The Southcliff Hotel
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The Southcliff Hotel

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3.0
#6 of 10 hotels in Folkestone
4.3 of 5 bubbles
Location
3.4 of 5 bubbles
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3.8 of 5 bubbles
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3.7 of 5 bubbles
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On The Leas Promenade, overlooking the English Channel, The Southcliff Hotel is a 10-minute drive from the Channel Tunnel Terminal and 20 minutes from Dover Ferry Terminal. There is free Wi-Fi in public areas. The bedrooms each have tea and coffee facilities and a private bathroom with free toiletries. Rooms also feature a flat screen TV [free view] and ironing facilities [on request]. Some have sea views or private balconies. The Office Bar features modern decor and hosts frequent live music. Southcliff Hotel is a short walk from Folkestone's sandy beach. Folkestone Harbour is a 10-minute walk, and Folkestone Central Railway Station is just half a mile away. The Leas Cliff Hall is only across the road from The Hotel.
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Property amenities
Street parking
Free internet
Bar / lounge
Billiards
Nightclub / DJ
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
Public wifi
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Shared lounge / TV area
Room features
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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2.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Budget
Bay View
Languages Spoken
English, French, Estonian, Slovak

Location

22-26 The Leas, Folkestone CT20 2DY England
Getting there
Great for walkers
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tydanab wrote a review Jul 2020
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Just arrived back from a visit (July 25-27 2020) just myself and my fiancee, reasonably priced if a little dated, but the sea views are priceless. Just one thing to note, you can get parking outside the hotel in bay A1, this is very well priced at £2 a day, the only problem is that there is not enough space, you are reliant on someone leaving and taking that space, it is on a one way road also, so we did have to do a few circuits before a space become available, we was actually going to park in the Sandgate parking lot, behind the hotel, apparently £4 for 24 hours parking but they lock it at 9pm until 8am, fortunately on the last circuit after dropping off my fiancee to book in a space became available, much to my relief, so bear this in mind beforehand.

As stated prices are reasonable for the rooms although a little dated I think it adds to the charm, the views as stated are priceless with a view over to France on a clear day.

The bar area is small and cosy, they also have a cocktail bar within the hotel which is open to the public.

I would recommend booking with the breakfast included, if you like your hearty fry up to begin the day with you get a good spread, I was even asked how many fried eggs I would like, which I have never experienced before.

I would like to finish mentioning the hotel staff who are nice and friendly, one particular young man, (Callum) was extremely helpful and professional, as well as hardworking, and a great ambassador for the hotel.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Zom_bea wrote a review Jan 2020
Southampton, United Kingdom
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This was our second stay (see my previous review from last Jan!)- We enjoyed it so much this time last year that we came back! I honestly can't express enough how much of a pleasant surprise it was for us last year and what a moment of calm and tranquility our stay was. The same can very much be said for this stay and already talking about making this an annual pilgrimage.

We opted for a sea view because it is absolutely a must for this hotel. Waking up to the dawn over the sea is priceless.

This time our stay was on the second floor. As with our previous stay, the room appears recently decorated with new carpet and wallpaper/painting. Bed very comfortable with armchair and desk etc which was good as I had work to do. The bedding could do with being updated as sheets/blankets rather than duvets, but that has it's own charm in a way. Tea/coffee and kettle etc in room as to be expected and everything very clean.

Parking is not free but you are able to buy a permit from the reception which is £2 a day and much better than pay and display rates.

Folkestone itself is a great place and we explored more around the harbour which has recently seen a renovation of the old harbour station as a garden walkway. Definitely worth a visit.

