Having read all the bad reviews before taking a week's holiday in early September with coach holidays dot com we wondered what we were in for - then realised that the worst reviews were mostly from a few years back.
Don't get me wrong this is not the Ritz, but if you want value for money then this is the place you are looking for. We stayed in room 737 with a view across the harbour and a small sandy beach. Ours was a smoking room but I can honestly say I didn't notice any smell of nicotine. Perhaps this was due to the fact the windows were open when we arrived and we always had them open while we were out during the day.
PROS: Our Premier room had plenty of space with a large wardrobe, two cupboards, two drawers and two chairs to relax in. The staff were all very friendly and helpful - even got assistance when the WiFi connection stopped working on my iPOD. There's entertainment and live music every evening. If you like sequence or ballroom dancing there's plenty of opportunity to stretch you legs early on - nothing is organised, but both the 'background' and live music is entirely suitable as is the floor. Also, Bingo lovers will like it here as there's several games played during the evening.
CONS The lifts are a bit confusing as some lifts only go to certain floors. The choice on the main restaurant menu is a little limited but adequate - not sure quite why other people have complained that it's cold, I found it was hot enough. The walls separating the rooms are thin and we did hear some snoring from next door - but we also took ear plugs and used them to get a good nights sleep. The harbour view was a little spoilt as the channel crossing facilities closed some time back and are all run down - not the hotel's fault.
OVERALL You always get what you pay for, but this rates highly on my list of good value for money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel is superbly located on the seafront, overlooking Folkestone's picturesque harbour. This Hotel is an ideal gateway to the continent, with organised day trips across the channel to France and Belgium arranged from the hotel and easy access to the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Burstin Folkestone
- Burstin Hotel Folkestone
- Hotel Grand Burstin
- Burstin Folkestone Hotel
- Grand Burstin Hotel Folkestone, Kent