We stayed at the Royal on a business trip to Kent last week. I called the hotel to book the room and spoke with Lena - to ascertain how accessible the accommodation was since my partner has a disability. She was brilliant and told me all about the room - the only drawback was no sea view for the accessible room, but Lena did suggest that we check out some of the other rooms to see if they would work when we got there. We were checked in by Kathy - who was really friendly and engaging - she happily offered to show us a room at the front, the Wellington, which of course we would have to pay more for since it was an upgrade and also came with breakfast served in the room if we wished. The room is quite simply spectacular, complete with king size bed (and the tv right at the foot of the bed for easy watching), high ceilings and basically a wall of windows/patio doors which give the room a wonderful light, airy feel. We also had a slipper bath on a platform in the bedroom and best of all- what was for us the piece de resistance - a balcony we could walk out onto with the ocean about thirty feet away from us! The balcony had a picnic table, bench seating and a wall mounted heater which meant we could sit out there on the chilly, damp afternoon we arrived and watch the world go by with a gin and tonic from the bar......just wonderful. The bathroom is also bright and well appointed with two sinks and a refreshingly powerful shower, lots of premium toiletries, big fluffy towels and plenty of space for our own toiletries. There were bathrobes for us in the closet with lots of room and hangers for our clothes and suitcase to be stored. The room also had a heathy supply of tea and coffee etc as well as water ( still and sparkling). The only fault we found with the room we had was the door to the room is a tad short.....so there is a sizeable gap at the bottom which meant the light from the hallway as well as noise in the hall from other guests might be problematic; we remedied this by using the spare blanket provided in the closet as a draught excluder. The room was quite expensive for mid week, mid season( even though we did get a bit of a deal) and the hotel wasn't full by any means....but it was so worth it to sit on the balcony, watch the ocean and our room was truly brilliant. We did take advantage of the offer to have breakfast in our room and breakfast is the only aspect of our stay at the hotel with which we found fault and which could do with a little improvement (use better sausages both meat and vegetarian, make sure mushrooms are cleaned properly before cooking) but on the plus side we figured that the hash-brown was home made and much nicer than the ones typically served. Staff at the hotel were truly accommodating, professional and friendly - we felt really well taken care of and will definitely return and recommend to colleagues.
We stayed in the Wellington so probably any of the rooms that boast a sea view balcony would be of s...
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