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“Quite good after a scratchy start”
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Clare House
Ranked #32 of 38 Dover B&B and Inns
Adelaide, Australia
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36 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Quite good after a scratchy start”
Reviewed 18 August 2009

After a scratchy start because we were early this B&B turned out OK, The house is old and a little run down but the owner looked after us well even giving us a boxed breakfast because we were catching an early ferry.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Bexley, United Kingdom
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84 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2009

We booked this guest house for a romantic weekend and booked the four poster room. When we arrived we were not impressed with the room, it was clean but nothing special. We had limited tea and coffee in the room and had to keep asking for more tea bags, one of the light fittings had no shades on them but instead long life bulbs and the other light fitting had no bulbs at all. We didnt have a new toilet roll in the small bathroom on our arrival.The shaver point didnt work neither did the light above the sink.
We stayed for 2 nights and wished we had only booked 1 when we saw the breakfast which was pretty basic.The table wasn't set properly and I had to request a fork .We only had one knife to eat our breakfast with and butter our toast which wasn't helpful.My partner asked for extra toast and was greeting with 'More toast!' which made us feel like we were in the show Oliver! This was brought and butter was virtually thrown at my partner, leaving us to feel like a nusaince. The area it is situated in was very near to the station but very run down with dirty paths and rubbish strewn outside houses. It certainly wasn't the kind of area you would want to spend a romantic break away in. We chose this as it looked nice on the website, but we would certainly not recommend it to anyone else. The only advantage it did have was being close to the station.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank Davids-girl61
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New York, NY
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20 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 June 2009

Adam was the consummate host -- my girlfriend and I had a very short time on our hands, to enjoy Dover, and he repeatedly made things easier for us. The rooms were very nice and the place is very conveniently located relative to the train station. Highly recommend.

Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank discosour
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Wiltshire
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26 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 May 2009

Nothing was too much trouble for Adam whio even prepared us an excellent hot breakfast earlier than usual to get us on our way to tthe ferry in time. Other guests were staying for more than one night and were obvioulsy happy with their choice of guest house - altogether much nicerr than the impersonal hotel chains in the neighbourhood.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank HansSachs43
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Wales
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 December 2008

Very convenient for the ferrry, comfortable room (on both occasions when departing to France and returning) Very kindly supplied with a packed lunch as I had to be at the ferry before breakfast was served at 7.00 a.m. Friendly proprietor and I would recommend this establishment despite the number of stairs to the bedrooms! Excellent breakfast enjoyed on my return visit

  • Liked — Convenient for ferry clean and welcoming
  • Disliked — Stairs
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled solo
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1 Thank Aventurealps
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Toronto, Canada
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10 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2008

We booked this B&B months before our departure to board a 11 days cruise the morning following day. The first conversation we heard from our host (not Clara) was not “greetings” but it was about how we could park our car properly in his tiny driveway. Then my old parents and we have to walk up 4 floors with our luggage to 2 very small and dated rooms.
Our bathroom is tiny and the ceiling is slanted so it doesn’t leave us enough head room and we had to keep bending our necks. The bed was ok but the room was cold and dingy as we weren’t allowed to turn on the heater until 7pm.

The breakfast experience wasn’t nice at all. At the beginning of our breakfast, we were told by our host that we had to watch our time because there were other guests coming for breakfast. Just cold cereal, toast and coffee/tea, I would skip it. About 30 mins later, the room was only half filled but the host had to ask us to leave diplomatically.
Overall, we did not have any expectation to this B&B as it was only for a one-night stopover, but the experience was so bad that I need to share with the travelers to Dover. I suggest you to think twice before booking Clare House and research for other options.

  • Liked — location maybe?
  • Disliked — Service
  • Stayed October 2007, travelled with family
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2 Thank AnnCT
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 March 2008

This is a great value B&B
I have stayed in many hotels and had the room we had was in a hotel it would have had a 4 star rating.
The location is easy to find and parking ok.
The breakfast was super (full English) not just a croissant and more than sufficient for even the most hungry.
Next time I travel to the continent via Dover we will be giving them a call.

  • Liked — quality of room great breakfast
  • Disliked — high steps to front door
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank les&barbara
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Property: Clare House
Address: 167 Folkestone Road, Dover CT17 9SJ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Kent > Dover
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Ranked #32 of 38 B&Bs / Inns in Dover
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Hotel Class:3 star — Clare House 3*
Number of rooms: 5
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