Thanks for a brilliant stay.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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loveadayoutx wrote a review Jan 2020
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The room was OK bit dated but comfi bed and a small telly The toilet system was a bit of a joke it only released a small amount of water so didn't flush properly not really acceptable ... I would stay again for overnite visit cheap and cheerful staff on desk calluem was a lovely lovely lad so helpful ..... Don't bother with the breakfast it was horrible the milk was off for the cereal and the fry up was probably one of the worst I've ever had it was vile, hard eggs, over cooked baked beans and mushrooms, not worth the money for the breakfast so don't bother
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from IJ_thesouthcliff, General Manager at The Southcliff Hotel
Responded 15 Jan 2020
Such a shame that your stay didn't meet expectations. please can you email me direct with your details so I can investigate the toilet issues as this shouldn't happen. Breakfast is normally one of our best points [along with the stunning views] so it is a bit of a puzzle on why we let you down. I will check with the Restaurant team but again, once I have some more details, I can then identify who was working on the day in question and be better placed to answer in more detail. Thanks Ian Jackson Manager ian@thesouthcliff.co.uk
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Linda B wrote a review Feb 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Staff were all really friendly and helpful. The room was what you'd expect for an older place, but beds really comfy, small tv and coffee/tea making facilities. Very clean and plenty of hot water for shower or bath. Only drawback for me was 4 steps down from room to bathroom, but didn't spoil our stay. The breakfast was superb. Cereal, fresh fruit, yoghurt, toast and a really good cooked choice. The hostess with the mostest serving all in the breakfast room was a wonderful lady named Irene. She loved her job, and the people she waited on. Nothing was too much trouble and all done with a smile, and friendly chat. Could not fault it. They also have dances there periodically. with a bar and disco/dance room in house. Right on the seafront, and very close to the shopping centre. Parking out front for £2 a day is a very good deal,with tickets from reception, and everything you could want is close to hand and within walking distance. Absolutely perfect for the price and will def go there again.
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Date of stay: January 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Not very good for disabled with mobility problems
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Susan G wrote a review Sept 2021
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Had a very pleasant stay. Although the hotel was old, it had such character. The views were perfect. From the time we arrived the reception were extremely helpful, sorting out where I could store my mobility scooter, after noticing my disability changed my room to assist with a walk in shower. The room was clean and the towels were clean and fresh. Breakfast was plentiful and hot, there was a good choice of fruits and juices. Staff were pleasant and helpful. It was a lovely stay where we were made to feel welcome. Look forward to staying there again. Thanks to all the staff.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Tamas N wrote a review Jul 2022
Budapest, Hungary
3.0 of 5 bubbles
I have mixed feelings about this hotel.
First the good things:
the location is excellent, especially if you came to a conference that is happening in the Leas Cliff Hall which is a few steps away. The beach (pebble) is reachable within 10 minutes, you have to walk down on a serpentine path from the cliff for that. The promenade runs just in front of the hotel, which is always a nice green area to have a walk.
The hotel is also very affordable compared to the other ones in the neighbourhood.
And now the cons:
The hotel is old, and you can see it on everything, walls, floor, furniture. My room had the "old house smell" and I could not get rid of it, no matter how much did I ventilated. Even after I moved to the next hotel on my trip, I could sense the smell on my clothes in my luggage.
With the room door you need to be careful, mine did not close properly unless I pushed/pulled really hard. (But it looked like it's close, but it was possible to open it without key card.)
There were daily cleaning, which I approtiated, but one day I found a(n unchewed) chewing gum under the chair, and it was not mine, I do not consume such things.
The breakfast was OK, you can choose between the typical English breakfast options: eggs (omlette/ fried/ poached), bacon, small sausages, beans, tomato/mushroom, tea/coffee. There were müsli options as well. However I had the most bizarre breakfast situation in my life here as well: there were no clean tables when I entered the restaurant, so I was waiting. The waitress offered me a seat at a table that was half cleaned: The dirty dishes of the previous guests were already taken (except a dirty glass, which was still there), but no new dishes were put on yet. (There were still several clean ones on the table, probably there were 2 people before me, and it was a 4 seats table.). The table was full of breadcrumps, the surface was not cleaned. I expected her to finish the cleaning and laying the table after she seated me there, but it never happened, she brought my breakfast and put the plate just in the middle of the bedcrumps. For sure there is a space for improvement here.
My flight was cancelled, just on the same day of my arrival, and I was put on a later flight. I informed the hotel staff immediately (in early afternoon) on the form of their website, that I may arrive after check in time, please make sure I can occupy my room. (In this situations a common solution usually is: the hotel staff puts my keys in a key-box at the entrance that has a pin code and they send me the pin code in email) I got NO answer at all! When I arrived the main door was locked, there were no doorbell. I had to knock on the door loudly for minutes for someone to come and let me in. This is not the experience you are looking for after a very long day of journey.
I also asked for late check out options on my last day (I chilled out at the beach and wanted to take a shower after the day in sea), but there were no such options offered.
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Date of stay: July 2022
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Brian056 wrote a review Feb 2020
Aylesbury Bucks UK
