18th century poet. You can literally see for miles from Freshwater Bay, including the famous Needles and Alum Bay, with its different coloured sands and chairlift. It is also just half a km from Dinosaur Isle and 1.7km from Isle of Wight zoo.
By contrast, if you want a livelier holiday, the well-presented 3* Lawns Hotel is close to Sandown station and towncentre with its bars, shops and restaurants and old town hall and a few minutes away from the beach. The 4* Bernay is also close to the station and the seafront and both hotels are well reviewed on Trip Advisor.
Golf enthusiasts should head to the 3* Melville Hall hotel, located within half a mile of the town centre and pier, a few yards from a leisure centre and the Shanklin and Sandown golf course.
Read more in our Sandown Guide.