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“lovely stay at the kensington” 5 of 5 bubbles
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The Kensington
Ranked #36 of 100 Great Yarmouth B&B and Inns
great yarmouth
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16 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“lovely stay at the kensington”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2014

we had a lovely stay at the Kensington hotel for our wedding anniversary , the food was amazing ,light crispy beer battered mushrooms to start ,the fillet steak was perfectly cooked and melted in my mouth served with homemade chunky chips and beer battered onion rings and a chocolate ice cream sundae for dessert , nothing is too much trouble for the staff , everything was spotlessly clean ,we had a lovely sea view room with tea , coffee facilities , , plenty of towels and pillows ,and breakfast was lovely lots of choice of branded cereals and several juices to help yourself to as well as jams honey marmite ect and thats before you get to the cooked breakfast choices , we had a lovely full English breakfast with heart shaped toast included !well done Kensington , I can heartily recommend it to anyone,

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank lawes7
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OwnerMaria, Owner at The Kensington, responded to this review, 6 July 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a positive review. Lots of guests comment on the food as we try our hardest to ensure high quality and good value. The breakfast buffet is a particular favourite as there is a plentiful choice for guests to help themselves to. We look forward to seeing you again soon
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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6 hotel reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2014

Just returned from the Kensington Hotel Great Yarmouth, and stayed in room 12. The room and bathroom were filthy, with thick black dust on all skirting boards. The bedroom window and bathroom window were lined with thick black mould. The carpet in the bedroom was filthy and had bleach marks, and in need of replacement. The shower was held in position on a un tiled wall, and gave one only 2 inches to get under the shower on one wall, there was no way that one could position the shower over one's body. The beds had springs which made horrid noises when one turned over in bed. The food was very moderate, and on some occasions up edible . Can I say anything good about this B & B, the towels were nice, the entertainment was good, but as far as a holiday break, would I go again A BIG NO.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank ellieCellBlockH
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OwnerMaria, Owner at The Kensington, responded to this review, 8 June 2014
Thank you for sharing your comments on your recent stay at the Kensington. These have been shared will all staff, particularly housekeeping as it is company policy to always investigate feedback from guests in order to monitor the quality of rooms, service and cuisine. As you will be able to see from the untold number of previous reviews your experience was not characteristic of other guests. One of the key aspects that we totally pride ourself on is the willingness of the staff to go out of their way to ensure that all guests have a lovely stay whatever the person or need. It is most unfortunate that the efforts made by all staff could not assist you in your requirements on this occasion. Room 12 is usually extremely popular with visitors. We not only have regular housekeepers on site but also a member of staff designated to a rotation of cleaning to ensure that rooms are kept to a high standard. Any issue, if reported will also result in immediate action including as a last resort relocating someone with another accommodation provider. This is true of private guests or members of a coach group. With regards to the food, chef's prepare meals freshly everyday which are locally sourced, usually thought to be plentiful, good quality and substantial. Again if anything is not to a guests' particular liking then it can be replaced. Guest satisfaction is extremely important to both the owners and staff at the Kensington, your comments have been noted. It is extremely disappointing to have received such a review especially as the coach company that you travelled with has rebooked for later in the year.
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Dartford, United Kingdom
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2014

We booked into The Kensington for a long Weekend, Hotel was very nice & friendly staff. The Full English Breakfast was very good, Sunday morning in the Breakfast room was quite chaotic, we had quite a wait for breakfast, the staff had changed & didn't seem to be quite as organised as the
previous girls that served us Saturday. Bar snacks were very good too. But over all we had a pleasant stay & would stay again. We stayed in a Double room, comfortable but not very big, so I would upgrade if we stayed again. Close to Yarmouth Town & close to The Pier, just a short walk away. We had a Great Time. Thank You.

Room Tip: Superior Double rooms are the ones with Sea view. We had limited side view! very Narrow corridors.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Kerry Y
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OwnerMaria, Owner at The Kensington, responded to this review, 8 June 2014
Thank you for taking the time to provide us with feedback. Your comments have been passed on to the breakfast staff concerned. I am so pleased that you felt the staff were friendly and helpful and that you had a nice time. Looking forward to seeing you again.
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2014

We stayed in the hotel for only 1 night but felt very welcomed. The room was lovely, clean and fresh. The staff were friendly and the breakfast was lovely. Our dog was welcomed and he loved running along the beach which is just across the road in front of the hotel.

