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The Swingate Inn and Hotel
Ranked #9 of 9 Hotels in Dover
York, United Kingdom
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“pleasant short break stay here.”
Reviewed May 8, 2013

we had a very pleasant welcome at reception which is also the bar, we were shown to our room, we had asked for a quiet room which indeed it was, room 9, the room was of a good size,it was very clean, had tea/coffee making, free toilettries,nice bedding and towels, we stayed for 2 nights.the towels were changed each morning. there was plenty of drawer space and a double wardrobe, could have done with a few more coat hangers, freeview t v , hairdryer.we asked for extra pillows and these were brought up straight away, nothing was too much trouble.we had a pleasant meal in the bar, all the staff were very friendly and helpful.It is only a few minutes drive to the ferry port.there is also a beefeater inn at the top of the road .

Room Tip: romms at the bac of the hotel are quiet.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed April 16, 2013

The decor is tired and retro (paint peeling in the bathroom) and the bed heads in our room were not secure, wobbling when we leaned on them. Our room overlooked the carpark and the road noise might bother some but we were used to that anyway.

The shower pressure is very low and you have to wait between flushes for the toilet to work properly. If it's yellow, let it mellow!

The lunch and dinner food is average. Breakfast is typical fare but quite enjoyable - lots of variety of cold and hot items.

Staff were very friendly and helpful - service is definitely The Swingate's forte. The wifi is free and has a decent speed and the carpark always has space.

Not a bad place to crash for or a night or two but don't make it a prolonged stay. If you intend to use public transport, be aware that the bus is very unreliable - it's best to book a taxi.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 28, 2012

Stayed here during a trip to France. The hotel is located 5mins drive from the main ferry terminal at Dover and makes a perfect stopover for an early crossing.
I had the pleasure of enjoying their Sunday roast and was really impressed. Good food and value for money.
Friendly staff and clean rooms. Would return.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Dover, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 1, 2012

i booked the swingate inn for my daughters wedding an paid £20 a head for adults and £10 a head for the children.This was for a carvery buffet,the carvery was a silver platter with beef on one side ang gammom on the other with the usual sausage rolls couple quiches ,small sausages an side salas and a small platter of salmon ect.For the sweet it was one apple pie one chocolate cake and one small pot of cream and one of custard.for the price we paid i think it was a total disgrace we could have bought the whole menu for under £150 an thats even going over the top.So for paying £550 for the buffet it was a disgrace.And on the night time buffet which was £250 it was even worse .Then after paying for the disco an bar to be on till 12 the disco was packing up at 11.15 and was going in van bt 11.45 and they closed the bar at 11.45 as well.I was recommended that this hotel was suppose to be one of the best,it spoilt the day for me just seeing the farce they called food being put out.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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gaddass
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed September 30, 2012

Great staff,waiter/barman was very helpful.Rooms are ok for the money,parking is good and its 3 minutes from the ferry.Wifi which worked well and they have a restaurant which serves decent pub grub.
Be wary if setting off early as the walls are quite thin and people coming to bed from the bar woke me several times even though they were not being noisy.
Its a bit tired on the decoration side in the rooms but thats reflected in the price,as a place to stay the night before a ferry its fine and everything in one place,parking,food and a beer.

Room Tip: Number 7 is at top of stairs so maybe the noise is louder here from other guests coming to bed,pick...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Hampshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed September 7, 2012

Very quick friendly check in, I had read the reviews on trip advisor so was expecting a very basic room, however the room was spacious, clean and the bed was comfortable. The bathroom was also clean and there were toiletries provided.

The staff were very approachable and engaging, the bar area was comfortable with a large TV. The beer was reasonably priced and well kept. The dinner was very well cooked and presented, served in a generous portion and was very good value. Breakfast was also plentiful and well cooked.
Will definitely use again when I am in the area

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
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Modena, Italy
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38 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed August 26, 2012

Cheap and cheerful hotel near Dover, which made it an ideal overnight stop before catching an early morning ferry. The staff were very helpful and couldn't be faulted.

The rooms themselves are basic, but perfectly functional. We did ask for a travel cot when booking but it seems the message got lost, thankfully we had called ahead and they had time to sort out a travel cot for us which was very much appreciated.

We had a meal in the bar in the evening - we hadn't had chance to have a proper English curry during our two weeks back in the UK, so were delighted to find the pub serve a range of curries alongside the normal pub fare. The food was ok, I've had better but, after four months without a curry it was still a very welcome change.

We were travelling on the warmest night of the year and the room seemed to be much warmer than it deserved - so we had to sleep with the windows wide open. Unfortunately this meant we could hear the road noise outside which was a bit annoying, but better than being too hot.

We left before breakfast the following morning (which we thankfully didn't have to pay for) and were very grateful of the short drive to the ferry terminal.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Property: The Swingate Inn and Hotel
Address: Deal Road, Dover CT15 5DP, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Kent > Dover
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Bar / Lounge Restaurant
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Ranked #9 of 9 Hotels in Dover
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Hotel Class:3 star — The Swingate Inn and Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 10
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