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Royal Albion Hotel
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Broadstairs
Dartford, United Kingdom
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“best place to stay in broadstairs”
Reviewed November 21, 2011

stayed in broadstairs a few times and always said it would be nice to treat ourselves one day and stay at the royal albion. lovely place to stay, prime location, good food and very clean.
.Great views over viking bay even though it was at the end of november, we pushed the boat out and opted for a superior room with a sea view (room 12) which also had doors opening on to a shared terrace with table and chairs.Very nice comfy bed in a very clean room with all the usual tea making facilities. breakfast is very good and plentiful

Room Tip: opt for a room with a sea view, worth the extra money
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 31, 2011

I suprised my boyfriend and took him to broadstairs as this is where him and his family use to holiday . The hotel was amazing , very luxurious . Food was amazing . Room amenities where perfect.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Broome, Australia
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Reviewed October 14, 2011

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.

Room Tip: Request a seafacing room. It is worth it.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 12, 2011

We booked here for our anniversary, and although the room was small, the decor was lovely and the view amazing. The staff were great (especially the cleaning ladies who could not do enough to help, and showed us other rooms as we spoke about coming back again). The bar staff and breakfast staff were lovely too.
Broadstairs is lovely, lots of ice cream parlours and places to eat and drink coffee!
We were ready to book for next year when we checked out but the prices have jumped up for 2012 and the woman on reception was terse and slightly disinterested that I wanted to book again. I didn't - which is a shame as she was the only person who made us feel unwanted.
Overall I recommend this hotel and for somewhere to eat, it has a great atmosphere and amazing surroundings.

Room Tip: Room 14 is very compact. Try and book room 15 it has a roll top bath & a balcony area.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
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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London
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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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Gravesend, United Kingdom
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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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Property: 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 (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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