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This small hotel boasts a great location in Canterbury so suitable for us as we were on public transport. We could have stayed longer as there is a lot to do in this old city. A great bonus was the quiet space out the back by the river where we could sit relax and soak up the sunshine. Our room was a bit cosy, the continental breakfast good, and friendly staff.
The location for Greyfriars is wonderful. It is just around the corner from everything but...the rooms are seriously lacking. The light in our room flickered. The electrical was an extension cord. The bathroom was very moldy. I would recommend looking elsewhere. On a positive note, the staff was very friendly.
So we stay in hotels around the world almost every week for work. We turned up to Greyfriars Lodge, after viewing the website, with high hopes of a nice stay. THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN. This place is a joke! I don't understand how they are still in business. I immediately started looking for alternative accommodation. It was during a heatwave and the room was so it it was worse than being in a sauna. I realise that this is not the hotels fault but better fans or an air conditioning unit would have helped. The rooms are not as they are portrayed on the website. They have not been redecorated within the past decade. The wallpaper was starting to come off the walls the bathroom was tiny with a shower that didn't work properly. The electrics in the room were nothing short of dangerous with botch jobs being very apparent, Mold was growing in parts of the room and the extractor fan in the bathroom was hanging out of the roof. My colleague's bed was broken and the bin men turned up at 6 am making a real racket. They said there were ear plugs in the room...... We looked. No earplugs. The location is great but would not stay here for any reason I'm afraid. We were forced to stay the first night as everywhere was booked up and it was already late. We went to the Premier Inn the next night and stayed there for the rest of our visit which was heaven in comparison. When we returned to Canterbury to finish the job later in the week we stayed at Abode which was lovely. Avoid at all cost..... And speaking of cost it wasn't particularly cheap! Very disappointing
the lodge is old and and therefore very uneven the rooms are all odd shapes. Saying all this the rooms could do with a little refreshing. My bed in room 5 the mattress is in desperate need of replacing. However the staff were very good and breakfast lovely
How this hotel has passed a 3 start rating is hard to understand. It needs a good HSA check by all parties and is sad to think the visitors to the lovely location could be spoilt by a bad hotel. See for yourselves the photo and video
This place is certainly not one for a romantic weekend away - it's a bit dingy, furnishings are tired and scruffy for the most part. BUT you get what you pay for, our beds were fine with firm comfortable mattresses, the shower was small but worked ok, there was a kettle with tea & coffee and a couple of free bottles of water in the small fridge. Continental Breakfast is included, it's simple but perfectly adequate and with the superb location just off the high street there's many quaint nearby eateries should you want something more substantial. There can be sleep-disturbing noises throughout the day and night but that's true of anywhere in such a central location and I didn't experience any of the deal-breakers like non-functioning bathrooms or urine smells mentioned in some other reviews. In summary I was happy for what I got and the price paid.
Situated in great location, a short walk to the cathedral, centre of town. Parking is at a discounted rate in a couple of close out-door parking stations. Lodge is showing its age.Stairs, no lift. Room & furnishing showing their age, bathroom narrow ,also showing it's age. Bed was 2 singles badly joined together; not the most comfortable. Continental breakfast was filling.Girl running it is very busy.
This hotel could inspire a Leonard Cohen song. I've never written an online review for a hotel before but feel others should be warned. We stayed in rooms 6 and 8 which looked as if they had been furnished from a house clearance or a charity shop. Drab and depressing. No proper shower in one room (a bath with a hand-held shower-head), other shower was little more than a dribble - neither bathroom felt clean; the plumbing is noisy and the electrics are archaic; there was a kettle but no socket next to it (boil the water on the floor using an extension cable); splatter marks across a bedroom ceiling (we didn't inspect too closely). I could go on. The only positive was the sole member of staff who was a very nice woman. The worst hotel I have stayed in anywhere in the world. This place really lets Canterbury down. Don't stay here unless you absolutely have to.
Not a great experience ! Fortunately my wife and I were only staying one night whilst visiting my daughter. When they eventually answered the front door to us, we were told where the car park was and told to come back at 2pm to check in (fair enough). On our return we were shown to our room 5. Small room and was immediately greeted by a beetle on the floor of the tiny, damp bathroom. We dumped our bags and headed out to rejoin my daughter in the city. We returned around 11pm with my wife feeling unwell and the room was stifling hot. I opened the window and spotted an upright fan in the corner of the room. I looked for a socket to plug it in, only finding one that had a multi socket adapter in it at low level. I reached down to plug the fan in and got a jolt from an electric shock which threw me back onto the bed. When I looked properly, the plug had no back and had the fuse removed ! I quickly un plugged the fan and joined my wife on the bed for a very uncomfortable nights sleep. In the morning on further inspection of the room we found the net curtains to be ripped, mould in the bathroom, the extractor fan didn't work (hence the mould). Holes in the ceiling, one overloaded socket where you had to boil the kettle on the floor as the cable wouldn't reach. I could go on and on. My wife explained this to the lady at breakfast and showed her photo's of the fan. I suggested it be removed straight away before somebody gets seriously hurt. The lady apologised, but as my wife was still feeling unwell we left. My wife has written to complain and request a refund, but to date has had no reply. Whoever it is that hands our the stars and the HSE should pay them a visit. Our recommendation to anyone wishing to stay in this lovely city..... STAY SOMEWHERE ELSE.
Me and my family were passing by for one day to visit kent, sadly our trip was turned into absolute hell due to this place. Dark rooms, nasty floors, disgusting showers, this place is one of the most awful places I've ever visited and my experience of visiting kent was even worse due to the fact that I was forced to sleep here. First off the staff was extremely unkind (didn't offer to help with 6 huge bags), we were taken to our rooms that stank of some nasty odor, the furniture made the room extremely uninviting and seemed outdated and old. The thing that makes me say that this has to be the worst hotel ever is the fact that when I went to charge my phone (in an outlet behind my bed) the floor smelled of pee. Please take my advice and please for the sake of your health, your family's health and your well being, STAY AWAY!
Greyfriars Lodge places you next to Marlowe Theatre and within a 5-minute walk of other popular sights like Canterbury Cathedral. This 10-room, 3.5-star lodge has in-room conveniences like refrigerators, coffee makers, and flat-screen TVs.
Start your day off right with a free continental breakfast, served each morning from 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM.
All 10 heated rooms provide refrigerators, coffee makers, and free bottled water. Guests can enjoy flat-screen TVs and stay connected with free WiFi. Bathrooms have hair dryers and free toiletries. Portable fans are also included.
Greyfriars Lodge features free WiFi in public areas and a garden. Offsite parking is offered for a fee. Front-desk staff can assist with securing valuables and luggage storage.