I paid extra to get a premium room, which seemed to be a good choice. At £66 including breakfast this was a fair price. The bedroom was comfortable, clean, warm and spacious, with an excellent sea view. The hotel provides free wireless internet access, although I did not use this. The bedroom was matched by the bathroom. All fixtures and fittings in very good condition and looked fairly new.
There is a restaurant and a bar at the hotel. I ate in the bar, where good pub food and real ale is available at standard British prices. There is a good sized car park for both hotel and restaurant and bar customers.
All of the above made it quite a good place to stay for one night. In my limited experience of nearby hotels, this is the best in the local area. However, there are several possible improvements.
Worst of all was the breakfast. A hotel cooked breakfast should be a treat, but they had clearly bought cheap poor quality produce. The sausage (you only get one) and the beans were disgusting. The choice of cooked breakfast items could be increased considerably as well. The continental breakfast selection didn’t have pastries or fruit. This needs to be rectified, even if they have to increase prices a little to pay for better breakfasts.
A poor choice of TV channels, just the terrestrial channels plus three satellite channels and a radio station. Not good by today’s standards. They could at least provide some Freeview channels at no cost to themselves.
There are no on site leisure facilities, unless you include the pool table and the dart board in the bar!
The selection of consumables is a bit minimal. We all like the little extras in a hotel like stationery, hot chocolate, moisturiser, a shoe shine sponge, a sewing kit, etc, but they were conspicuous by their absence. It's not the be all and end all, but these things make you feel pampered and valued as a guest.
Staff were OK, but lacked warmth. Not rude, but receptionists spoke only the minimum required for the check in and check out process, even though they showed me to the room. The same was true of bar staff. Oh, and paying in advance through a hotel booking company is not something they do. They need a credit card number on check out. This can be an inconvenience if you stay on business and your company usually pays for you in advance.
In conclusion, it’s the best in the area, and not bad overall, but don’t expect a great breakfast.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Perched on the beautiful cliff top at Kingsgate Bay, The Botany Bay Hotel in Broadstairs promises a tranquil and peaceful getaway - whether it's for a long weekend, a wedding, birthday celebration or just a lunch hour. Stay in one of 30 en-suite bedrooms, enjoy a pint of real ale in the lounge bar or sample fantastic food (with a view of the sea) in one of the best restaurants in Broadstairs. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fayreness Hotel Kingsgate