The Best Hotels in Canterbury for Every Traveller

Canterbury is served by a spectacular selection of hotels including the Riverside Houses
Canterbury is served by a spectacular selection of hotels including the Riverside Houses | © Grant Rooney / Alamy Stock Photo
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Food Editor23 December 2020

Canterbury has hotels for all tastes, from ultra modern chic retreats to historic properties. We’ve done the hard work so you can pick your perfect stay from the best.

Canterbury is served by a spectacular selection of hotels, many with histories almost as old as the city itself. Stay in a 12th-century manor, ancient coaching inn or in a lodge on the grounds of Canterbury Cathedral. The city’s old-world charm makes it a top destination for a short weekend break for Brits – and a must-visit for visitors from abroad on a longer itinerary around the UK.

ABode Canterbury

Boutique Hotel, Hotel, Luxury
4.1/5 (990 Reviews)
Abode Canterbuyry
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Located minutes from Canterbury Cathedral, this hotel is the ideal base to get to know the city. When you’re not out exploring, relax in the Scandi-chic rooms, which come with crisp linens and plenty of homely touches. For an extra-special stay book the Fabulous Suite, which has a private terrace with views over the cathedral. Before calling it a day, enjoy a pre-dinner drink at the Champagne bar followed by a meal of upscale British classics at County restaurant.
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The Falstaff in Canterbury

Boutique Hotel
4.2/5 (984 Reviews)
Falstaff Hotel
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Housed in a 15th-century coaching inn, the Falstaff is a living museum. The 46 en-suite bedrooms come with stylish design touches, such as headboards made from custom fabrics. Add a touch of luxury by opting for a room with a roll top bath. Book a superior suite for period features such as wooden beams, wood panelling and fireplaces. In the evening, head to the cocktail bar where you’ll find an innovative menu with drinks named after mythical creatures.
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Ebury Hotel

Boutique Hotel
4.5/5 (88 Reviews)
Ebury Hotel
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A homely red-brick facade sets the scene for this comfy Victorian townhouse, just a short walk from the city centre. Rooms come with an en-suite, tea and coffee facilities and free wifi. But the garden, where you’ll find a sun terrace and patio, plus two hot tubs, is the real attraction. You’ll also be pleased to hear management are looking to make this getaway greener by introducing eco-friendly toiletries and minimising plastic waste. The short stroll to the centre and garden make this a great pick for summer stays.
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  • The Victoria Hotel

    Boutique Hotel
    4.2/5 (586 Reviews)
    The Victoria Hotel
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    The Victoria Hotel prides itself on being a home away from home. Less than a mile from Canterbury’s centre, it has an enviable location within sight of the famous cathedral; when you book, opt for a room with a view. Comfortable and cosy, the hotel has been refurbished recently, introducing a warming colour scheme with splashes of red. If you’re here for a weekend trip, don’t miss the Sunday lunch before hitting the road — this place is famous for its carvery.
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    Broome Park Hotel

    Independent Hotel, Hotel, Luxury
    4.2/5 (274 Reviews)
    Broome Park Hotel
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    If you’re looking for stately luxury in a rural retreat, book in to Broome Park. Established during the reign of Charles I, this grade I listed mansion is one of the finest examples of Carolean architecture in the country. Its 18 suites live up to the exterior’s promise, particularly the Mansion House suites, which come with stately four posters, luxury linens and garden or golf course views. For more privacy, book one of the 14 luxury woodland lodges, which can sleep up to six. The on-side health club includes a pool and squash courts or you could play a round on the 18-hole Parkland championship golf course.
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    Canterbury Cathedral Lodge

    Boutique Hotel, Independent Hotel
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    Canterbury Cathedral Lodge
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    If you’ve come to Canterbury to explore the cathedral, this hotel lodge is the place to stay. Located on the grounds of the religious site itself, you couldn’t be closer: every stay comes with complimentary access. The rooms are cosy with a neutral colour scheme, but the best part is waking to views of the ancient house of worship from your bedroom window. In the mornings, wander onto the immaculate hotel lawn with your coffee to soak in the atmosphere.

    Howfield Manor

    Boutique Hotel
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    Howfield Manor
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    Just out of town and surrounded by hills and fruit trees, the 12th-century Howfield Manor is set in five acres (2ha) of beautiful grounds. The 15 en-suite rooms are traditionally furnished with wooden accents. The Old Well Restaurant is a big draw, serving local ingredients cooked in a French style. Head there on a Sunday to try the traditional British roast, which comes with a Yorkshire pudding, roasted potatoes and seasonal mixed greens.
    These recommendations were updated on December 23, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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