It is true that you get what you pay for, and this is fairly basic, but a lot better than what I was expecting from a town-centre victorian conversion. It doesn't look that inspiring from the outside, but at these prices who cares? What mattered was that the room was very clean, it felt recently refurbished, spacious, new furniture, simple neutral decor, new TV etc. Powerful heaters to deal with the icy weather. Pity a shower not a bath, but not the end of the world. A plus point for me was it is bang in the centre of town - 2 minutes walk from the High Street, less than 10 minutes from the Beacon Court Tavern pub and venue. It is also right opposite the station - bear in mind if you are on the 'road' side you will likely hear the trains from about 6am if you are a light sleeper. In terms of the 'parking problem', suggest you aim first for the public car parks behind High Street and pay 50p for 1/2 an hour or so. Check in and ask the manager for a visitor permit. In the rooms they have laminated parking maps that show you where this enables you to park. (It is in Zone E, if the council posts a map online). Finding a space was easy - I had no problem at all - but bear in mind you need to move your car by 8am the following day. Seeing as the whole point of my trip was to spend an evening at a gig/in the pub this was a small price to pay for not having to drive in the evening! Listening to friends' stories of the hotels they were staying in, I was completely sure I had picked the right one. So overall a thumbs-up from me.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideally located in the heart of Medway, The Balmoral is central and convenient for all transport links in the Kent area. The Balmoral underwent extensive refurbishment in 2008 and, now under new ownership, offers you quality 3 star accommodation with modern conveniences at affordable prices. Come and stay for a night or two or take advantage of our weekly stay discounts; especially packaged for the touring visitor or workers needing longer term accommodation. You will find us directly across the road from Gillingham train station and only 50 yards from the High Street. Accessing all areas is simple. Our friendly staff are ready to greet you and ensure your stay is a comfortable one. We look forward to welcoming you in person to our guesthouse. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Balmoral Guesthouse Gillingham, Kent