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The Marquis at Alkham
Ranked #5 of 38 Dover B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 6 November 2013

We had a great time here the staff were very attentive the food was absolutly lovely, the room was nice, the only thing i would say was that the room was far too hot during the nigh which made it quite uncomfortable to sleep, but overall was a fantastic stay.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 November 2013

We stayed here for one night,we were shown to our room which in all fairness was decorated to nice standard even though the room was on the small side.The road noise was very apparent but we were assured this would subside & would not be a problem.At about am we were woken by the flow of traffic which increased as the morning went on so not a very good nights sleep.With this in mind I would recommend you book a room to the rear of hotel.We did mention this but felt side stepped by the owner.
We ate in the Restaurant which in fairness my husband enjoyed but I would advise if you have any specific dietary requirements to phone in advance as this could prove a problem on the night as the owner/manager made a rather exaggerated comment that he would have to consult first with the chef & that often this would cause a problem!!!
The staff were exceptional and very friendly which did go some way to improving our stay.
As we were leaving early we asked if we could have breakfast to go which we ordered at check in but much to our disappointment it was awful & unable to eat.
We compare our review of this hotel to others we have stayed in at a similar price & rating & found it overpriced in comparison.

Room Tip: Ask for a room to the rear of hotel as there is road noise to the front.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank SUE L
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Reviewed 31 October 2013

We booked a special deal through Secret Escapes. Upon arrival we were upgraded from a standard to a luxury room, which was as well appointed as any that I have stayed in with a huge 6ft bed and beautifully soft bedding. The bathroom (actually a wet-room) was spacious with lots of very fluffy towels. The staff were polite and attentive, and looked after us impeccably throughout. They asked in advance (when confirming our reservation) what time we'd like to eat so no disappointment in getting a table in the very popular restaurant. The 4-course taster menu provided a variety of tastes, textures and colours, and was of the highest quality. The extensive wine list catered to all, with as wide a variety of wines and prices as I've seen anywhere. For a brief break, this was the perfect venue, though it was a shame that the rain didn't allow us to try the country walks. We'll return in more clement weather for those, and for the excellent cuisine and comfy rooms. Thoroughly recommendable.

Room Tip: Rooms at the back would be quieter in the warmer months when you might want to keep the window open...
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 October 2013

We stayed here on a Secret Escapes deal, which was excellent. I had asked for a 'quiet' room as I am a light sleeper and we were upgraded to a suite which was lovely. Comfy bed and a large bathroom, his and her sinks, a double walk in shower, chic furnishings and a nespresso coffee maker and our own little decked balcony. The 4 course taster menu was excellent, if I had to criticise I would say that the courses were a little heavy and rich for the tummy. Wine is expensive but we had a £20 credit included in the deal. The Alkham Valley is lovely for walks, great before or after lunch/dinner, the hotel will provide you with maps on request. Overall a lovely stay with helpful, friendly, attentive staff, apart from one 'rude' lady receptionist at breakfast who subsequently apologised, this did not spoil our views and stay, especially as it was a Birthday treat for my partner. Well worth a visit!

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Reviewed 27 September 2013

A real treat not just for the superb food but for such helpful and cheerful staff, nothing being too much trouble.
Difficult to improve on this place for simply everything, having tried many top restaurants and accommodation around the UK on business and leisure trips, highly reccommend a visit here.

Room Tip: All rooms were lovely
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 20 September 2013

Stayed here two nights, mid week. DEFINITELY NOT FIVE STAR. The best thing was the breakfast, nice, good quality / choice. Accept ordered mushrooms with the cooked breakfast and got half a mushroom. When queried was told they had run out of mushrooms ! Also good were the staff, up to a point, help full and polite, but because most were various nationalities, they were not quite on the same wave length.
Unfortunately now the bad bits.
Awful smell some rubbish bins just across from the entrance in the car park. It was hot.
We had one of the cheaper rooms ( but not so cheap ) HOPWOOD I believe. Noisy from the extract fans from the kitchen, apparently they had received previous complaints. Complained, not acceptable, the manager agreed, was given a discount on the room rate. Room also very hot, no air conditioning. Modern / contemporary furnishings but quite basic, small room, not 5 star.
General decor of the restaurant, lounge, room, quite basic.
Food in the restaurant, looked at the menu, decided too expensive so didn't eat there. First night could only fit us in very early or too late, so therefore no good anyway. Tried to do a hard sell for the second night, but we ate else where. Had a beer the first night. £5 FOR A SMALL BOTTLE ? that told the whole storey, 5 star prices. Left a cardigan in a drawer. Rang to have it returned, sent the wrong one. Mine was not found ? Room rate was OK at the discounted price, but otherwise over rated. Unfortunately would not stay again.

Room Tip: Do not choose HOPWOOD unless you want noisy extract fans.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 September 2013

This is the second time staying at the maquis and it was wonderful of the hotel staff to upgrade our room for free which was a lovely gesture, the food and service was fantastic and the staff we're great, the room was also excellent, which is such a shame when its something like the noise that can ruin your whole stay, Note to hotel staff we stayed in the Granby Room and this is not insulated enough if they want to play music in the downstairs restaurant until 12:30am in the morning, we could hear it clearly in the room and got an awful night sleep as a result, maybe consider a curfew for music in the evening as you have to remember this is an old building so isolation isn't great. It is annoying to me I have to leave this review but I think the staff need to know about this issue.

Room Tip: When considering the granby room, Note that insulation is poor and you are right above the restauran...
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Marquis at Alkham

Address: Alkham Valley Road | Alkham, Dover CT15 7DF, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Kent > Dover
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 38 B&Bs / Inns in Dover
Price Range: £95 - £207 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Marquis at Alkham 5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Come on in. Take a look around. You might just be surprised. For while the Alkham Valley, indeed Alkham village itself, suggests genteel old England at its most rural and unspoiled, the Marquis itself is something else... It's a strikingly contemporary restaurant and hotel. The product of a major renovation in 2008, what was once the village's pub, The Marquis of Granby, has been utterly transformed. Space, light, fine furnishings and beautiful fabrics and the opportunity to fine tune every detail hasn't been missed. The restaurant is a revelation. Head Chef Andrew King's seasonally inspired and locally sourced menus are as fresh as they are imaginative, and the elegant 21st century styling is exceptional. Queen sized pocket sprung beds are swathed in the finest cotton. Sumptuous fabrics dress windows and chairs. And an eclectic collection of art completes the mood, the mix and the personality that makes this place unique. Boutique chic in the heart of the English countryside? You've found it. You've arrived. ... more   less 
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