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Berkshire, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I booked this B&B as a last resort for the Margate Soul Weekend in August 2016. I booked the room in January 2016 as it was the only place that still had rooms available for this very popular event (most people sensibly rebook their accommodation upon departure of their hotel the previous year). I know why The Happy Dolphin still... More 

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Accra, Ghana
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33 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

We decided to stay over in Margate, as we liked it, and contacted the Happy Dolphin, the landlady was very helpful, we enjoyed our stay and the price was reasonable. If you are nice and respectful to people, they are normally the same back. Cheap car parking around the corner at the station, and walking distance to all the attractions.... More 

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crystalMargate, Owner at The Happy Dolphin, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review. It was a pleasure to meet you and I am glad you like my home and the area in general. I look forward to seeing you again soon. More 

1 review
Reviewed 25 October 2015 via mobile

Amazing place with a bit of character, exactly what we needed. Beautiful view from the room easy access to town. And landlady Sue is really lovely, friendly and welcoming Looking forward to coming back again

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Thank Sergejs R
crystalMargate, Owner at The Happy Dolphin, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. It was a pleasure talking to you and I am pleased that you liked my home. I look forward to seeing you again soon with or without the children. More 

2 reviews
Reviewed 22 October 2015

we loved it was very quirky( dolphins everywhere) sue was very friendly and helpfull- she dried our clothes in her dryer when we got soaked one day and posted back some things we,d left behind! There's no breakfast but plenty of places to eat in the area. Very close to the station, dreamland and a short walk from the old... More 

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crystalMargate, Owner at The Happy Dolphin, responded to this review

It was a pleasure talking with you and I am glad that I could help you with the local places to eat at and places to visit. Look forward to seeing you again soon More 

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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 June 2015

Upon unexpectedly staying another night in Margate, Sue took us in for £55 including a double bedroom with shower and facilities and I would visit again as the hotel and building have a strong sense of uniquity

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crystalMargate, Owner at The Happy Dolphin, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. It was a pleasure being able to help with your unexpected extention to your stay in Margate. I hope to see you again in the future. More 

Slough, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 17 August 2014

This Guest House is a very friendly warm and accommodating place to stay.If you want to feel comfortable like at home then it has it all.The Family room with sea view had everything required to make a family comfortable.Nice comfy beds and lovely bed linen a good shower along with table and chairs to eat with plates and cutlery provided.A... More 

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crystalMargate, Owner at The Happy Dolphin, responded to this review

It was a pleasure to have this family stay. The young boys were so polite and well behaved even other guests notice and commented. It will be a pleasure to see you all again. The cooker mentioned by Lynn is not in the room it is only a microwave. More 

Cornwall, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 May 2014

me and my partner stayed for four days here and it is a cheap and cheerful hotel, ideally situated so close to railway station and the town and beach, room was clean and tidy and contained all that you need. i never go away without my iron so was pleased when i got there and found iron and board, hair... More 

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1 Thank GAIL H
crystalMargate, Owner at The Happy Dolphin, responded to this review

You were a pleasure to have as guests and will be very welcome to return anytime, good luck with your planned move to the west country. Hope you will come and stay whilst visiting your friends locally. More 

Whitstable, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 March 2014

I stayed at the happy dolphin for a month... And have the most lovely time there room was clean and tidy !!! Bed was comfy but most of all Sue is the most warm and caring lady ever.... I moved back down to kent after living up north !! And couldn't off felt more safe while staying at the happy... More 

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1 Thank Millymog35
crystalMargate, Owner at The Happy Dolphin, responded to this review

You were a lovely guest and will be more than welcome to come for the summer. Look forward to seeing you again soon. More 

Kent, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2014

I have stayed at The Happy Dolphin Guest House for almost 2months for my clinical placement at QEQM Hospital and had the most convenient stay at this particular B&B. The best spot for public transport as buses and train is just literally 2mins walk. I would definitely recommend to anyone who is staying around Margate. The hospitality is brilliant and... More 

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1 Thank Anamaxiwilliam M
crystalMargate, Owner at The Happy Dolphin, responded to this review

Thank you for being such a lovely guest Ana, you really were a pleasure to have stay. I wish you all the best for your exams and I am sure you will pass with flying colours after all the hard studying you put in. Good luck for the future. More 

Stevenage, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2014

We booked the DUSTY dolphin for a romantic brake away, the landlady was rude and couldn't be bothered. The stairs are crooked it felt like I was at the crooked house at the fair, the room was dirty and dusty the beds were horrible due to the plastic Mattress protectors and pillow protectors,the shower didn't work it dribbled water. Also... More 

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crystalMargate, Owner at The Happy Dolphin, responded to this review

This couple arrived at the door late afternoon time, bartered a reduced rate for 2 night stay. After signing in and then receiving their keys we spent 15 mins or more talking about the opening times of local shops and the shopping centre 2 miles away and whether there were any time restrictions about coming in at night (none as... More 

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Beachfront
  • Bar/Lounge
About the property
  • Beachfront
Things to do
  • Bar/Lounge
Room types
  • Smoking rooms available
In your room
  • Refrigerator in room

Additional Information about The Happy Dolphin

Address: 11 Buenos Ayres, Margate CT9 5AE, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Kent > Isle of Thanet > Margate
Number of rooms: 8
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“Family room for upto severn on the first floor with a sea view.Also well equipped for a Family.”
 of 5 bubbles 172lynna, 16 Aug 2014 | Read review
“right on the beach and 2 min walk from town”
 of 5 bubbles c1963caroline, 30 Jul 2012 | Read review
“I stayed in room 1 at the top of the building.”
 of 5 bubbles romalind, 15 Mar 2012 | Read review
“Book early and discuss requirements with Susan.”
 of 5 bubbles graygall, 23 Jun 2011 | Read review
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