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The Botany Bay Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Marine Drive, Kingsgate CT10 3LG, England (Formerly The Fayreness Hotel)   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Kingsgate
Bideford, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Not Impressed”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

Only a short stay...the large room was nice...But the morning breakfasts were horrid.
The dining room needed a complete overall...the carpets and floors weren`t very clean...the windows of the dinning room were on their last legs...the blinds were just a joke...But to be fair they had the builders in and perhaps its undergoing complete refurbishment...because that what it needs. L overly setting and location...but wont go there again.

Room Tip: Ask for a large family room....even if your own your own...as some of the single rooms are very smal...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service

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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Thirsk, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

Stayed 3 nights recently on business and I found the whole experience very good. Ok, the hotel was in the middle of some fairly serious renovation and scaffolding clad most of the exterior but once you got inside you would never have known. I stayed in one of the newly renovated doubles which was 'cosy', as described on the hotel website, but absolutely fine for my requirements. The staff were excellent and the hotel is obviously well run and managed. Food was good and the view was simply outstanding - no hesitation in recommending. Final mention for Poppy who was extremely helpful and efficient.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled on business
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

We stayed for one night on 7th December and it was a last minute booking and we weren't expecting much, just a place to rest our heads as we were at a function at a nearby golf club. The hotel occupies a lovely position at the end of a residential road and when we pulled up outside it was completely surrounded by scaffolding. On entering the hotel it is in very obvious need of renovation and it is very dated. However we were welcomed very warmly by poppy on reception and she personally showed us to our newly renovated room. Wow what a difference! The room was cosy but very comfortable, traditional I would say, with brand new dark oak furniture and new everything else, even down to the towels! The hallway outside is also newly decorated to a very high standard. Breakfast the next morning was back in the conservatory in the older part of the hotel but with lovely sea views. The food was good quality, we had full English, but there was quite a good menu and the staff were extremely helpful polite and friendly. When this hotel has had the full makeover, I'm sure it will turn out to be a little gem of a place, keep up the good work!

Room Tip: Make sure you stay in a renovated room or you will be disappointed.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Durham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at the hotel whilst visiting family. The staff are so very friendly especially Poppy and Donna. We stayed the last night (before it is refurbished), in room 403. It has amazing view, large and clean. Bit dated, but as I say soon to be updated. Price includes breakfast, so full value. We will stay again.

  • Stayed November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bristol, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013 via mobile

We have just returned from a wonderfull stay at the fayreness. It is under going development works, but we were look after from start to finish by great staff. Credit to the managers. New rooms look amazing, will come back next year to see the finished product.

  • Stayed November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

We booked on the morning of the same day requesting a room with a sea view. The only room left was the Bridal suite, so, although very costly we had great expectations. What a mistake! We have never been so diappointed with a hotel stay and would not recommend to anyone. The room in our view, felt grubby, dated and the worn fake flowers and faded upholstery did not help. The very well used bathroom (nearly a revolving toilet seat) and the dark tiles also added to the gloom. On the plus side the staff where efficent and friendly and the breakfast good.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

Stayed here because original hotel Had over booked and they managed to fit me here. They are going under renovation so but half way completed. I stayed in a recently completed refurbished room it was lovely! Bath room and bedroom done to a good standard with nice finishing touches. The owners are really nice people and make you feel warm and welcome and it is right on sea from so nice views whilst eating breakfast.

Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
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Address: Marine Drive, Kingsgate CT10 3LG, England (Formerly The Fayreness Hotel)
Location: United Kingdom > England > Kent > Isle of Thanet > Kingsgate
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Kingsgate
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Botany Bay Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 29
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Perched on the beautiful cliff top at Kingsgate Bay, The Botany Bay Hotel in Broadstairs promises a tranquil and peaceful getaway - whether it's for a long weekend, a wedding, birthday celebration or just a lunch hour.Stay in one of 30 en-suite bedrooms, enjoy a pint of real ale in the lounge bar or sample fantastic food (with a view of the sea) in one of the best restaurants in Broadstairs. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Fayreness Hotel Kingsgate

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