We stayed at this hotel as part of a weekend break to visit Dover Castle and surrounds. We wanted to stay in a village near to, but not actually in Dover, and this place is great if you are travelling by car (about 10 minutes drive out of Dover). I had read other reviews about road noise on the front side of the hotel so we asked for a room not facing the road, which the hotel arranged with no fuss. We stayed in room 14, which is part of an area that can be booked as a whole apartment with a kitchen and sitting room, or as individual rooms. We had access to the sitting area which was a lovely bonus - gave us the feeling of staying in a suite rather than just a room. The room itself was tastefully decorated and very clean, with an ensuite with bath (no shower) off the main room. Nice to soak in a bath for a bit of a change and the bathroom area had a lovely window that let lots of light in. It is possible to take a leisurely walk from the hotel down to the cliffs, to a lighthouse and/or to some beautiful gardens owned by a local trust. There are a couple of tea rooms on the route (although not all are open over the winter season) and there are a couple of pubs in the village and at the cliffs. We opted to have dinner in the Bay Restaurant in the hotel. The ambience was relaxed, cosy and candlelit, a total transformation of what is also a lovely bright room for breakfast. All the food we ordered was of a high standard and the service, both in the hotel and the restaurant was welcoming and attentive. There are spa facilities at a sister hotel not too far away, but we did not use those so can only say they are available. All in all, we really enjoyed our stay and would stay there again or try the sister hotel if we are back in the area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The White Cliffs Hotel is set in the heart of the picturesque village of St. Margaret's-at-Cliffe under a mile from the beautiful beach at St. Margaret's Bay in celebrated White Cliffs Country. This is the closest hotel in England to the coast of France at Calais 21 miles away and is just seven minutes drive from the port and Cruise Terminal at Dover. ... more less
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