“A stunning heritage building with beautiful rooms, great food and panoramic views across Ramsgate town and harbour”
While the Regency dining room and Town Bar provide the wow factor, the 14 bedrooms deliver in understated style. Simply dressed, with Cornforth White walls and no gimmickry, they provide comfort, cosiness and cool charm. All have antique furniture, glass pendant lighting and (bar Terrace and Spacious rooms) sea views.
On the first floor are the two best rooms. The corner Suite with Balcony and Sea View has a wrap-around balcony and light flooding through Georgian windows. Sharing the balcony is the Super King Room with Balcony and Sea View, where we stayed (and where Queen Victoria who slept in 1835).
On the 2nd and 3rd floors are the majority of the other rooms. Some top-floor options have sloping attic ceilings and spectacular sunsets from their windows. In contrast, the no-sea-view Super King Room - Accessible on the lower ground floor is only accessible by a lift.
Beds are dreamy: pocket-sprung mattresses of British wool and cashmere, piles of white pillows and 600 thread count linen. Windows have original Georgian shutters, hessian blinds and double glazing to minimise road noise and draughts.
Carrera marble bathrooms have luxurious robes and White Company toiletries; all but 4 have baths.
Feasting is taken seriously at Albion House. The immaculate Regency dining room combines smart dark walls, crisp white linen, and a pleasing mix of contemporary lighting and period fireplaces. Breakfast is a small buffet including pastries, banana bread (my partner went back for thirds), croissants, berries and a hot menu: my Eggs Royale were cooked to perfection.
For lunch there's a set menu (two or three courses) with dishes such as petit pois soup, wood pigeon salad or pancetta pork tenderloin. Evening meals are a la carte: I loved the hake with roasted beetroots, while eyeing up the chermoula spiced vegetable salad. Desserts include vodka, lemon and lime posset and sticky toffee pudding. All were simply and stylishly presented, and inspired by the setting. Ingredients, where possible, come from within a 40-mile radius – all fish is locally caught, of course.
The Town Bar also serves food – nibbles and small dishes as well as meat, veg, local cheese or smoked fish deli plates. And from Thursday-Saturday, sandwiches, cakes and scones are laid out on the baby grand for afternoon tea.
There are plenty of eateries within a stone's throw or further afield in the Garden of England, from fish and chips to posh nosh; Emma and Ben can advise.
Ramsgate is a great destination for a family holiday and easily accessed by high speed train from London. Albion House is sited right above the beach, is close to shops, sights and eateries, and rooms can connect to make a family suite of rooms. That said, the hotel is a grown up enclave with a formal feel to its beautiful dining room and Town Bar, and loud, unruly children will embarrass their parents and annoy other guests. Baby cots are provided free of charge.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
A travel cot can be provided free of charge. For parents travelling with children a second interconnecting room can be reserved subject to availability. On the first floor and second floor, 2 rooms can be connected by an outer door to make a family suite – on the first floor these are the Super King room with Sea View and Balcony and the Super King Room, or the Suite and a King Room with Sea View, on the floor above 2 Super King Rooms with Sea Views can connect. All rooms bar 4 (Super King - Accessible, 2 Queen Rooms and one King Room with Sea View) have a bath
Available on request
Baby monitors will work in the restaurant, you'll need to bring your own
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
There's a kids menu for lunch and dinner (between 5 and 6.30pm only): choose between sausages, fish fingers or roast chicken with a choice of potatoes and vegetables. The breakfast buffet can be tailored to requirements with advance notice. Children will enjoy the scrumptious afternoon tea offered in the Town Bar
The hotel is sited right on a road, which can be busy at times