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“Simply Brilliant” 5 of 5 bubbles
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ABode Canterbury
Ranked #7 of 17 Hotels in Canterbury
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30 reviews
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“Simply Brilliant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2012

What a brilliant stay! We took up one of their offers which was £99 including breakfast and dinner. Upon arrival we were told that we had been upgraded to one of their most enviable rooms which was big, had a a very comfy sucker kingsize bed, a free standing bath and a wet room. We even got a free turn down service, robes, and a basket full of goodies- brilliant!

The staff here are lovely. They leave no stone unturned and are really personable. Nothing was too much for them to do. I had some special requirements which was taken into consideration in every facility we used. I didn't have to mention it once. The food was amazing. We were full every night and looked forward to our next meals. To top it off the location was great too.
Despite being in the hub if Canterbury , the hotel was quite inside, so our stay was peaceful. And yes there is a car perk and it's not far way, it's a simple 2 minute walk.

Our stay was So good that we were planning our return before we left. I'd highly recommend this hotel.

My only tip would be call the hotel up before booking on external websites as they have their own offers which aren't promoted on travel websites and always ask for the upgrade!

  • Stayed February 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2012

Stayed in a most desirable room for 2 nights for the occassion of a relatives wedding. Even with a discounted price, found it very expensive. The room was clean but not as large as I had expected. The bed was very comfortable. The staff were always willing to assist and I have no complaints about them. The car parking can be a problem, but I enquired a few days before arrival and had a space reserved for me in their small car park. The hotel is situated on the main high street and is handy for everything. Found that they added on a service charge onto my bill everytime I ordered drimks in their champagne bar. They should have advised me that they were going to do this beforehand so that it wasn't a complete surprise when the final bill is presented. Overall it is a very nice hotel but not quite worth the amount they charge. Air conditioning unit in room was very noisy at night.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Upminster Essex
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2012

As my husband was busy on Valentines Day he suprised me with a 1 night stay at The ABode Hotel in Canterbury. From the moment we arrived we were treated in a special way by all the staff. Our room was lovely & the bed was really comfortable. I loved all the toilitries as well! Because we stayed on a Sunday evening the restaurant was closed so we went to The Brewery Tavern for our evening meal & had the best ever burgers I have ever eaten! I would'nt normally order burgers but the waiter highly reccommended them & said we would not be disappointed & he was so true to his word! The waiter we had was very good at his job & was able to advise us on our choice of menu.
Breakfast the next morning was excellent with lots of freash fruit,homemade juices & smoothies & freshly baked croissants & pain chocolats! The men had a lovely cooked breakfast while my friend & I had the Eggs Benedict .....alovely muffin topped with ham off the bone, 2 poached eggs & topped off with a lovely hollandaise sauce.... srumptious!
The Hotel is situated on the High Street so it is convenient for all the sights,we visited Canterbury Cathedral & some of the lovely shops then went back to the Hotel for the 3 course grazing menu which we had when we visted last time & I can highly reccommend for a light lunch!
I really loved this Hotel & Restaurant & can't wait to return.....shame I can't keep this as my secret place to go instead of sharing it with Tripadvisor!!!
Michelle
Upminster

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London,UK
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2012

Our rooms had the kind of noisy aircon units with which US travellers will be familiar if they have ever stayed in a Hampton Inn or similar. It banged, crashed and rattled all night - the room was warm, since the windows (onto a wall and other windows) could not be opened. The bed was a small double with a mattress which was like a marshmallow. It was impossible to sleep on.

The sink in the bathroom took a very long time to drain - yuck. The shower mat was rust-coloured on one side - again, yuck. The bathroom door could not be opened all the way since the loo was behind it. The towel rail had a very sharp edge at shoulder height & I cut myself on it whilst squeezing into the bathroom.

The tissue box on the little table unit had had one single tissue stuffed into the top, and below it were a couple of empty loo rolls to fill up the space. Not good enough.

At breakfast, there was loud pop music blaring out. What quality establishment does that? None. Awful. We were not the only ones who found it disturbing.