The only problem we encountered was the couple in the room next to us making a lot of noise until 2am. Obviously this is not the hotels fault but the walls are very thin and we couldn't find any staff to talk to the couple next door who would not answer their door when we knocked.

Overall we loved the hotel, it's just a shame that there were no staff around during the night.

  • Stayed May 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Lizzyanne93
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OwnerMaria, Owner at The Kensington, responded to this review, 22 May 2014
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I am so pleased that you had such a lovely time. As to the point of disturbance, I am so sorry to hear that you had a problem There is always someone on site. We as the owners live in the adjacent flat and there is a 24 hour contact number in the Welcome Pack' Any reported problem is always dealt with swiftly whatever the time. I do hope that we see you again. Kind regards and thank you
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2014

I have just spent a 5 day break, on a coach trip, at this hotel and I can highly recommend it. The meals were excellent, with a good choice for each course and were served by friendly, helpful staff. We felt the hotel excelled when a planned theatre visit was cancelled at short notice and the hotel organised entertainment to make up for it. The owners are on the premises, eating in the dining room and chatting to visitors. A very friendly atmosphere. I hope to return!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank YorkshireSandra
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OwnerMaria, Owner at The Kensington, responded to this review, 18 May 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. The staff really appreciated your comments. We are fortunate to have a great team who really care about what they do. I do hope that we have the pleasure of seeing you again. Kind regards.
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Salford, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2014

Hope you don't mind but I have a question other than a review. Did the Kensington hotel used to be called the windyshore hotel. We stayed about 19 years ago. Not been back to Geat yarmouth in all that time. If it is the same hotel it was a lovely hotel then and looks and sounds by the reviews a lovely hotel now. Think its the same but can't be certain. (memories going a bit, ha ha). Just asking for future reference. Hope you can help. Thanks.

Room Tip: Seaview rooms were great.
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Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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OwnerMaria, Owner at The Kensington, responded to this review, 22 April 2014
I am happy to respond to your request for information. The Kensington was in fact the Windyshore. We bought it on the 20th June 2003 and have been here ever since. The previous owners were called Mr and Mrs Duffield. If I can be of any other assistance then just ask. Kind regards Maria
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2014

We needed somewhere reasonable low cost to stay for a few nights and found this place. The bedrooms are small but they look good, and are clean and tidy. The breakfast is superb, really tasty full English, and a continental buffet. The evening meals are delicious too (quite large servings, so you need to be hungry. The price for the stay was really cheap for the two of us and that included breakfast. Free off-road parking too. If you are heading to yarmouth this is the place to stay.

  • Stayed March 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Seafrauk
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OwnerMaria, Owner at The Kensington, responded to this review, 22 April 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review. We try extremely hard to provide excellent value for money especially with food. Many guests really appreciate the range of options at both breakfast and dinner - I am really pleased that you enjoyed your stay so much. We do have a wide range of rooms varying in size according to price and availability. We look forward to seeing you again. Kind regards Maria
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Property: The Kensington
Address: 29 North Drive, Great Yarmouth NR30 4EW, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > East Anglia > Norfolk > Great Yarmouth
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #36 of 100 B&Bs / Inns in Great Yarmouth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — The Kensington 4*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in one of the prettiest parts of the seafront overlooking the illuminated Venetian waterways and rock gardens, the Kensington with its stunning sea views is the ideal choice.Set in its own well kept grounds with ample parking, it is opposite the golden sandy beach. The Britannia Pier and the Golden Mile are only a short stroll away.Tastefully decorated in a traditional style, the Kensington has recently undergone a major refurbishment programme. All of the 26 bedrooms are individually designed and furnished to give maximum comfort and many have superb sea views. The premises has no step access to the restaurant, bar and function room. There is a ramp to the front of the property and an accessibility statement is available. Wheelchairs can be accommodated in the public areas. ... more   less 
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