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“Lovely but noisy”

The Malvern Guesthouse
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The Malvern Guesthouse
Ranked #7 of 13 Deal B&B and Inns
Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
22 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Lovely but noisy”
Reviewed 9 July 2012

I have just returned home from a two day stay at The Malvern Guesthouse in Deal, Kent. The guesthouse is centrally located only a two minute walk away from the castle and a 5 minute walk from the train station. However it is located on the busy one way system which causes a problem for parking. When we arrived we could not find anywhere to park and much of the area is permit holders only spaces. We ended up parking on Marine Road as recommended by the B&B owners, this is next to the castle and is free to park with no restrictions. My family who came down later had no trouble parking and were lucky enough to get a space straight away. The owners were extremely helpful and saved us a parking space outside the B&B but unfortunately it was a little small!

We stayed in room no. 4, a modernly decorated double bedroom at the front of the property costing £70 per night. The room was newly renovated so its decor was lovely and the bed was nice and comfy. Upon arrival we found a nicely stocked minibar with chocolate, wine, spirits, beer, crisps and biscuits. These were a little expensive but not as overpriced as some hotel minibars can be. The fridge made some odd rumbling noises every now and again but these were more of a source of intrigue rather than irritation and didn't disturb us. The going rate was about 75p for a bar of chocolate, £3 for a can of lager and £1 for a can of coke. We had a hositality tray stocked with tea, coffee and hot chocolate free of charge and had a couple of welcome chocolates upon arrival. The hotel guide and information was really informative and gave some good advice on what to see in Canterbury, which is about 30 minutes drive away or an hour on the train including a change of trains at Dover. I would have found it nice to have more information on Deal itself including the pubs and restaurants to go to however the hostess offered this information up happily.

The hosts were lovely and the breakfast was amazing. We had a good choice of about 20 different types of cooked breakfast in addition to fruit, croissants, yoghurts and cereal. I had the eggs benedict which was lovely and my partner enjoyed his full english breakfast which was rather large. I would not argue with the advertisement that this guesthouse provides one of the best breakfasts in Kent!

The only problem we encountered during our stay was the nosie. The hotel is located on the one-way system that much of the traffic uses to access the deal seafront, including National Express coaches that run throughout the night. Therefore, the noise from the road is quite loud if you are in one of the front rooms. We found the road noise prevented us from opening to windows overnight despite the warmth. Once the windows were closed the noise was minimised but it was still very noisy. We were a little disappointed with this as we had come to peaceful Deal and hoped to get away from the busy streets of Birmingham only to find we were constantly disturbed by traffic noises. I would highly recommend asking for a room at the back of the guesthouse.

The room in general was very noisy as each bedroom has a fire escape that backs onto the second half of the guesthouse. Excellent in an emergency however we could constantly hear individuals walking up and down the stairs and chatting. In addition whenever the individuals upstairs walked about we could hear their footsteps quite loudly through the ceiling and our light fixture was loose so this was rattling whenever the guests upstairs moved. This was annoying when it woke us up early in the morning when we were wanting a bit of a lie in. The toilets were noisy also and you could hear these throughout the guesthouse. Otherwise this was a lovely guesthouse, however we would maybe think twice about booking again if we wanted a quiet and peaceful weekend away from the noise of the city.

Room Tip: Request for a room at the back of the hotel to prevent noise.
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 May 2012

Loved our stay there but only complaint would be the toilets which could be heard from everyyone elses room . We mentioned it to the owner and shesaid if we stayed again ask for a room at the back ,The breakfast menu was brilliant around 12 choices i settled on the full english which was lovely .So dont be put off just take earplugs or get a room at the back great location too .

Room Tip: Didnt have a pool or fitness centre was getting mixed up with options lol
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 April 2012

The Malvern is a lovely friendly guest house, well positioned near the town centre and seafront. The owners are friendly and helpful. We had a fantastic room (10) which has a fabulous private bathroom with a shower and roll top bath. There is a well stocked mini bar in each room, should you fancy a little tipple or 3! There is a huge selection for breakfast. I can see why is being awarded one of the best in England.

The only problem is the new parking restrictions, which is a pain because if you arrive early you can only park outside for 2 hours before 5.30pm. This of course is nothing to do with the owners. However there is plenty of free parking 5/10mins walk away.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 6 September 2011

As a Dealite [person from Deal] I have enjoyed many a lovely weekend breakfast at The Malvern.
When I had friends coming to Deal for whom I had no room to put up they chose to stay at The Malvern. Friendly, value for money and comfy they told me.
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  • Stayed July 2011
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Property: The Malvern Guesthouse
Address: 5-7 Ranelagh Road, Deal CT14 7BG, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Kent > Deal
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Ranked #7 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in Deal
Number of rooms: 11
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The Malvern Guesthouse Deal, Kent

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