My wife and I stayed here in May 2012.
The hotel is easy to find, the parking ample and the overall first impression is good.
The staff are very friendly and helpful.
The rooms are basic but adequate and clean. Don't expect too much though. We were given an ensuite room with a tiny shower. The breakfast could be better.
Having gotten the boring information out of the way I should say something about the atmosphere. The gardens are large and the communal areas like the dining room and snug are also quite grand. The wallpaper is extraordinary and floral. The dining room is filled with antique clocks and the furniture is straight out of the 1890s.
The only thing that could be classed as disappointing was the total lack of murder mystery. Where was Miss Marple? Why was she not sitting in the snug awaiting my untimely death? I can imagine my parents going there on holiday in the 1950s and having EXACTLY the same experience (minus the WiFi). I'm not saying it was bad. Far from it. The hotel is stuck in a post-war time warp. I imagine that most Americans believe that we (the English) still live this way and to be honest coming from London where courtesy is a rude word it was a breath of fresh air to drive in to the 1950s and experience what can only be described as good old fashioned hospitality.
As I said, the service, cleanliness, food and overall experience were very good. The only thing that could possibly upset a person who came to stay here is the lack of modern decor and comforts. It is was it is and it does what it does as my father would say. It is an English Country Hotel and it behaves quite well for an English Country Hotel. Do not expect bells or whistles.
The swimming pool was also excellent in so much as it was relatively large and extremely quiet.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ebury Hotel is located a short walk from Canterbury city centre and the cathedral, this 15 bedroom elegant Victorian building is situated in its own gardens. All bedrooms are ensuite, and have Freeview tv channels, flat screen tvs, free fibre optic wi-fi, and welcome trays. The double rooms all have kingsize beds. Family rooms are available. Facilities include a large free carpark, indoor heated pool, Henry's Bar,the sun terrace and gardens. Two bedroomed serviced apartments located in the hotel grounds are also available. Self-catering cottages are available on weekly lets. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ebury Hotel Canterbury
- Ebury Hotel And Serviced Apartments Canterbury, Kent