We have been meaning to visit The Walpole Bay since it was first on 'The Hotel Inspector'; finally made it there this weekend. What a great experience! Excellent friendly service, good food and a welcoming atmosphere, all overseen by the wonderfully unique Jane Bishop. If anyone can sort out Alex Polizzi, it is she! The building itself is great, full of fascinating memorabilia ; items that are interesting, funny, touching or just plain bonkers! The Reception and Bar are full of 1920's charm - no, they don't need modernising - they are supposed to look like this! Was very impressed that they actually served an evening glass of Port in the 'proper' glass; Yes, we also got butter curls...
Jane obviously takes great pride in The Walpole, and 'glides' around everywhere chatting to everyone about anything, and is very charismatic.
Would love to stay again, despite the eccentric plumbing, which made a noise like the Titanic when the loo was flushed - v.funny!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- From the moment you enter the Walpole Bay Hotel and Museum, you step back in time to the ambiance of a bygone era. This historic Margate hotel was built for discerning guests in 1914, extended in 1927 and is now being lovingly restored to her former glory by the Bishop family. The Walpole is a family run hotel that strives to achieve a friendly home from home atmosphere combined with a warmth and timeless elegance. From the relaxing flower decked terrace with sea views, to the Edwardian style restaurant, you will rediscover a passion for the finer things in life. And to make your visit complete enjoy a ride in our 1927 Otis trellis gated lift, that services every floor. So if you are looking for hotels in Margate, you will not find a more welcoming, warm, charming experience anywhere else, so come and enjoy your time in Margate, Kent and reserve your room at the Walpole Bay Hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Walpole Bay Cliftonville
- Hotel Walpole Bay
- Walpole Bay Hotel Margate, Kent