We stayed one night as a short break over the May bank holiday weekend.
Despite reading reviews on here first, we still ended up with a 1st floor room racing the high street. I was woken at about 5am when they swept the street, but apart from that it wasn't too noisy.
The bed room was fairly small, but not cramped. The bathroom was very modern and spacious. Soap/shampoo etc were all very good.
Reception staff were helpful and friendly. We had no special requests, but they pro-actively offered us maps, theatre guide and lists of attractions in and around Canterbury.
Parking was a problem. We took the last space, which was actually reserved for disabled drivers, so we left my mobile number at reception in case someone that needed it arrived after us.
We could only get a 9pm reservation at the restaurant, which is an hour later than we would normally eat. We started with a half bottle of Champaign in the Champaign Bar at 8:30pm. It has a complex flavour and we both thought it tasted nicer than many "brand" Champaigns we have tried.
Sadly, things went downhill from there. We moved to the restaurant at 9pm, and things ground to a halt. Simple things like bringing the wine list took ages. At one point there was a 15 minute gap between being shown the bottle of wine I had ordered, and it actually being opened.
I think we finished our main course just before mid-night. I hate to be rushed, but 2 courses in 3 hours is a bit too relaxed. We were offered dessert, but by that time, we were ready for bed, and who knows how long it would have taken to arrive. The slow service was a shame, because the complimentary lobster soup and both main courses were excellent (not so impressed by the starters!)
We enjoyed our visit to Canterbury, and would recommend this hotel, but if offered a 9pm table at the restaurant, maybe look around for somewhere else to eat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With its central location, within the ancient city walls and only minutes away from Canterbury Cathedral (a World Heritage Site), ABode Canterbury is the perfect base to explore this historic city. Individually designed bedrooms, contemporary bathrooms and a warm welcome are waiting. Enjoy fine dining in The County Restaurant, contemporary pub food in the The Old Brewery Tavern, or relax with a drink in hand in our Champagne Bar. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Abode Canterbury Hotel Canterbury
- Canterbury Abode Hotel