Royal Harbour Hotel
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Sunday 22 June Picked up our rental car from Luton and drove to Ramsgate, a seaside town in the district of Thanet in east Kent. It's about a 3 hour drive from Flitwick via the motorways. Ramsgate harbour has the distinction of being the only Royal Harbour in the United Kingdom, and because of its proximity to mainland Europe, was a chief …
12 days in Ramsgate. Reason dirty diesel that damaged the fuel pump! 2 marine engineers later and we set to go Saturday 07:00 IF visibility is good!! Can't believe it! Hope the gremlins are behind us, we need some luck. Thanks to everyone that supported ...
... bump into us every so often. They are just plain folks....and what a great name...Emmett...a Wilfred Brimley look alike. But we couldn't mess with his name as it is too perfect already. The California girls....Zarisa, 20 year old daughter of Madonna, I mean Carrie. Her mother in law Dana and sister in law Rhonda all of whom we met on the flight over and whom we constantly bump into throughout the cruise. These are the people we travel with. Hope to never find out what they call ...
Left early morning and headed for Ramsgate. Not enough wind in the right direction for us to sail so we motored all the way to Ramsgate.
We went through Foulgers Gat in the London Array Offshore Wind-farm which saved us considerable time going around in what would have been quite shallow waters. Whilst in the middle of the channel ...
... to see the ocean, so there are a lot of empty undeveloped lots here for the time being. There is not a whole lot in Ramsgate for tourist purposes (especially in winter), but we had to say goodbye to Claire’s aunt Sue and her Uncle Steve. It was nice to meet them. We went out for a drink at the Mariner bar. I wanted to go there because my hometown baseball team is the Seattle Mariner’s!
Dover-Dover was our last ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking
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Historical Traveler Reviews Royal Harbour Hotel Ramsgate
Very enjoyably and easy going
Very pleasant, refreshingly quirky, hotel with a nice ambience and a great location. The rooms were very clean, the matresses was good quality - it's amazing how often the beds in otherwise OK hotels are truely awful to sleep on. The view over the harbour is lovely and the breakfast was excellent. The lounge with a real fire makes it feel very homely, along with all the art on the walls.
It's a really nice place to spend a weekend and Ramsgate is a beautiful town, not at all a fading beauty but rather one waking up after a long sleep to find it's back in fashion. It has fantastic architecture and is situated on a wonderful bit of coast with great walks and sandy beaches.
I saw France from my bed!
We were going to Ramsgate to visit friends and came across the website for the Royal Harbour Hotel. Their rather nutty attitude really attracted us and they seemed "our type of people".
The room was more like a guest room than a generic hotel room. Crammed with books to keep you occupied and a lovely view of the harbour. It was so clear on the Saturday afternoon that you could actually see France!
Though Ramsgate is a fading beauty, the quality of many of the restaurants and pubs was excellent, and we were really spoilt for choice.
We went out for dinner but crawled back in to a real fire and a bar that was run on an "honesty" basis. How civilised. A record player was available if you wanted to spin some platters and plenty of games to while away the real small hours if you felt so inclined.
The civilised attitude to breakfast on Sunday - served till 11:30 if you wanted was great. It was a lovely full English with great service.
Well worth the money. I can highly recommend staying here.
Our Best Night in the UK
My girlfriend and I stumbled upon the Royal Harbour Hotel while on a coastal tour. We randomly stopped at Hotels and Bed & Breakfasts as we came across them. This was our Best Night! The room was clean and views were spectacular! The bathroom was the cleanest I had used in the UK. It looked brand-new. The room had excellent decor and I felt as if I was in a harbor town summer home. The room was ornamented with seaside reading material, and the warmth of the furniture made me feel at home. We took advantage of the balcony chairs and watched the sunset. The staff was extremely polite, and always on hand for any assistance. The flat screen TV and wireless internet made the cottage retreat remain 21st century. My only regret is that we stayed only one night. With restaurants within walking distance and the ocean at our doorstep, we should have stayed longer. I felt the rest of my coastal tour was searching for a place like our night in Ramsgate. Our night at the Royal Harbour Hotel was truly the best.
Funny hotel, full of character
This is a funny little hotel with a lot of character, and worth visiting on account of that if only! - Ramsgate is not a beautiful town nowadays although here and there you can find vestige of a once fashionable seaside resort, but it makes for a nice break, and the Royal Harbour hotel fits in rather nicely.
The hotel is in an old building and you can tell by the rooms the age of the building. One has to be a bit tolerant with the quirky rooms - my own bed was assembled together on top of two separate furnitures, the floor creaking, etc., but the nice touches such as the library available and video library downstairs that you can help yourself to, make up for it. There's a wonderful view of the sea although the windows are certainly not noiseproof so you're sure to wake up with the deafening sound of the seagulls!
