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What a wonderful 6 days and 5 nights spent in this glorious relaxing hotel. The staff have been so kind and helpful from the ladies on reception to the gentleman running the house keeping and all the waiting staff. Nothing was too much trouble to make our stay pleasant. Our room was light and airy, comfortable and spacious and had a double aspect view to the wonderful gardens. The restaurant is a gastronomic experience tantalising your taste buds with flavours and the freshness of food. Chef Hughes and his team never disappointed us. We had the taster menu, the a la carte menu breakfast menu and bar menu. All was cooked with the same care and precision on every dish that left the kitchen. The gardens are a great bonus and if you are staying at the hotel you do not need to pay for entry. They are a tranquil haven of colour and wildlife. There are seating areas throughout the various parts of the gardens where you can relax and take in the scenery. There is also a plant shop and cafe on the side. There is a small car park for residents is available. We can only say positive things about our stay and we will definitely return sooner rather than later. Thank you the Salutation for such a memorable
We stayed for a wedding anniversary celebration and were not disappointed. The hotel met and indeed exceeded our expectations. The building is listed therefore maintaining the original layout / style. Our room was huge, richly appointed with a comfy bed to die for. For dinner, we had the tasting menu which was outstanding with super service to boot. There is a fantastic mature garden to stroll around or as somewhere to relax. A couple of minor niggles eg the bill was incorrect at checkout but happy to put this down to inexperienced staff. All the staff we met were welcoming and professional. Obviously this is not a cheap place to stay / eat but if you wish to spoil yourself do go even if just for dinner.
Excellent place for an afternoon tea, we were a party of 10 the the weather was fine so we Sat outside on the terrace, the service was excellent,a good selection of food and plenty of it, and as much tea or coffee as you needed would definitely go again.
My daughters bought my husband and I a voucher for tea at the Salutation earlier this month. Not only was the location wonderful, the tea was delicious and the staff friendly and welcoming. There was a lot of choice in the sandwiches catering for vegetarian and non. Lots of other things to chose. Then came the scones, jam and cream followed by a tray of cakes with plentiful different tea blends. We then went to look at the wondeful gardens which were magnificent with so many dahlias. We had a great afternoon and will return
Excellent Afternoon Tea with plentiful sandwiches and delicious cakes. Lovely setting on patio overlooking the Gardens. Perfect Day all round. Service was brilliant and we were made to feel very welcome
We absolutely loved our stay. Everyone made us feel welcome, nothing seemed too much trouble. The food was amazing, we especially enjoyed the dinner in the tasting room and the kitchen staff are fantastic. Special mention for Luis who's warm and relaxed personality, plus first-class service, made the weekend even more special for our group. We also all loved the accommodation, which was stylish, spacious and extremely comfortable. We'll definitely be back!
Not only was this evening a surprise for me but it was a surprise for the restaurant.... we turned up a week early but despite being fully booked, they were so gracious and squeezed us in. From the welcome to the cocktails in the elegant bar to the dinner, the service was faultless. We had the tasting menu which was delicious, particularly the snacks, tuna and beef. Thank you for a wonderful evening.
After wandering around the beautiful Salutation gardens we walked in for lunch at the hotel. The waiter who looked after us (we were the only table) was amazing, very welcoming & very patient with the elderly members of our group. The lunch menu food was delicious. We all had the ploughman’s platter. We would love to go back for their afternoon tea experience.
We visited the Salutation for an Afternoon tea, and it was one of the best we have had. On arrival we were greeted by an enthusiastic and very pleasant receptionist. We were a bit early so were shown out to the hotel gardens. Although most of the plants were past their flowering best, it was still a nice walk round, and must be great at when the flowers are in full bloom. The tea itself was delicious, particularly the cake selection. You are allowed more than one plate of sandwiches / savouries but we found you do need to ask for them. It would have been nice to have the waiters ask us a bit more. Apart from that small criticism, it was a lovely experience.
The Salutation is a Grade 1 listed building, originally a country house and designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. It is set in grounds which are a paying visitor attraction in their own right (though of course free to hotel guests). The conversion to a hotel has been sensitively done, and there is a fascinating collection of art scattered through the building. Our room, on the 2nd floor was large, well-decorated, furnished in keeping with the building, and comfortable. Both it and the separate large bathroom had lovely views over the gardens. WiFi was certainly adequate, though we weren't demanding users. Of course the age and importance of the building limit the amenities that can be provided - so, for example, no lift and no double glazing. Those things don't bother us, but it is fair to warn others. The restaurant (in what were once servants' quarters) provides an excellent and imaginative evening menu, and a very good cooked breakfast (though there were some glitches with the breakfast buffet). The staff are friendly, and try really hard to be as helpful as they can. Service does not have the military precision of some larger hotels, and small things can be missed, but the attitude is right, and mistakes are soon fixed. On the whole, we prefer that to a perfect but impersonal machine. Overall, a lovely place, worth the money for a special occasion.
The Salutation places you next to St. Clement's Church and Secret Gardens of Sandwich. This 17-room, 4.5-star guesthouse welcomes guests with conveniences like a bar/lounge and free self parking.
Start your day off with breakfast, available for a fee. Quench your thirst with a drink at the bar/lounge.
Guests of The Salutation enjoy free WiFi in public areas, a meeting room, and barbecue grills. Free parking is available if you drive. Multilingual staff is on hand to answer questions. This luxury guesthouse also has a picnic area.