This hotel is superbly appointed in the heart of Canterbury so it's great or the shops and restaurants, theater and crucially - the Cathedral! It only has limited parking and it is a bit of a tight fit and indeed a bit of bun fight too!
The reception staff are really friendly, helpful and well trained. The rooms are spacious and well fitted out without being ostentatious or chintzy. The common areas are classy with tasteful local photography of the medieval sites, antique furniture and decor in character with the hotel's modern up to date twist on higher end traditional.
Breakfast was a continental buffet with a selection of plated hot food rather than the usual buffet of bucketfuls of sausage, bacon and eggs. This was a refreshing change. This was served in the Michael Caines Restaurant. And this is the second half of the tale! Dinner there was good don't get me wrong. But despite the celebrity billing and association with a Michelin starred name of MC it was fairly standard bistro/brasserie food and the taster menu was not very adventurous and didn't appear to be good value so we chose from the table d'hote menu. The wine list wasn't that extensive or adventurous and the young staff, whilst smart and polite would have been more at home in a much grander establishment (delusions of Michelin status and even then there's no excuse for being over formal - I didn't see any Royalty in the customer ranks). But I guess this is for separate review even though I'd imagine that most guests eat there!
- 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