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The Botany Bay Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Kingsgate
Orpington, Kent
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28 reviews
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“Lovely Hotel”
Reviewed 6 August 2014

We stayed at this hotel for one night on 2nd August for a friends wedding and its lovely and in a beautiful location, overlooking the Bay.
I had previously stayed when it was The Fayreness and the upgrade is really nice - we stayed in Room 104 which is a large double room with lovely bath/shower facilities. ony downside was that the a/c unit/heater was very very dusty and looked like it hadn't been dusted for months but we didn't use it so it didn't hamper our stay.
We had lunch outside and the food was really nice and breakfast was wonderful, lots of cereal/friuit choice and the cooked breakfast was piping hot with plenty of tea/coffee & toast - I'd definately recommend

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 August 2014 via mobile

Our third visit to this hotel and it's just got better. Funny we got the same room 202 for the 3rd time.. The money they have spent on the refurbishment was well worth it and the hotel was buzzing. .The staff was excellent and very friendly. .The food was great for the price and breakfast was good..what a location next to the beach and the customers and staff were all happy..10/10.. Thanks for a great stay and the owners should be proud of their staff..

Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Berkshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2014

The hotel is very clean and modern. The rooms were spacious and comfortable. They were well stocked with coffee tea and bottles of water and the bathroom a good selection of toiletries.
We stayed on a hot day and parking was an issue as a lot of beach users were parked in the car park.
Staff were polite and attentive.
We had a bar snack. The starter was very good indeed and the fish and chips OK but could have been hotter.
Breakfast was served in a nice dining room with a good view over the cliffs. The food was good and plentiful

Room Tip: Front top floor rooms have a good view but they cost more.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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York, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 July 2014

Nicely refurbished good size room, very clean and well stocked with towels, toiletries, tea, coffee and bottled water. Good views out to sea and close to beach at Botany Bay.
Stayed on Sunday night, restaurant not open but bar meals were being served. Delicious starter, main course -fish and chips OK but could have been hotter.
Breakfast the following morning started off well nice selection of cereals etc. full cooked breakfast was plentiful but let down by service, plates arrived when we were only half way through our cereals and we were expected to lift our bowls so plates could be put down....... Leaving us to finish bowls of cereals held above plates of going cold hot breakfast.
It was a shame as the rest of service in hotel was good, reception, cleaning, bar etc.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Surrey, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 July 2014

Stayed at Fayreness hotel for many years, stayed at the new refurbished Botany Bay Hotel in July, our usual room 302 has been refurbished well except needs more towel rails and the flow of pressure from the shower is weak and toilet seat needs refitting ! The food we ate in the evening was very good, unfortunately the breakfast food and service spoilt our break there, after the waitress writes the order on a pad it is then put through a till which is sent to kitchen only several feet away, the "plate runners" then bring out the breakfast but do not know which tables to give it too, we were offered several breakfasts, tea and toast that didn't belong to us and a simple order of eggs on toast and bacon seemed to cause confusion, the next day the mushrooms were forgotten and bought out ten mins later greasy, the scrambled egg was not edible, after our third day we were actually dreading going down for breakfast. The hotel is kept spotless by the hard working cleaning staff. Friendly reception staff too.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bromley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 July 2014

This is a beautifully positioned, recently refurbished, and very comfortable hotel. It is sited on the cliftop overlooking Botany Bay and this sandy beach is only a short walk away. There is plenty of parking both in the roomy car park and along the clifftop.

We had be very large family room at the top of the hotel and it was perfect with excellent facilities.
Restaurant facilities include an al la cate restaurant and a large bar, serving dishes, including a very large fisherman's pie. Quality of food was average.

However this hotel is let down by the appalling service in its bar restaurant. We had to ask to order, and after an hour ask for our main course. Several other tables were also complaining at the wait. The reason was a lack of organisation and too few staff to deal with the peak (early)
dining time.

I would however recommend this hotel as I am sure they will sort the restaurant out due to the number of complaints.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 July 2014 via mobile

I so wanted to fall in love with the place. I had heard good things about the position and the modernisation of the building, but the staff and service seriously let it down. The food was average. It was good, but not......amazingly tasty, you know? I won't go into too much detail, but we were ignored by the staff, so much so it was beyond rude. Maybe just go for a drink. Happy drinking x

Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Susan S
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Property: The Botany Bay Hotel
Address: Marine Drive, Kingsgate CT10 3LG, England (Formerly The Fayreness Hotel)
Region: United Kingdom > England > Kent > Isle of Thanet > Kingsgate
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Kingsgate
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — The Botany Bay Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 29
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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Fayreness Hotel Kingsgate

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