The last three years, we've travelled a lot to Canterbury, mainly in support of our daughter who was studying at the Univ. of Kent. We often stayed in a B&B ( "The York Lodge" is a good choice) or we stayed somewhere in Sussex while visiting the countryside. We went mostly during spring or autumn. This was our first summer visit and therefore we were looking for a place with airco, in case it would be a hot July. Since it was also graduation for our daughter in the cathedral, we were looking for a central location, close to the cathedral. The Abode offers both: a very well working airco, and sitting in the middle of High street: the best central location you can find. As mentioned in the title, there is also a private, at night closed, car park: it is not large-12 to 15 cars- and a bit tricky to find, driving through narrow streets, but it's a big plus and the closest you can “centrum”-park your car at only a cost of 5£ per 24 hours...if you come not too late (by noon), you're probably lucky to have a spot, but otherwise car park can be full.
When arriving, welcome was very friendly and helpful. Since we were early, our room was not ready at the time of check-in but we could leave our bags secure in the hotel and they were even brought to our room when we returned to the hotel after lunch. Our room was on the second floor at the back of the hotel: it’s not a beautiful view but you’re sure to have a quite room with no street noise. Our room was a most desirable: the room is not very spacious but large enough with a good bed, desk and chair but no other seat or couches which is strange for a room of that price. The additional tuck box and free water and coffee making facilities are a plus. Bathroom is large, modern and clean.
In the past, we have visited the restaurant for dining and food is good, without being extraordinary, but portions are small and price is high when eating “a la carte”, but in the city it’s the best fine dining place you’ll find although there are of course many other dining options in Canterbury. For breakfast, you can opt for the hotel or choose to go outside –which we did: we tried the breakfast at “Café rouge” and at “Patisserie Valerie” and found it both times very good (and cheaper but of course less luxurious than the Abode).
The Abode is a very good hotel with a fantastic location but this comes at a price and during graduation week, it is clearly overpriced. Nevertheless, I would go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With its central location, within the ancient city walls and only minutes away from Canterbury Cathedral (a World Heritage Site), ABode Canterbury is the perfect base to explore this historic city. Individually designed bedrooms, contemporary bathrooms and a warm welcome are waiting. Enjoy fine dining in The County Restaurant, contemporary pub food in the The Old Brewery Tavern, or relax with a drink in hand in our Champagne Bar. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Abode Canterbury Hotel Canterbury
- Canterbury Abode Hotel