07 August, 2006

King Charles Hotel, Gillingham - Review

Fort Amhurst #8
So, clutching our wedding invite we set course for Kent early on Saturday evening...we had booked a cabin at the King Charles Hotel (the pictures on their website are hilarious fantasy), Chatham (about 2 minutes from Fort Amhurst, where the reception was to be held), pictured above (in reality), it turned out to be a charming, sympathetic conversion of an old naval military facility, lovingly decorated by local artists and set in a stunning location (as you can see)...the room came complete with authentic capstan full strength aroma (despite booking non-smoking), and the shower was equipped with a handy auto-on feature when running the bath, to really capure that feeling of adventure on the high seas as you wade across the bathroom floor trying to shield your wedding outfit from the forceful spray...
Fort Amhurst #1
The reception, in contrast, was in the lovely grounds of Fort Amhurst (here is a view of the town from the ramparts)...
Fort Amhurst #2
...and a view of the festivities from the same location...
Fort Amhurst #3
- the food was really good, a selection of BBQ'd burgers, kebabs and wraps, veggies well catered for also, then drinks until the sun was well below the horizon and disco action late into the night, a very pleasant affair spent in the company of some genuinely interesting and friendly folk -
Fort Amhurst #4
In the morning we were woken early by the noisy natives setting up a massive car boot sale right outside our cabin window, so we gave up trying to sleep, got up and went down for breakfast (which was included in the price) -
Fort Amhurst #5
We asked for one Full English and one vegetarian breakfast, and I think the chef must have been having an off day...the vegetarian breakfast had an enormous block of cheese on the side...how I kept a straight face when the waitress brought it to the table I really cannot say-
Fort Amhurst #7
So, we took a quick walk around the boot sale (got a DVD), then hopped in the car and Tomtom brought us home...wedding good, hotel bad... ;)
Fort Amhurst #9

7 comments:

boo said...

cool i like the information i dont like the hotel either
boo

¨°º©[ Fink ]©º°¨ said...

It was pretty bad, I pity the people who were actually having their wedding reception there...

Anonymous said...

I am one of the previously mentioned 'noisy natives', and I have to say The King Charles is not a hotel I would recommend, in fact it's probably the worst hotel in Medway! Rest assured that there are some MUCH nicer places around here! P.S. that slab of cheese made me laugh - a lot!

¨°º©[ Fink ]©º°¨ said...

Hehe, it truely was a quality establishment... ;) Thanks for taking the time to comment... ;)

Anonymous said...

Im a ex-native of gillingham, now live in horley. Can't believe the hotel is still standing,it hasn't changed in 20 years. If you're in the area in the future, the gillingham premier-inn is a better bet:o)and rochester is worth a visit. very funny veggie-brekfast photo!

¨°º©[ Fink ]©º°¨ said...

Hehe...Thanks for the advice..! :)

Paul said...

If only you had spoken to the fort about hotels.... there are truely some wonderful old places to stay both in Rochester and the surrounding area with veiws and activities to match. Sadly King Charles is located in and caters for the residents of the land of the missing gene... the worst place to stay in the area by far!