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“Quirky decor - but comfortable”
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Sandgate Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Sandgate
Bucknell, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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“Quirky decor - but comfortable”
Reviewed 1 May 2014

Stayed one night - our 2nd visit.
Staff are friendly and helpful, rooms are small, but comfortable.
We ate here on the Sunday evening; menu was imaginative, and the food was excellent. Would particularly recommend the home-made steak pie.
Wide range of wines available, reasonably priced.
Full English breakfast was good and cheerfully served - 2nd cup of coffee without charge.
Room with balcony - sea view in the mornings is superb.
Our night was somewhat disturbed by an inconsiderate guest shouting very loudly and slamming his door several times - clearly not used to human company. Not the hotel's fault, of course.
Would agree that some investment is needed; but we like it, and will stay there again.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Blackburn, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 April 2014

Stayed for 1 night for A) its proximity to the channel tunnel and B) it allows dogs. The good, excellent value for money, outrageous view , great location, mostly well decorated, clean in the room, great staff. The bad, filthy carpets in hallway and stairs, frightening lift, comedy plumbing. Would consider going somwhere else if it was for more than a couple of nights but will be back next time we cross the channel

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 April 2014

We stayed here for two nights over Easter weekend. Having read a lot of the reviews, we felt a bit nervous when we arrived. However our room was clean/cosy, there was a nice selection of teas in the room, bottled water, clean towels, the breakfast was delicious and staff were pleasant. In addition, the location is great as it's right on the seafront.

The only downside was the bathroom, as the plumbing was pretty dodgy and the toilet did not flush very well.

I would recommend this hotel if you are on a budget with modest expectations!

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed 19 April 2014

Stayed in the room with balcony. Wonderful view of sea while laying in bed and sitting outside. Food was good standard and the staff were friendly and helpful.

A higher rating would be easily achieved if bed had a new mattress and the room given a simple makeover. This hotel has great potential but needs investment in the fabric - the people running/staffing it are great.

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Harpenden, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 April 2014 via mobile

We have often called here for drinks on the terrace when staying in Hythe. The sea view is breathtaking, despite the very busy road below. With rooms at just £40 a night we decided to take our weekend break here for a change. We had the last room - no 12 - at the top back.

When I stepped inside first impressions were great - it was spacious, modern, and airy, with plenty of storage and a large bathroom with both bath and shower. No sea view but the advantage of being quiet, away from the road. We were then shocked to see that the once pristine white duvet had a large yellow stain like a coffee blob. The pillow cases were also very yellowed and the sheet was stained. They didn't seem dirty but I wouldn't use bedding like this at home and didn't expect it here. The carpet was also stained and grubby looking. Later we found stains on the white coffee cups and breakfast cutlery.

Further indications that something was amiss was when we looked out the back window. The little garden terrace that seemed to have once been nicely planted was overgrown with TWO Christmas trees thrown over it - one very dead. Don't they realise what sort of impression this gives? The staff themselves were very friendly and nice but I have to say that the breakfasts were the worst two I've ever had - and I'm not fussy and never complain. The buffet part was the smallest I've ever seen - just two types of cereals and two juices but that was fine and they were branded cereals in boxes.The hot food was selected from a menu and I opted for a scrambled egg and smoked salmon bagel. It was OK but the egg was sloppy and tasteless and didn't seem real - powdered or liquid??? The next morning I just ordered toast. It came already buttered and the butter was either rancid or - as I believe - the toast had been reheated with the butter already on. It tasted vile. Ask for your butter separately! The breakfasts put us off having an evening meal here.

There always used to be plenty of parking right outside the hotel but many of the properties have been done up and let or sold so parking seems to have become a problem. We did find a space about 5 mins walk from the hotel but think there will be problems in the summer now. The road is very busy and speeding is an issue. I had just got out of the car in the road side and shut my door when a car came speeding up the road. I only had time to flatten myself against the car as it whizzed by with inches to spare. Quite frightening. The council needs to address this and put in crossings as this road felt dangerous.

Would we stay here again - well, maybe if it was cheap and there was nowhere else as we do love Hythe - but I'd have to skip breakfast. I don't know what is going on but it feels as if the original proud owners have moved out and left the hotel in the hands of someone who just doesn't care and that it has been steadily declining due to a lack of upkeep.

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reigate, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
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Reviewed 16 March 2014 via mobile

Stayed this week end, Pre booked a couple of weeks ago for £40.00, including breakfast. Great location, room was good and no issues, really friendly staff, just needs a little bit of money spent on it, would recommend. Could easily charge more.

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 March 2014 via mobile

Stayed here last weekend. We paid £35 for a night. The room was a good size, bed was comfortable. It was clean but does need a bit of tlc . Couple of tiles coming off the floor etc. However, it had everything we needed, staff we really friendly and the breakfast was amazing. For the price we can't complain. Would defiantly stay again!

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Sandgate Hotel
Address: The Esplanade | The Esplanade, Sandgate, Folkestone CT20 3DY, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Kent > Folkestone > Sandgate
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Sandgate
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Sandgate Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 15
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