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The Marine Hotel which enjoys impressive sea views from its prime location at Tankerton in Whitstable, has received a £1.6m transformation by Britain’s oldest brewer, Shepherd Neame.
It is the brewery’s single largest refurbishment to date with the entire building – interior and exterior – undergoing a substantial restyling. All 30 bedrooms and bathrooms, plus the function rooms, restaurant, and bar area have been transformed to create a destination hotel with period detail, modern comfort and contemporary interior style.
The Marine re-opened ready for Easter and will be a major investment for the hotel and local tourism market, creating additional employment. It is ideally placed to explore the charming Kentish seaside towns of Tankerton and fashionable Whitstable.
Bedrooms have been fully refurbished to a very high standard, along with the restaurant, bar and coffee lounge. There is the addition of an light and airy orangery, an attractive complement to the coffee shop.
There’s also an impressive fireplace installed in the lounge and the original first-floor balustrade has been restored.
The hotel’s elegantly-styled function rooms – the Ballroom and the Galley Suite – are both ideal for parties, conferences, meetings, celebrations, and weddings. The restaurant offers a high quality menu using local produce, with a natural emphasis on seafood, along with traditional fare.
Consideration has been given to customers with disabilities, including wheelchair users, with the installation of a bespoke passenger lift to the first floor and a dedicated bedroom.
Shepherd Neame chief executive Jonathan Neame said: “This significant refurbishment is not just about investing in The Marine Hotel, but the coastal area of east Kent, too. It is an area rich in history, heritage and tourism appeal and we feel confident that the hotel further enhances the reasons for people to visit.
“We fully expect it to become the leading hotel in the area, attracting holidaymakers, wedding parties, diners looking for good local food, and those needing conference and meeting facilities.”
Whitstable is renowned for its seafood, particularly its oysters, and its harbour, built in 1832, remains a fascinating insight into the town’s heritage and remains a prosperous fish market. Every July there is the popular Oyster Festival which attracts visitors from all over the world; and August’s two-day Regatta includes fun, music, displays and seaborne events for all the family.
The Regatta’s Grand Firework Display is a truly impressive sight, best viewed from the Tankerton Slopes directly in front of The Marine Hotel.
The town also features a museum, art galleries, independent boutique shops and a former manor house, which features a coffee shop and beautiful gardens.
Whitstable is only a 20-minute drive to Canterbury and an hour and a half by train from London.