We had a family get-together at the Botany Bay Hotel, and it really is a lovely setting, overlooking the bay, with minimal traffic. Some rooms overlook the car park rather than the sea, but ours was modernly decorated with good linen and furnishings, and the bed comfortable. (major point - curtains do not keep out all the light; and no bedside lights - said to be "on their way".) Watch out for stairs. Our first floor room had three small flights to it; and other flights to a wing were cramped and twisty. There is no lift, although I understand there are some ground floor rooms. Not too much noise, although this is a pubby hotel and they hope to hold weddings.
A big open bar downstairs (with newspapers), and outside seats give lots of sea views, but the musak was distracting - nowhere quiet to sit and talk, except outside.
The staff are exceptional: young and friendly and mostly efficient, and put themselves out to respond to your personal needs. Kirsty and Kayleigh need special mention! We did not appear to see any managers.
It's a pity about the food. We had to eat from the bar menu (chosen the first night, and only offered in the restaurant for Saturday lunch: disappointing). It had seafood on the menu, but it was mostly of the fish and chips variety, and very standard fare. It could have done with "specials" that reflect the seaside setting, or more interesting salads.
Botany Bay itself is a lovely cove, with white chalk cliffs. LOTS of shallow steps down (and up!), and a little kiosk that rents buckets & spades, and deck chairs. Could we be in the 1950s?? Easy paths round the coast, too. Take binoculars!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Perched on the beautiful cliff top at Kingsgate Bay, The Botany Bay Hotel in Broadstairs promises a tranquil and peaceful getaway - whether it's for a long weekend, a wedding, birthday celebration or just a lunch hour. Stay in one of 30 en-suite bedrooms, enjoy a pint of real ale in the lounge bar or sample fantastic food (with a view of the sea) in one of the best restaurants in Broadstairs. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fayreness Hotel Kingsgate