We had a good stay A review of ABode Canterbury

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.

But it was so cold! I gather (from previous reviews) that in room 106 we'd have been awake all night but at least we'd have been warm - the corridor outside 110 was so cold that I put my gloves on for the trip! Our room had a rather low-key heater that was too noisy to run in the night. Luckily the bed - probably the most comfy ever - kept us warm. The bathroom was too cold to bathe in. It was the first cold weekend of winter, but still not that cold outside - they need to address this. And was it only me who manages to flush the auto-flush while still enthroned...? Every time....?

The bar was lovely - I had a great cocktail, the ambiance was perfect and staff good. Breakfast was mediocre - too little unappetising hot food, too long a wait between being given out tea/coffee and toast (and who wants this while still drinking juice and eating fruit or cereal?) then forgetting to take our hot food order, then another wait. And no salt ont eh table - I had the feeling I was going to be told off for asking for it - the waiter went into the kitchen to look for some. I can understand that chefs don't want their guests over-seasoning the food - but surely that's our choice, not theirs? And anyway, we're talking poached eggs here.

Fantastic position - wonderful to walk out into that calm high street with classical buskers playing lovely music and all the shops and the cathedral right there. Car park - it claimed to be full but we went in anyway and found a spot - it would have been a real pain if we hadn't - we'd got very lost finding the right approach to the hotel along the city's one-way system too. And if they're going to charge £5 a night for parking they need to tell us in advance - I didn't make a fuss but they should address this.

All in all an excellent weekend - dinner at the Goods Shed was wonderful, a 'must' but book ahead - we'll be back.

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ABode Canterbury
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