My mother, 2 yr old daughter and I stayed from Friday - Monday. We arrived in Chatham via train and easily hired a taxi once finding it'd be too far to walk to the Ship and Trades. The staff is friendly and the hotel is well decorated. As other reviews have mentioned there is a pub attached. The menu is pretty standard pub grub and great prices. I live in Cheshire and was surprised to find the prices lower than my own local pub! I thought as London is so close the prices of the area would reflect, but simply not the case! The price of double room was also very competitive.
The room was clean and nicely decorated. It is understated, but still modern. It definitely reflects the areas nautical heritage, and not in a cheesy way.
Like the last review mentioned it was uncomfortably warm in the room as the windows are only tiny. The fan provided didn't give much relief as it was a tower fan which had seen better days.
The other issue I found was with the room being directly over the back door of the pub, so at 11:30 the first night (friday) the bottle bins were being emptied. So there were a few almighty crashes of glass bottles being dumped. I was already awake as I was so hot. Neither of these things were the fault of the hotel - they can't control this crazy hot summer we've had. If I were to stay again I'd make sure to request a room other than 4 because of the location above the back door. Other than that it was surprisingly quite even being above a busy local pub with tons of outdoor seating.
The staff was lovely as I said. Breakfast was provided, there's no need for me to restate what the other reviews have said. They had a nice variety so in the time we stayed I never had the same breakfast twice.
There is a CO-OP shop in the same block as the hotel and pub, as well as a little chippy. Having the shop so close was great as my little girl drinks milk like it's going out of fashion! Within short walking distance is an outlet shopping mall, a number of restaurants, a cinema and the Dicken's World attraction. All of which we took advantage of. There are bus stops outside of the shopping mall which went into Chatham town and Rochester.
Over all it was a pleasant stay. If I ever returned to the area I would certainly stay again.
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