My wife & I stayed here along with another couple in late August 2011. Initially we were surprised with the reception area just inside the front entrance. It was very small and seemed quite old but at the same time when you looked around the foyer area you were immediately struck by the fact that the hotel is historical. It dates way back to Charles Dicken times and even before that. He stayed here for some time prior to him purchasing Bleak House which is visible situated on the headland along to the left from the hotel.
We were taken up to our room on the 3rd floor. We had requested a sea facing room and were not dissapointed. You can view the whole promenade of Broadstairs from the window.
Upon entry the age of the hotel struck home. The floors are uneven and slope to different quarters of the room. The bed was queen size and very comfortable.The bathroom was more than adequate and the shower efficient. All of this added to the enjoyable historical flavour of the hotel.
There is also a terrace area at the front of the hotel facing the sea. This is frequented all day and provides meals.
We opted to include breakfast. This was available in the main dining room. There was a large selection of buffet food inlcuding cereals, rolls, bread/toast, juices etc. Much to our great surprise we were also presented with a full menu to select a wide and plentiful selection of fully cooked breakfast. This was in addition to the buffet. When it arrived it was huge and certainly set you up for the day ahead.
You can walk out along a pier to the left of the hotel and enjoy all kinds of seafood, fast food and snacks.
We also enjoyed a very good meal for lunch one day at the Pavilion also to the left of the hotel along the beach front.
Staff within the hotel were very capable and made us feel very welcome. Check in and check out was fine and we had no dificulties. Car parking is available free of charge but it is in an open air public car park about 50m down the main street. Vouchers are provided by the hotel.
Enjoy this hotel and dwell in the atmosphere of history still in the making.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Royal Albion Hotel Broadstairs, Kent
- Albion Hotel Broadstairs
- Hotel Broadstairs