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Fountain Hotel Isle of Wight
Fountain Hotel Isle of Wight

High Street, Cowes PO31 7AW

3.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (104 reviews)

Situated by the sea, this inn is within a 5-minute walk of Cowes Harbour, Island Sailing Club, and Cowes Maritime Museum. …

£60
The Fountain Inn
The Fountain Inn

High Street, Cowes PO31 7AW

Situated in Cowes, this inn is within a 5-minute walk of Cowes Harbour, Island Sailing Club, and Cowes Maritime Museum. Cowes …

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The Caledon
The Caledon

59 Mill Hill Road, Cowes PO31 7EG

3.0 out of 5.0
4.8 out of 5 (21 reviews)

Situated in Cowes, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Cowes Maritime Museum and Cowes Harbour. Island Sailing Club …

£79
Villa Rothsay Hotel
Villa Rothsay Hotel

29, Baring Road, Cowes PO31 8DF

3.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (10 reviews)

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cowes Beach, Royal London Yacht Club, and Island Sailing …

£117
Old Church House B&B
Old Church House B&B

46 Crocker Street, Newport PO30 5DB

3.0 out of 5.0
3.5 out of 5 (2 reviews)

Situated in Newport, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of St. Thomas Church and Seaclose Park. Carisbrooke Castle an …

£80
Leeward House
Leeward House

18 Russell Road, Lee-on-the-Solent

3.5 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (1 reviews)

Situated in Lee-on-the-Solent, this bed & breakfast is 0.8 mi (1.4 km) from Hovercraft Museum and within 3 mi (5 km) of Divin …

£64
Royal Esplanade Hotel
Royal Esplanade Hotel

16 The Esplanade, Ryde PO33 2ED

3.5 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (25 reviews)

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Ryde Harbour and Ryde Beach. Seaview Wildlife Encounter and …

£55
Holiday Inn Fareham - Solent
Holiday Inn Fareham - Solent

Cartwright Drive, Fareham PO15 5RJ

3.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (131 reviews)

Situated in Fareham, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Titchfield Abbey and within 3 mi (5 km) of Solent Business Park and …

£92
Holiday Inn Express Portsmouth - Gunwharf Quays
Holiday Inn Express Portsmouth - Gunwharf Quays

The Plaza Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth PO1 3FD

3.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (501 reviews)

Situated in Portsmouth, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gunwharf Quays and Spinnaker Tower. Portsmouth Historic …

£99
Red Lion Hotel
Red Lion Hotel

East Street, Fareham PO16 0BP

3.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (193 reviews)

Situated in Fareham, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Westbury Manor Museum and Ashcroft Arts Centre. Fort Fareham an …

£70
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Pocket Guide: East Cowes Classic Boat Museum Hotels

Located just a few miles across the Solent from the New Forest, the Isle of Wight attracts huge numbers of tourists each year, thanks largely to its wealth of natural beauty. While it's home to an embarrassment of inland riches - from quaint villages to rolling hills - it's the coastline for which the Isle of Wight is most famous. The Classic Boat Museum in Cowes tells a story of the town's maritime past, fascinating stuff for anyone staying in the nearby hotels.

The Classic Boat Museum

The Classic Boat Museum straddles two sites in east Cowes. Opened to the public in 1996, the working museum encourages visitors to engage with ongoing restoration projects, which change throughout the year.

In addition to real-time projects, the award-winning museum also houses an impressive collection of photos and films, as well as models, books, artefacts and, of course, more than 40 boats. Highlights include the Airborne Lifeboat, which was a pioneering piece of design which helped Air and Sea Rescue teams for years in the 1940s.

Wander into Cowes

The centre of Cowes can be reached via the regular chain ferry, which takes visitors across the River Medina. The lively town holds a strong maritime identity, with boats of all shapes and sizes decorating the river's route down to the Solent. Take a stroll down the pedestrianised high street, which offers a plethora of quaint cafés and independent shops. On the town's northern edge, visitors are afforded a stunning view out to the mainland across the Solent.

Hotels in Cowes

Cowes is such a popular place to stay, it's hardly surprising that it houses some of the finest guest houses and hotels on the Isle of Wight.

Mimosa Lodge and Villa Rothsay Hotel are both located in the North of Cowes, just a stone's throw from the beautiful coastline. Further to the east, the town offers a number of guesthouses, all of which give views out over the River Medina, towards East Cowes, where the Classic Boat Museum lies. From East Cowes, it's possible to walk south, towards Newport. Walkers will find a number of pretty spots along the river to enjoy a bite to eat.

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