We took off for a spa weekend to celebrate our wedding anniversary (24 years on the 24 Nov) and stayed in the Hythe Imperial, Kent. After reading reviews from previous guests I was a little worried about what to expect with our weekend away; they didn't paint a very rosy picture of the Imperial Hythe. I’m not entirely sure what other people were seeing or complaining about to be honest; they didn't give a fair review and only commented on the negative things they found (some people will moan for the sake of moaning). A good review should have an even balance of information for the perspective guest, good and bad. From the moment we walked into the hotel we were given a warm welcome, with friendly and knowledgeable staff.
|the Hythe Imperial|
We were given a junior suite on the 4th floor with dual aspect windows with sea views, which was perfect for us considering we had booked a standard double. The Romney Suite we were allocated was excellent, tasteful décor and very clean with a large bathroom - ticked all the boxes. Previous guests moaned about the old decor to the hallways on upper bedroom floors. The corridors could do with a lick of paint and new carpet, but you don’t sleep in the corridor and it added to the charm of the Victorian building!
|early morning visitors|
|sea view from our bedroom|
The ground floor of the hotel has had an extensive makeover, bright and welcoming and reminds me of hotels I stayed in as a child. The ladies powder room had the most amazing toilets and sinks and lovely spa hand wash and lotions. Sorry I forgot to take pictures of the entrance and restaurant.
|the powder room on the ground floor|
The spa facilities were perfect for relaxing on a rainy November afternoon, offering a steam room, sauna, Jacuzzi and pool. We stayed there for a good few hours.
|the Spa entrance|
We opted for the inclusive meal in the Coast restaurant; which included dishes from the a la carte menu but highlighted in blue for inclusive guests, which was a bit silly as they were the same dishes. The whitebait and crab starters were excellent.
|after dinner coffee in the bar|
After a restful sleep we finished our weekend with the excellent breakfast buffet, which was laid out in the restaurant. We can’t wait to visit again early next year.