Breakfast is excellent and very nicely served, and location wise the hotel is well located in a crescent by the sea, not far from the centre. Service was certainly friendly aswell.
Overall, a nice unique hotel, full of charm, although do not expect any luxury!
Quirky and lovely
My partner and I have just returned from staying one night at this hotel. Having looked at reviews and the website I kind of knew what to expect. What I didnt expect was the cleanliness (perfectly so) and the friendliness of the staff. Our room (No 8) was very small (only one of us at a time could walk around the bed) but the veiw was breathtaking and the charm of the hotel took away any qualms we had about room size. We enjoyed a meal out in the town (atlantis restaurant to be recommended!!) and then returned to the honesty bar to gin and tonics and listening to a Elvis LP whilst playing trivial pursit. We felt so relaxed!
Breakfast in the morning (served up till eleven!) was a wonderful experience with plenty on offer, including fresh honeycomb and fruit salad and the staff were always topping up any half empty jugs of fruit juice. We walked off our breakfast along the sea front and upon our return the owner asked us if "we'd had enought breakfast". I'm sure if we'd replied with a negative he would've arranged for some more for us.
We plan on returning in the winter to enjoy the open fires but will definitely ask for one of the larger rooms. Wonderful place!
We expected a sea view, but we got a lovely balcony, with a gorgeous view of the harbour.
The room was very clean, freshly decorated. There is a pleasant lounge with a choice of records to play, and a self-serve bar.
They even have free broadband internet and international calls!
Breakfast was delicious, very good quality food (not huge portions for cooked breakfast unless you had full English, but very well cooked). You could help yourself to a wide choice of items, including handcarved ham.
Staff and the owners were very friendly and welcoming....
The only negative points are the size of the room, tinyyyyyy (no room for a wardrobe or chest of drawers), for the price paid. Also the hotel has no parking, although we found spaces not too far from it.
Overall a great experience!
Stayed for 1 night, excellent room overlooking harbour, spotlessly clean, ample tea/coffee, beautiful towels, charming sitting and dining rooms, friendly and helpful staff, delicious breakfast - nothing was skimped on.
This hotel is excellent value and I would highly recommend it.
The perfect weekend break
My husband, 79yr old mother-in-law, have just come back from a night at this hotel. The hotel is quirky, relaxing and stylish. Loved the decor and we had rooms with harbour view which are well worth booking. The rooms were clean, the beds dressed beautifully. The ensuite facilities were a little lacking, mother-in-law's bathroom really needed decorating and there were no towel rails or full length mirror in her room, our room had a beautiful brand new white en suite, but sadly the "saniflow system was not to our liking. But overall the hotel was absolutely charming, well worth the visit. Great english breakfast too. Ramsgate is so lovely, we are moving here.
We loved this hotel
My partner and I chose this hotel because it appeared to be the best of a bunch of seriously lacking charming b&b's in Ramsgate, but we were concerned about the 2* rating. And I'm really glad we did and you would never know it was only a 2*. The hotel contained all the charm expected of a seaside town. We had the double on the top floor (elderly would find the stairs a problem but it was fine for us), and it was immaculate with fantastic views over the harbour. It had obviously only just been decorated in a lovely New England style and the bathroom was spotless. A couple of things gave the 2* away, lack of hanging space and shelving for toiletries, only one tiny mirror and no hairdryer. But the bed was really comfy and the room lovely. In the evening we sat in the lovely drawing room, which was empty apart from us, in front of a traditional inglenook fireplace, playing backgammon and listening to an LP on the old record player. Breakfast in the newly decorated dining room was freshly cooked to order and tasty, but slightly small portions. It was exactly what we wanted from a night away at the seaside. Highly recommended.
September 3rd, 2005
Our 1st impression was good: halls and corridors filled with books, public rooms with character full of interesting features, antiques, paintings, games and personal touches like a pair of binoculars, an old radio, a record player playing Frank Sinatra in a corner, a shelf of video tapes, an old fashion pistachos nuts, an open bar where you sign your takings and sit an relax in an old fashion wing chair. We were made to feel confortable by the owner who said "help yourself to anything". The next room has a computer with free internet access and international calls (we didn't use the facility). We took a video to our room - top floor - you need to be fit, the stairs are steep as you reach the last floor. More books and paintings. Our room (no. 22) was beautiful and immaculate, splendid view over the harbour; everything was new and smelled fresh and clean, neat bathroom with a good shower; the bed was most comfortable, we never saw the end of the "Amadeus". In the morning we were early for breakfast, wide choice of food and good full English served by smiling and efficient continental staff. An abondance of newspapers made us forget to notice that people were waiting to be seated! the place was full... I'm not surprised. Only one thing missing for me: no hairdryer! but to the delight of my husband who can't stand the noise... Highly recommended for a relaxing week-end.