When booking this hotel I did know this was only a 2 star hotel but proceeded anyway as the location in Rochester was absolutely spot on for the wedding we were attending in the town. Firstly we arrived at the rear of the hotel entering through the rear security controlled door left wide open for anyone to gain access. Walking through corridors that were dark and dirty looking finally arriving at the modern updated reception and bar area .I admit that seeing this I was more encouraged and maybe it was going to be better than first impressions . Eventually getting to our room, again your heart sank we couldn't get into it as the bathroom door behind had swung open and jammed to the back of the main door because it had no locking mechanism. The room had obviously seen a heck of a lot of use and abuse ,thread bare carpets cobwebs hanging form the ceiling and where your complimentary tea /coffee biscuits were stationed well let's just say it wasn't in the cleanest of conditions. As for the bathroom the toilet seat rocked from side to side and the shower would only deliver freezing cold water how ever it was set. 1 point to make the bed linen was clean although the under sheet was obviously a bit small for it and the bed was actually reasonably comfortable. As for breakfast the restaurant was very grubby food remnants on the floor from the previous nights function. My impression of it was as if i was Oliver twist and i would be asking for more food please sir but when i received it after a very long wait I am glad I didn't the food was really rank.
A lonely sausage that looked as if it was anaemic 1 piece of bacon if that's what you can call it the cheapest baked beans (tasteless ) 4 tiny slices of mushrooms and 1 tinned tomato that looked as it had seen better days oh must not forget the toast as my wife nearly wet herself laughing as It made so much noise when chewing it (obviously been reheated a few times ) so in summing up my visit to such a well placed hotel it really could do with a major refurbishment.it is in a wonderful location but because of all the bad points listed I don't believe the should be charging the rates they do.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Rochester Hotel providing accommodation for Kent, Medway and Maidstone. Our Rochester hotel accommodation is perfectly situated for those wishing to visit Kent, Maidstone or Medway. You can visit the many antique centres, art and curio shops or Rochester Castle. The hotel is an ideal base to explore the surrounding countryside as well as the many historic places of interest within the Medway, Maidstone and Kent areas. Rochester is also famous for its many festivals throughout the year such as Dickens and Sweeps.The Cathedral bar on the ground floor of this Rochester Hotel, opposite reception is available throughout your stay and is guaranteed to offer a warm, pleasant ambiance to help you relax after a days work or leisure. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gordon Hotel Rochester
- Gordon House Hotel Rochester, Kent