Hilton Dartford Bridge
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... yet route was thru London Central...silly to be doing this in peak hour let alone tube strike!!! Cups of tea, producing supplies of minties, Vegemite, sour worms, undies, thermals, chinos, creams and lip ointments etc all things the kids have missed or been unable to get.. Gave us a beautiful alpaca rug...so soft and gorgeous colours!! Hungry and grubby, so after showers, we headed down and along canal towards Angel-Islington stopping for coffee and a bite ...
... board the ferry and over to France. Going through customs before the ferry was a joke, instead of someone coming on board and checking passports we all had to get off and go through. We were second from last in a line of about 15 coaches. Oh what joy!! Ok it sounds **** but it's actually fun and quite exciting. My coach goes to Lille (where I depart) ...
... lost that youthful sheen ;) And yet, much remains the same...I still dream of being a better person, and of seeing more of the world. :) I can honestly say that I'm looking forward to a day when I have MY bed to go home to. I really loved my bed years ago and I am excited to see it again!! My dreams are fairly simple now after living like I have...I want a place where I can have a door to my bed area (not a studio/bachelor style), where I don't have to sleep ...
... bag. After taking in some adorable architecture, I found the Portobello Road Market- another lively market filled with vintage finds. I started to head back to the tube station, but stopped for dinner at Pizza Express where I enjoyed a nice, legal Cider and a British mother teaching her adorable, twin 7-year-olds about Charles Dickens and Queen Victoria. Rather than taking the tube back to Evelyn Gardens, I decided I would walk by way ...
... of the unrestored areas.
Just across from the Palace and its small formal gardens is the kitchen building with its kitchen garden. Here we saw the wet larder, bakehouse, sculleries and main kitchen downstairs, and the Clerk's Office and dry larder (including the spice box) upstairs. The kitchens are set up how they might have been on 6 February 1789 - the day when King George III was given back his knife and fork following his first illness.
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Spotless facilities, etc. Pool was VERY cold
The room, etc was large and, clean and fresh.
The pool, however, was VERY cold and given the date of travel they needed to address the temperature.
breakfast was plentiful and the staff seemed to be effficient.
For £60 for 3 of us, can't grumble!
I am so disappointed at this hotel, I had great expectations which were thwarted by the following :
We booked and paid for a deluxe room at this hotel and on arrival were told that none were available. I especially booked a Sat/Sunday as I was informed that Friday nights is a carvery which I hate. When we arrived it was a carvary and a very bad one at that. We ordered from the al a carte which looked lovely but unfortunately the meals were off, therefore we had nothing to eat. Please be aware of these so called deals at Hiltons unless you want to be treated like cattle. We also had to queue for over an hour for breakfast. Never again.
I was booked into this hotel by a work colleague & after reading the other reviews on this site I wasn't expecting very much. However I was pleasantly surprised. My room was a King Hilton at £115 & was very roomy & clean with new looking fixtures & fittings. The bathroom was clean & the shower quite powerful. I had free chocolates & bottled water delivered to the room unexpectedly & the reception staff were very prompt delivering a message to me that had arrived.
Agree with all the previous reviews (certainly looks like nothing has changed since Feb 05). Mr. Hilton needs to spend some money revamping/updating/modernising this hotel. Its funny as from the outside it looks fairly modern, but inside everything is tired....from the reception areas, carpets, the bathroom and main room. The rooms are spacious and served a purpose for us (one night so we were near Bluewater for xmas shopping) but would NEVER go back (unless some drastic revamp action had taken place). We had a non-smoking room, but was horrified to learn that smoking is allowed in all public areas of the hotel so it stinks everywhere of stale smoke anyway...not good if you are very anti like me. I must say the service from the bar/restaurant staff was very good (friendly and helpful) but the food standards werent up to much either, as for the cost we were lucky as our meal didnt get charged to the room so we ended up not paying for it - bonus (almost therefore felt it justified the stay)!
Not up to Hilton standards
The Hilton name promises a quality hotel but you won't find it here. While the deluxe rooms are acceptable, the basic rooms are not: white walls, whitewashed furniture and worn out matresses make for a huge disappointment. Smoking is permitted in the public areas so whenever you enter the lobby or walk to the restaurant, you are subjected to clouds of smoke. Throughout the hotel, the carpet has been repaired with duct tape. In the restaurant, the wicker furniture is long overdue for replacement. The hotel's location is right next to the Datford Bridge and tunnel which is convenient if you're passing through and that's about the only thing in this hotel's favor. Try the Marriott in nearby Bexleyheath instead!
Stayed Feb 05. We paid an extra ten pound for a deluxe room these must have been renovated recently as we did not find them grubby and dated as others have. The corridor carpets were all obviously new on our floor too. I think they are in the process of renovating the the hotel at the moment as the ladies downstairs toilet was closed for renovation. We had a really powerful shower and the room was as you would expect for a Hilton. It was pleasant to find a box of chocolates in our room on arrival and later in the afternoon a snack plate was delivered beautifully presented with olives and strawberries and other nibbles. The pool although small was pleasant and warm. The dining area did look dated but the breakfast was excellent. The drinks however were way overpriced in my opinion for this type of hotel three pounds twenty five for a coffee is mad money. The location is a bit soul-less in the middle of a business park certainly wouldn't have fancied a walk around there.
Avoid if you can
What a pitty I did not read the last 2 reviews before booking this hotel. They both give an accurate view of how grubby this hotel is. The funny thing was I had my 21st birthday there and thought going back would bring back fond memories. The hotel reallyy has not had any attention to the it in the 12 years since my 21st. Although the rooms are large they are in terrible condition. The ensuite was no better, needing a good scrub. The resteraunt served over priced food average food.
This is really a hotel to avoid if you can, until Hilton spend some money on it to update its fading decor.
Have been staying here off and on since it opened in the late 80's.Was getting somewhat angry at how the managemant were letting this massive hotel slip.Shoddy rooms and dining areas.I stayed away for abouy 2 years until my stay in January 2005.I was sure that the hotel must have been updated or even decorated a little.I was totally stunned to see how it has not been touched at all in my 2 year absence.The reception is still worn out and grubby.The room was just as it was in the 80's.but now the walls are grubby,the carpets are worn out,even a huge bleach stain on mine.The bathrooms are a disgrace.All the woodwork was cracked,the shower trickled out pathetically.All in all the room was a huge disappointment.Although a huge room with two double beds,it's really shopwing it's age.I used the restaurant foe an evening meal.The wicker furniture is old and in need of a good scrub.The car[eta are thread bare in parts and the food was only average,where once i would have described it as excellent.The staff in the restaurant could have cared less about the customers.No tip for them there!!.
Very friendly staff, good quality acomodation and safe car parking. Bit of a busy area right by the Dartford bridge but makes it easy to find for the stanger. Cheaper at the weekends, gets busy duing the week with corprate functions but the hotel is big enought to accommodate all in comfort so you will not notice. Good location to start exploring Kent, the garden of England. Robert R