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“No frills hotel in a great location” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Canterbury Cathedral Lodge
Ranked #1 of 17 Hotels in Canterbury
Certificate of Excellence
Lavenham, United Kingdom
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85 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“No frills hotel in a great location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2011

As far as city locations go this is hard to beat. The rooms are small, the hotel has no particular charm or romantic appeal, but it is clean, contempory and quite neat. If you want to drop anchor in a lovely city with an abundance of history, stroll into town and have a special time, this is the place for you. There are some nice touches, such as the free entry to the Cathedral, the discounts from local restaurants, a good breakfast, and a delightful little garden where tea can be taken in splendid seclusion. But staying more than a few nights might get a bit wearing. We found the rooms (two stays in a year) small and airlesss, and the mattresses do have a dreadful plastic incontinency cover on them which does not help create a good night's sleep. Would we go back again? Hmm, we spotted a new travel lodge just on the outside of the walls and this might offer better value for money.

Room Tip: They all unfortunately seem tyhe same
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank stevebeedle
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, General Manager at Canterbury Cathedral Lodge, responded to this review, 4 October 2011
Thank you for taking the time to pass on your constructive feedback. Having listened to the comments about the mattress toppers, we have taken the decision to replace these with an alternative item. This process will be completed by the end of the month. It is nice to see you have chosen to stay with us on more than one occasion and I sincerely hope you do so again in the future.

Kind regards

James
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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weston-s-mare
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2011

my wife an i stayed here for three days in late september. the hotel is located in the grounds of the cathedral and as such is nice and quiet and the view from your room is as good as it gets. the rooms, though not large, are well equipped and the staff at the hotel and in the grounds of the cathedral itself were very friendly and helpful (one of the grounds security chaps was giving us a talk on some of the wonderful trees in the grounds. it was great). the buffet breakfast is good and varied. to be able to walk around the cathedral grounds in the late evening when the crowds have gone is a real bonus and gave me the chance to break out my tripod and get some good shots of the illuminated cathedral. step outside the cathedral and you are right in the middle of the town with lots of lovely old streets and buildings to explore. two suggestions for visitors. 1, take the 40 min rowing boat tour. informative and amusing. well worth it. 2. if you fancy a quick bite to eat try the little cafe in the old gaol by the Westgate. fabulous food and good price. we really enjoyed our short stay in canterbury and the hotel and it's location made all the difference. we would not think twice about coming here again or recommending it to others.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank philWeston_s_mare
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, General Manager at Canterbury Cathedral Lodge, responded to this review, 4 October 2011
Thank you so much for taking the time to post your recent review of Canterbury Cathedral Lodge. We were pleased to hear you had such an enjoyable stay and look to welcoming you back to the hotel in the near future.

Kind regards

James
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Youlgreave, United Kingdom
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135 reviews
104 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2011

I'm not a fan of modern chain hotels and when we arrived my initial impression was upmarket travelodge / conference centre. I was wrong, the quality of materials & design combined with a special location make for an excellent hotel. Whilst Canterbury can seem a bit lively on a Saturday night it's only a short distance before you are welcomed back into the cathedral precincts by the friendly security staff. (CCL - if you read this please tell the chap on Postern Gate he could try being a little more welcoming to visitors).

The rooms are good quality, the breakfast is good and having the precincts to yourself is very special. A beautiful place to stay.

Room Tip: The rooms within the precincts are more expensive but it is very special.
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank WanderingBrit
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, General Manager at Canterbury Cathedral Lodge, responded to this review, 28 September 2011
Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback. We were delighted to hear how impressed you were with the quality and design of the hotel. It is always pleasing to learn our guests have had an enjoyable stay.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the hotel in the near future.

Kind regards

James
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Halifax, Canada
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2011

The lodge is only two stories, very new, and beautifully designed to fit with the buildings that surround the cathedral. It is inside the cathedral gates, and guests are free to roam the grounds after the gates are locked until eleven.

As another reviewer said, the location is hard to beat. It is next to the cathedral, seconds from the pedestrian centre of Canterbury, a short walk to the ruins of Canterbury Abbey, and within walking distance of both train stations.

The lodge is also a meeting place connected with the Archdiocese. One is aware of the Anglican connection. eg. Guests are asked to respect the religious setting. A library is stocked with theological works that are mostly Anglican. The rooms are a bit stark, like a very upscale retreat centre. Staff, and some things about the surroundings, make the place inclusive. A couple old Catholics felt right at home.

