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The Boship Lions Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Lower Dicker
Felixstowe, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 November 2012

Workmen were in attendance when we arrived on Saturday afternoon for an overnight stay. The hotel has recently undergone a change of ownership. Reception area was worst affected, but the check in was quick and painless in the lounge and we were served a very nice cream tea. The room was very spacious but a little dated. Nice big walk in wardrobe cupboard, good sized bathroom. The TV was small and ancient with very few channels and the room had no usual hotel information. Dinner was excellent, food quality superb and good service, as was breakfast the next morning. We slept well despite a storm blowing through the night and noticed that the hotel as a pool, large grounds and even a health spa. Would have been good for the room to container some information on all the facilities. We would go back to this hotel as it's close to Eastbourne where we spent the next day before travelling home.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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West Molesey, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 November 2012

Arrived to workmen drilling and sawing at reception, floor covered in sawdust and tools strewn across the reception desk. Had to move to the lounge with our cases for 'check in' but no offer of newspapers or wake up call. Drilling still going on at 4pm when having afternoon tea. Not told breakfast times.

A small stuffy rooom (needed to keep the window open all night) with a small double bed and the most uncomfortable mattress we've ever tried to sleep on. Gave up after an hour and removed the upper mattress and slept on the firmer under one. The boiler room was next door and noisy all night. Old fashioned decor and down at heel furniture. Needs a complete refurbishment.

Towels were threadbare (had threads coming away and thin and tired) and not much bigger than a hand towel. Requested replacement towels and more threadbare towels were delivered (at the 2nd request) but at least larger, proper bath size.

Free WiFi was supposed to be available but wasn't available at all throughout our stay. Fobbed off with exciuses it would be available in the evening and then later because the server was being upgraded but never got it. A small TV with appalling reception, no cable and a model from about 30 years ago. The phone kept cutting out when trying to ring Reception.

The over bath shower set at the height of a midget. No non- slip mat in the bath nor grab rail on the side of the bath ot wall. No informmation in the room about meal times, check out, services etc. No do not disturb sign.

The food at dinner was however very good and an excellent breakfast.

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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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surry
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Reviewed 24 November 2012

Had a lovely night stay. The staff were very friendly and helpful - really looked after us. Our evening meal was yummy. Our room was comfy and had a nice view. The grounds are pretty - even on a rainy autumn evening. New management on our arrival suggests the place will get some TLC which is needed. But for me it's the welcome that matters and it was spot on, Would definitely go back

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
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READING
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Reviewed 23 November 2012

The Boship is excellent for food and service. The room was clean and comfortable. Ideal for the dog as it was on the ground floor, and we could park immediately outside. The friendly and helpful staff make up for the tired decor. A change of ownership promises a major refurb. will start very soon. Hailsham is close, and worth a visit. Truffles is an excellent coffee shop there - also doing lovely food and with friendly staff.

Room Tip: Courtyard rooms have their own front doors. Very convenient as you can park just outside.
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 November 2012

This weekend break could have started so badly but was by far and away the most enjoyable break we have had for a long time and it was due almost entirely to the service, attentiveness and quality of the staff.
When we arrived with our aged pet Labrador there was no record of our booking, our request for a ground floor room or our call to advise that we were going to be arriving late. The young man on the front desk, Alex, looked over our paperwork, record of phonecalls etc and asked to be excused for a minute. When he returned within one minute,we were checked into a ground floor room, booked into the restaurant for dinner the following evening and escorted to our room. This could so easily have become very messy but Alex dealt with this maturity and without fuss.
10 minutes later as we were just leaving our room to find the bar Alex arrived with a complementary bottle of wine, an invitation for a complementary cream tea the followinf afternoon and the apologies of the manager for the problems on arrival. Very unexpected but gratefully received particularly as we felt that the minor problem had been dealt with brilliantly anyway.
The customer feelgood experience continued in the bar/lounge where a young gentleman called Josh took up the reigns where Alex had left off. His attention was spot on. Not invasive but there when you needed. His reccommendations were spot on and accurate for bar food as well, which incidentally was fresh, tasty and still piping hot on arrival.
Th breakfast buffet was remarkable for the variation of food that was offered. There were cereals, hot food including eggs, sausage, fresh tomatoes, bacon, beans even fried bread, and a selection of sweet pastries and coissant. All served wth juices, tea and coffee. Considering the size and location of the hotel the quality was again indicative of the value they place on guest satisfaction. The restaurant Maitre'D came over to our roon after breakfast with a selection of the leftover bacon and sausages that he thought our dog might appreciate. How thoughtful was that?
The cream tea was lovely and unexpectedly was served with a glass of bubbly. it was as good as anything you would expect at a 5* London hotel.
The evening meal was from a 3 course, £28 per head menu. This menu was not huge but was very comprehensive even giving vegetarian options. My wife and I started with Portobello mushrooms stuffed with Chevre, and Fresh squid and chorizo salad followed by braised lamb shank(this lamb was the size of a horse) and Dover sole. All were extremely well prepared and the chef was to be highly commended.
There is a downside to this hotel and that is the fbric is looking tired and dated. The ensuite bathroom in our room should have been ripped out several years ago.
I believe that the hotel has recently been bought by a local Hotelier, not a conglomerate. I trust he will soon recognise the potential of his aquisition and the staff.
We would go back tomorrow even without any attention to the fabric as the shortfall there is more than compensated for by the feelgood factor thats last for much longer than the length of the stay.
If you get an opportunity to try this remarkable hotel, grab it immediately.

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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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London England
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Reviewed 21 November 2012

Stayed here as an overnight on business. Good warm wlecome at reception however the room was a little tired and could do with decoration although saying that it was clean and comfortable.

The evening meall in the restuarant was excellent. Exceptional service nothing too much trouble for the waiters, asked if I needed anything else, it was a pleasure to watch them serve people.

Breakfast was good although the cold buffet could have been better.

Would I stay here again - yes

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled on business
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Brighton
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Reviewed 16 November 2012

Myself and my partner stayed as part of the groupon deal. We were pleasantly surprised with the full afternoon tea and the dinner and breakfast were really great.

Yes the hotel could do with redecorating but is very clean and the staff are friendly and helpful enough to make up for it.

We had a room to the back of the hotel which was spacious and had a lovely view of the grounds and lots of bunnies!

Only gripe would be carpeted bathroom, hopefully that will change with renovation!

Altogether a very pleasant trip, would definitely recommend.

Room Tip: Ask for a room towards the back for peace and quiet and more space.
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Boship Lions Hotel
Address: A22 | Hailsham, Lower Dicker BN27 4AT, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > East Sussex > Lower Dicker
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Lower Dicker
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Hotel Class:3 star — The Boship Lions Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 44
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