A friend and I wanted a cheap weekend away, and this hotel was ideal. Excellent situation right near the seafront, small harbour and amenities (mainly pubs and restaurants close by).
It has been said before that the hotel is in need of updating, and this is the case. However, our room was very clean and perfectly adequate. For the price we paid we still felt we had had a bargain. We weren't keen on the canteen atmosphere of the dining room so we upgraded to the restaurant on the 2nd night and wished we'd known we could do this the night before. It is well worth another £5 per night, as you also get to use the restaurant area for the breakfast the next day too.
The drink prices we also very reasonable for a hotel, and what we saw of the entertainment seemed to be very popular and people were having a good time. The staff were polite and helpful, especially on the reception desk.
Also included (if you book at least 2 nights) was a trip to France, which again we thought was excellent value. Sadly, our ferry was cancelled through no fault of the driver and he kindly offered to take us to Canterbury instead. We were quite happy with this suggestion as it saved us having to drive somewhere, as we'd already seen most of what Folkestone has to offer.
The only negative, which was not the hotel's fault, was the very noisy local pubs who were playing music at an unbelievable volume until very late at night. We spoke to other guests who had been staying for longer than us, who said it was a regular occurrence and some people hadn't slept for several nights.
All-in-all we were very pleased with our stay and as others have stated: what do you expect for the price?!
- 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