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“Great hotel in Canterbury for our 3 night stay”
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Canterbury Hotel
Ranked #5 of 16 Hotels in Canterbury
Certificate of Excellence
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“Great hotel in Canterbury for our 3 night stay”
Reviewed 5 September 2013

We had a great stay in this hotel. It was previously called the Thanington Hotel but had a name change the week before we arrived so we were initially a little confused when looking for it. We were a walk in booking initially for one night but stayed for three. Room was on top floor (3 floors) large and recently refurbished with a very large bathroom. Only disadvantage was no lift as it is a hertiage building but heavy bags were delivered to room. The staff were very friendly and professional.
This hotel is 10-15 minutes walk from city centre but provided carparking which is a big advantage. I would recommend this hotel

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 August 2013

We took our kids to Canterbury for a two night break. We were attracted to The Thanington as it has Family rooms, it is within a 15 minute walk of the city walls, parking and a indoor pool.

We are quite particular and the hotel did not disappoint! Refurbished room, new decor , carpet , furniture, very clean, crisp white linen bedding, loads of new white towels, bath robes, super selection of soaps and toiletries, wifi, flat screen TV, good selection of teas/biscuits etc in room. Staff are excellent, helpful, friendly, smiley, willing...all very good. Breakfast, excellent, cooked quality food with large selection of continental also.

The Thanington offers excellent value for money. Please note the hotel is undergoing refurbishment. There is painting going on to the interior and exterior. The bar/lounge is usuable only if you do not mind the odour of paint. Staff will happily accommodate you by bringing your drinks order to the garden or dining area.

Thank you, we really enjoyed our stay

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Derby, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 August 2013

A very enjoyable stay. 15 mins walk into Canterbury. Well maintained B/B with car park. Breakfast was very nice and the young girls that served it were very polite and friendly as were all the staff. I would stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

I stayed 2 nights in a twin room in July 2013. Having chosen the hotel more or less at random, I was very pleased with the experience I had. Our room was well designed, and had a bathtub as well as a shower. The beds were very comfy. Breakfast was good, and the pool (though small)was a real luxury as we were in Canterbury in the middle of a heatwave. We swam every morning before breakfast and more or less had the pool to ourselves.

The staff were really friendly and service was good. Sadly I didn't use the bar as we mostly went out in the town centre, but again the bar looked pleasant. There's not much entertainment in the immediate area, except a curry house and a chip shop but the town centre is nearby. The hotel is about a 15 minute walk into Canterbury town centre, and about 5 mins from Canterbury East train station. As two women walking back from town, the way was well lit and felt safe, though late at night we gave the subway/pedestrian underpass under the main road into town a miss and crossed by the road instead.

Just past Canterbury East station, there is a bus stop where you can get a bus (number 4) directly to Herne Bay and Whitstable in around 30-40 minutes, so I found that quite handy. The main bus station is only another 10 minutes away anyway, and I recommend the £6 day ticket that allows you unlimited bus travel all over Kent. The Thanington Hotel was a really good base for exploring the wider county.

I don't bother very often to post reviews on Tripadvisor unless I've had a terrible experience, but having stumbled on the Thanington Hotel by accident, I really recommend a visit if you're in Canterbury. Can't promise a heatwave tho!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 July 2013

We stay in Canterbury on a regular basis visiting relatives. We have always been disappointed with choice hotels in the area which in the past have not been up to scratch.
Finally we have found a hotel to return to.
Staff were good, rooms were very satisfactory and breakfast good.
This hotel does not serve meals other than breakfast but this is not a problem for Canterbury has many restaurants and choices.
The hotel also has on site parking which is a bonus in Canterbury.
We will be returning.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed 16 July 2013

This is a very pleasant hotel with friendly, helpful staff. It's located near Canterbury East station, whilst the fast trains from London only call at Canterbury West, so you'll need to take a cab if arriving by train. Canterbury itself is very compact so ideal to explore on foot.

We stayed one night in a family room with a double and a single bed. The room was a decent size, with plenty of wardrobe and drawer space, and the beds were comfortable. The only thing missing was any sort of towel rail - with three people in a room, you really need somewhere to put the towels after showering.

We were told that the chef who cooked our vegetarian breakfast was a trainee; well, that chef did an excellent job because the eggs were perfectly timed and the mushrooms and tomatoes were properly cooked and hot (unlike many hotels which serve them barely warm). Overall, an enjoyable experience.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 July 2013

The hotel was just right for our one night stopover; it was only a short walk to the centre of Canterbury. The room was very acceptable and the staff friendly. The breakfast was good with lots of choice. Although there are cheaper options, we would choose to stay here when next we are in the Canterbury area.

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Canterbury Hotel
Address: 140 Wincheap | Kent, Canterbury CT1 3RY, England (Formerly Thanington Hotel)
Region: United Kingdom > England > Kent > Canterbury
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 16 Hotels in Canterbury
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Canterbury Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Canterbury Hotel is a short three minute walk to the City walls, approximately seven minutes to the High Street, Canterbury Cathedral and all the main attractions of this beautiful city. Combining Georgian elegance with excellent service, Canterbury Hotel offers a variety of en-suite rooms, maintained to an exceptionally high standard. Facilities include an indoor heated swimming pool, a comfortable bar offering an extensive range of spirits, beer, malt whiskies and fine wines. The beautiful courtyard garden provides a relaxing oasis. There is free wifi in all rooms and a secure car park. Breakfast is included in the tariff. Canterbury Hotel, as well as being a short walk to city centre and train station is ideally located for the Channel Tunnel and Port of Dover for those leaving or just entering the country. In addition to a lovely private indoor heated swimming pool there is a fully staffed spa offering a range of massages and facial treatments including anti-ageing and Thalgo treatments, manicures and pedicures, waxing and tinting. Canterbury Hotel has some of the very best facilities anywhere in the city of Canterbury. ... more   less 
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