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Royal Albion Hotel
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Broadstairs
Reviewed July 10, 2013

A lovely hotel overlooking the beach at Broadstairs. It is small and friendly and has a lovely atmosphere, we have stayed in B&Bs in Broadstairs before but for the price we would now always go back to the Royal Albion. Breakfast, eggs benedict and real kippers superb.

Room Tip: We had a town view room on the third floor. Breakfast was served on the patio terrace overlooking...
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 27, 2013

The Albion is a small, friendly hotel which we have used several times for weekends away. The location is wonderful and the sea view rooms look over Viking Bay giving the most amazing views. The Albion has recently changed hands and this became apparent as soon as we arrived; the majority of experienced staff seem to have been replaced by younger models who don't seem to have the same welcoming and friendly service ethics as their predecessors but hey ho, this is probably something to do with the brewery cutting budgets and being English I always found it disconcerting to have impeccable service!!!!
Although I will miss the personal touch that we used to enjoy, the change of management will not keep us away from using this hotel as our weekend bolt hole from London as the location of the hotel in the centre of the town and the views from the bar and sea view rooms more than make up for indifferent service. The breakfast is not bad either and if you pay for the superior seaview double room, you needn't leave your room for your whole stay! Broadstairs is a delight; although it is a seaside resort and close to Margate, this is where the resemblance ends. The resort is centred around the delightful Viking Bay and there are pubs, bars and restaurants galore with only a couple of penny arcades. Although there are a few 'pound' shops and empty buildings where some businesses have closed down, I never get that awful depressing feeling that the 'good old British seaside resort' has had its day as I often experience when visiting other seaside towns.
The Albion is not cheap BUT the location of this hotel means that I will return whatever the service and you never know, I may have caught them all on a bad weekend....

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

Stayed at this hotel once before and it was better than this most recent visit. On the downside our room with a sea view was very small and had scaffolding obscuring the view (they had warned us but it was worse than I had expected. I enquired about a larger room but was told tjhey were booked long ago. I booked about 6 months in advance so do I believe that - probably not.

On the upside the staff are very attentive and the breakfast good

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank RichardD1947
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Reviewed June 8, 2013

Although we had booked online and completed a form with our details, we were surprised to be asked to pay upfront for our accommodation on arrival. There was no-one available to help carry our cases up the winding staircase and in the end the young receptionist helped us. We were disappointed to find that our 'Superior Room' (Room 12) was cramped with so much furniture in the small space that it was difficult to move around. However because of the way it was set out, there was space for only one bedside table. No suitcase stand or full-length mirror was provided and the single small mirror was awkwardly positioned directly below tv screen. The room undoubtedly has a great view, but at the moment this is obscured by scaffolding and guests are not allowed onto the balcony. Be prepared to be woken by the crash of empty bottles being binned around 7.45 a.m.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank patdavidroberts
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Reviewed May 19, 2013

We stayed 1 night & had breakfast & dinner. Our room was fab, with a sea view, staff were on the whole pretty good although the reception staff could be more attentive.

Food in the restaurant was good, especially breakfast.

A lovely hotel by the sea - highly recomended!

Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
1  Thank Ian J
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Reviewed May 19, 2013

Best location in heart of town and amazing views of Viking Bay. Terrace great for enjoying May sun and breakfast served in elegant dining rooms again with fab views. Our attic room at front was spacious with excellent en suite really did look like picture. Bit noisy from street late at night but didn't keep us awake. We had another single sea view room which really was big enough to swing a cat and double glazed if you wanted to sleep silently without the waves. Staff friendly and helpful. You get a voucher to park for free in town. We ate in pub restaurant attached excellent food and choice of wine. Great for exploring the town and seafront. Can't recommend this enough. Quite a lot of stairs if you have elderly people in your party so request first floor. Will definitely return.

Room Tip: Room 29 rooftop town view lovely feel, could be noisy from road in height of summer. 27 single room...
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 19, 2013

We booked this hotel based on reviews and were not disappointed. In fact, we were delighted with our room, no. 17, which didn't have sea view as we got the last double room available, which had a double and single bed with dividing curtain. A beautiful bathroom with shower and bath. The decor was good with quality curtains, the beds and bedding were lovely and comfortable. We had all we needed in the room, including a radio with ipod dock. The staff couldn't have been more helpful. Breakfast was served in a pleasant dining room overlooking the sea and was done in a calm, friendly and professional manner. As the breakfast times were 7am - 10am, it was never crowded. We would not hesitate to go back there or to highly recommend to friends and family.

Room Tip: You may want to ask for a seaview room, as the others are facing the main street; however, this was...
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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Address: 6-12 Albion Street, Broadstairs CT10 1AN, England
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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: $124 - $201 (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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