We should have smelled a rat that this was the only hotel in the area with three rooms available for a Saturday night in August. The website looks so much better than the reality. Our room at the top of the hotel was refurbished but the wafer thin walls gave us no sleep as our neighbours were laughing and talking until the early hours. The noise from the bar downstairs also went on long into the night. Our room was quite comfortable and once we were asleep, we slept well, but there were just so many basic requirements that seemed to be missing like a toaster in the room rather than a hairdryer. The other two rooms were extremely basic and rather shoddy and lacked basic requirements like a shower curtain and had only one towel for two adults and two children! Breakfast was charged as an optional extra and was well cooked but the branflakes had obviously been around for a while. To be fair the hotel is undergoing refurbishment at the moment, but even making allowances for that, it was frankly tatty and overpriced and we did really object to being asked to pay our bill the moment we arrived after a long and exhausting day. We would be prepared to stay again as the staff were pleasant and provided a cot for one of the rooms, but only if there was a radical refurbishment and reduction in noise..
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated a stone’s throw from the beach, the Royal Norfolk offers comfortable and well presented accommodation with a family friendly atmosphere. Rag Times, our American style diner serves high quality dishes from Wednesday to Sunday, and G's bar hosts an eclectic mix of live music most weekends. The coastline in front of the hotel is also famous for its sea fishing. Steeped in naval history, the area extends along 2kms of the Kent coastline, with Folkestone and Hythe on either side. For those wanting to take in the fresh sea air, Sandgate offers a range of leisurely walks along the seawall and through the lush coastal park, with awe inspiring views across the Channel. A walk along Marine Parade to Sandgate’s neighbouring town Folkestone, will find you looking at the Leas Lift, one of the oldest water-balanced cliff lifts in England, offering access to the historic Leas Promenade. Other local attractions include the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch steam railway, Hythe Canal, Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, Dover and Leeds Castles and Canterbury Cathedral. With the Channel Tunnel and Eurostar close by, Dover, the busiest port in Britain with its wide choice of cross channel ferries, is only 20 minutes away. The high speed rail link is available from Folkestone Central and West stations with a journey time of 50 minutes to the heart of London. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Royal Norfolk Hotel Sandgate, England