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Reviewed 26 September 2018

This is the most astonishing hotel - quaint, old fashioned and filled with treasures in its museum. It is a 2* hotel with a 5* heart. Our double room had a balcony overlooking the bay. The bathroom was small but adequate; the bed the same! Jane Bishop and her team looked after us attentively. We had a wonderful stay.

  • Stayed: September 2018, travelled with family
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Thank AKD O
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Reviewed 25 September 2018

A 5 star hotel unashamedly masquerading as a 2 star. This is a unique seaside gem. It has it's own 1920's museum with items dotted around the various floors. In cubby holes. In unused utilty rooms. In cabinets. Turn a corner and you are going to find something new and intriguing. The Turner Contemporary is just along the esplanade but the hotel has it's own permanent and ever-growing exhibition of modern art. Many artistic guests have contibuted over the last twenty years and all the works are executed on the original hotel linen napkins. A napery to die for!
The beautiful proprietess Jane Bishop will greet you at breakfast and lovely Dee will look after all your other needs. The staff are friendly and helpful.
Sip your Singapore Sling on the verandah and you could be in the famous Raffles Hotel (without the stifling heat!)
Do not leave for home without having the Afternoon Tea. It is well worth the extra calories!

Room Tip: Room 308 according to Dee and me. By the way this is also a dog-friendly hotel.
  • Stayed: September 2018, travelled with family
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Thank Nomad415370
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Reviewed 14 September 2018 via mobile

We stayed two nights at Walpole Bay while working at the Wheels & Fins festival.
We saw there was a ‘museum’ but we were not prepared for the amount of vintage treasures hidden in this unique Victorian building: from ceramics to hats, typewriters and dolls, clothes, books, sewing machines, kitchen utensils... the list is too long! Even the lift is vintage.
Our room was a very comfy twin with all the amenities, bathroom was a good size with a tub/shower and toiletries.
The host Jane was exquisite and made sure everyone was having a great stay. We even ended up joining an aftershow party in the basement downstairs with excellent choice of music.
Buffet breakfast was nice and aplenty, with Jane coming around the tables and making sure everyone was happy and well fed.
Wi-Fi wasn’t the fastest but was available everywhere free of charge.
The tables outside seem like a great place to have tea and chat while looking at the sea view and doing a bit of people watching.
And new upcoming Libertines bar/hotel The Albion Rooms is at walking distance...

Stayed: September 2018, travelled on business
Thank Cristina M
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Reviewed 11 September 2018 via mobile

Our 2nd stay. When we found out we were visiting Margate again we didn’t bother to look for any other hotel it had to be the Walpole. It’s famous for its shabby chic look way before shabby chic was invented. The faded charm of the hotel and the open and warm staff will have you, like us returning again and again. We loved the napkin art :)

Stayed: September 2018, travelled as a couple
Thank 673Steve
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Reviewed 5 September 2018

I stay in a lot of hotels, (30+ this year) and seldom leave reviews, buy The Walpole Bay needs a comment ! if you haven't stayed in a hotel since the 60's you'll be at home here, but not in a good way. 1960's rooms, beds and decor, but not retro, actually 1960's beds decor and rooms. The hotel is undeniably attractive with it's flower baskets and veranda, although the glass roof is filthy, the service is polite and courteous but from the other reviews I suspect that's more luck than a sign of good management. The food is very average, but so are the prices so that's OK. My room,104, had a very tired bathroom with a great deal of scale on the bath tap/mixer and in the bath, no Viakal in Kent ? I attach a picture of the bed so you can see what I mean about the furnishings. Sure it's not at all the run of the mill chain hotel and that's a good thing, but I think it goes a bit too far the other way, it's trading on a strange image of being odd, different and quirky but really there's too much shabby and not enough chic. Would I stay here again? probably not, Would I recommend it? That's difficult, as an oddity yes, but as a modern efficient hotel, no.

Room Tip: All rooms have a sea view, someone in 105 is snoring like a pig, so get a room on the 2nd floor !
  • Stayed: September 2018, travelled on business
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