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Royal Albion Hotel
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Broadstairs
Reviewed September 1, 2012

My husband and I have just returned from staying at this lovely hotel, 30th August 2012. Our room was gorgeous the shower was very good. We had a sea view, there was plenty of room for our things. We wanted to spend another night, but the hotel was fully booked. The weather was sunny and we were able to have our breakfast out on the terrace. We opted for the full english, there was fresh fruit, ceareals also available. We were given a parking permit, the car park is a 2 minute walk away. We enjoyed our stay, and will recommend to family and friends.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 31, 2012

Brilliant location, lovely staff, good food, unpretentious. I've been back around five or six times in winter, spring and summer over the past five years. my kids love it too. feels like it is the heart of holiday Broadstairs.

Room Tip: Town facing rooms noisy on the weekend. Sea facing rooms lovely.
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 26, 2012

Stayed at this hotel for one night as a birthday treat. The hotel receptionist didn't seem too organised but friendly enough. Our room was up several flights of stairs (no lift) and the actual stairways/hallways look rather "tired" and could do with a spruce up. Our room cost £115 for one night, which I personally thought was a little over-priced for the room we were given. It was rather small and "boxy" with very low ceilings, which made us feel very "enclosed" and claustrophobic, especially in the summer heat. There was no air and I felt stifled at times. There was a small window which we opened but then we had the noise from the street to put up with. No views from this room (no. 29) apart from the top of buildings opposite (unfortunately there were no sea view rooms available when we booked). It was obvious that ours was an attic room.

Having said that, the room itself was decorated in tasteful neutral tones, and everything was spotlessly clean. The bathroom was really lovely, although with the low ceiling and my boyfriend being 6ft 2", he was having to stoop in the bath shower and he said the shower wasn't high enough for him. The bath is actually rather high and I struggled getting in/out of it. There were plenty of complimentary toiletries supplied - shampoo, shower gel, lotion, shower caps, plus sewing kit and shoe polish in the bedroom. Plenty of towels, too. The shower over the bath was easy to use but, as with a lot of hotels, water pressure can be temperamental as I found out whilst showering and the water suddenly went extremely hot. I quickly turned off the hot water, to see the cold water just trickling out for a few seconds before it returned to normal pressure again.

Tea/coffee making facilities, with a good selection of beverages and biscuits (although we didn't make use of these).

Our bed was quite comfy with crisp white linen and lots of pillows. TV and radio were also in room. Nice little dressing table with mirror and a chest of drawers for those staying longer. Only downside was that the wardrobe was only ok for hanging jackets due to the shelving inside - I had a maxi dress but nowhere to hang it.

Breakfast was superb! Set in a lovely dining room overlooking the sea. Good choice of cereals, fruits, pastries etc, plus a breakfast menu. We ordered the full English and it was very enjoyable - the fried bread was perfect and not at all greasy. Staff were polite and friendly.

The hotel setting is perfect as it overlooks the beach and there are outside tables/chairs to enjoy a drink from the bar in the open air during sunny weather.

We didn't eat in the hotel restaurant as we had a table booked in the Greek Taverna opposite, so I cannot comment on that.

All in all it was a lovely, traditional style seaside hotel, clean room, good breakfast. Next time we stay here we shall be sure to book a sea view room!

Room Tip: Room 29 has a very low ceiling, very boxy feel and compact - avoid if you get claustrophobic. You a...
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 14, 2012

Stayed for 1 night on the 13th Aug 2012. Staff couldn't have done more to make it the perfect break! Lovely clean room, fantastic menu & garden, fast service, really enjoyed the view of Broadstairs from our table in the gardn under a heated umbrella late at night. Most comfortable bed & the shower was gorgeous! Recommend to anyone that wants a hotel break - spot on in every way! Well done!

  • Stayed: August 2012
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Reviewed August 14, 2012 via mobile

My husband booked this for our anniversary we had a top floor room which although quite a climb had a fantastic view. The there were two chairs in the bay window so it was perfect to spend an hour watching the Sea and people on the beach. We were half board and had a very nice meal in the restaurant. The bar was having with a mixture of locals and tourists all enjoying themselves. Breakfast couldn't be faulted and being able to sit on the terrace outside in the sunshine was a nice bonus.

  • Stayed: July 2012
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Reviewed August 14, 2012

My husband and I have just arrived home after a long week-end staying at The Royal Albion and all we can say is that the hotel is very clean, the rooms more than comfortable and the staff are really excellent. My husband was taken poorly whilst there and the staff were very helpful. The breakfasts are wonderful. The only thing we would say is that if you go during Folk Week expect a LOT of noise. We will return to this hotel but never again during Folk Week as our bedroom was in the front of the hotel and there was still drunken behavior in the streets outside until after 3 in the morning.

Room Tip: The rooms that face the high street are noisy if you have the windows open.
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 29, 2012

When this was a family run place, it was great. Now it is brewery owned/run which makes a great deal of difference and not for the better. OK so the rooms were smartened up, but ours was extremely cramped with very little hanging space. The tea/kettle tray was housed in the wardrobe and when I got it out to use, there was literally nowhere to put it, which will give you an idea. We booked 3 day stay with dinner each night but as the menu was the same (and will remain so all summer, we were told) we cancelled the third night. Breakfast was nice. It's just too dear and like other reviewers have said, not worth the price tag.

Room Tip: Sea view rooms are nice in the morning but noisy bar/gardens - still better than being on the road
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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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: $123 - $200 (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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