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Royal Albion Hotel
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Broadstairs
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1 review
“Best Hotel in Thanet”
Reviewed September 17, 2009

Great service ,friendly locals , terrific beachs , cold larger .

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 13, 2009

A smart elegant primrose yellow regency hotel which is situated bang in the heart of Broadstairs. The front leads out into the pretty town with lots of little characterful restaurants and local shops and the back of the hotel overlooks a beautiful sandy beach and harbour. Staff very attentive and friendly and food in restaurant better than average and cooked breakfast very good and generous - and oh what a view to eat breakfast to overlooking the beach and harbour - stunning. Overall the hotel felt busy, friendly, welcoming and right in the heart of the action. Broadstairs was buzzing when we stayed - it had a great atmosphere and seemed to attract everyone from groups of teenagers, families with small children, sophisticated business people doing lunch and older people too. The balcony rooms really do have the most stunning views - well worth paying that bit extra although the rooms themselves are quite traditional and not of a boutique nature. This is a good solid fairly conventional hotel that is welcoming to all and in an absolutely fabulous location.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled on business
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Reviewed June 23, 2009

We decided to go to Broadstairs in search of big sandy beaches and we were not disappointed. The Royal Albion is essentially a pub/bar with 21 rooms. The bar/restaurant area has been recently renovated and sports a great sea view. Only 6 of the 21 rooms have been renovated so make sure you get one of those as the others are really old and not worth the 3 stars the hotel has. There is no lift, no parking (although a nearby car park is often available and the hotel offers tickets) and the reception is often unmanned as, during busy times, the receptionist turn into waitress for the bar/pub. The entrance to the pub/bar is the same as the hotel so security may be an issue. The hotel is not really designed for kids although the people there have been helpful. The family room is really a double room with bank beds to accomodate the kids so we all felt a bit squeezed. The bar offers essentially pub food although there is a kids menu. The area around the hotel is full of fish and chips shops and cheap thai restaurant. the overall feeling is low end vacation town. One thing deserves note: the adjacent Osteria posillipo. A family run Italian restaurant which offers very good and authentic Italian food. the wooden owen pizza is surely worth a try.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 21, 2009

We turned up at 5pm on Friday night with no booking and found the receptionist helpful and informative. We took a room with a sea view and it was well worth it. The room and bathroom was spacious. Bed was also very comfortable. It was refreshing to see a modern and well run hotel in a seaside town. It also occupies a very central location in the town overlooking Viking Bay so the views are excellent.

The hotel is well run, well looked after and staff helpful. We had dinner in town but we had a very relaxing and tasty breakfast at the hotel. Service was very good and the staff helpful explaining what was available for breakfast.

They also give you a voucher for free parking!

Only complaint (and it's such a tiny one) is that the water in the kettle looked a little suspect.

We had a very enjoyable time in Broadstairs and I would recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Tunbridge Wells
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Reviewed November 24, 2008

This Hotel has undergone a transformation in the last 12 months. Our party booked 8/9 rooms and nobody was disappointed including my hard to please brother in law. (ages from 18 to 80). Work is still on going funded with the deeper pockets of a local brewery. I suspect this will regain the title of best hotel in the area very soon. Helpful nice staff and very clean. The kitchens and bar area are next for a refurb. I think after Christmas 2008.

  • Stayed November 2008
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Lanarkshire
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Reviewed September 3, 2008

We stayed at the Albion several years ago when it was privately owned and at that time needed updating.
It is now owned by Shepherd Neame, the Brewery company.
They are certainly spending money on the place and in my veiw well spent. The garden over looking the sea has had a complete makeover and it looks superb, a lovely space to relax and enjoy a drink.
Our bedroom was also refurbished making it fresh and bright and luxuriously fitted out.
We were told the public areas were next in line to be done but never the less are comfortable and attended by very pleasant and helpful staff.
Being owned by Shepherd Neame meant there was a good selection of beer and wines served to a high degree of attention.
The food especially breakfast is not to be missed, so we can't wait to go back when the kitchens are enlarged and modernised.
All in all a most enjoyable stay.

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  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Royal Albion Hotel

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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