We got a deal for the two nights we stayed at the ABode in Canterbury: £99 per night for the room, full breakfast and an evening meal with a bottle of wine. This means that we paid around £50 for the room, while the rack rate was £150. All I can say, it’s not worth £150, but it’s OK for £50. Other reviewers mentioned the stained carpet – it’s still there, and it could have done with a more thorough vacuuming. Our clean drinking glass still had the lipstick on the rim from the previous guest. I agree with other reviewers that you get a shock when the loo flushes as you reach for the paper, that there is not enough storage space for clothes, nowhere to put one’s own washing things and it would be nice to have hair conditioner as well as shampoo, or at least a conditioning shampoo. The basket of snacks that you have to pay for had crisps that were on their ‘best before’ date that day! Our room had a double bed, a TV on the wall at the end of the room, and a desk and chair in the narrow passage to the bathroom – a trip to the bathroom means walking sideways if your partner is sitting at the desk. So we had either the floor, one hard chair or the end of the bed to sit on. We asked at reception for another chair, and were told “You are in a comfortABle room.” We had to laugh. The other rooms are called ‘DesirABle’ and ‘EnviABle’ – you following the AB thing? The receptionists were charming and arranged for an armchair for us. Many thanks. The staff were all helpful and pleasant. At the Tavern next door they had run out of most of the food on our first evening but a waiter called Stephen was entertaining and charming and made sure that we were properly fed. After dinner on the second evening, we discovered that the coffee and milk in our room had not been replenished so we had to phone for more. Breakfast was OK but quite random. The first morning, we both had the Full English but my husband had black pudding and tomato with his and I didn’t with mine! The second morning his Full English was half the size of the previous day’s and didn’t have everything the menu said he should have had and this time just half a mushroom! My Eggs Benedict didn’t have the spinach that the menu promised! As I said in my review of the Hilton Hotel in Prague, I wonder if guests are treated like poor relations if they have bought a special deal. If this is the case, that’s crazy when there is the power of Trip Advisor.
So all in all, if we had paid full price for this stay we would have thought this was ABominABle! But we didn’t and that’s my recommendation – don’t pay the rack rate or you will be very disappointed. We didn’t and it was fine.
- 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