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Ship & Trades
Ranked #6 of 6 Hotels in Chatham
Reviewed 2 September 2007

We stayed at this hotel for one night as we were attending a friend's wedding reception in the Historic Dockyard down the road (the hotel is only about a 10 minute walk from this attraction and if we'd had more time we might have investigated more).

The hotel itself is in a nice location by the water's edge and next to a small retail outlet shopping mall. It was quiet when we checked in but if the bar had been busy when we'd arrived it would have taken us a while as the bar staff are also reception staff. We had a warm welcome though and it was easy to find our room. All the rooms have a slight naval theme including the name on the door and blue and white as a colour scheme which gave a nice fresh and airy feel. The bedroom and bathroom were larger than average and were very clean.

We didn't drink/eat in the bar or restaurant in the evening so I can't comment on that. I can, however, say that the cooked breakfast in the morning was delicious and perfect for starting our day of hangovers. It was served until 10am too so we didn't have to be early risers.

I would recommend this hotel for people who are just staying a night or 2 and want somewhere comfy and clean to sleep.

  • Stayed: September 2007, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 April 2007

This is a hotel with many plus points. The rooms are of above average size, clean and comfortable. The staff are very friendly and helpful from the manager to the bar staff. The building is an old engineering workshop and offices built for the naval dockyard and is located a stone's throw from the Historic Dockyard of Chatham where it is easy to spend several hours looking at historic ships, buildings and making rope! There has been some thought about how to use the building with a pub at one end and a Co-op store at the other. The hotel rooms are above the Co-op and are therefore quiet. The restaurant is above the pub and with its view over the Medway Estuary was a superb place to eat breakfast. The cooked breakfast was excellent.

However there are problems. Reception is at one end of the bar and you compete for attention with the drinkers. The staff agree that reception should be elsewhere. The restaurant has closed permanently in the evenings and food is served in the pub. You may be lucky to get an alcove with less smoke (not a problem in three months!) but be quick on Sundays because they stop serving at 6 p.m. Food is standard bar menu - good in parts but usually dull.

The biggest problem is the LACK OF HOT WATER. We stayed on two separate occasions. The first time we woke to find the water was stone cold. The manager apologised profusely and said the boiler closes down on a regular basis. Engineers are sent for on a regular basis but they have no idea what is wrong. We were given a 25% discount to compensate. We stayed again a few days later on the way back. Again there was no hot water in the evening. Again we were given profuse apologies. The following morning the water was acceptable. The assistant manager said he had checked the boiler at 6 a.m. and found it had switched off again.

Nice people and a nice hotel but we won't be staying again until we read that the problems have been sorted.

  • Stayed: April 2007, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Holfy
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Reviewed 19 January 2007

Enjoyed the stay. Rooms clean and well maintained. Excellent Breakfast. Staff Friendly, management staff extremely helpful.
Menu would benefit from more thought. Large bar with a good friendly atmosphere.

2  Thank gglynn
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Reviewed 27 July 2006

Rooms; clean and airy (door difficult to open though!)
Pub; Decent modern wooden decor. Good range of well kept Shepherd Neame beers. Bar loud in evening. Staff friendly.
Food; average pub fare.

  • Stayed: February 2006, travelled on business
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3  Thank Scotty74
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Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: July 2016
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Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: February 2017, travelled on business
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Reviewed 17 December 2016
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Room Tip: Toutes les chambres donnent sur les docks.
  • Stayed: December 2016, travelled with friends
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Thank Gsixchats P
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Address: The Ship & Trades Hotel Maritime Way, Chatham ME4 3ER, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Kent > Chatham
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Ranked #6 of 6 Hotels in Chatham
Price Range: £83 - £132 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Ship & Trades 4*
Number of rooms: 11
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