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“The terrace alone makes this a great place to stay.”
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Royal Albion Hotel
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Broadstairs
Reviewed September 2, 2011

We stayed here in a twin room for three nights and it was all super. The staff were smashing, the room was lovely and the location is fantastic. At the rear of the hotel is a terrace and patio garden overlooking Viking Bay and the beach where you can have all meals including breakfast, or a drink, or just sit and admire the view.
You can get good drinks, snacks and meals at anytime from the hotel's cafe/restaurant and even though not included they will happily provide a latte etc for your breakfast drink.
The room was very nicely appointed and clean with a light and spacious bathroom, all facilities were in excellent working order.
A great base for visiting the Thanet area.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 17, 2011

The hotel is really charming and set right on the sea front. We had a room looking out on to the high street, which is really quaint and being on the first floor we were at a good height to people watch. The room was cosy, and immaculately clean but what really made our stay was the breakfast- continental selection of pastries, fruit, cereals etc and then on top of that a menu with cooked options like Full English. It was delicious!

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 17, 2011

I stayed here for three night's from Thursday 21st Breakfast was gorgeous eggs benedict. On Fri we had a group of 25 friends and family back for a wedding breakfast. Wonderful food and good service we were given the dining room with a beautiful flower arrangement on our table which was later placed in our room.The next night our family who had also stayed had champagne and cupcakes on the amazing terrace watching the sunset. Our room was large well decorated, with an ipod dock, huge roll top bath & walk in shower. Perfect place, perfect weekend.! X

Room Tip: Book a sea view its beautiful.
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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank SIOBHAN R
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Reviewed August 10, 2011

We stayed here in early July for a three night stay. We had lovely rooms with sea views on the first floor. It was surprisingly peaceful even though it was summer and the bar and garden at the back of the hotel is open to non-residents. Although there is a good choice of restaurants in Broadstairs we ate each evening in Ballards which is part of the hotel but not the dining room. The menu provided a good range, especially for vegetarians and there was also a vegan option. The hotel rang us a few days beforehand to say that the decking on the first floor was being renewed but had taken longer than expected and we would therefore not have access to the balcony. This was very disappointing but in the event the builders managed to work mainly when we weren’t in our rooms and the hotel also made a very generous adjustment to our bill. I found all the staff friendly and helpful. One evening my TV wasn’t working properly and this was dealt with on the same day.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 2, 2011

We stayed in the Royal Albion for 2 nights.

Fantastic location overlooking the bay, couldnt be better.

The hotel has a bar with food that is open to non-residents and I felt that this business was more important to them than their residents.

Breakfast finished at 10:00 - which I thought was a bit early and seeing that they serve all day breakfasts to non-residents they could have been a bit more flexible with this. We were not offered any more tea or toast and had to ask the waitress, a smile from her would have been nice!

The terrace was lovely to sit out on and there were some heaters for chillier evenings.

We went with another couple and the husband ordered a bagette which was advertised as coming with a side salad, when it arrived without the salad, he asked where it was, the waitress replied with "oh, do you want me to go back and get it?" - we couldnt work out whether she was joking or not!

The room we had was lovely. We had a balcony room, which we paid extra for, but unfortunately work was being carried out on the balcany, which the hotel had rung and warned us about beforehand, so they only charged us for a standard room which we appreciated. The shower room was clean and well decorated. We were very pleased with the rooms that we had.

Checking in was friendly and helpful, we collected our voucher for the car park before checking in. The car park was a 2 minute walk down the road.

I felt that the price was a bit expensive for Broadstairs - especially as the bar closes at midnight and there is no room service but as there is no competition in that area I suppose they can charge what they like.

I would stay there again as, like I said, there is no comparable hotel in the area, but if I could find a cheaper alternative I would try that.

Room Tip: Ask for a Balcony room
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  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 11, 2011

Room was well decorated , large , clean and comfy . We had a room at the back ( no.24) so although we lacked the sea view it was still worth the money. Breakfast fantastic and they do take outs if you are traveling/working for the day. Bacon rolls wrapped in a foil handbag were ordered each day! The views from this hotel are wonderful and staff are very friendly. This is a very popular place and I never saw it empty in the evening, or day come to think about it. My boyfriend was on a training course the week I was there and I spent each day just looking around and enjoying Broadstairs. Shop keepers are very friendly and happy to chat. Watch out for the gulls on the beach though, they are cheeky enough to snatch a sandwhich from your hand and I even saw them lifting towels up to check if there was any food underneath! Talking of which : plenty of good resturants behind the hotel - excellent Indians directly opposite and two very good italians next door.
Overall, great place , great location, great people. I will be without a doubt returning.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 9, 2011

A great base, but also an excellent hotel overlooking bay. Staff were very friendly, rooms refurbished since April and our room had wonderful sea view, with bathroom also with sea view! Sleep to sound of waves lapping sandy beach.

Parking in public carpark (but free to hotel customers) a very short distance away (2 minutes).

Room Tip: Sea view above first floor
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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Royal Albion Hotel

Address: 6-12 Albion Street, Broadstairs CT10 1AN, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Kent > Isle of Thanet > Broadstairs
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Broadstairs
Price Range: $142 - $198 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Royal Albion Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Escape from the everyday and step into a beautiful Kentish seaside retreat. Standing proudly on the Broadstairs seafront since 1776 and a former residence of Charles Dickens, The Royal Albion offers much more than your average seaside experience. Steeped in history but featuring a 21st century approach to comfort, enjoyment and relaxation. With its elegant literary heritage, fresh sea air and awe-inspiring views, The Royal Albion creates an atmosphere that makes it the ideal place to unwind, rejuvenate and take time out. The Royal Albion has 21 elegant and spacious bedrooms to choose from. Whether you are looking out over the stunning Kentish coastline or the historic town of Broadstairs, the views are stunning. All the rooms are designed to ensure your break in this seaside destination is one to remember. When it comes to dining, you'll be spoilt for choice too. Enjoy freshly ground coffee and home-baked pastries throughout the day in Ballard's coffee lounge, and delicious dishes made using only the best locally sourced ingredients in the main bar featuring a large terrace and landscaped garden whilst enjoying commanding views across Viking Bay. For a more intimate dining experience, the a la carte restaurant with beautiful sea views, is the perfect place. With a menu based on the finest seasonal ingredients and freshly caught seafood, you can be assured of a dining experience to remember. The Royal Albion is in the ideal location from which explore the very best that the Kentish coast has to offer. Wander the beaches and clear the cobwebs just as Dickens did over 170 years ago, or simply take time out to appreciate your well-earned break. ... more   less 
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