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The Ship Inn
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Reviewed February 24, 2013

We booked the Ship for a random night away in February, knowing it would be quiet and peaceful. Easy to find, on the main road through Dymchurch, with ample parking for the time of year.

We were attracted by the reviews of hauntings and the age of the hotel. We were surprised to find when we walked in that at least one room had a false floor and ceiling, making the bar more like a motel than a 500 year old inn.

Despite this, the rest of the stay was great. Good food, friendly owners, comfortable beds, and if you ask nicely and show an interest, you will get to see the priest hole :)

More could be made of the history of the Inn in our opinion, but other than that, this place is recommended.

Yes the steps are creaky and uneven, yes there are bits and pieces here and there that could do with very minor attention, but for the money and location, its great.

When you book, read the details - some rooms do not have ensuite, but this is clearly stated on the Inns website. So don't moan if you book the wrong room :)

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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5  Thank s01steve
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

We had a rather luke warm welcome and were shown to our rooms, which were not as we had booked. The single room we had requested was in fact a double, and the double was a family room. To reach the double room we had to go up some very steep stairs in semi darkness. The girl showing us seemed oblivious that this might be a little risky until we requested a light.

We all love a place with character, and we thought that the fascinating stairways, low ceilings and wonky landing were quite charming, BUT the carpet on the stairs really needs to be tacked against the steps, because the overhanging excess of carpet was treacherous. Such a simple thing would take only half an hour and would make this charming stairway a pleasure to negotiate, not a hazard.

The double room at the top of the house was very sweet and quirky, with a good sized bathroom and corner bath. My stepson is very tall and had to stoop to walk around the room. He found it funny and didn’t mind as it was only for one night, but it might not be acceptable to every tall person.

We didn’t really like the concept of staying in a family room with three beds in a line. The pale, cold, lime green walls gave it an institutional feel. The bathroom was absolutely tiny. We coped ok with it for just the one night, but I wouldn’t recommend this as being anywhere near adequate for a family staying for a holiday. The ‘wardrobe’ facilities were laughable-a wonky coat stand and a couple of hooks on the wall (see pic). Again, perfectly adequate for one night, but would be a nightmare for a family using this room.

There was no information in the rooms about the local area etc. although I did spot some leaflets in reception on checking out. There was only a laminated A4 sheet which was basically a disclaimer explaining that things might not always work as they should because of the charming low ceilings and creaky floors! We couldn’t quite get the connection and feel that this is a poor excuse. Just because a place is old and quirky, does not mean that that is an excuse for things not working. The only other information given on this sheet was relating to breakfast and to what to do when returning after 11pm i.e. ask for a key from reception, which we did when we decided to go for a little stroll.

We arrived back at 10.50pm to find the place in absolute darkness. We were so glad we had spotted the info about asking for a key, as this hadn’t been pointed out to us when we checked in. Our satisfaction soon turned to dismay when we realized someone had put the latch down on the front door! After a few minutes knocking, we spotted a number to ring and were just about to when the landlady appeared. She didn’t seem at all bothered that her guests were left out in the dark and offered such a feeble apology that it was only heard by one of us.

We had an evening meal in the restaurant (see separate review).

Breakfast was ok although again, the staff were underwhelming in their approach to their guests. We had to wait quite a while to be served, even though they was only one other couple having breakfast before us. The cooked breakfast was very nice, but the coffee was barely drinkable.

Although this review sounds rather negative, we did have a pleasant enough stay and a good night’s sleep. It has to be remembered that the price of staying here is very reasonable. It does have a lot of charm, but we felt like the emphasis was on the pub and the restaurant. If the staff had a little training in making the guests in their rooms feel more welcome and more looked after, it would make the whole experience a lot more enjoyable.

p.s. the free wi-fi was not worth having as it was so temperamental. I blame the creaky floors and low ceilings ;)

Room Tip: Higher floors have very low ceilings
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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2  Thank europaar
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Reviewed September 9, 2012

Evening Meal great and accommodation well above the norm with huge bathroom ( although only hand held shower with corner bath) .

However skip £5 breakfast and walk along the Shore - take in the view and give yourself 5mins walk/exercise to a host of alternatives as ingredients used were like typical greasy spoon. Ok £5 not much but why can't anybody buy normal sausages not catering sauusages - you know the ones you only get when you have no choice. Urrrh.

Shame as Chef who does the Evening Meal is great - if only standard transferred to morning.

Worth staying for £65 on Friday night in nice location on great beach and pretty village.

Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
1  Thank kilgore1
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Reviewed September 8, 2012

Lovely meals, good staff and a frendly feel will greet you when you arrive here.
modern bar and restaurant , but you still know you are in a 500 year old building with all the quriky bits,funny angle doors and creeky floor boards, we loved it! A real OLD english Inn.
They also have a nice seletion of Wine and Ale! Well worth a visit.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank ssrl
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Reviewed August 19, 2012

Dirty carpet, highly creacking floor, bathroom door did not close, dangerous stairs.
We had 2 weeks holiday in Great Britain and had stays in Travelodge and Premier Inn hotels.
Due to family problem we had to rearrange our stays and booked this hotel on the Eurobookings/Expedia website. reference were average so we took the risk..... We won't take it any more!

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank Antonio N
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