I dont like to give a negative review so I'll start with the positives - I would echo all the good things about the property such as spotlessly clean and spacious room, ample parking, convenient to amenities and tourist spots. We would add that the cooked breakfasts were delicious beautifully cooked each morning of our three night stay and although we didnt use the bar, it looked like it had a very pleasant atmosphere. We also liked that it was left to us to turn on heating in the room as we dislike the heat in most hotel bedrooms. As this is not a hotel as such (it is an inn), you only really encounter staff if you seek them out and when we did, they were friendly and helpful.The property pays homage to it's origins as an engineer's workshop as part of historic Chatham dockyard and is very tastefully decorated.
The negatives in our room number 2 were that the wardrobe rail was too low and therefore our clothes trailed on the bottom of the wardrobe but a serious negative was the shower. It was very unwieldy and I would even say dangerous, as you couldnt control it once the water was flowing through it like a power shower, and the flex and head fell off at one stage and hit me on the head and fell on my foot. Due to the powerful surge of water through the shower, it was virtually impossible not to have a lot of water pouring on the bathroom floor at each shower. Also, the bath sides were quite high to get in and out of. So, I would not recommend this room for anyone with stiffness or disability. What was interesting though was that the toilet facilities themselves were in the design for disabled persons. Also, there should be instructions as to how to use the taps as there are some taps for the bath and one for the shower but it isnt very evident what you should do to have either
Another problem with room number 2 is that it is next to a utility room and from around 8am, staff are dragging things in and out noisily so dont count on a lie in.
Overnight, we found it near impossible to sleep with the fans below us, and what sounded like washing machines on all night. Even wearing earplugs didnt help.
It is rare that I find myself saying this in a review but we would not stay here again. For a more restful night in the area, choose Ramada Encore, Chatham or Premier Inn, Will Adams Way, Gillingham.
- Also Known As:
- The Ship & Trades Hotel
- The Ship And Trades
- The Ship & Trades Hotel Chatham
- Ship Trades Chatham
- Ship & Trades Chatham, Kent, UK
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