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Walpole Bay Hotel

Fifth Avenue Cliftonville, Margate CT9 2JJ England
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#2 of 9 hotels in Margate
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From the moment you enter the Walpole Bay Hotel and Museum, you step back in time to the ambiance of a bygone era. This historic Margate hotel was built for discerning guests in 1914, extended in 1927 and is now being lovingly restored to her former glory by the Bishop family. The Walpole is a family run hotel that strives to achieve a friendly home from home atmosphere combined with a warmth and timeless elegance. From the relaxing flower decked terrace with sea views, to the Edwardian style restaurant, you will rediscover a passion for the finer things in life. And to make your visit complete enjoy a ride in our 1927 Otis trellis gated lift, that services every floor. So if you are looking for hotels in Margate, you will not find a more welcoming, warm, charming experience anywhere else, so come and enjoy your time in Margate, Kent and reserve your room at the Walpole Bay Hotel.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Beach
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Wifi
Bar / lounge
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Breakfast buffet
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Private balcony
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Flatscreen TV
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Ocean view
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Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Classic
Family
Languages Spoken
English
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Cathy H wrote a review Mar 2024
32 contributions9 helpful votes
Fantastic venue,elegant hotel that does not disappoint. Rooms you step back in time attention to detail brilliant very comfortable.Excellent breakfast and Afternoon teas are served. Staff are a credit to the hotel nothing is too much trouble. Museum is well worth walking around the owner has done a fantastic job on arranging and keeping the history alive and ongoing, hopefully we can return again soon🙂
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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The Nautical Chef wrote a review Dec 2023
Haverhill, United Kingdom109 contributions71 helpful votes
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Stunning venue!! The staff make you feel welcome. Thank you. The room is so traditional, as well as clean and soft bed. Lovely. I had a balcony view of the seafront, just a perfect greeting when you pull back the huge warm curtains. The hotel is warm, just right in my opinion. Lastly, will I be back?……..go then ❤️
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Ring the bell in the bar for a drink! Don’t just stand there like a Lemon (like me) 🤣
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Julia B wrote a review Nov 2023
Newbury, uk48 contributions53 helpful votes
I stayed here for 3 nights with my 95 year old mother in a two bedroom family suite whilst visiting my daughter who lives in Margate but was unable to accommodate us as her bathroom is downstairs and my mother would not have been able to negotiate the stairs. It was the only hotel I could find in the area with a lift which was the first plus point. What I hadn't appreciated was what a find this hotel would be! Yes, it's quirky with the Napiery and museum displayed in small cubby holes across all floors, but how unique and interesting is that?! The staff were so friendly. We had afternoon tea served outside on the terrace with deliciously warm (and large!) scones. The hotel no longer does evening meals but staff were quick to point out that they had a recommended list of places that do take away orders to be delivered to the hotel so we opted for fish and chips that night. The table was laid out in the dining room ready with the appropriate condiments and they were happy for my husband and daughter to join us as well even though they weren't staying. The staff even brought a blanket to put round my mother's shoulders as she was feeling cold and offered to bring her a hot water bottle for her bed that night! The buffet breakfasts were wonderful with a great choice of hot and cold foods. It's true our suite could have done with a new lick of paint but the beds were comfortable and we slept like logs. The Walpole has a real homely feel and we are already planning another trip for next year. We loved it and thoroughly recommend others to try. Actually, no, don't come here as it was really difficult for me to book a room since it is so popular!
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Lantipova wrote a review Oct 2023
Birmingham, United Kingdom338 contributions74 helpful votes
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I adored this hotel.. with its own museum and gallery of napery its admittedly not to everyone’s taste.. but if you love the esoteric, coupled with really wonderful service and a traditional touch which is more about valuing people than something outdated and fussy. The rooms are well appointed and the breakfast is fabulous. It’s a little old fashioned in terms of decor but the history and culture of the place means you over look this .. definitely one of a kind
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Globetrotter008 wrote a review Oct 2023
London, United Kingdom1418 contributions388 helpful votes
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The hotel is located right at the northern edge of the Thanet Island with great views over the sea pretty much from every room. The story of how the Bishop family rescued the hotel from certain destruction is also now part of the Margate folklore. The hotel itself is a museum: there are plenty of artefacts lovingly collected and stored over the years. The old Otis trellis gated lift, creaking floors and original furniture from the early XX century all create an unforgettable experience and sends one to a bygone era. Yes, the venue does require some maintenance and things inevitably go wrong but that’s exactly what you expect from such a place and the haphazardness is part of its charm. Our Superior Room on the second floor was overlooking the front of the hotel, with views over the bowling green and the sea to the right. There was a small balcony as well although the inclement weather spoiled that enjoyment. The bed was huge and comfortable, there was plenty of seating and various drawers for storage. Furniture was of period type, with a huge wardrobe occupying the centre of the room. Lighting was more than adequate. WiFi signal was good. The bathroom was on the small side and the door went right up to the sink creating a bit of a squeeze but considering the space constraints, that was acceptable. Unfortunately, the hotel doesn’t offer evening meals which is a shame considering the gorgeous restaurant room. They do allow you, however, to order a take-away and dine in there. We ordered a great Indian with Secret Spices and it was very tasty indeed. Breakfast was fairly standard although beautifully cooked mushrooms and scrambled eggs really stood out. Nice touch was the owner helping out and talking to guests at the tables – it’s always great to see owners taking so much interest in their business! We really enjoyed staying at the Walpole, it was an experience like none other. It’s a pity there was no evening dining as we’re sure this hotel would be even better with it being available.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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David D wrote a review Oct 2023