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I am actually there at the moment (Room 20) on day 3 of a 4 night stay. I had originally booked 2 nights here and 2 at another hotel in Folkestone, but decided to extend my stay by 2 nights and cancel the other hotel as there is no comparison with the other hotel which was slightly more expensive. The room is nicely decorated and warm. Last time we had a balcony room which was nice to sit out on, but I find this room is much quieter with the double glazed windows. The reception is friendly and helpful and nothing is too much for them. Breakfast is very good with a good selection and the dining room is bright and well staffed. I would recommend this hotel to anyone who is looking for a reasonably priced room. There is no car park at the hotel, but the council charges £2 a day to park in the alotted bays opposite and close to the hotel, but you are not guaranteed a space, so it could be difficult in high seasons. The location is close to the town centre and within walking distace of Places to Eat.
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Date of stay: February 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: The hotel is on a busy-ish street, so the rooms with balonies can be noisier, as they have the...
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essexgirl1948 wrote a review Jul 2021
Canvey Island, United Kingdom
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Upon arriving at the hotel we realised that the parking would be a problem and the hotel was tired looking. Calium on reception was so very helpful and took our very heavy suitcases up to room. The Manager Ian was a really great helpful guy. The room we were allocated (No 105). Upon walking down the side of the bed whne coming in from having a meal out I discovered the carpet was really wet I went down to reception to request being given a different room and was told we could be put in another room to sleep for the night and in the morning we would be found an alternative room. The room we were given was a far more superior room and very comfy. To our surprise we were told we could spend the remainder of our stay in the new room No.11). Best nights sleep in a long time, bed so comfy.
Breakfast was average and could have been hotter. Only a few people in breakfast each day so it would have been nice if the food was cooked when ordered instead of pre-cooked and kept sort of warm.
Fantastic view from balcony. Steps leading to entrance of the hotel are steep and we could not manage the suitcases as we are both pensioners and have disabilities. But a really nice friendly guest carried our cases up to the entrance doors. Overall it was a good pleasant stay and found the staff to be very friendly and helpful
would stay there again.
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Date of stay: July 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Kate W wrote a review Jul 2021
Mold, United Kingdom
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here for 6 nights whilst visiting our Daughter who lives in Folkestone.
What can I say ....it was A-MA-ZING!
The hotel and room were basic but plot twist it's A 2** HOTEL!! You get above and beyond what you pay for, all the staff are super friendly and helpful, the room was clean and made up daily.
If you want anything more, spend more money and go to a different hotel - don't complain about what you get.
After reading the reviews we knew we would have a good time and we were not disappointed.
Thank you to everyone at The Southcliff.....we WILL be back 💜
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Parking can be an issue but you just have to pick your times carefully
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Horleylad wrote a review Jan 2020
Horley, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
For a budget hotel The Southcliff offers a great deal. The location, overlooking the English Channel, is amazing, and the street parking, offering residents' rates of £2 per day, is excellent. It's true that the hotel is a bit worn in places, but that is more than made up for by the friendliness of the staff, the comfort of the rooms, and the unexpectedly good breakfasts.
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Freddy V asked a question Mar 2024
Bazel, Belgium
Is there a Hair dryer in the room
Barrie T asked a question Sept 2019
Reading, United Kingdom
nearest bus stop
Answer from jof1973
Sudbury, United Kingdom44 contributions18 helpful votes
You are so close to town you could walk or are you wanting to go further afield
Thehaf30 asked a question Aug 2017
Crawley, United Kingdom19 contributions33 helpful votes
Hi I am planning on booking this hotel. Just wanted to know is there parking available.
Answer from IJ_thesouthcliff
Folkestone, United Kingdom
Parking is on street only and a permit can be purchased from reception.
Thehaf30 asked a question Aug 2017
Crawley, United Kingdom19 contributions33 helpful votes
Hi I am planning on booking this hotel. Just wanted to know is there parking available.
Answer from jbjmog
Seattle, Washington32 contributions13 helpful votes
lots of parking around the town-lot across the street
Corrine M wrote a tip Apr 2024
Eastbourne, United Kingdom6 contributions4 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Plenty to do nearby. "
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David B wrote a tip Aug 2022
2 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don't go to Bella Vita on the Old High Street!"
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Jez H wrote a tip Aug 2022
United Kingdom2 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"If you want to be delighted by a view of France - do get one of the balcony rooms!"
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Tripwith Me wrote a tip Aug 2022
8 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Rooms can get very hot"
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Martin N wrote a tip Jul 2022
20 contributions8 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book a room with a balcony if you can"
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£39 - £66 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
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LOCATION
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Southcliff Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to The Southcliff Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Leas Lift Lockout (0.08 miles), The Leas Promenade (0.06 miles), and The Leas Lift (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Southcliff Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a lounge, breakfast buffet, and free internet access.
What food & drink options are available at The Southcliff Hotel?
Guests can enjoy a lounge and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at The Southcliff Hotel?
Yes, street parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Southcliff Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Restaurant MS, Sotirio's Bar & Restaurant, and The Bouverie Tap.
Is The Southcliff Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.6 miles away from the centre of Folkestone.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Southcliff Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, Slovak, and Estonian.
Are there any historical sites close to The Southcliff Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting St. Leonard's Church (3.9 miles), The Leas Lift (0.2 miles), and Saltwood Castle (4.0 miles).
Does The Southcliff Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
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