My wife and I have just spent two nights at the The Lodge together with another couple on a golf package break. We enjoyed our stay there but were surprised that many of the guests were not golfers as the facility is very much directed at serving them and is not close to anything but the golf course and the (windswept) shore.
The rooms have comfortable beds and decent bathrooms but the furnishings are quite basic: we only got any chairs to sit on by requesting them after seeing that our friends in the next room had some. There is a good space for storing your golf clubs and charging your trolley batteries but hardly any drawers for your clothes. There are excellent views to the golf course and /or shore from probably all rooms but, strangely, one has to unclip the net curtains to see them.
The staff were very pleasant but the service was less than you would get from most hotels. It was quite a challenge for them to get a morning newspaper and they couldn't readily explain why the room phone didn't work ("the server is probably down") or what number one would call to get connected to another room if it did. There were a couple of broken items in the bathroom - not major issues but ones that the cleaning staff should have noticed and got corrected.
We ate both nights in the Brasserie because it was so convenient and had good food. The menu was limited and only some items changed on the second night but it was decent value given the quality of the dishes. There were several options for breakfast beyond the regular "full English" which was well-prepared and served.
The Princes Golf Course was delightfully quiet, probably because golf societies don't visit in August, but perhaps because the knowledgeable realise that at this time of year, before the rough can be cut, conditions are painfully difficult for all but the best of golfers. The large undulating greens are beautifully maintained but the holes are long (even from the forward tees) and the fairways very narrow, especially so given the likelihood of windy conditions. This is definitely not a place to go to for "resort golf"; the lower your handicap the more you will enjoy the experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Lodge at Princes, located in the beautiful Bay of Sandwich is a real hidden gem where we focus on quality and service. You are assured of a friendly, warm welcome where we want you to relax and enjoy the fine food and hospitality and then enjoy a comfortable nights sleep. ... more less
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- The Lodge At Princes Golf Club Sandwich, Kent