The only problem with this place is the parking. There is simply nowhere around to park; all the local streets are restricted by resident permit, and the car parks do not allow stays longer than four hours.
The staff could not be more helpful, offering a daily visitor permit which allowed parking in one of these resident spaces. However, I needed to get up early to change it for the next day. Very inconvenient, not their fault at all, but in retrospect I would have been better off paying for somewhere more expensive and having somewhere to park!
For those travelling by train it is very well located - essentially opposite the train station. The room itself was clean, comfortable, had a TV and basic cooking facilities including a fridge, hob, pots and pans. This was a very pleasant surprise. A microwave would have been good, but even the provision of a fridge is over and above what I was expecting.
In short, a nice place to stay but I could not recommend it to those travelling by car.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideally located in the heart of Medway, The Balmoral is central and convenient for all transport links in the Kent area. The Balmoral underwent extensive refurbishment in 2008 and, now under new ownership, offers you quality 3 star accommodation with modern conveniences at affordable prices. Come and stay for a night or two or take advantage of our weekly stay discounts; especially packaged for the touring visitor or workers needing longer term accommodation. You will find us directly across the road from Gillingham train station and only 50 yards from the High Street. Accessing all areas is simple. Our friendly staff are ready to greet you and ensure your stay is a comfortable one. We look forward to welcoming you in person to our guesthouse. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Balmoral Guesthouse Gillingham, Kent