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Royal Albion Hotel
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Broadstairs
Reviewed 29 August 2013

We stayed at this hotel on the 27th August for 1 night and came with some friends who also were a family of four. We had a family room. The bathroom was lovely and very spacious. Only a couple of bad points 1) the walls were too thin and we heard a baby cry for over half an hour while we were trying to sleep. 2) my sons airbed was really uncomfortable and we would prefer bunk beds next time 3) the pillows were really uncomfortable, but being an English break we would take our own pillows next time from home. Some good points were: 1) the hotel was directly opposite the beach perfect location and in the main shopping lane, 2) we ate in the Italian restaurant for dinner which was next door to the hotel, so we didn't have far to walk!!! 3) the breakfast was delicious, we ordered anything we wanted on the cooked menu and there was also fruit, yogurt & cereal available and plenty of tea & coffee... The hotel also provided us with a car parking ticket so we didn't have to pay for it! Overall it was really lovely and will definitely revisit.

Room Tip: If you are travelling with a family I would recommend the family room with a bunk beds as an airbed...
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Reviewed 28 August 2013

Been visiting this hotel (bar and restaurant only) for years as I'm local to Broadstairs. Recently the service and cleanliness has gone down hill. Perhaps it's cos I'm a female over 50, but I'm certainly invisible when it comes to getting served! Added to this overall service is poor, tables rarely cleared and cleanliness of toilets is poor, particularly the toilet on the ground floor. In my opinion, staff are wearing a uniform that is dull and uninspiring. I know other locals feel likewise. Would complain to management but have been told by other locals that no notice is taken in Broadstairs or at head office. It's busy now so it's packed but they need to rely on us in the quieter months.mCome on Shepard Neame...up your game! On th positive, the menu while limited is usually of god quality.

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1  Thank hippychickjd
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Reviewed 27 August 2013

The location of this hotel is ideal and has amazing views of the beach and the harbour, the large terrace and garden is always popular with residents and passers by so get there early if its a sunny day.
We have eaten here many times and the food is consistently good, stayed over for a few days recently. Its worth paying that little extra for the sea view when selecting your room, the rooms on the top floor offer the best views, however all are comfortable and tastefully done, we had 6 different rooms for our group of friends and all offered something even the town facing rooms The staff are attentive and friendly and made us feel very welcome

Room Tip: Asking when booking, they are open and honest about best rooms if they are available
  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank David B
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Reviewed 27 August 2013 via mobile

Didn't stay but stopped for breakfast as we were passing.
Lots of choice, all very reasonably priced although they had run out of croissants by 10am!!
Eggs benedict royal and continental breakfasts highly recommended.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Reviewed 19 August 2013

I've never stayed here or tried the food but it serves the best cappuccino I've found in Broadstairs. Really strong and full of taste. Reasonable price and very efficient staff. Nice view from the balcony. The garden is also a great place for a beer if the weather is good.

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Reviewed 16 August 2013

We had a lovely stay during folk week, the room was smallish, but vey nicely presented, and very comfortable, with a decent size bathroom. Throughout our stay the staff were friendly and helpful, and made us feel very welcome. A young man kindly took all our luggage up to the top floor, with no grumbles. As it was Folk Week it was extremely busy, and rather noisy... Every night, until the early hours of the morning, we had a "town facing" room, rather than a sea facing one, but I think the sea facing ones would be just as noisy, as the bar and seafront were rammed. I think this is just something you have to expect on Folk Week, and it's hardly the fault of the hotel. The beds were so comfortable, and we were so worn out from our daily seaside activities we still managed a decent nights sleep, after a large brandy. And it was fun to be at the heart of things, people watching out of the window in the early hours of the morning is great free entertainment!

On the downside we were disappointed to find that we couldn't book a table in the hotel restaurant (a first at any hotel we have stayed at) because it was Folk Week. I would have expected guests to have taken priority. When we did get a meal, by getting into the restaurant at 6.30 on the Sunday evening we were disappointed to find that they were not doing Roast Dinners... Something we were looking forward to. The menu, sans roasts, was a little limited, and could have done with a salad or two for some variety from the usual seaside fare of "chips with everything"... one of the reasons we fancied a roast dinner! On a positive note, the breakfasts were excellent, with friendly attentive staff. Full English, kippers, continental, bacon and sausage sarnies and pancake stack were all sampled! On a less pleasant note, the gents toilets near reception had a distinct odour of wee... Although I'm sure they'd been cleaned, and to give them the benefit of the doubt I'd put this down to overuse by the folk week hordes, both from the thronged bar and from off the street. So, most of the niggles could be put down to folk week, and if you are looking for a quiet stay, I would avoid this time, As the hotel is right in the heart of the festivities. But the town is so full of life, music and fun, we really enjoyed our week in Broadstairs... And our stay at the Royal Albion... A truly memorable holiday.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 August 2013

Decided to take a quick over night break even though it was fairly pricey for what you get! with my husband & booked into the Royal Albion - first off there were issues with the booking on line so needed to phone hotel to check payment hadn't gone through twice.
Once sorted looked forward to our visit especially with the good weather we having been having, on checking in the receptionist was polite & we found our room tucked right up on the 3rd floor - it is a bit or a trek with the stairs but we knew there was no lift so excepted it.
We didn't eat in the hotel but sat out on the terrace for a drink - wow the bar was dearer than our London prices we are used to & the bar service wasn't great...
The room was small but clean & tidy but the plumbing for the bath/shower could be looked at.
The breakfast was fair but the girls attitude was disgraceful - if she didn't want to be there don't take it out on the customers all we did was ask for toast which seemed to come to all other guests without asking - you would have throughout we wanted a pot of gold!!!!
The Internet is also misleading regards pets - the hotel only have dogs on the terrace - not a dog friendly hotel as on check out enquiring about the website were told to book into the B&B down the road - we fully intend to as the Royal Albion certainly don't want use or our dog....

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1  Thank boo5
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Address: 6-12 Albion Street, Broadstairs CT10 1AN, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Kent > Isle of Thanet > Broadstairs
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Broadstairs
Price Range: £91 - £149 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Royal Albion Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Escape from the everyday and step into a beautiful Kentish seaside retreat. Standing proudly on the Broadstairs seafront since 1776 and a former residence of Charles Dickens, The Royal Albion offers much more than your average seaside experience. Steeped in history but featuring a 21st century approach to comfort, enjoyment and relaxation. With its elegant literary heritage, fresh sea air and awe-inspiring views, The Royal Albion creates an atmosphere that makes it the ideal place to unwind, rejuvenate and take time out. The Royal Albion has 21 elegant and spacious bedrooms to choose from. Whether you are looking out over the stunning Kentish coastline or the historic town of Broadstairs, the views are stunning. All the rooms are designed to ensure your break in this seaside destination is one to remember. When it comes to dining, you'll be spoilt for choice too. Enjoy freshly ground coffee and home-baked pastries throughout the day in Ballard's coffee lounge, and delicious dishes made using only the best locally sourced ingredients in the main bar featuring a large terrace and landscaped garden whilst enjoying commanding views across Viking Bay. For a more intimate dining experience, the a la carte restaurant with beautiful sea views, is the perfect place. With a menu based on the finest seasonal ingredients and freshly caught seafood, you can be assured of a dining experience to remember. The Royal Albion is in the ideal location from which explore the very best that the Kentish coast has to offer. Wander the beaches and clear the cobwebs just as Dickens did over 170 years ago, or simply take time out to appreciate your well-earned break. ... more   less 
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