We stayed for two nights at the Sands on the 3rd and 4th September 2013.
It is a fine hotel overlooking Margate's wide sandy bay. We were blessed with bright, warm sunshine that improves any experience but this hotel is outstanding. It benefits from having been open only for about three months and so everything is new and shiny. The building restoration has been carried out with thoughtfulness and care. The public areas are bright and airy and the bedrooms glitzy but still with a comfortable feel. We had Room 01 which has an open balcony overlooking the sea, watching the beautiful sunsets across the bay with a glass of champage and a complimentary bag of crisps was magical! The double glazing is very efficient and the room is quiet when the balcony doors are closed. We had not expected to need cooling in September but the air conditioning was invaluable on these warm days. There are two similar rooms, 02 and 03, there are balcony rooms on a higher floor but these have brick surrounds to the balcony giving a more restricted outlook when seated.
There is a restful roof top terrace providing wide vistas of the bay.
Meals could be eaten outside overlooking the sea or inside where the sea view is still impressive. Breakfast was a gentle and pleasurable start to the day and Dinner was outstanding, the food was cooked to a very high standard with excellent tastes and textures, the desserts were sublime served in very satisfying quantities.
The reception staff were very welcoming and the restaurant staff respectfully friendly and efficient. We had one waitress who perhaps needs a little more training, she was pleasant but not quite on top of her role, remembering the order and delivering it were not her greatest attributes. This was a small hiccup quickly sorted out in what was otherwise a very happy and enjoyable stay.
The address of the hotel is given as Marine drive and it can be accessed from here using an intercom to the reception desk upstairs. The 'main' entrance with easy access is in High Street but parking outside to unload is a little tricky here. The hotel has a few reserved parking spaces in a car park behind High Street, they provide, for a small charge, a notice to be displayed in your vehicle that gives 24 hour parking.
We will return......
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Expedia, Hotels.com, Odigeo, Agoda and Priceline so you can book your Sands Hotel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Sands Hotel Margate, Kent