This was a very last minute choice as the professional photos did not exactly sell the hotel. We had no idea we were going to be right on the seafront which is a lovely promenade with a pebble beach. Also we thought we were going to Folkestone, but in fact Sandgate is a quaint tiny village just past Folkestone and quite different in character with a couple of restaurants and antique shops. The views from the hotel bedrooms and the elevated viewing/dining terrace were magnificient. We had the top floor 'channel suite' which was the same room price but excellent value, providing a sitting room with stunning sea views and a separate bedroom and shower room. All were tastefully and recently refurbished. The restaurant was a real suprise, providing an amazingly accomplished fine dining experience rather than pub food. The pub itself is separate to the restaurant dining room and is small and mainly for locals. It is advisable to book a table while booking your hotel stay as it is a popular place with locals on a saturday evening for a meal out. We were lucky and squeezed in with a cancellation. We ended up eating every meal there as it was such good quality, including the cooked breakfast. The hosts were helpful and friendly - overall a delightful place to stay which we will certainly return to for a weekend at the coast.
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- Also Known As:
- The Ship Hotel Folkestone
- The Ship Inn Sandgate, Folkestone