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I don’t often write reviews but I just had to comment on what a wonderful short break we’ve had at this hotel. We stayed in the Sir Winston Churchill room, which was absolutely charming and so comfortable. The lady who checked us in (didn’t get her name unfortunately, but she has long dark hair) was absolutely lovely and so welcoming. Most of the staff and keepers we came into contact with went out their way to be helpful and friendly. The views are stunning from the property, which in itself is like a work of art. And of course, the cherry on the cake is being able to explore the park at your leisure and see all of the fascinating, beautiful animals. We’ll definitely be going back.

We are currently here at a wedding. Our friends booked a suite for us. Just wow! We have stayed at great hotels around the world but this is quintessentially English. An English country house converted to an hotel. Our suite looks out over the garden and the English Channel. A nice heavy door opens into a lovely large room. Great furnishings, a big super king size bed, window seat, two leather chairs. Bag stand. Kettle and Nespresso machine. Massive and lovely bathroom, massive shower head. Biscuits. All the usual other stuff and toiletries. Wi fi is free and fast. TV good. This is somewhere I could live. The rest of it isn’t too shabby either. Bar prices are hotel bar prices, shame. The finger buffet made here was excellent, great choice of food and seriously tasty. We haven’t eaten dinner or breakfast but I am salivating. Bring them on. We did a safari as well, not as good as the Kruger or Myeletti but this is England. The animals are all healthy and well cared for, Do not hesitate to book here! Oh, and we found the staff polite, informative and caring. Bronwyn, go girl! Go local, history is intense. Roman fort, castle, airport etc

It is very expensive but as a treat definitely worth it. We stayed in the treehouse. The best part was when the reserve was closed and we had the golf buggies to venture to other parts of the reserve. Pizza restaurant was good value and tasty. We went with a 3.5 and 1.5 year olds and they had the best time. Staff were so helpful and friendly. Couldn’t recommend enough

We stayed for 2 nights in the treehouse with ttwo children under 2. While most of the staff couldnt do enough to help or tell you about the animals. We came across a very surely lady who was very rude and also found guest services very unhelpful when checking out and this was enough to ruin the stay. We also felt the animal enclosures were too small and the gorillas looked particularly unhappy.

I first visited in July with my boyfriend and stayed in the Philip Sassoon suite, we loved the hotel and it’s surroundings so much that we booked again to stay in the Churchill suite for the next month and it was just as spectacular. The staff are all incredibly helpful and polite and nothing is too much trouble. The golf buggys are a great touch and make the experience even more enjoyable. The mansion and the park both have an uplifting atmosphere and the animals are very well looked after. The keepers who are going about their business with the animals are all extremely knowledgable and helpful and make you feel welcome to ask any questions. My only issue is that I hadn’t found out about Port Lympne sooner because I could happily spend the rest of my days here.

Both me and my partner loved our stay in the Port Lympne Hotel. Our room was spotless and well equipped, with complimentary bottles of water, tea making facilities etc. We had a great view of the pond and gardens leading up to the lions. The bed was large and luckily, as it had been very hot, there was a fan in our room which made sleeping a little bit easier! The lady on reception for the hotel was lovely and a great help with booking in our meals for our stay. Our only negative was, when we collected our golf buggy from the hut area, we felt very patronised by the woman on the desk. We are grown adults and yet we were spoken to like children.. I asked her to clarify how to get onto the trail, as there were bollards up between the trail entrance and the hut area. In stead I received, "well you clearly wasn't listening to me". I thought this was a very rude response, since I had listened, but I was very cautious of going somewhere I shouldn't be. Other than the lack of manners, the stay was wonderful.

We have just stayed at hotel in the Mountbatten suite and I can honestly say, it and the the view were just exquisite. The bathroom was beautiful and the bed absolutely glorious and I slept like a baby. We had the joy of a golf cart and it was an absolute God send for my arthritic knees. We were blessed when we took the safari bus, to follow the giraffes and it was just glorious to see them up close and in their natural environment. I had an amazing time, with the added bonus of knowing its a charity and all the good work it does is incredible. It’s a win win situation. Well done guys, you have a fabulous place.

