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Hostel Alma & Cafe Express
Ranked #8 of 10 Speciality Lodging in Dover
Reviewed 28 July 2012

While basic in terms of facilities this was one of the most welcoming places I've ever stayed in. The room was clean and tidy and nothing was too much trouble for the proprietors. The breakfast was lovely and there was lots of it! I would definitely use this venue for an overnight stay again.

  • Stayed: July 2012
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Reviewed 24 July 2012

A great place to stay. We had a family room on the top floor which was really quiet and comfortable. The self catering kitchen was great and very handy. The room was very clean and secure. The cooked breakfast was delicious and the owner very helpful. We would stay here again. Great value for money and the free WiFi a bonus

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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 July 2012

We stayed for four (4) nights during our south coastal walk from Dover to Eastbourne - Whilst the exterior would well benefit from a coat of paint , the interior was clean , warm and friendly, The proprietors could not do enough to make us feel most welcome and nothing was too much trouble (late may 2012). Yes there was a steep and twisted staircase to the 1st and 2nd floor , where the rooms were situated , but once inside both the main entrance and the room doors , both of which were coded we felt most welcome. The room was exceptionally clean and tidy and the twin beds were well prepared with good quality , clean linen. The room was compact with freeview TV , and an (only small) , but sufficient Toilet/shower and wash-basin room. There was a kitchenette on the first floor complete with micro-wave and inclusive provision of tea/coffee/milk , crockery/cutlery etc - - This establishment is not for the sick , lame and lazy brigade and those with piles of luggage should go elsewhere , and should arrange their requirements in a complete and pro-active way , so as to obviate what they saw as a 'right to whine' (please see 'Williammc01' - - The proprietors certainly did not behave in a 'couldn't be bothered' or 'Too much trouble' manner , whatsoever , proving themselves to be a most helpful pair

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 13 May 2012

Good place, very comfortable beds and room!
Great location and great English breakfast included!

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Diego_Costa_Juliani
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Reviewed 17 January 2012

I'm a bit supprised at the low score this place has. While it's nothing special, it does offer a cheap place to sleep before catching the boat in the morning, which I imagine is the point. It's not fancy, but our room was spacious enough for 3 of us, with free wifi and a clean bathroom. It's also easy to find when coming off the motorway, but parking can be an issue. I wouldn't recommend staying here for a week, but I wouldn't imagine anybody would be thinking of doing that. If you're just after a cheap place to stay for the night before a catching the ferry, then there is nothing wrong with Hostel Alma.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 19 December 2011

Our room was small but had everything we needed,central heating was on and the bed was very comfy and clean as was the towels,bathroom was small but modern and clean with heated towel rail.The kitchen was open all night with free tea and coffee and microwave cutlery etc. The stairs are very narrow and not really suitable for anyone with a disability.We had to leave early and thought breakfast started at 7 but the owner said it is 8 at weeekend,he offered to get up early and he made toast tea cereal and yoghurt,he was very helpful and chatty and went out of his way to help.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank Cath M
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Reviewed 29 October 2011

Reviews on Trip Advisor make this place sound much worse than it was for us. Our room was very clean and well-appointed, if small (although it did smell a bit of wet carpet). The rooms aren't very soundproof, either from traffic noise or from other guests in the hallway. The owner was friendly to us, although he can seem a bit brusque (we think he might be Russian, and brusqueness is not rudeness from them). A large English breakfast is provided, which is tasty enough. You could probably find better value elsewhere though.

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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Address: 37 Folkestone Road, Dover CT17 9RZ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Kent > Dover
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Ranked #8 of 10 Speciality Lodging in Dover
Price Range: £37 - £49 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hostel Alma & Cafe Express 2*
Number of rooms: 12
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