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Village Hotel Maidstone
Ranked #5 of 17 Hotels in Maidstone
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 25 November 2013

Booked in here by my employers recently for a six-day stint. On checking the website, it looks a fairly good hotel with the weight of the De Vere name behind it. In reality it is quite a clinical looking building resembling something of a shopping centre with lots of rooms attached to it. There is a coffee shop just off one side of reception, and a Steakhouse and separate bar off to the other side.
First impressions? A bit of an upmarket Travelodge / Premier Inn with a hideously expensive bar (£29 for a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc?). They also do food which is typically overpriced (£11 for burger/fries) which to be fair though was quite tasty.
I do have to say that the staff were some of the friendliest and helpful people that I have come across, and it is solely because of them that I would give this place a 3 star rating instead of a 2. The rooms are fair, the beds are comfortable (but then so are Premier Inn's) but the ridiculous prices in the bar / restaurant are completely out of place for a hotel of this standard. Myself and my colleagues ended up buying food from local supermarkets and consuming them in our rooms rather than have to pay what would be by London standards, expensive.
I would definitely stay here again but I'm afraid the boot of my car would be stocked up with much finer (and cheaper) wines than those that are on offer at this hotel.

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Reviewed 22 November 2013

I stayed here for 3 weeks during October and my stay was OK.
Its not the most luxurious place to stay, but you get what you pay for.
The room rate is priced on the room, not per person which makes it good value.
The rooms are functional, maintained well and very clean.
The hotel is a very busy place, boasting a restaurant (very good food and popular for the Sunday Buffet), a pub (several screens for sport, good food and choice of beer), and a Starbucks.
In addition there are several function rooms etc, a Gym and a 25m pool.
It’s the first time I have been back in this Gym, since I was a member in 2007 and it is looking a bit tired, some of the equipment does need replacing/updating and it does get congested at peak times.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 19 November 2013

Really lovely place to stay with loads to do the steak restaurant was great value for money, swimming and sauna was great to have a relaxing break would hope to return in the near future.
sTaff very friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 November 2013

My husband and I booked for a weekend away and have used Village hotels regularly. First impressions on arrival were good. The receptionist was veryhelpful and as we had booked an upper deck room she made sure one was ready for us even though we arrived early. I had booked upper deck due to the team on the switchboard stating that the rooms were on a different level and were quieter. This was not the case in the Maidstone hotel. Upper deck is opposite the normal rooms. We had a party of girls opposite us who made lots of noise, and you could hear other people's conversations etc. The view from our window was of the car park and the corridor smelt very damp.

Such a shame as the rest of the hotel was ok - easily accesible to where we wanted to go but I would not pay for upper deck and I would not rush back to this Village Hotel.

Room Tip: Dont pay for upper deck!
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 November 2013

A popular place in a good location. Had to stay down the road in some impossible to find hotel - you can't say the same about this place. Smart and welcoming. Good service, clean and very capable staff.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled on business
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Thank David S S
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Reviewed 10 November 2013

I stayed here for 3 nights while I attended a conference close by. Very helpful staff on the desk, although I wish they wouldn't keep answering the telephone while they dealt with us - they could always ask them to hold for a couple of minutes. Say that though, there was a lovely young girl called Joanne on reception, who couldn't have been more helpful. Bedroom was clean - basic but nice and roomy. We had breakfast there, one meal in the restaurant and one meal in the bar - all very good, with friendly and helpful waiting staff. Pool looked brilliant, though we didn't have time to use that. Only downside was the lift was out of order for the whole of our stay and carrying heavy bags up and down stairs was a little tiresome. Also, the car park was incredibly full every time we got back there, though we always managed to get a spot.

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Reviewed 6 November 2013

Really nice hotel, has everything you would need. The place does not look all that from the outside, but once you step into the reception, you just now it's going to good. The staff were very friendly and helpful. I can not fault this hotel and the price was excellent for what you got. Ps the breakfast was outstanding.

Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Village Hotel Maidstone

Address: Hotel Maidstone Forstal Road | Castle View, Sandling, Maidstone ME14 3AQ, England (Formerly De Vere Village Maidstone)
Region: United Kingdom > England > Kent > Maidstone
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 17 Hotels in Maidstone
Price Range: £37 - £125 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Village Hotel Maidstone 3.5*
Number of rooms: 122
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Village Urban Resort Maidstone is situated close to the River Medway and is perfectly located to explore Kent and beyond. From shopping at Bluewater to a trip to see the animals at Hop Farm Country Park; from a walk along the new Millennium riverside pathway or a trip back in time to the Museum of Kent Life or Leeds Castle, you'll find everything on your doorstep. Village Urban Resort Maidstone has 122 comfortable bedrooms, a choice of stylish dining or a traditional pub, Starbucks Coffee Shop, a state-of-the-art Health and Fitness Club, 25 Metre Swimming Pool, Meeting and Conference Centre, Live Party Nights, Wedding Licence, free wi-fi throughout the hotel and free parking. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Village Hotel And Leisure Club Maidstone
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