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Cathedral Gate Hotel
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Reviewed 23 July 2013

What a find! The Hotel owner was very accomadating and personable. We had a fabulous re-furbished room and the building itself is set within the cathedral gate as has immediate access to the town centre. The new owners certainly go the extra mile to make your stay pleasurable. Will deffinately stay there again.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled on business
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2  Thank john12721
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Reviewed 20 July 2013

Lovely staff and owners who worked very hard and were so accommodating.Nothing was too much trouble for any of them. Lovely breakfast out on the terrace overlooking the Cathedral, bedrooms were comfortable, clean as were the showers and toilets. This hotel has still got a feeling of the ancient hostelry it once was, lovely beams everywhere, little nooks and crannies and off kilter floors - but then I love old historic houses and this ticked all the boxes! Wonderful location right in Canterbury with stunning views over the Cathedral. My daughter was graduating from the University with the ceremony being held in the Cathedral and she could not believe the amazing view from her bedroom window of the Cathedral, especially when it was floodlit at night.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank TesskOxford
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Reviewed 18 July 2013

Stayed here for a night whilst cycling in the area. The only downside (for cyclists) is that you have to haul your bike up the stairs, through reception and into a secure rear yard. Not ideal but not so bad.

However, this is the only area that I can really criticise. The staff were excellent. We'd booked a triple room but this was unavailable due to repairs/refurb so we were given two rooms at the same price. Nothing was too much trouble. We were guided to our rooms and shown where everything was. Next morning, the breakfast staff were also really helpful and when we said that we wouldn't have a full English (but have bigger lunch instead), they even suggested places we could try.

The standard of the rooms were excellent. The hotel is being refurbished and we had two of the updated rooms and they were very tastefully done in a contemporary style. Granted, it's not a boutique hotel but still very nicely appointed.

It's also in a superb central location, and is a very historic building; the uneven floor in the breakfast room has to be seen to be believed, with not a straight surface in the room. Very quaint! Also, the view from the rooftop terrace into the cathedral precinct is something you won't get elsewhere.

As others have said, this isn't some anonymous hotel chain but a really personal place. It's not some showy hotel, but has the cultural feel of a backpackers place though with much, much better facilities. It was a real surprise and I'd go back with my better half!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 13 July 2013

Stay here if you don't want to wake up and wonder what anonymous chain hotel you're in. No, it doesn't have all the ameninities of the big chains, but it more than makes up for it with its great location. The floors are creaky and the plumbing iffy, but you can sit on the rooftop terrace and take in the cathedral and all the tourists at your leisure. And it's only a few minutes walk to many of the attractions you might want to visit. All of the staff were very welcoming, friendly and helpful.

Room Tip: Rooms on the Buttermarket side are pretty noisy.
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled solo
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2  Thank Carole A
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Reviewed 9 July 2013

Unsure what to expect due to mixed reviews but what a wonderful surprise! It's just been taken over by new owners and is in the process of being renovated and upgraded. Beautiful room with ensuite and four poster bed, really clean, lovely facilities. Location is just superb! To the front is the Butter Market Square and at the rear the beautiful cathedral which can be overlooked from the sun lounge area. Staff went out of their way to be helpful, especially the young man on the reception desk who could answer any query with the aid of his laptop! Would definitely go again but hopefully for longer next time.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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