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“Best stay in Broadstairs”
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Royal Albion Hotel
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Broadstairs
Sittingbourne
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“Best stay in Broadstairs”
Reviewed April 12, 2012

Very stylish hotel with sunning veiws over the bay,Large very clean rooms and excellent seating areas.Very good breakfast with good menus throughout day.Have now stayed three times of the past three years.Would recomened for a relaxing stay

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Reviewed April 4, 2012

My husband and I stayed at the Royal Albion in Broadstairs for 3 nights in March 2012. We were lucky to have had gorgeous, warm weather during our stay.

This hotel has been refurbished, to modern standards, but could stand a bit of a touch up (marks on walls etc). Our room was quite comfortable and had a balcony area with table and chairs that looked out over the beach and waterfront walkway. This was a shared balcony (with 3 other rooms).

We enjoyed our stay, except for Saturday night. The building next door - the people were quite loud until about 2 am, so not much sleep (this is separate from the Royal Albion, so not their fault).

Be aware - this hotel does not have an elevator/lift and the stairs are somewhat steep and narrow. There is generally someone to help with bags, but if you have a problem going up and down stairs, this is not the hotel for you. And no wash cloths (face cloths/flannels). We had to go buy some.

Otherwise a lovely stay. Food was good - ate both in the dining room for breakfast and the pub for dinner.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 28, 2012

SUMMARY
This is a hotel that typifies the Shepherd Neame stable. Very clean, very tidy and very stylish but not cheap.

SITUATION
The hotel is high up above the promenade with a majestic view out over the Channel. It faces east-south-east, so gets the morning sun. Glorious. Broadstairs itself is a tidy English seaside town (I'd not call it a resort), which fares much better than its near-neighbour, Margate, which is a sewer and is to be avoided. Broadstairs has the Dickens connection (Bleak House), the sandy beach, the faded gentility and a genuine fifties ice cream parlour (Morelli's) on the front. It's served by a decent rail service from London and the station is less than half a mile away, up the pleasant high street. There are buses to Ramsgate, Margate and elsewhere. The streets can be a challenge for unwary motorists. If you're used to driving on the right (ie wrong) side of the road, you may want to rely on public transport and taxis.

ARCHITECTURE
This is a tidy Georgian (I think) building. It looks as if it was designed as a hotel. Inside, it is delightfully quirky, so isn't just another bland box. It's recently been refurbished to a high standard, which is greatly to its benefit.

SERVICE AND FACILITIES
No gym no jacuzzi, no discotheque - it's just not that sort of place. Slum it in Margate if you want those. What the Albion (or Royal Albion; I never did quite work that out) offers is solid quality fayre. There's an excellent restaurant and a not quite as good bar ('Ballards'). They also have a coffee shop though we didn't use that. You can also eat on the terrace, with a view out to sea. They also offer room service for the sociopathic.

We were expected and check in was efficient. Someone then showed us to our room, which was a nice touch. When it came to it, check out, too, was efficient. Staff were happy to help with travel (etc) advice.

ROOM, DECOR &c
Our room was spacious and airy, with attractive en suite facilities (the shower head was the size of a dinner plate). You get tea 'n' coffee stuff and a hairdryer. We had blackout curtains, too, which we appreciated (see 'morning sun', above).

The room was kept spotless. So, we could appreciate the decor, which was generally nautical-leaning. Plain boards, simply painted with a matt finish. It also makes it easier to maintain. Lots of wardrobe space, ample mirrors, a decent sized bed and easy chair all contributed to making the room a nice place to be. There was a decent telly with as many French and Flemish stations as UK.

On that, do be careful with your mobile phone (cell phone/GSM). You may end up roaming onto a foreign network, so it's probably best to set it to 'Manual Network Selection', to avoid some nasty surprises.

FOOD AND DRINK
Let's get a gripe out of the way first. It's a Shepherd Neame hotel (Dear US cousin, Shepherd Neame is Britain's oldest brewer), so for it to run out of all but one of its ales is quite unforgivable.

There are two main eating places. The dining room was excellent. It's a pukka hotel dining room, with a pukka a la carte menu. There was a good choice, with vegetarian, red and white meat and fish all featuring, so considerable thought has gone into that. The food was superbly prepared. They clearly have an inspired chef. I'd possibly cut back on some of the portion sizes and curb my exuberance on the over fussy presentation (nouvelle cuisine) but let that not take away from a true quality offering here. Service was definitely with a smile. It seems churlish, then, to mention that it erred towards the obtrusive though I'd rather have that than irredeemably gormless.

Then there's 'Ballards'. This is the pub bit (you now, the one with hardly any beer). It's ill-lit and the decor is definitely in need of TLC (the blinds were very grubby) if not the last rites. Add to this the fact that the windows were glazed with wire reinforced glass and you really don't have a very cosy place. That's a shame, as the food, again, was first rate, even from a far simpler bar menu.

Breakfast yielded more trencherman's fayre. You will NOT go hungry here.

VFM
This is the second Shepherd Neame hotel in which we've stayed (the other was too long ago to review now) and both have been rather expensive for what they are. Make no mistake, you'll enjoy it - even appreciate it but you will pay. Our room was a ton a night. In the provinces, that really is a lot. All in all and on balance, I don't think it's worth it but you make up your own mind. Maybe for you, the undeniable quality of the place will offset the high cost.

VERDICT
All of that said, I'd happily stay at this or another Shepherd Neame hotel again.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 27, 2012

Its all been said before, but here goes; excellent location overlooking the bay (if you get a sea view room). Comfortable, lively-ish bar and coffee shop. Good bar food. Like another reviewer we had room 21 - quirky, well decorated and nice facilites, but there really is poor noise insulation between it and room 22. Why not brick up the adjoining room door?! Staff were a mixture of very friendly and curt (not rude). Exceptionally good breakfast, which we got to enjoy on the terrace in the morning sunshine. A pot of coffee on the table might have been better than the time wasted waiting for one at the buffet. Overall a good stay. Broadstairs is lovely.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bridport, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 25, 2012

We stayed for two nights in March 2012.The room was a twin with a very nice sea view and had everything that we needed. However there was just a normal door separating us from room 22. Through this door we were able to hear the television and the voices of the occupants quite clearly. We did not have a peaceful first night. We were unable to change rooms as the hotel was full but as we knew that our neighbours were leaving we stayed on. Luckily our new neighbours did not watch television were more quietly spoken. Presumably the occupants of room 22 would have heard us if we had been noisy. Apart from that, great breakfasts, a lovely terrace, a good choice of food and friendly staff.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, UK
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Reviewed March 11, 2012

A very comfortable hotel in a good central location. Spacious room (we had a "superior sea view" so obviously can't speak for the other rooms). Excellent bathroom. Fabulous breakfast (my wife recommends the Eggs Benedict); Friendly, efficient and unobtrusive staff. Great seas views. Highly commended.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 9, 2012

We really enjoyed our stay here, the room was very comfortable and well decorated, the staff friendly, the breakfast was delicious and the bar area was really nice to have a relaxed drink and snack overlooking the beach. It's in a good location in Broadstairs near lots of nice restaurants and yes the parking is a short walk down the street but you can always drop your bags at the front of the hotel and then park. I can imagine it would be really lovely in summer when you can sit out on their terrace.

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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
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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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