We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“night at the Abode Canterbury”
Review of ABode Canterbury

Best prices for -
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 8 more sites!
ABode Canterbury
Ranked #6 of 16 Hotels in Canterbury
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 5 January 2014

We stayed at the Abode on the 2nd January for one night. The hotel is very central and has its own car park which in a city is a plus. It Is on a first come first served basis and we were lucky to find the last parking space. Our room was compact though nice and warm and comfortable and very clean though a little lacking in character. We ate in the bar which was again very comfortable with a nice fire and very cosy. We were a little disappointed that they stopped serving food in the bar at 6.00 but the meal we ordered was well cooked and nicely presented.

We realise our stay was shortly after Christmas but during the time spent in the bar we witnessed and had to smile at times when fellow guests asked for certain items only to be told "We are fresh out. T of that sir" this included all fish shown on the menu, English mustard, Worcester sauce, (difficult to make a Bloody Mary without some, though the bar staff tried) certain drinks listed on the menu etc. etc. However the bar staff were charming and even found some nuts for me as a bar snack. Breakfast was quoted at £11.00 each which we declined preferring to eat at an independent café (Brunch) for half the price. All in all the stay was fine though a little bit more attention to detail would make it better and a closer look at stock control.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank Nick H
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review
Reviews (2,017)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language

1,512 - 1,518 of 2,017 reviews

Reviewed 5 January 2014

Spent 2 nights at the Abode during our trip to England and Wales. Everything about the hotel was first rate. Room was spacious and the shower was excellent. If we had one minor dislike it was how the tub area was placed in regard to the rest of the room. It was a glass wall, with opening, between the sleeping area and the shower. Because of that there is an ongoing night light between the two rooms. Annoying, but necessary for safety reasons. We had breakfast each day and it was very good. Service was excellent. Staff on all levels were the best. Central location. This would be a great place to go for a long weekend.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank John D
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 5 January 2014

We stayed at the Abode for two nights and had a wonderful time.

The 'double deluxe' room was very smart, cosy, warm and inviting. The bed was huge and comfortable with soft, plump pillows. The bathroom was super clean and the complementary soaps, creams and lotions were lovely. The bath towels and flannels were soft and spotlessly clean.
The hotel throughout is smart and tidy and nicely decorated, no peeling paint or unsightly stains.

If you take your own car then I suggest you do as we did and use the 'park at my house.com' site to book a parking space locally as there are very few spaces available at the hotel.

The staff were professional and friendly and made us feel welcome. We loved our stay at the Abode and would highly recommend it to friends and family.

Room Tip: As above, use the 'park at my house.com' site if you take your own car.
See more room tips
  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
2  Thank stuesday
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 4 January 2014

We booked the indulgence package that included flowers on arrive, large room, glass of champagne and 3 course A la'carte dinner and breakfast in the morning. Upon arrival we were informed that we had been upgraded to s suite. The room was lovely. After a a spot of window shopping and a few drinks in the city we went back to the hotel, before getting ready fro dinner we had a bottle wine which was a nice white wine from the Chapel Down vineyard in Kent. Whilst enjoying our wine we noticed that the bar staff seemed to be less professional than before I.e engaging in loud conversation behind the bar and giggling also we noticed them talking to customers over the bar instead of walking over to them, we also noticed that on several occasions many drinks that guest ordered were out of stock to the level were the barmaid had to got to the pub down the road to get a bottle of beer, not good for a top hotel, they also ran out of worstershire sauce which a guest needed for his Virgin Mary! I understand that they were probably busy due to it being close to New Years Eve but for a top hotel this should not happen. Also of note they ran out of orange juice so had to use juice from a carton which would be ok if not seen them pouring it into the glass at the bar for all to see! I know this all may seem slightly snobbish but when you pay to stay in a top hotel these things should not happen.

Apart from the bar situation our stay was excellent from the room to the wonderful meal.
All of the above did not ruin our stay at all I take it we were lucky that everything we ordered was in stock :)

A very nice stay.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank humpty258
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 4 January 2014 via mobile

The hotel is very centrally located and the bar is absolutely lovely. We sat by the fire with some very tasty winter cocktails. The room was nice although quite small and the shower wasn't particularly powerful.

The staff were very friendly at reception and at the bar. We very much enjoyed our meal in the county bar - we were there for the NYE Gala ball. The food for dinner was delicious and breakfast in the morning was good too. So nice to have it cooked for us rather than having a hot over-cooked buffet which is what you get in most places these days.

Would recommend it!

Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
Thank MrsSmith23dec
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 3 January 2014

I regret that we are unable to give a more positive review of our experience of a recent "Indulgence" package - I think the room was classed as "most desirable" but it was really very small - a twin with little room to move around. The complementary tuck box contained an odd mish mash of crisps, mints, juices and certainly nothing in the least bit luxurious. On a positive note, the beds were comfortable and the toiletries were very nice once you got used to the rather strong and conflicting smells. Bath robes were tiny, but as we had our own we did not comment.

However the included meal was a disappointment. There was quite simply nothing in the least bit special about it. The free bubbly was unpleasant. The beef was tasteless. Breakfast the following morning was nothing short of a disgrace - cold and flaccid and very very short staffed. Perhaps we are just to picky. This was the thought that kept us for complaining. In the end we thought the best way to deal with the matter was to put it down to experience and stay somewhere else next time!

Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
Thank olwenjones
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 3 January 2014

We booked a 2 night stay just before Christmas – As the “main” restaurant is closed on Sundays we booked a bed and breakfast rate on Sunday and the Indulgence package on the Monday.

It may have been that we had two small dogs with us but the “Desirable” room was not very desirable. Although I had read reviews about the windows not opening I hadn’t realised how claustrophobic it would make us feel. The room was also “heated” with an aircon which made it draughty and cold. The bathroom had no heating at all and was cold – the shower was also cold. In the middle of the second night there was a major leak from the fire alarm fitting above the bed and we ended up sleeping with a pile of towels on the bed. To be fare though there was a terrible storm that night/day and flooding in the area. We also never received the “beautiful bouquet of flowers” that was part of the indulgence package.

The eggs benedict and the full English breakfast were very tasty but the buffet was very poor for a hotel with food expert Michael Caine restaurants. There was only toast available – no other bread or rolls. The sweet options were also poor for example the muffins were in packets – not freshly made.

We ate at the Old Brewery Tavern the first night. We had expected it to be a brasserie but it doesn’t quite know what it is pub/ restaurant / disco. When we arrived around 8 o’clock the music was so load we could hear the waiter speak – There was a large group of rather drunk pre-Christmas revellers in the bar part shouting , singing and swearing loudly . As the bar and the restaurant is only divided by a thin curtain it was like sitting in a rowdy pub. The food is pub style food – fish and chips or steak and chips but presented in a stylish way and probably not enough chips due to the presentation in a mini deep fat frying basket. Very cute and very tasty but the price didn’t match the pub atmosphere with drunk pub guests shouting next to you. The staff though were top notch and apologised for the rowdy guests and as there had been a mix up with our desert he had removed the service charge which is normally automatically added to the bill.

Our second night we ate at the Michael Caines restaurant. On the Monday before Christmas it was rather quite but there were enough guests to not make it uncomfortable. The interior of the restaurant has a very cosmopolitan feel to it. We thought the food and the wine where very good. We thought the portions were just right – not too small and not too large. There was also a good choice of open wines by the glass. We did thought find it a bit strange that the open wine suggestions for the tasting menu were not available unless you had the tasting menu. There was a slight hitch when we were given a glass of open wine that had oxidized – the sommelier should in this level of restaurant should check the wine before serving – but generally the waiters were friendly and correct.

The major saving grace of this hotel and its restaurant are the staff. From the receptionists tot the waiters – we didn’t encounter one who wasn’t friendly, helpful and professional.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank GLJDavies
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Travellers also viewed these Canterbury hotels
0.2 mi away
Canterbury Cathedral Lodge
Canterbury Cathedral Lodge
#1 of 16 in Canterbury
1,188 reviews
0.7 mi away
Best Western Abbots Barton Hotel
0.1 mi away
Cathedral Gate Hotel
Cathedral Gate Hotel
#4 of 16 in Canterbury
463 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.2 mi away
The Falstaff in Canterbury
The Falstaff in Canterbury
#13 of 16 in Canterbury
1,139 reviews
0.8 mi away
Ebury Hotel and Serviced Apartments
0.6 mi away
Canterbury Hotel
Canterbury Hotel
#7 of 16 in Canterbury
291 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to ABode Canterbury? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about ABode Canterbury

Address: 30-33 High Street, Canterbury CT1 2RX, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Kent > Canterbury
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 16 Hotels in Canterbury
Price Range: £80 - £245 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — ABode Canterbury 4*
Number of rooms: 72
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 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Hotels.com, TripOnline SA, Booking.com, Expedia, Ebookers, LateRooms, Evoline ltd, HotelsClick, getaroom.com, Cancelon and 5viajes2012 S.L. so you can book your ABode Canterbury reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Abode Canterbury Hotel Canterbury
Canterbury Abode Hotel

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing