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“The three L's and friendly”
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Royal Albion Hotel
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Broadstairs
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Munich, Germany
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“The three L's and friendly”
Reviewed 17 April 2012

Location Location Location - situated looking out over the main beach in Broadstairs (Viking Bay), the staff were very pleasant and helpful. The room however was well used with wallpaper coming off in a few small places and tears in the bed, creaky floorboards etc.

We had a sea view with a bay window, when we walked in i had to clean all the finger prints and grease marks off the window and what still bemuses me to this day is why was there's a massive lamp shade right in front of the bay window stopping you from seeing an uninterrupted view of the sea, which after all is what your paying for! And where was the switch to turn it on? under the bed maybe lol

Nice location, friendly staff but in need of renovation or a much lower price.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 April 2012

Stayed one night on the 13/4/12 Hotel has been refurbished and the rooms are comfortable if a little small there was, evidence of damp in the corner of our room, but this being a old hotel it may be a problem with the building itself. I also notice evidence of damp in the sunroom next to the bar wallpaper peeling and coming away from the wall. Other than this the hotel is in a prime position overlooking Viking Bay. Staff were good and the breakfast was excellent. We had the eggs Benedict which were very good.

Overall a nice Hotel in a good Location, which if the damp peeling wallpaper was fixed would get 5 stars.

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 April 2012

Very stylish hotel with sunning veiws over the bay,Large very clean rooms and excellent seating areas.Very good breakfast with good menus throughout day.Have now stayed three times of the past three years.Would recomened for a relaxing stay

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 April 2012

My husband and I stayed at the Royal Albion in Broadstairs for 3 nights in March 2012. We were lucky to have had gorgeous, warm weather during our stay.

This hotel has been refurbished, to modern standards, but could stand a bit of a touch up (marks on walls etc). Our room was quite comfortable and had a balcony area with table and chairs that looked out over the beach and waterfront walkway. This was a shared balcony (with 3 other rooms).

We enjoyed our stay, except for Saturday night. The building next door - the people were quite loud until about 2 am, so not much sleep (this is separate from the Royal Albion, so not their fault).

Be aware - this hotel does not have an elevator/lift and the stairs are somewhat steep and narrow. There is generally someone to help with bags, but if you have a problem going up and down stairs, this is not the hotel for you. And no wash cloths (face cloths/flannels). We had to go buy some.

Otherwise a lovely stay. Food was good - ate both in the dining room for breakfast and the pub for dinner.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 March 2012

SUMMARY
This is a hotel that typifies the Shepherd Neame stable. Very clean, very tidy and very stylish but not cheap.

SITUATION
The hotel is high up above the promenade with a majestic view out over the Channel. It faces east-south-east, so gets the morning sun. Glorious. Broadstairs itself is a tidy English seaside town (I'd not call it a resort), which fares much better than its near-neighbour, Margate, which is a sewer and is to be avoided. Broadstairs has the Dickens connection (Bleak House), the sandy beach, the faded gentility and a genuine fifties ice cream parlour (Morelli's) on the front. It's served by a decent rail service from London and the station is less than half a mile away, up the pleasant high street. There are buses to Ramsgate, Margate and elsewhere. The streets can be a challenge for unwary motorists. If you're used to driving on the right (ie wrong) side of the road, you may want to rely on public transport and taxis.

ARCHITECTURE
This is a tidy Georgian (I think) building. It looks as if it was designed as a hotel. Inside, it is delightfully quirky, so isn't just another bland box. It's recently been refurbished to a high standard, which is greatly to its benefit.

SERVICE AND FACILITIES
No gym no jacuzzi, no discotheque - it's just not that sort of place. Slum it in Margate if you want those. What the Albion (or Royal Albion; I never did quite work that out) offers is solid quality fayre. There's an excellent restaurant and a not quite as good bar ('Ballards'). They also have a coffee shop though we didn't use that. You can also eat on the terrace, with a view out to sea. They also offer room service for the sociopathic.

We were expected and check in was efficient. Someone then showed us to our room, which was a nice touch. When it came to it, check out, too, was efficient. Staff were happy to help with travel (etc) advice.

ROOM, DECOR &c
Our room was spacious and airy, with attractive en suite facilities (the shower head was the size of a dinner plate). You get tea 'n' coffee stuff and a hairdryer. We had blackout curtains, too, which we appreciated (see 'morning sun', above).

The room was kept spotless. So, we could appreciate the decor, which was generally nautical-leaning. Plain boards, simply painted with a matt finish. It also makes it easier to maintain. Lots of wardrobe space, ample mirrors, a decent sized bed and easy chair all contributed to making the room a nice place to be. There was a decent telly with as many French and Flemish stations as UK.

On that, do be careful with your mobile phone (cell phone/GSM). You may end up roaming onto a foreign network, so it's probably best to set it to 'Manual Network Selection', to avoid some nasty surprises.

FOOD AND DRINK
Let's get a gripe out of the way first. It's a Shepherd Neame hotel (Dear US cousin, Shepherd Neame is Britain's oldest brewer), so for it to run out of all but one of its ales is quite unforgivable.

There are two main eating places. The dining room was excellent. It's a pukka hotel dining room, with a pukka a la carte menu. There was a good choice, with vegetarian, red and white meat and fish all featuring, so considerable thought has gone into that. The food was superbly prepared. They clearly have an inspired chef. I'd possibly cut back on some of the portion sizes and curb my exuberance on the over fussy presentation (nouvelle cuisine) but let that not take away from a true quality offering here. Service was definitely with a smile. It seems churlish, then, to mention that it erred towards the obtrusive though I'd rather have that than irredeemably gormless.

Then there's 'Ballards'. This is the pub bit (you now, the one with hardly any beer). It's ill-lit and the decor is definitely in need of TLC (the blinds were very grubby) if not the last rites. Add to this the fact that the windows were glazed with wire reinforced glass and you really don't have a very cosy place. That's a shame, as the food, again, was first rate, even from a far simpler bar menu.

Breakfast yielded more trencherman's fayre. You will NOT go hungry here.

VFM
This is the second Shepherd Neame hotel in which we've stayed (the other was too long ago to review now) and both have been rather expensive for what they are. Make no mistake, you'll enjoy it - even appreciate it but you will pay. Our room was a ton a night. In the provinces, that really is a lot. All in all and on balance, I don't think it's worth it but you make up your own mind. Maybe for you, the undeniable quality of the place will offset the high cost.

VERDICT
All of that said, I'd happily stay at this or another Shepherd Neame hotel again.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Royal Albion Hotel

Property: Royal Albion Hotel
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 (per night): ₹ 8,918 - ₹ 13,209
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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