To celebrate my wife's birthday we booked a one night stay at the hotel. This gave us a to the whole reserve for 2 days as well as a golf buggy to plan our own tours without all of the walking. We had a wonderful time staying in the very beautiful and interesting house. Our room was lovely although the plumbing for the toilet cistern needs updating (10 mins to refill after flushing is too long!). The bed was comfortable, the décor was suitably period, and the views from the window were lovely. We had an enjoyable evening meal, a few drinks at the bar, and really nice breakfast (and a few games of snooker!). A wonderful thing to do for a special occasion. I recommend it to you (I can't really say without 'reservation' can I?!)

We chose to stay in the Hotel. Be sure to book a room that has a golf buggy as the park is hilly. Room was spacious with a view across the channel. The bathroom was spacious with a bath/shower. Very large comfortable double bed. Got woken about 6 am by the howler monkeys waiting for their breakfast. Not annoying but rather like a dawn chorus. A must is the Gorilla experience where you get to feed to Gorillas. Caution you are high up above the enclosure. Plenty of experiences to choose from both during day and evening plus free talks throughout the day. There are a few places to eat during the day and for dinner. The Hotel Restaurant is a bit more up market and pricey but well worth a visit for excellently prepared food by a superb chef. We had Chicken and Ham hock, Pheasant, Cod, Sticky Toffee pudding, Rhubard and Ginger Bakewell. All gorgeous. Some Champagne is limited so pre order for that special occasion.

wow this was brought for my husband from the children for his fathers day treat, so did not know anything about what to expect Well what a surprise we were looked after from the start with checking in and given a buggy to drive around during our stay, we got to our hotel room and again amazing, with lovely views from our window and a big four poster bed and dressing area and a huge bathroom with luxury soaps and body lotion and that was just for starters. We went straight out in our buggy which was so funny and went to eat at bears lodge , on the way to the lodge we found rhino just wondering around and monkeys which we was not expecting, had an amazing meal and went back to the hotel for drinks then found a moroccan room to sit and drink it was just so lovely and took some great photos. a gentleman was playing the piano and we brought him and his wife a drink we thought that they worked for the hotel but they were guests and got talking to them about there stay they were so excited as we were about the whole experiance We woke up after having the best ever nights sleep in the morning to lions roaring and monkeys screaming that was so brilliant we could not wait to get out in our buggy to explore, so after an amazing breakfast of salmon and eggs and muffins and also as much fruit juice and coffee and tea and cereals as you want we were off to find these animals that had woke us up and wow they did not disappoint, we seen everything except elephants. This is truly an amazing adventure and you can not sit still for fear that you will miss out. Thank you kids and staff at Port Lympne we will return very soon

Port Lympne Wild Animal Park Hythe England

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Port Lympne Wild Animal Park and Gardens
  • Free English breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking

Located within a leisurely stroll of Port Lympne Wild Animal Park and Gardens, Port Lympne Reserve - Port Lympne Hotel is within a few miles (5 km) of Folkestone Racecourse. This 8-room, 4-star hotel has free breakfast along with conveniences like free in-room WiFi and free self parking.


Free English breakfast is included with your stay and awaits you each morning from 8 AM to 10 AM. Enjoy a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, or relax with a drink at the bar/lounge. Satisfy your hunger from the comfort of your room with room service.


All 8 rooms provide coffee makers, laptop-compatible safes, and desks. Flat-screen TVs come with cable channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Free toiletries are also available.

Property features

Port Lympne Reserve - Port Lympne Hotel features free WiFi in public areas, conference space, and a terrace. There's free parking if you drive. Front-desk staff can help with luggage storage, and provide local restaurant recommendations. Additional amenities include a garden, a picnic area, and wedding services.

Room options

Luxury Studio Suite, 1 Bedroom, Sea View

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Superior Double Room

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Superior Twin Room

Twin 1 | Sleeps 2

Luxury Suite, 1 King Bed, Garden View

King 1 | Sleeps 2

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Port Lympne Reserve - Port Lympne Hotel

Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, Hythe, England CT21 4PD
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