The Island is around two hours from London, for example, by both car & train. Directions are for the simplest routes, though not necessarily the shortest.
Directions to The Belmont by Car
There is at least one crossing an hour on all routes. The Portsmouth and Lymington ferries are both run by wightlink so you can travel out from one port and back on the other.
To get to The Belmont from any port via Newport/Arreton, first follow signs to Sandown. Ignore signs to Shanklin about 2 miles from Newport and again at the mini-roundabout in Apse Heath. In Lake (9 miles from Newport) turn right at the T junction, where the road is marked S'LIN (NOT Sandown). After a mile, go half left at the Five Ways traffic lights, signposted Ventnor. This is Queens Road. The Belmont is a quarter of a mile on the right, opposite St Saviours Church.
If you are coming from Ryde via Sandown, simply follow the signs to Shanklin and the directions from the Five Way lights.
Directions to The Belmont without a car:
Exit Shanklin Train Station and continue straight ahead along Regent Street passing the Falcon Pub on your right, Poundland & Boots the Chemist. The Junction with the High Street cross over to Cross Street bearing left along Palmerstone Road to the Junction with Queens Road, eyes right to view St Saviours church, The Belmont Hotel & Restaurant is opposite the church. There is also a taxi rank at the station.
On the mainland there are direct trains to Portsmouth Harbour station from London Waterloo (South West Trains), Cardiff/Bristol/Southampton (First Great Western), Brighton/Gatwick Airport (Southern Railway) and Woking (for the Railcar coach from Heathrow Airport). These connect at Portsmouth Harbour with the 'FastCat' ferry (Wightlink) then onto the Island Line at Ryde Pier. You can buy through tickets to Shanklin including the ferry crossing, with reductions for Network Card Holders.
Buses from London
National Express coaches to Portsmouth arrive from many cities at 'The Hard' Interchange, adjacent to Portsmouth Harbour train station. Tickets are available including the passenger ferry to Ryde.
http://www.wightlink.co.uk for the fastcat foot passengers from Portsmouth to Ryde Pier Head.
On the Island itself Southern Vectis provides an excellent bus network. If you are coming on foot or bicycle http://www.movemybag-isleofwight.com offer luggage transfer services.
Buses and Coaches:
The Belmont Hotel
8 Queens Road
Isle of Wight
+44 (0)1983 867875