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... the east coast - probably the back and black waters then head over to Dunkirk, whereas previously we thought we'd take two weeks shaking down and then taking a short passage and head over to Calais. Anyway the aim is to be aboard mid May. How exciting!
I haven't been on board for a while and am so looking forward to seeing her back in the water. Itching actually.
... m a motorcycle or a car until the last minute. Then reflect on how I cuss to myself about lazy drivers who go about with one headlight out, whenever I see one. Tick, tock, tick, tock. Ah ha! They don’t know they’ve got a headlight out. I never thought of that.
Enough reflection. I’ll swig my coffee down then ...
The ship is sailing ahead of schedule – we are some way off Dover now at 8am.
I've done the shop; I’ve done the Costa coffee shop; and I’ve taken up position in front of Sky News on the big screen.
I bought my headlamp converter stickers in the shop. I admit my decision was partially influenced by warning posters by the check-in booths and a leaflet handed me by a bloke from DFDS Seaways ...
... steadily through the initial adrenal responses, will our heartbeats calm, and allow our pupils to adjust to the unknown.
If I sought light in this very moment, there'd be an apparent missing figure in my visible world. My Grandma would be gone; her silver brown bob held back by a single barrette to expose her gentle eyes. For all intents and purposes, my Grandma is gone.. she'll never again be tangible enough to hug or kiss or thank ...
... than as a pub. Didn't see Jaimie and have no idea what his parents look like so in the end we really could have been in any pub. A constant reminder though were all Jaimie's signed books on sale at the bar.
The Penman household is a busy one, and the family didn't return from work and school until after 6pm. I attempted to cook a meal from whatever I could find in the fridge (sort of reminded me of the TV programme where they do the same thing). Managed to put ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews ABode Canterbury
Went to historic Canterbury for the weekend and was surprised to find what a beautiful city it is. Wasn't expecting much from the Abode after reading a few negative reviews but was very surprised by the stay and will definately come back again.
I was greated by a cheerful and friendly porter by the name of "Oscar." A quick check-in by the effecient reception staff was followed by an information pack provided by "Oscar" which was very useful as i'd never been to this city before. The meal in the MC restaurant was without doubt one of the best i've ever eaten and the service was superb. All in all, my stay was perfect and i in tend to come back shortly.
Having read the previous reviews on this site we weren't sure what to expect, but it seems that management has taken some of the earlier comments on board. Certainly, the staff we met were charming, smiley and helpful. They had booked us the wrong type of room and changed it quickly and without quibble - room 106 looked gorgeous but we wanted double not twin - but 110 was similar large size though with much lower ceiling. But still a good room especially as we'd snuck in through a booking website which threw in breakfast for £115 the room.
They think they're something they're not
Great location on the main street. Call them selves a "boutique" hotel. Think that means they can charge plenty for medocre service and cut costs wherever they can.
Dont accept rooms 108 - 109. Above the function room its like you are the guest of honour at someone elses bad taste birthday party. Shower was cold and low pressure too, but management were unable or unwilling to resolve. Did offer some Champagne, but it wasnt ever going to replace a nights sleep and a shower. No room in the car park either.
Has a lot of promise but fails to deliver the basics.
We stayed here in late September with our friends who were on Honeymoon, we live in Cornwall and they live in london. We booked through a website for late room rates and got a great rate of £100 per room per night for standard room. I had tried phoning direct but they wouldnt budge on price and informed me they only had enviable or fabulous rooms left, all standard (desirable) were booked, but the website personnel assured me that the rooms would be booked as per their contract.
This has to be the worst experience of a hotel ever!
We stayed 2 nights at this hotel as it was the venue for our nephews wedding. Before booking I looked on their web site and saw that children under 12 stayed free when sharing with parents but when I asked for a family room i was told they do not have one and we would have to book 2 rooms, when I questioned them on this they came back and said they could put a bed settee in an enviable room at £170 a night which was better than 2 rooms at £140. We booked several months in advance and I was shocked to find that the hotel had charged £500 to my credit card straight away, turns out they had taken the deposit for the actual wedding from our card!!
This hotel claims to be 4star but unfortunatly its not quite there. Its a shame because it is a lovely modern hotel in a characteristic building. The location is fantastic! But there is a big BUT sadly.
I have had very few good experience with hotels in the UK having been spoilt by Far Eastern Standards and have yet to find one in London that lives up to their 5 star status BUT i would give this place 5* without hesitation.
I spent ages on the Internet trying to find a half decent hotel for a weekend break in Canterbury. They all seem to be either very tired, dated, and/or grubby (Catherdral Gate!!), or fully booked in the case of the one or two decent ones. Saw Abode's website and made an enquiry - at first I thought it too expensive (and they refused to budge!), but a day later I relented after more fruitless hours on the Internet.
We have just tried an overnight escape from the children at the newly refurbished and partly re-opened former County Hotel - now Abode Canterbury. There is a lot of hype locally about this hotel and the web-site gushes about the aspirations of the new owners.