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Are you looking for a fine place to stay in Folkestone? Then look no further. The Best Western Clifton Hotel in Folkestone is perched on the famous Leas, with views across the Channel to France. Celebrated as a Folkestone landmark, the hotel is fabulously situated only fifty yards from the Leas Cliff Hall Conference and Entertainment Centre. The majestic sands of the East Cliff Beach are just a pleasant stroll away whilst the town centre and harbour are mere minutes away. As this charming hotel near the heart of Folkestone dates back to the 1864, you'll enjoy Victorian character as well as modern convenience during your stay.

The hotel facilities include a Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill restaurant overlooking private gardens, an Ocean Bleu lounge bar known for its cocktails and speciality gins and overlooking the English Channel, and a Costa Coffee lounge featuring an outdoor terrace. Free Wi-Fi internet is available throughout the hotel.

Whatever you want to do - shop till you drop, go for a walk or run on the Leas, enjoy a theatre show or simply relax at the hotel - we're certain you'll leave feeling fabulous and refreshed. With Dover Castle and the Kent Downs area of outstanding natural beauty also just down the road, youll never be short of places to see and things to do near Folkestone.

The Best Western Clifton Hotel makes an excellent base for trips to France, as its only three miles from the Channel Tunnel terminal and seven miles from the ferry port in Dover. You can also drive to the M20 motorway in just a few minutes. For these same reasons, the hotel makes an excellent conference venue in Folkestone. Not only can we accommodate guests crossing the Channel, but our superb function rooms mean that we can host your business meeting in style.

With Victorian character and a fantastic coastal location, the Best Western Clifton Hotel is sure to make for an incredibly memorable stay.

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The Leas
Clifton Gardens

CT20 2EB
To make a reservation please call 0800 393130 (Freephone). For all other enquiries please call 01303 851231


No onsite car park . Hotel offers parking voucher for £3 per day for street parking, however availability cannot be guaranteed.
Bars, Free WIFI, Golf Nearby, Restaurants, Twenty Four Hour Service, Lift to all floors
Free internet available throughout the hotel
There is parking available nearby.
Pets: No Pets accepted Guide, hearing and assistance dogs only
Check-in & Check-out
14:00 | 11:00


Dining and Bars

For fine evening dining or a light and informal lunch, visit our new Marco Pierre White Restaurant Bar and Grill restaurant and Ocean Bleu bar. We are proud to serve you some of the most exceptional food around that you would expect from a Marco Pierre White restaurant whilst you sit back and admire our impressive gardens next to the hotel


Marco Pierre White Steakhouse

Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill treats guests to signature steaks, timeless English and French classics, and a comprehensive selection of premium cocktails. The menu is exclusively curated by Marco himself and is the perfect setting for any occasion from an intimate dinner for two to a family celebration. FREE car parking for all Marco Pierre White dining patrons subject to availability. Ask reception on arrival for details.

Opening hours

Breakfast: 07:00 - 11:00
Lunch: 12:00 - 14:30
Dinner: 18:00 - 22:00
Weekend times may vary

Costa Coffee Lounge

The Costa Coffee lounge overlooks the sun terrace where one can enjoy a nice coffee & pastry. The Pastry Chef at the hotel prepares a superb range of pastries and cakes daily. If you're feeling peckish, there is a varied selection of hot and cold snacks. Open from midday to midnight, you can enjoy a warm welcome and convivial company whatever time you visit.

Opening hours

Weekend times may vary

Ocean Bleu Bar & lounge

Overlooking the Famous Leas and the English Channel it offers a great place to relax. Open from 10 am each day the specialities available include seafood and a range of gins and champagne

Opening hours

Weekend times may vary


If you're looking for a wonderful wedding venue in Folkestone, the Best Western Clifton Hotel fits the bill. We have excellent facilities for wedding receptions, private luncheons or dinner parties, and can offer the perfect venue for parties of 6 to 100 persons.

Wedding service and reception venue

Five separate function rooms are available, some of which are interconnecting if you want to spread out your party. The largest is our Pleydell room, which can accommodate up to a 100 guests, plus we have three medium-sized rooms for the more intimate celebrations. All offer natural lighting and tasteful decor. The hotel's private two-acre garden will provide a tranquil setting for your special event and many of your photographs.


Our team of dedicated wedding planners will ensure you have the day you've always dreamed about. We offer a variety of set menus and packages to suit any budget, whether you prefer a full, sit-down banquet or a more informal buffet. If you have bespoke requirements - vegetarian or childrens options, for example - talk to our team who will be pleased to discuss and accommodate for your needs.


Registry office:

Get in touch with Cristi Manea

For any enquiries please call Events on 01303 851231

Location and Attractions

Getting there.

Sat nav users: type CT20 2EB

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Nearest motorway: M20, J13, 2.00 miles
Nearest train station: Folkestone Central, 1.00 miles
Nearest airport: London Gatwick, 75.00 miles

The Leas
Clifton Gardens
CT20 2EB

What's nearby?


