Best luxury and boutique hotels in Kent

Hotels, B&Bs, country houses, inns, restaurants with rooms

Kent has some beautiful countryside, notably in the Weald of Kent, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is known for its orchards and for the distinctive shape of its oast houses, used for drying hops. It is rich in history and architecture, too. Thomas à Becket was murdered in Canterbury’s marvellous cathedral (its building was started by St Augustine in 597), and Canterbury has a fine new theatre, The Marlow.

The Good Hotel Guide has reviews of some interesting hotel accommodation in Kent. Edwardian, Georgian, Jacobean - hotels from every era and set beside the sea, in stunning urban settings or deep in lush greenery, making a hotel stay as varied as you wish! Outstanding places to visit include Sissinghurst with Vita Sackville-West’s famous garden; the moated Hever Castle where Anne Boleyn grew up and where Anne of Cleves lived after her divorce from Henry VIII; Knole House, a beautiful Elizabethan/Jacobean mansion once owned by Henry VIII; Leeds Castle, stunningly set on a lake near Maidstone; medieval Penshurst Place, birthplace of Sir Philip Sydney; Ightham Mote, a picturesque house with 14th-century origins. Churchill’s final home, Chartwell, contains much wartime memorabilia, and you can visit the studio where he painted.

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Hotels in Kent

  • Read's, FAVERSHAM, Kent

    Near the old market town of Faversham, this ‘impressive yet homely’ Georgian manor house is run with ‘friendly professionalism’ as a restaurant-with-rooms by Rona and David Pitchford. The

  • Romney Bay House, NEW ROMNEY, Kent

    ‘More like a home than a hotel’, Clinton and Lisa Lovell’s 1920s house has a ‘stunning position’ between a golf course and the sea on the Kent coast. It was designed by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis,

  • Hotel du Vin Tunbridge Wells, TUNBRIDGE WELLS, Kent

    ‘An excellent choice, within walking distance of the historic Pantiles.’ Period details mix with smart, modern rooms in this outpost of the du Vin group. It occupies an 18th-century Grade II listed

  • The Marquis at Alkham, ALKHAM, Kent

    In the countryside, close to Dover and the Channel Tunnel, this contemporary restaurant-with-rooms is in a 200-year-old inn overlooked by the 12th-century St Anthony’s church. It is managed by David

  • The Reading Rooms, MARGATE, Kent

    With distressed walls, polished wooden floors, original shutters and antiques, there is an air of ‘dilapidated grandeur’ at this upmarket B&B in a stylishly restored Georgian town house minutes from

  • Thurnham Keep, THURNHAM, Kent

    Amanda Lane extends a friendly welcome, with tea and freshly made scones, to B&B guests arriving at her childhood home, a ‘very impressive’ Edwardian house on the North Downs. At the end of a long

  • Sissinghurst Castle Farmhouse, SISSINGHURST, Kent

    Sue and Frazer Thompson’s elegant B&B is in a Victorian farmhouse filled with pictures, fresh flowers, and a mix of contemporary and period furniture. Restored by the National Trust, it is on the

  • The Front Rooms, WHITSTABLE, Kent

    A short harbourside walk from the centre, this stylish B&B is run by friendly owners Julie Thorne and Tom Sutherland in their discreet, restored Victorian town house. Decorated in heritage whites, the

  • Starborough Manor, EDENBRIDGE, Kent

    At the top of a tree-lined gravel driveway, this 18th-century manor house was in a decrepit state when bought by Jonathan and Lynn Matthias. ‘The restoration is very impressive,’ say Guide inspectors

  • Wallett's Court, DOVER, Kent

    In a pretty hamlet near St Margaret’s Bay, the Oakley family’s quirky hotel has a broad choice of accommodation, and plenty to occupy young guests. There are spacious traditional rooms in the

  • Rocksalt, FOLKESTONE, Kent

    ‘Modish and imaginative’, Mark Sargeant’s well-regarded restaurant (co-owned with Josh de Haan) is a striking dark-timber-and-glass building cantilevered over Folkestone’s fishing harbour. It has

  • Sands Hotel, MARGATE, Kent

    On the seafront, yards from the Turner Contemporary, Nick Conington’s ‘smartly renovated’ Victorian hotel has a ‘grandstand outlook over one of the best beaches in the South-East’. Tina Kennedy is the

  • The Milk House, SISSINGHURST, Kent

    In a village renowned for its gardens, this laid-back, popular pub is ‘attractive both inside and out’. The former 16th-century hall house, which retains its timber beams and Tudor fireplace, has been

  • Canterbury Cathedral Lodge, Canterbury, Kent

    Guests have private access to the cathedral precincts from this ‘very special’ purpose-built hotel and conference centre in the grounds of the UNESCO-designated World Heritage site. ‘I couldn’t resist

  • The Crescent Turner Hotel, Whitstable, Kent

    On a hill outside the town, this red brick hotel (Bespoke Hotels) is set in large gardens with wide views of the Kent coast. It is named after JMW Turner who painted in the area; prints of his works