Sands Hotel

Admire ‘marvellous sea views’ from Nick Conington’s ‘stylishly refurbished’ Victorian hotel on the seafront in one of Kent’s original resort towns. More

Contact details

Sands Hotel
16 Marine Drive
01843 228228

Hotel information


20. 1 suitable for disabled.


all year.


lift, bar, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, roof terrace, ice cream parlour.

Background music

varied, in public areas.


all ages welcomed (family rooms, children’s menus).


not allowed.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.


[2017] per room B&B £140–£200, D,B&B £200–£260. À la carte £32.

Good Hotel Guide Review

Admire ‘marvellous sea views’ from Nick Conington’s ‘stylishly refurbished’ Victorian hotel on the seafront of one of Kent’s original resort towns. The place has been ‘impeccably maintained’; the ‘buzzy’ bar and ‘striking, contemporary’ restaurant are ‘furnished attractively and in good taste’. Bedrooms have an ‘airy, peaceful’ feel – even a smaller double room has ‘ample space’. ‘We had a good view of the sunset across the sands, from the balcony of our spacious sea-view room. There was no coffee table, which made it difficult to eat our room-service breakfast, but they brought a folding table when we asked.’ Light sleepers, pack earplugs: guests in beachfront rooms have reported noise from the bar next door. At lunch and dinner, chef Ryan Tasker’s modern menu might include ‘very fresh, skilfully cooked’ dishes such as wild turbot, artichoke, pancetta mussels, boulangère potatoes. (Leave room for a sweet treat from the ice cream parlour downstairs.) A special mention for the ‘very friendly’ staff, who ‘show a genuine interest in guests’, including successfully laundering a shirt stained by a rogue cafetière. (Michael Gwinnell, A and BB)

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Sands Hotel
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Guest comments

'There was nothing we could fault. It has been furnished really attractively and is impeccably maintained. The staff were consistently excellent. Our sea-view double room on the top floor was spotlessly clean and maintained. The colour palate was neutral, which created a peaceful feel, with the occasional more flamboyant touches. Plenty of hanging space. Good lighting and soundproofing. The road along the seafront wasn’t busy enough to bother us. The bathroom was luxurious. The main public space of the hotel - bar (nearest the high street) and restaurant/breakfast room (nearest the sea), is striking and beautifully furnished. There were quite a few young guests, which gave a low-key buzz. Diner was reasonably priced, tasty, with exceptionally fresh ingredients. We loved sitting in the beautiful dining room, looking over the sea and the illuminated harbour. Breakfast was also a treat. It had fairly prominent background music. ' - Anna and Bill Brewer - February, 2016
'Stylish and well located. It has all the mod cons including a blissfully silent extractor fan in the bathrooms. The sea-view rooms, which have their own little balcony, had gone so we took one with a town view. The décor was stylish. Lighting was good for reading. Non-captive coat-hangers, attractive artwork. Service was really helpful and efficient. Breakfast was good but the background music was louder than we like. There was some nocturnal noise from the high street but our earplugs provided a good night’s sleep. ' - Michael Gwinnell - September, 2014

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