  • Bannatyne (1.5 miles)

  • Folkestone Bowls club (1.5 miles)

Cities & Attractions

  • Dover Castle (6 miles)

  • Leeds Castle (30 miles)

  • France (33 miles)

  • Cathedral of Canterbury (20 miles)

  • The Leas Cliff Hall (0 miles)


  • Folkestone (0.2 miles)

  • Ashford (13 miles)

  • Canterbury (20 miles)

Meetings, Conferences and Events


With its superb location and close links across the Channel, the Best Western Clifton Hotel is a great conference venue in Folkestone. Our function rooms feature stylish floor to ceiling windows, as well as wall-to-wall hospitality from our attentive staff.

The Pleydell room is situated on the ground floor overlooking the garden area and is suitable for meetings and dinner dance parties.

The Romney room is situated on the ground floor, overlooking the garden area. It's suitable for training courses and can be used in conjunction with the Pleydell room, for some extra space.

The Garden room is situated on the ground floor and overlooks the garden area. The suite is ideal for smaller meeting and private dinner parties.

Available room set ups

U shape


The Pleydell Room is situated on the ground floor overlooking the Garden area and is suitable for both Meetings and Dinner Dance Parties


The Romney Room is situated on the ground floor overlooking the Garden area and id suitable for Training courses and can be used in conjunction with the Pleydell Room


The Garden Room is situated on the ground floor overlooking the Garden area suitable for smaller meeting and Dinner parties

Room Theatre Classroom U-Shape Boardroom Banquet
Pleydell 80 32 32 30 75
Romney 50 18 20 20 40
Garden 40 14 14 20 32
Bouverie 40 14 16 18 0
Have an enquiry?
Contact events on 0845 620 0506


TripAdvisor Traveller Rating: Rating: Based on 673 traveller reviews
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18.02.2019 Passenger25299344680,

I booked this hotel for a family party near by and paid £105 for a family room and a twin, being from London and hotel prices being higher on weekends I didn’t think the hotel was going to be very goo... more



13.02.2019 Sightseer622368,

The hotel is amazing, the staff are helpful and very friendly. The view from our room was fantastic. We stayed on 2nd and 3rd February 2019 for a weekend away, the walks and views were stunning. Folke... more

Owner Response
Neil L, General Manager at Best Western Clifton Hotel, responded to this review
Dear Guest Thank you so very much for your wonderful words of support and praise. These are very much appreciated and I will ensure all the team are made aware of your feedback. I hope we will have the opportunity to look after you again on your next weekend away Once again, thank you for your review Kindest regards Neil

Lovely views and excellent staff

12.02.2019 Chris H,

I've stayed here a few times, and the Clifton is a really nice hotel. All the rooms I've stayed in have been comfortable. It's an old hotel so some of the rooms maybe have dated decor, but personally ... more

Owner Response
Neil L, General Manager at Best Western Clifton Hotel, responded to this review
Dear Chris Thank you for your review and the wonderful words of support and praise therein, this is very much appreciated. Martini never ceases to amaze us with his knowledge of sports, he can even explain the LBW rules that even I can understand...perhaps on your next visit, you can discuss his passion for Ice Hockey and the Stanley Cup. . As for the twins...well they do seem to bounce off each other at work and keep everyone on their toes..it is almost a different language in how they communicate!! Philippa who is the font of all knowledge (apart from sports which Martini specialises in) always puts our guests first as she is a real peoples person. I am pleased Maj & Terri with their happy dispositions at breakfast have created the right mood to begin the day for you...it is important to start the day well with a happy smiling face I am really pleased the team have created an environment that keeps you coming back and we look forward to seeing you again on your next visit to Folkestone Kindest regards Neil

Wonderful Hotel right on the doorstep

11.02.2019 suzyplum,

I live and work locally to the Clifton Hotel and I am a frequent guest. I often meet friends for lunch or coffee every couple of weeks or so. A few weeks ago I booked for my husband and I to stay ov... more

Owner Response
Neil L, General Manager at Best Western Clifton Hotel, responded to this review
Dear Suzy. Thank you for taking the time to leave your comments following your visit, it was a pleasure to read of your experiences in the hotel and that the team really made your stay & visits really special. I will ensure that they are appraisded of your feedback and we look forward to welcoming you back on many future occasions Once again, thank you for your review, generous praise & making us smile Kindest regards Neil

Excellent hotel

09.02.2019 RobMcCusker27, worksop

Hotel & staff andre' martin & Philipa are a great asset to this beautiful hotel, they are so helpful. breakfast great and good quality. Bar staff also really friendly. This hotel exceeds every time. ... more

Owner Response
Neil L, General Manager at Best Western Clifton Hotel, responded to this review
Dear Rob Thank you very much for your review and the kind words and sentiments therein, these are very much appreciated and I will ensure the team are made aware of your praise. I hope we will have the chance to be of service to you gain in the future Kindest regards Neil