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“Almost perfect...”
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Railway Hotel
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Faversham
Certificate of Excellence
Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Almost perfect...”
Reviewed 9 January 2012

It is a shame that only one thing stopped this hotel from achieving a perfect score and even more so that it is the same thing commented on by a previous reviewer but I'll look at all the positives first. The room was fantastic and really decorated to a high standard. The paintings, the high windows, the decorative fireplace in our room and the clean, crisp, immaculate sheets and towels waiting for us were so inviting. A gorgeous chandelier hung from the ceiling and the bed was really comfy and gave an excellent nights sleep. The room was very hot but being january we just opened the massive windows for a cool night and although we were only 50yards from the train station the trains didn't seem to bother us at all. The welcome we recieved was warm and this friendliness was recieved from every person we met associated with the hotel. The owners really are trying to get away from a tacky high street pub atmosphere and are succeeding in this with many real ales, good conversation and no happy hour and they are more than happy to point out that a Weatherspoon exists a couple of hundred yards down the road and with cheaper beer to boot. The pub itself is perfectly situated for both the station and the town centre, the latter being only a 5 minute walk. We didn't use the restaurant as we had prearranged plans but the menu, under the new head chef looked really enticing and the food is, wherever possible, locally sourced and this seems to be something the owners are deliberately trying to acheive. Our breakfast, included in the fairly reasonable price, was all locally sourced and the menu proudly stated where each component came from and how far away that particular farm was. I have to say it tasted great as well. As mentioned earlier though I only have one critisism. If a bathroom only has a shower it needs to be a good one. The shower pressure was so poor that I had to half crouch whilst holding the attachment over my head and wash with just one hand and unfortunately for me, a good shower in the morning is one of the most important parts of the stay. Overall though I would definitely recommend the hotel and if I ever need to come back to Faversham I will book here again.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Broadstairs, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 November 2011

Rooms are excellently furnished and very comfortable. Staff are friendly and a good breakfast. It's on the edge of town and opposite the station so not the quietest but I'm a light sleeper and had an excellent nights sleep. Will go back.

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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
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London
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Reviewed 25 August 2011

What a find. Is this a hotel, or a superb pub with rooms? Well, it's both! The Railway retains bags of Victorian character but in a modern, uncluttered, no-swirly-carpets kind of way. The gorgeous three-room bar offers TV-and-games-machine-free civilised calm, excellent beer, and bar billards. The rooms might be basic but they are cosy and comfortable - and terrific value at these B&B rates. Add a friendly welcome from the owners and staff, plus superb breakfast and you have the perfect base from which to explore this lovely corner of England. We'll be back.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2011

We stayed 2 nights at the Railway Hotel, our first visit to this part of Kent, but definitely not the last. We had a very warm welcome and our double room was spacious and comfortable - no fussy details. Once upstairs we were unaware of the pub below. Coffee and tea making facilities are provided, along with big bath towels and nice toiletries. Breakfast was excellent with lots of fresh fruit, homemade preserves and local produce. Faversham is a great base for exploring the coast from and the friendly staff at the hotel are knowledgable about the area and had good recommendations of places to see and eat at. It seems to be quite a foodie area, and of course great beer in the pub.

We would certainly stay there again, for comfort and great value.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 August 2010

Good sized rooms, nicely furnished, curtains a bit saggy letting in the flashing lights from the zebra crossing. Lovely freindly atmoshphere to the pub, with very good real ale and a good selection of whiskies and brandies. Excellent breakfast, local produce used throughout, excellent marmalade and jam made by the landlord. Good standard of housekeeping, pleasant staff. Not too noisy outside considering it's in a town location across the road from a railway station. All in all good value for money. Don't know about the restaurant as it's only open from Wednesday to Saturday, we stayed on Sunday and Monday. Plenty of very good restaurants close by offering a variety of cuisines. Didn't get around to trying the bar billiards though.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
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Bridport, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 June 2010

We travel by train whenever possible (and affordable) and are always pleased to find accommodation conveniently located for railway stations. As its name suggests, this pub/hotel is superbly located in that regard. It has been sensitively restored inside and out; this is not a bland chain but a place with real character. Our double bedroom was comfortable and had plenty of room (it was, I think, the largest), if beginning to show a little wear at the edges. It was, however, clean and were it not for the very hot and rather humid weather we should probably have slept perfectly rather than adequately. Be warned though that the pub is on the corner of two fairly busy roads, and that at least on Friday and Saturday evenings the local youth seem to enjoy their alcohol in a fairly raucous fashion - the glazing in the large (and old) sash windows is single, not double.... staff will provide earplugs if you need them! The staff were consistently friendly and helpful, but bear in mind that this is a pub and not a hotel and so Reception is one end of the bar, not a separate facility. The beer is excellent. Like another, less sympathetic reviewer, neither of us eats meat, but all that was required at breakfast was a brief word to this effect and a suitably modified meal was provided without any problem. Alas! the breakfast failed my kipper test (i.e. there was none on offer), but in every other respect - including a choice of teas - was well up to the mark. As the banner on the outside of the building aptly puts it 'We're still not as cheap as Wetherspoons'..... Bearing in mind that breakfast is included, £70 per night for a double room in the south of England is fair if not outstanding value. Recommended.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 May 2010

Nice, clean and friendly hotel within easy walking distance to town centre and right by railway station. Room with period features which perhaps makes it feel a bit dated, bit decor tidy and clean. Breakfast was good, juice, cereal, toast and full English included. Bar is cosy and has character, good beers. Only one bad point. Even thou this pubs customers leave quietly at the end of the night, other pubs in the town don't, and the noisy drunks walk past late at night shouting and swearing back to the station, and no double glazing means you hear all of it.

  • Stayed June 2010
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Property: Railway Hotel
Address: Preston Street, Faversham ME13 8PE, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Kent > Faversham
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Faversham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Railway Hotel is a classic spacious Victorian hotel with seven en-suite bedrooms. Each room is comfortably appointed with ample tea/coffee making facilities, free unlimited wireless broadband and large car park. ... more   less 
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