The Royal Harbour Hotel is a delightfully quirky place to stay, ideally located in a Georgian crescent, overlooking the harbour and English Channel, in the seaside town of Ramsgate, on the Kent coast. Easy to get to, by car or, as we did, by high speed train from London a stay here offers an opportunity to spend some time relaxing and enjoying the restorative properties of sea air.

We stayed in the Royal Copenhagen suite, a large room, complete with four poster bed, sitting area, and a feature fire place with a working fire. As the weather was good, we didn’t need to use that, but instead, made use of the balcony, enjoying the magnificent views. Being an early riser, I was fortunate enough to see the sunrise over the harbour, worth being awake for!

 There was an interesting collection of books in the room, and some great artwork availing the walls. A Nespresso machine was a welcome addition. The bathroom was incredibly stylish, with black and white tiles, and chrome fittings, including a powerful shower. A bonus was a television integrated into the tiles.

We enjoyed dinner in the hotel’s restaurant, The Empire Room. We sampled a pre-dinner drink in the adjacent bar whilst making our choices from the excellent menu. The restaurant prides itself on sourcing good, high quality food as locally as possible, and it was evident in our choices, the samphire accompanying my perfectly cooked Dover sole had been picked that morning from the nearby coast at Pegwell Bay. My partner enjoyed locally bred pork, which was delicious. Our salmon starter was delicious, and we couldn’t resist deserts – Kentish plums with vanilla panecotta for me, whilst my wife went for raspberries and meringues.

We returned to the hotel lounge, a relaxing experience, a great combination of comfortable chairs, interesting art, and a record player, complete with an extensive collection of vintage vinyl. An honesty bar had a good range of drinks, and complementary cheese and biscuits were available for guests. Not surprisingly we slept well in the very comfortable bed.

Breakfast the next day was excellent, we had a window table, and enjoyed a good selection from a wide range of both hot and cold menus, including the traditional “full English”, and a good choice of fruit, cereal, cheese, meats and yoghurt. This set us up for a long beach walk along this beautiful coast.


The Royal Harbour Hotel, Ramsgate

Tel 01843 591514