Whitstable and the surrounding area have been crying out for a decent, stylish hotel and now the newly refurbished Marine Hotel has answered that need. It has been cleverly and extensively re-designed inside, with a boutique style. Visitors are immediately met with an attractive, welcoming check-in desk. This entrance area gives a sense of space which I found repeated throughout the hotel. Each area is distinct and yet flows seamlessly into the next. There is a light, bright conservatory, home to the coffee shop/cafe, which serves delicious coffee, in a choice of sizes, as well as other hot and cold drinks. It is linked to the bar, where you could also sit for a change and enjoy the same service. Bar snacks are served all day in both areas. I thoroughly enjoyed my snack lunch of whitebait with a small salad; my husband and friends also enjoyed their choices. I look forward to experiencing the restaurant, which offers an attractively priced, varied menu. Residents' breakfasts are served here, cooked to order, not scattered over buffet tables, congealing in covered serving dishes. Relaxing in the lounge, which is enhanced by a flame-effect fire set imaginatively in a glass wall doividing yet linking lounge and bar, seems very appealing, again with its air of light and space as well as comfort. I was fortunate enough to be offered a glimpse of the rooms and found them very stylish, bright and contemporary, with airy, modern bathrooms, again offering that sense of space. Many rooms have seaviews and some have balconies but the rooms at the rear of the hotel are equally attractive. Outside, overlooking the shore, is an appealing terrace, with tables and chairs under large sunshades, a delight on a balmy day, I should imagine. There is also limited parking beside the terrace but the main carpark is at the rear of the hotel, where there are also a few tables and chairs on a small terrace outside the coffee shop. All the staff I encountered were friendly and helpful. They should be proud of their hotel, which will, I'm sure, become a valued gem for locals as well as visitors. Well done, Shepherd Neame, for having the courage and foresight to undertake such a re-development.
Don't ignore rooms without seaviews, on the south side. They are generally quieter and brighter...
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