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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.

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
For enquiries or to make a reservation please call 0844 387 6152*


No onsite car park . Hotel offers parking voucher for £2 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
Check-in & Check-out
14:00 | 11:00


Dining and Bars

For fine evening dining or a light and informal lunch, visit our Garden restaurant and Clifton bar. We are proud to serve you some of the most exceptional food around whilst you sit back and admire the flowers blooming in our impressive gardens.

Chef Lee


Garden Restaurant

Our comfortably furnished restaurant overlooks the adjoining garden and makes the ideal venue for a leisurely lunch or dinner. We offer a choice of seasonal menus, which are complemented by a wide selection of fine wines. Children are looked after just as well with their own menu of appetising meals. At certain times of the year our resident pianist will be present to provide background music and add an extra splash of enjoyment to your dinner.

Opening hours

Breakfast: 07:30 - 09:30
Lunch: 12:30 - 14:00
Dinner: 19:00 - 21:15
Weekend times may vary

Costa Coffee Lounge

The Clifton bar overlooks the sun terrace with its flower-filled boxes, providing a warm and friendly atmosphere. Enjoy a drink from our renowned choice of cask-conditioned draught ales and if you're feeling peckish, theres 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


Hythe Imperial

We have beautifully scenic and challenging golf facilities, just seven miles from the Best Western Clifton Hotel in Folkestone

Located just a short drive away from the hotel, this 9-hole, par 68 parkland course is flat, well designed and suitable for all abilities. The English Channel and the Royal Military Canal run parallel to the length of the course and give breathtaking views.

Course information

Course Type: Parkland
Location: Off Site
Holes: 9
Par: 68
Distance: 0 Yards
No handicap required


7.00 miles away in Hythe


9 holes Yes


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 Cristi manea on 01303 851231

Location and Attractions

Getting there.

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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 468 traveller reviews
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Really Good Hotel

16/10/2017 BestRedWine, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom

Lovely hotel, polite and friendly staff. Weekend break, for 3 nights (room 235) Parking is limited even with a permit at busy times but the hotel can't do anything about that, other hotels in the are... more

Owner Response
Neil L, General Manager at Best Western Clifton Hotel, responded to this review
Dear Guest Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback following your recent stay, this is very much appreciated as are the comments about the lovely friendly staff. I am really pleased you enjoyed your 3 nights with us and we look forward to being of service to you again on many future occasions. Kindest regards Neil

Average just about sum's it up

16/10/2017 john b, newcastle-under-lyme, staffs

I stayed here recently on a stop over for b&b, I'd no idea what this hotel was like to be honest, but the price was ok, I was trying to stay in Dover but, as it was a Saturday night, and my booking w... more

Owner Response
Neil L, General Manager at Best Western Clifton Hotel, responded to this review
Dear Guest Thank you for taking the time to give me your feedback and constructive comments following your recent stay. This has been most helpful and appreciated. I do understand where you are coming from with regards to the age and style of the hotel. This is why we have commenced a refurbishment of the hotel (hence the scaffolding) in order to bring it right up to date. I sincerely hope you would reconsider your last comment about 'not wanting to stay here again' once we have finished our development plans as I am sure you would be pleasantly surprised! Once again, thank you for your review and I hope we can be of service to you again Kind regards Neil

What a deception.........

14/10/2017 Hain R,

Well during my booking my stay on booking .com there seemed to be a problem the first time I put my bank details in ....the site seemed to freeze and I though well it had not taken my details and book... more

Owner Response
Ashley R, General Manager at Best Western Clifton Hotel, responded to this review
Dear Guest Thank you for your email and for raising your concerns. With regards to your issues, you appear to have posted these on the page for the CLIFTON HOTEL, Folkestone whereas your concerns relate to your stay at the CARLTON Hotel. Please could you clarify this as I do not have any details of any booking/reservations for you under your name at the Clifton Hotel I look forward to hearing from you in due course Kindest regards Neil Lomas General Manager

Oh Dear!

13/10/2017 552RMJ123, Folkestone, United Kingdom

Saw that the hotel had been refurbished so thought we would give the new oyster Bar a try. The decor is horrendious....like a bad LSD Trip. Busy carpet/busy wallpaper. Staff did their best but servi... more

Owner Response
Ashley R, General Manager at Best Western Clifton Hotel, responded to this review
Dear Guest Thank you for your review and the feedback therein. I take onboard your observations about the decor, however I would have to politely disagree with you. Compared to what was here before and what we have changed there is no comparison and the comments I have been receiving from guests on a daily basis since I arrived here 2 weeks ago have been astoundingly positive and glowing. We are working with the team and are actively updating and improving our service training for the new members of the team, along with refresher training for other members of staff. I do sincerely hope you will pop in again when the whole refurbishment has been completed and give us the opportunity to rebuild your perception Kindest regards Neil Lomas General Manager

Great Hotel in Folkestone

11/10/2017 R F, Tamworth, United Kingdom

Great hotel in a great location, just being re-furbished and looking good. Room was clean and tidy and would recommend it to anybody.It is in an ideal location for seeing Folkestone. Customer service ... more

Owner Response
Clifton H, Front Office Manager at Best Western Clifton Hotel, responded to this review
Dear Sir/Madame Thank you for completing the survey regarding your recent visit to our property. Your business is very important to us and we value your feedback. By telling us what you liked about your visit and how we can improve, you are helping us deliver a superior experience for you and other guests in the future. We hope you will come back and see us again soon. If we can be of assistance in the future, please don't hesitate to contact us. Sincerely, Best Western Clifton Hotel