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The Bell Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   The Quay, Sandwich CT13 9EF , England   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #1 of 3 hotels in Sandwich
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2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Exceeded expectations”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

A weekend stay for our 40th anniversary, with Sunday afternoon tea for friends and family. Great room, excellent kippers for breakfast and a really enjoyable dinner that was part of the two night package. Very professional staff, who were there when you needed them, and not when you didn't! Only very modest quibble was that the range of beer was a bit limited because of the renovation work.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London
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72 reviews 72 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

The last time we visited the historic and pretty little town of Sandwich, Kent was some 15 years ago, when we stayed at the Bell, at the time we thought it awful, dirty and unwelcoming, so I was a little concerned when we wandered in there on Saturday 19 October to book a room and stop the night as a spur of the moment decision, however, I need not have been, all my fears were unsubstantiated, what a turn around for this hotel. It was lovely, and clearly the new owners, ie: the Local Brewery had turned it round and although renovations were still on going, it was a lovely surprise. A lovely bar area, nice restaurants, much nicer rooms and a much better service, will recommend and will return.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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rochester kent
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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

We enjoyed a 2 night stay in a superior grade bedroom overlooking the river. This is really the only hotel in the town to stay in, (avoid the golfing tournaments!) It is an old hotel undergoing a major makeover to December 2013. We nearly cancelled when they informed us a week before but at least an effort was made to let us know. We really enjoyed our stay with a very helpful and attentive staff. Evening dinner was well presented and the food choice good. Few outside customers at present as when you arrive it looks as though it is being rebuilt. Don't be put off by the present outside appearance.
A lovely small old town with a medieval atmosphere with lots of local interest. Check with hotel the best way to reach them as your Satnav will take you in on roads which are currently closed!!

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013 via mobile

Nice hotel, very English, but over £100 for single occupancy in a room that you could not swing a cat around in.

Breakfast was nice, after ordering it took nearly 25mins to arrive, and once it arrive it was not correct, but I so hungry I just accepted it. I am glad I was not in a hurry to get somewhere!

Good nights sleep, nice shower, a nice hotel with friendly staff, very helpful.

But a little too expensive, breakfast staff do need to get breakfast out quicker. Hotel could do with being around £85 a night not £105

Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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5 hotel reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

stayed as part of a big group this week. The hotel was far too hot everywhere. Breakfast was very good on both days. The dinner was adequate. In the bar, the service was pretty slow and gave the impression of struggling with the number of people wanting drinks. My room was fine. have been coming here for over 30 years and the hotel has had its ups and downs over the period. When you've got over 30 people wanting to check out at the same time and you've only got one device to take credit cards that perhaps suggests there's scope to change for the better.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

The rooms are well appointed and the staff work hard to make your stay comfortable. The restaurant has a good selection and although the portions are not always big overall it was good value. Parking can be a problem but is free between 6.00pm and 9.00am in the car park across the road.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Surrey England
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

Stayed for one night on a business trip .
Fairly quiet . Easy walk to centre of town and several other pubs and small restaurants . Plus Fish & Chip shop . Adjacent to River Stour and a few boats moored. Parking ok but can be chargeable around £6,50 a day if hotel spaces full.
No lift in hotel .

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about The Bell Hotel

Address: The Quay, Sandwich CT13 9EF , England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Kent > Sandwich
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 hotels in Sandwich
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Bell Hotel 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A traditional hotel with a chic modern twist. Thirty-seven individually decorated ensuite bedrooms, a restaurant menu which varies with seasonal availability and a choice of two beautifully refurbished function rooms. The Bell Hotel Sandwich is the ideal choice as a leisure destination or as a venue for weddings, conferences and private events.Throughout the year, the Bell Hotel holds events and exhibitions to: support the local arts, to promote the produce of local and regional farmers and growers and to participate in Sandwich festivals and celebrations ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Bell Hotel Sandwich
The Bell Hotel Sandwich, Kent

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