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Snapshot guides to Kent hotels with character. The guide covers the building, its setting, cuisine plus local attractions and transport details from London. Also media reviews and films where available. For restaurant hygiene reports click here

Eastwell Manor Hotel (rebuilt 1926)
Eastwell Park
Boughton Lees
TN25 4HR  Map
Tel: 01233 213000
Setting:  by North Downs in parkland
Rooms: 23 Best room:  Countess of Middleton
Owners: Parrett Family (since 1995)
Rail: Ashford then cab           

Royal Albion (est. 1776)
12 Albion Street
CT10 1AN Map
Tel:  CT10 1AN
Setting: Sea view (Viking Bay)
Dickens once lived there (room 35)
Rooms: 21 Best room:  Trafalgar Room
Owner:  Shepherd Neame
Rail: Broadstairs (Southeastern) 


The George (c1300)
Stone Street
TN17 3HE Map
Tel: 01580 713348
Setting: Kentish Weald
Rooms: 12
Owner:  Shepherd Neame
Rail: Staplehurst then cab


Guardian 2010 Review







Royal Hotel
Beach Street
CT14 6JD Map
Tel: 01304 375555
Setting: Situated on Deal beach
Lord Nelson and Emma stayed here in the winter of 1801
Rooms: 18 Best room: with balcony
Owner:  Shepherd Neame
Rail: Deal (Southeastern)

White Cliffs (est. 2008)
St Margaret's at Cliffe, 
CT15 6AT Map
Tel:  01304 852 229
Setting: heart of White Cliffs Country
C16 Kentish Inn & Mews cottages

Rooms: 16
Owners: Gavin Oakley

Reads (est 1976)
Macknade Manor, 
Canterbury Road, 
ME13 8XE Map
Tel: 01795 535344
Setting: Georgian manor house and grounds near Kent Coast
Rooms: 6 Best room: Chestnut
Cuisine: Classic 
Owners: Rona & David (chef)
Rail: Faversham (+ cab 5 mins)

The View (est. 2016)
30-32 Clifton Road
CT20 2EF map
Tel: 01303 252 102
Setting: On the Leas with views of France.
Rooms: 44 (many with sea views)
Lounge Bar & Restaurant
Cuisine: Modern European
Owners: Mellish family
Rail: Folkstone Central

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Ferry House Inn (C16)
Harty Ferry Road, 
ME12 4BQ Map
Tel: 01795 510 214
Setting: Isle of Sheppey by Swale
Rooms: 5 Best room: 4 Poster Room
Owner; Alex Burden
Rail: Sheerness (then cab)


Walpole Bay Hotel (est. 1914)
Fifth Avenue, 
CT9 2JJ  Map
Tel: 01843 221703
Setting: overlooks English Channel
Rooms: 36 Best room: 308 on the corner with balcony and sea view
Cuisine: English
Owner: Bishop family (since 1995)
Rail: Margate then cab    


Royal Harbour Hotel (est.  1799)
10 Nelson Crescent, 
CT11 9J Map
Tel: 01843 591514
Setting: Overlooks marina & sea
Compromises three Georgian Grade 2 listed townhouses 
Rooms: 27 Best room: No16 with balcony
Owner: James Thomas (since 1999)
Rail: Ramsgate
I fell in love with Ramsgate after staying at the Royal Harbour Hotel, whose quirky atmosphere makes me smile Clive Aslet. Editor at Large of Country Life.

Romney Bay Hotel 
Coast Road, 
New Littlestone, 
TN28 8QY Map
Tel: 01797 364747
Setting: Romney  Marsh faced the sea 
Built for Hedda Hopper by Clough-Ellis
Rooms: 10 Best room: No 5 with sea view
Dinner: non-choice four course menu
Owners: Lisa & Clinton (since 2003)
c1927 Clough-Ellis

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The Bell Hotel (est.1850)
The Quay
CT13 9EF Map
Tel: 01304 613388
Setting: Medieval town
Rooms: 34 Best room: ist floor with balcony
Owners: Mike Ashton
Rail: Sandwich (Southeastern)

Crown Inn (C15)
CT7 0LF Map
Tel: 01843 847 808
Setting: Village
Make own cherry brandy
Rooms:  5
Cuisine: Pub food
Rail: Birchington
It is thought to have started life as a coffee house and features a priesthole. Historic some of its structure possibly dating back to 1500. Famous for its own cherry brandy. Also known as the Plough (1696); Hare and Hounds; Turkey; Half-way House (1785)85).....

Woolpack (C15)
26 High Street
TN30 6AP Map
Tel: 01580 388501
Setting:  Market town
Rooms: 6
Owners: Cowan family

One Warwick Park Hotel (due 2016)
1 Warwick Park 
TN2 5TA Map
Tel: tba
Setting: Spa Town
Incorporates the Brew House (est. 2006)
Rooms: 39
Owners: Markerstudy Leisure
Rail: Tunbridge Wells  (Southeastern)
From its origins as a brewery and school house, visionary architectural and interior designs have taken a series of unconnected structures and created a harmonious and unified building filled with light, energy and vitality


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Marine Hotel (1880)
37 Marine Parade
CT5 2BE  Map
Tel: 01227 272672
Setting: seaside town
Refurbishes in 2013
Rooms: 31 Best room: balcony rooms
Owners: Shepherd Neame’s
Rail: Whitstable

Wye Library
6 Upper Bridge St, 
TN25 5AN            Map
Tel: 01233 812 297
Setting: by North Downs
17th-century posting house with oak beams 
Rooms: 9
Owners: Shepherd Neame’s
Rail: Wye


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