We had 2 nights at this excuse for a hotel in February courtesy of a Travelzoo deal which was very attractively priced. We arrived on a very cold day around 2.30 and the owner who we never saw again gave us our room key and little else. The room, to be fair was warm and clean and a reasonable size though certainly not a £130 room which is their real price. Due to the weather we had a glass of bubbly which we had brought in our room and decided to have dinner at the restaurant as it is rather remote and we did not want to drive. What a disaster. First of all we were put in a corner so dark we could barely read the menu and it was cold so we asked to move. The food was appalling and the service lacking to say the least. The wine was poor and expensive and when we enquired tot the price by the glass we were told a bottle of wine which was outrageous as £19.95 a bottle (2011 Rioja) cost a mind blowing £6.50 a glass!! We reluctantly opted for the bottle. My lamb (£19) was tough and had Oxo/Bisto gravy which was romantically called a 'rosemary jus' and was just appalling. My husband's chicken was little better. The lady on the next table asked for her food to be put in the microwave as it was cold. Then came breakfast...the same hotel manager who we had complained to the previous night about the table put us on the same dark, cold table. We were then overlooked, had our order taken eventually and then watched several others have their 'full English' put in front of them before us despite arriving 10 minutes after us. When it did finally arrive ('Sorry we are very busy in the kitchen!') it was very poor, microwaved in the main and greasy. Needless to say we ate out the 2nd night at a great place called the George and Dragon in Sandwich. We had horrible, tasteless toast the next morning as we certainly could not face the 'full English' again. Our room had the bed straightened but no fresh towels, the bathroom was not cleaned, tea and coffee not replenished nor the loo paper. On our final morning no-one was available to take our key or ask if we had enjoyed our stay (they probably didn't want the flack) so we gave it to the waitress. The place clearly needs money spending on it and the boiler is really noisy at night. Finally you take your life in your hands pulling out of the car park as the hedges are so overgrown they obscure your view of the road. Don't stay here, even on a deal.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Blazing Donkey is a 22 bedroom country hotel located near to Sandwich in Kent. The hotel boasts its own restaurant, and has a cosy bar and stunning garden with terrace for guests to enjoy. The hotel is owned and operated by the husband and wife team of Richard and Sherry Martin. The accommodation at the hotel is arranged in a courtyard and each of the well appointed en suite rooms enjoy rural views. The rooms have flat screen TVs and baths with showers. Parking for guests is free. The hotel enjoys a very mixed patronage; from leisure break visitors, business travellers, golfers and wedding guests. The hotel is one of Kent's most popular special occasion venues, and with good reason as the facilities are as extensive as the surroundings are beautiful. The hotel's restaurant produces a regularly changing menu inspired mainly from locally sourced produce. Lunch and dinner are served daily. Visitors can also enjoy morning coffees and afternoon cream teas. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Blazing Donkey Hotel Ham