On the positive side, the location is wonderful provided you don't have a car with you, the rooms are neutrally decorated if very small, the cocktail bar has an excellent range of drinks and the (mostly student) staff do their utmost to please.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
19 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2012

I booked this hotel as a quick getaway during half term with my wife. The hotel is a nice boutique style hotel with a restaurant, champagne bar and down the road a pub/tavern.
I decided on this hotel as its location was central to Canterbury with the hotel on the main high street and due to a deal that was for the month of February which was a standard double room, breakfast & 2 course evening meal at the pub/tavern for £99 per night per couple.
The check in was quick and the receptionist new the offer we were on and offered to book our table for the 2 course evening meal at the same time which was handy.
The room was a standard ensuite double but was a good size and modernly decorated with a contemporary style, it had everything you needed with an ensuite bath/shower room, tea coffee facilities, iron/ironing board etc. The good thing is that you can sign in and use the hotel's free wifi whether in your room or in the communal aspects of the hotel, much better than many places where you have to pay for it!
The toiletries were particularly good and probably one of the best with nice scented soap & shower gel plus body & hand lotion were also provided. The bed was very soft but equally comfortable.
The evening meal at the pub/tavern is just down the road and you have to leave the hotal and walk a minute or so down the road to get to it, the food was good wholesome pub grub with my wife having salmon & ginger fishcakes for starter on the first evening and a homemade burger for main, I had the same main but a pork terrine with apricot chutney for my starter, for the second evening we both had fish and chips with crushed mushy peas with myself having the soup of the day & my wife the raspberry cheesecake. The meals were tasty and as part of the deal represented excellent value.
The breakfast hall is located in the hotel restaurant and is a combination of good continental choices or cereals/fruit followed should you choose by a cooked breakfast. What I find refreshing is that it is cooked to order and not hour old food being kept warm in great ban marie's. I had homemade porridge with banana & maple syrup to start followed by absolutely delicious eggs benedict, but you could choose all manner of freshly cooked breakfast dishes.
The other thing other than the central location that is worth mentioning is the champagne bar which is fantastic room that had a really relaxed atmosphere and most importantly great cocktails with the whisky sour being my tipple of choice, whilst not cheap with cocktails ranging from £5 to over £11 they were well made and with the table service a nice extravagence. The staff were polite, friendly & professional throughout our stay and we would certainly consider staying in another Abode hotel in the future.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: ABode Canterbury
Address: 30-33 High Street, Canterbury CT1 2RX, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Kent > Canterbury
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 17 Hotels in Canterbury
Price range (per night): $118 - $384
Hotel Class:4 star — ABode Canterbury 4*
Number of rooms: 72
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
ABode Canterbury is a stylish boutique hotel that has been beautifully designed and refurbished, maintaining the old wooden beams and traditional fabric of an ancient and historic building while adding contemporary design features and modern comforts, with understated British style. With its central location, within the ancient city walls and only minutes away from Canterbury Cathedral (a World Heritage Site), Abode Canterbury is the perfect place to visit the city and enjoy the shops, historic sites and traditional architecture.There are 72 bedrooms, rated Comfortable, Desirable, Most Desirable, Enviable, Most Enviable and Fabulous. Bedrooms have been designed with a sense of luxury and relaxation so the guest can enjoy an ideal night's sleep, and wake up refreshed and rejuvenated. Bedrooms at all levels are well-equipped: trademark ABode features include Vi-Spring beds; luxury toiletries; personal DVD players and state-of-the-art LCD televisions. Some rooms have imaginative wet rooms and baths integrated into living areas; the Fabulous suite has a rooftop terrace with stunning views over the roofs of Canterbury across to the Cathedral.Michael Caines MBE and his talented team of chefs offer an incredible range of dining and drinking experiences, from superior room service or a drink in the stylish Champagne Bar to a pint and a pie or char-grilled fish or steak in the traditional Old Brewery Tavern. The Michael Caines Restaurant offers the ultimate dining experience, with delicious modern European cuisine accompanied by an exceptional wine list, served with professional yet not too formal style. ABode Canterbury is the ideal place for weddings, private parties, private dining and meetings, and any and all special occasions, whether for business or pleasure.We even have the facilities to make you feel absolutely fabulous. Why not join us for a workout in our well-equipped and comfortable residents' gym.ABode Canterbury, in the very heart of an ancient and historic city, is your home from home. ... more   less 
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