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Sands Hotel
Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Margate
Certificate of Excellence
England
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
27 hotel reviews
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“Surprising”
Reviewed 27 January 2014

Arrived for a surprise night away,as already mentioned Margate isn't most people's top choice.
This is an oasis, with professional friendly staff.
Our room was nice, more modern than boutique.
With snacks being complimentary and nice choice of quality tea and coffee.
Everything is good quality with rooms well thought out and spotlessly clean.
Our evening meal was excellent, using imaginative combinations of quality ingredients.
The only complaint was with breakfast,where the glasses ran out and then the plates also ran out.
Service was fairly slow and less attentive than dinner.Having said that our breakfast was good.
Parking is slightly confusing as you need a pass and also park in a special bay.We had to wait for a pass to be returned as there aren't enough for every room.
Would be happy to recommend this hotel.

Room Tip: Rooms at the front have a fabulous sea view
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 January 2014

This hotel has got the WoW factor in spades and is a diamond in the rough of Margate.
Went in for an afternoon cream tea and the service was charming and attentive, staff could do with a nice " Armarni " style uniform to keep up with the inteirior of the hotel.
Message to the owners " please buy the Royal Albion" in Broadstairs and give it a complete make over, Shepard Neame deserve to be sacked from this hotel.
We loved the Sands just such a pity that it is in such a dump of a town, Margate will never change its spots no matter how it is revamped, you are floging a dead pony !

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2014

We stayed at The Sands for a friends wedding reception and were quite frankly blown away by the quality oozing out of the hotel.

First of all it is beautiful and no expense has been spared with the rooms. It seems like a small comment but there are loads of plugs in the rooms which helps me charge everything I own. Free room snacks, a huge bath, a very comfortable bed, a nice hallway for each room.
The bar was also very reasonably priced and the breakfast staff were very accommodating for the picky and partied guests staying the night!

This place really is in a league of it's own, very impressed. It's venues like this which are breathing life back into Margate.

Room Tip: The Sea View rooms are nicer but are identical to the town side rooms.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2014

Fabulous hotel..... The rooms were luxurious and beautifully decorated, the finishing touches were excellent. The bathroom was magnificant with under floor heating. We stayed in Room 3 over looking the bay.

We stayed at the hotel to attend a wedding reception and the food was outstanding! The staff were extremely attentive. The next morning the breakfast was also feast!

I would not hesitate to use or recommend the Sands Hotel. Fabulous

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Ramsgate, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 January 2014

What an amazing venue! My husband and I held our Wedding Reception here and from the planning stage to the actual event Sands didn't put a foot wrong! The Events Coordinator Tina was professional and welcoming and helped us plan the evening we wanted with some wonderful suggestions and ideas. The evening itself went without a hitch. The staff were friendly, professional and attentive and went above and beyond to make it a fabulous party. Our guests raved about the venue and the rooms and couldn't get enough of the excellent food. Tina recommended a local jazz band (Chris Kennedy) who went down an absolute treat.

The rooms themselves are beautifully decorated and very comfortable. Sands surprised us with flowers and rose petals which was a really nice touch. You could pick the hotel up and place it among high end hotels in London and it wouldn't be out of place.....but I guarantee the view from the balcony wouldn't be as beautiful!

Breakfast the next morning was also delicious. The continental buffet was very fresh constantly attended by the cheerful staff (Bearing in mind we'd kept most of them up till 3 in the morning I was astounded they managed to be so chipper!)

We really highly recommend The Sands Hotel highly and we wouldn't hesitate to go there again.....I just want to do the evening all over again....and I wouldn't change a thing!

Room Tip: The view from the Seafront rooms is spectacular. But if it's cosy, private or romantic you'...
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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UK
Level 3 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2014

Beautifully refurbished small hotel with a wow factor in a really convenient location. Service was friendly and efficient. The room was comfortable with a modern designer look and a sumptuous bathroom with separate shower. Some nice touches included bottled water and snacks with fresh milk offered and the fridge not crammed full of drinks that you can get in the bar! Good choice at breakfast.

It was a disappointment and a surprise that the Turner gallery was showing nothing at the time of our visit but we were lucky with the weather so had some great walks on the beach. Margate has seen better times but if the town takes its lead from this Hotel it could be heading in the right direction yet again.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 January 2014

We were very pleased with the hotel, which seems to have had a lavish refurbishment. We had room 3 on level 2, overlooking the bay, which has a splendid bathroom.and is generally comfortable. Noise from the road was not a problem with the windows closed. The a/c was very quiet, once we found how to turn it on. The open plan main floor is pleasant apart from the appalling muzac,yowling and caterwauling at dinner but OK at breakfast. The management would do well to consider what clients can reasonably be expected to endure - that was the one black mark. Food however was very good. The car park is quite convenient once you get used to it. The staff generally friendly and helpful - except over the muzac issue.

Room Tip: The sea view rooms are probably worth the extra charge.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Sands Hotel
Address: 16 Marine Drive, Margate CT9 1DH, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Kent > Isle of Thanet > Margate
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Margate
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Sands Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 20
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