Good points : Flat-screen television with Freeview channels; Tea and coffee-making facilities; Clean bedroom
Bad points : Check-In; Bed; Room too hot; Noise from road; Shower curtain; Staff at breakfast
We arrived at 1.30 pm and hoped to check in early, but no – the rules are the rules! Check-in itself was a prolonged affair (you pay on checking in) – when they eventually found my booking and got their machine to work.
After dinner in Canterbury, we decided to stay in the room and watch some television, but this was when things really started to go downhill. Obviously, the comfort of a bed is subjective, but this one was far too soft for us. It was also on casters so moved if you leant against it.
As it was a warm night, we opened the sash window, but found pieces of wood have been nailed to the sides to stop it opening more than about 6 inches (health & safety). The room overlooked the main road, so there was a constant stream of traffic. This, coupled with the heat and soft bed, meant we didn’t get much sleep. East-facing room, so woken before 6 am by the sun.
Found the shower curtain does good service as a plug so I ended up standing in a couple of inches of water. (I am extremely short-sighted so could not see what the problem was until I left the shower and put my glasses on.)
Breakfast - food laid out as a buffet – cereals, croissants, bread by the toaster, jams, orange juice but no hot drinks. The other diners explained we would be asked what drinks we wanted, but it took a while to find a member of staff. If you drink tea, be aware that you are given hot (not boiling) water and shown where the teabags are.
The point of staying in a hotel (even a budget one) being to sleep, we won’t be in a hurry to stay at another Innkeepers Lodge.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Of all the hotels in Canterbury, few have as many stories to tell as this historic lodge, which has been providing a warm welcome to travellers for almost three centuries.With nine comfy rooms and its own cosy pub serving a menu of hearty, freshly cooked food, it's the perfect place to enjoy some rest and relaxation. Although there's so much to see and do you won't want to put your feet up for too long.Canterbury is one of England's most beautiful cities, and its jewel in the crown is Canterbury Cathedral, which is a pleasant half-hour stroll from the lodge, or just five minutes by car. You can also explore the intriguing shops of King's Mile, take a ghost tour, visit Canterbury University or take a summer boat-trip along the River Stour.There's plenty to keep you busy further afield in Kent, like wildlife spotting in Blean Woods or a day at the seaside in Herne Bay or Whitstable. ... more less
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