The windows open onto views of the specular old cathedral, illuminated at night. That, the religious connection, the architecture of the lodge, and a little gin make this place heavenly.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Gerald M
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, General Manager at Canterbury Cathedral Lodge, responded to this review, 28 September 2011
Thank you for taking the time to post your recent review. We were thrilled to hear you had such an enjoyable stay. Please be assured I will be sharing your comments with the rest of the team.

Kind regards

James
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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2011

We stayed here twice in one week and both times found our rooms to be comfortable and clean, the staff friendly and helpful, and the location hard to beat. There is a large breakfast selection from cereal to cheese, from fruit to full english, and fresh coffee/tea bought to your table, choice for even the most difficult to please.
A previous reviewer has commented on the parking but we found that buying a voucher from the lodge and using a public carpark, just around the corner, wasn't a problem as security will let you in to drop off/collect bags. Saying this it is better to prebook parking within the ward of the Cathedral as sapces are limited.
With free entrance to the Cathedral and discounts at some local restaurants included with your accomodation you'd find it hard to beat the Lodge in Canterbury.
We would throughly recommend staying here and we ourselves hope to return very soon.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank PinkGeorge
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, General Manager at Canterbury Cathedral Lodge, responded to this review, 22 September 2011
Thank you for taking the time to post your recent review of Canterbury Cathedral Lodge. We were thrilled to hear you enjoyed your stays with us. Please be assured, I will be sharing your feedback with the team.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the hotel in the near future.

Kind regards

James
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Cambridge
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63 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2011

We were looking for an overnight stay en route to Dover. When we saw this on TripAdvisor it looked too good to be true - but true it certainly was. We had a Value room which is in a separate builiding up two flights of stairs - no lift but no problem for us. The room was clean and comfortable with all the facilties one would expect. Breakfast was in the Refectory and a cold buffet was available - wide choice - together with table served cooked breakfast. the service was good as was the quality of the food.
We also booked parking in the Precinct for £5.00 which gave us secure city centre parking from 3.00 pm on day of arrival until 11.00 am on day of departure. The final bonus was free entry to the cathedral which would have cost us £18.00
All this for £65.00 and easy access to the all the facilties of the City centre. For £30.00 extra we could have had a room in the main Lodge which has a lift and larger recently refurbished rooms. For a quick overnight stay the Value room suited us just fine but the choice is yours.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank topcat8562
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, Manager at Canterbury Cathedral Lodge, responded to this review, 14 September 2011
Dear Review,


Many thanks for your recent review of your stay at Canterbury Cathedral Lodge. It's great to here that you enjoyed your stay in our value rooms, which are a perfect choice for short stay or guests on a budget.

Your kind comments are much appreciated by the whole team here at The Lodge.

We hope to welcome you back soon.

Best wishes

Sally
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2011

My partner and I stayed one night in September this year to attend a family funeral. We both found the lodge absolutely excellent and the (small) number of negative reviews on this site describe a place that is unrecognisable to us. Yes, neither the room, nor the bed was large but it was well-furnished, comfortable and with an unsurpassed view. Much more than adequate for a brief stay and for the price. Everything else was excellent. The setting is superb, especially the little garden overlooking the cathedral. The staff at reception and serving at breakfast were friendly and helpful. The library was a wonderful place to sit and read, offering an excellent alternative to TV in the bedroom. The price, with free entry to the cathedral, was excellent value, and the sauvignon chilling in the ice bucket on arrival - a full bar service is available - was also very reasonably priced.

In short, it was delightful, and the knowledge that one's bill supports the maintenance of the cathedral makes it even better. I have already recommended it widely to family and friends.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank John M
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, Manager at Canterbury Cathedral Lodge, responded to this review, 12 September 2011
Dear reviewer,


Thank you so much for your review and in acknowledging that our efforts are for such a wonderful cause.

We are delighted that your stay with us was everything you hoped it would be and are very grateful for your recommendation.

We hope to see you again soon.

My very best wishes

Sally
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Property: Canterbury Cathedral Lodge
Address: Canterbury Cathedral Lodge The Precincts, Canterbury CT1 2EH, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Kent > Canterbury
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 17 Hotels in Canterbury
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Canterbury Cathedral Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Within the grounds of the magnificent Canterbury Cathedral you’ll find the perfect retreat. The best located accommodation in the City - rooms are in a private courtyard and provide stunning views of Canterbury Cathedral, which guests also enjoy free entry to. You will receive a dedicated, friendly service in a setting that’s peaceful, secure and relaxing. It’s the ideal base to explore Canterbury’s picturesque, cobbled streets and visit the City’s excellent eateries and shops. ... more   less 
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