Although there is access for less physically able guests, and there is a lift, there are a lot of steps and stairs in this hotel. That said, it's an attractive, interesting building, clean and well-decorated throughout.
It's well worth paying for a balcony room, as the sea views are fabulous.
The hotel was easy to find, but parking can be a bit of a challenge. Driving along the cliff top from the Whitstable direction, take the right turn immediately before the hotel, then left along a narrow path between the tennis courts (yes, honestly!). The car park is a couple of hundred yards on the left, but it gets full at lunchtime and it's not possible to reserve a space. We double parked to unload. There are a few spaces at the front of the hotel and free on-road parking as well; as it's on the seafront they also get taken quickly, but in the early morning and from late afternoon onwards it wasn't a problem.
Our room was lovely; spacious and very comfortable, with a light, airy feel. Sadly, though, the internal bathroom, although perfectly functional and well-decorated, was dark and hot, despite the excellent aircon in the bedroom. I suspect the temperature was due to the heated towel rail, which I couldn't find a way to turn off. The room next door had a different layout; their bathroom had a window, so was much more pleasant.
There were no ironing facilities in the room, but these were brought quickly when requested from Reception.
When checking in, we were offered a flask of fresh milk for the room, which I thought was a nice touch. We had lunch, dinner and two (freshly-cooked to order) breakfasts at the hotel, and all the meals were very good.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here, and plan to return.
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- Also Known As:
- The Marine Hotel Whitstable
- Marine Hotel Whitstable, Kent