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An idyllic gem that elicits a feeling of nostalgia when you walk through the door. I happened by the Walpole Bay Hotel during a day off and ordered a cream tea; when it arrived I was astounded by the amount and the quality. After I had finished I decided to visit the museum, which I was expecting to be situated in a separate part of the building, but it wasn't, instead, the Hotel and the museum are one and the same. Everywhere you look there is something to remind you of a bygone era, from the time of World War I to the Art Deco period. The staff resembled a chapter from history where the customer was made to feel valued and important and the owner, Jane, showed me around the rest of the Hotel and piqued my interest with anecdotes of visiting celebrities and the building's history. To summarise, this was my first visit to the Hotel and I was made to feel like a guest, except I wasn't, I only went inside for a cream tea. Thank you, Jane and all the staff. David
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Date of stay: October 2023
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David Roy P wrote a review Sept 2023
Batemans Bay, Australia620 contributions354 helpful votes
As this was to be our last visit to UK we had to stay at the Walpole Bay Hotel for the last time . Like many Hotels , the Walpole suffered through the Pandemic and managed to survive . The Hotel is unlike most Hotels as it is a Living Museum , and is full of antique artifacts that tell the story of the Hotel . A great feature is the Napery . These are Drawings and Pictures done on the Hotels Napkins by customers over the years . A fantastic collection . Another great feature of the Hotel is the Original Otis Lift installed in 1927 . They have a Beautiful Restaurant , a Bar and a Ballroom & Snooker room in the Basement . Out doors at the Front of the Hotel is fantastic spot for Cream Teas or afternoon Drinks . Our Room on the Top floor had fantastic views over the Sea as well as along the Coast . We had the Writers Room . It was Brilliant . The Owner , Jane Bishop remembered us as we have stayed there 5 times and we always had a chat with her . Sadly we had to to leave but we have treasured Memories of The Walpole Bay Hotel .
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Date of stay: June 2023
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David B wrote a review Sept 2023
8 contributions2 helpful votes
A great value cream tea afternoon, in such a great bygone days setting! A great tour of the museum and hotel. To finish the afternoon, cream tea was served - Only criticism, was the crisps were stale and one of the cakes were dry! Overall the sandwiches and scones were delicious! Definitely worth a visit!
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Sam W wrote a review Sept 2023
Maidstone, United Kingdom371 contributions129 helpful votes
The Walpole Bay Hotel is a historic hotel, museum and tea room offering guests and visitors the chance to experience a propper edwardian hotel. The rooms have modern conviences, but the classic feel to match this unique building. Also present are many original facilities and features (like the trellis gated otis lift that is still in use) add to quirkyily historic ambience and charm of this hotel, this is also reflected in the brilliant and freindly service offered by the staff. If staying a must try are the cream teas available any time to paying guests, highly recommended and affordable hotel.
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Hayley P wrote a review Sept 2023
Folkestone, United Kingdom301 contributions104 helpful votes
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The hotel itself is stunning and in a fantastic location. Complimentary parking is available at the local bowls centre should the spaces outside the hotel be used. Staff were very welcoming and to our surprise we had a complimentary upgrade to a four poster suite with balcony and sea views!! Honestly we felt so lucky and grateful for such a kind gesture. The 1927 lift blew us away as did the museum, napery, snooker room and history of this hotel. Yes it's rough around the edges, needs work in places and imperfect but that's what we loved about this place. The breakfast was simply exceptional and the best we have ever had. Everything was freshly made, they even kindly asked the chef to make me some poached eggs. Plenty of choice no matter your dietary requirements. We decided to eat breakfast outside amongst the beautiful plants with sea view. We will absolutely stay here again and would recommend to everyone. A quirky, beautiful gem. Thank you to all the staff.
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Room Tip: We stayed in room 205 which was beautiful with four poster bed, balcony and sea views.
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LOCATION
United KingdomEnglandKentIsle of ThanetMargate
NUMBER OF ROOMS
42
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Which popular attractions are close to Walpole Bay Hotel?
Nearby attractions include The Escapement - Margate Escape Rooms (0.6 miles), Black Axe Throwing Co - Margate (0.5 miles), and CTRL ALT ESC - Escape Rooms Margate (0.4 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Walpole Bay Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Walpole Bay Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Walpole Bay Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Walpole Bay Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Dalby Cafe, Cliffs, and Forts.
Is Walpole Bay Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.8 miles away from the centre of Margate.
Are pets allowed at Walpole Bay Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Walpole Bay Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Ramsgate Tunnels (4.0 miles), Tudor House (0.9 miles), and Draper's Windmill (0.9 miles).
Does Walpole Bay Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is Walpole Bay Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.