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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
For enquiries or to make a reservation please call 03330 034095


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, Lift to all floors, Restaurants, Twenty Four Hour Service
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

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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
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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
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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

Three 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.
The Hotel holds a licence to conduct Civil Ceremonies


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:

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?

Meetings, Conferences and Events

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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 0844 387 62 40


TripAdvisor Traveller Rating: Rating: Based on 789 traveller reviews
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Good ...... But

19/11/2019 Colin C, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Nice friendly staff, Good location, Right next to the beach. But, look old inside, need some TLC, And the sight of cockroaches trap in my (Bathroom) wasn't very nice. Would I recommend it ? Not sure ... more


Brilliant weekend and meal in the Marco Pierre White restaurant

26/10/2019 ChrisLX54,

Excellent food and service in the restaurant . Lots of choice on the menu . Came as a group of six friends for an overnight with Groupon. Waitress Cathy was excellent really helpful Would recommend... more

Owner Response
Neil L, Group General Manager at Best Western Clifton Hotel, responded to this review
Dear Chris Thanks very much for your lovely words and praise, this is really important for us and I am so glad you and your friends had a great weekend. I will make sure Cathy is thanked on your behalf and we look forward to being of service again in the future Kindest regards Neil

Excellent Stay

25/10/2019 LeedsPhil1965, Leeds, United Kingdom

Just returned from a 4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast with National Holidays. Prior to booking we reviewed the Clifton and the Burstin Hotel, opting for the Clifton with an extra supplement, as the ... more

Owner Response
Neil L, Group General Manager at Best Western Clifton Hotel, responded to this review
Dear Phil thank you so very much for your in-depth and concise review, this is very much appreciated. Yes, we have already started the bedrooms as you have already alluded to, this will take time to complete due to the age of the building and the complexity of what we want to achieve. I am really pleased you enjoyed Folkestone, it does have a lot to offer, in fact, not many people know it is the home of the largest urban art exhibition in the UK so it really is well worth a visit. I am really pleased you enjoyed your time with us and who knows, when you decided to visit Bruges for longer next time perhaps we will have the pleasure of your company during that trip 1 Once again, thank you very much for your review and kind words, they really are appreciated Kindest regards Neil

Afternoon Tea...

23/10/2019 tickers24, Folkestone, United Kingdom

Visited here with a Groupon voucher for Afternoon Tea with a Gin and Tonic from a Tea Pot...... So so wasn't let down, sat in the bar area, was looked after really well... A tray of goodies that didn'... more

Owner Response
Neil L, Group General Manager at Best Western Clifton Hotel, responded to this review
Dear Tickers Thank you for taking the time to give me your feedback & the 5 stars following your recent visit, this is really important for us and your comments are warmly received. I'm really pleased you liked our G&T Tea...we will be launching a new version for the winter which will be pot of Hot Chocolate infused with peppermint schnapps instead of G&T...so I hope you'll come along and try this (you can still have a teapot of G&t if you want though) Once again, thank you for your lovely words and kind sentiments. Kindest regards Neil

Good stay in Folkestone

21/10/2019 464Sue, London, United Kingdom

We stayed at this hotel and had a good experience. Our room was spacious and comfortable with a sea view and the staff were helpful and friendly. The hotel was close to the cliff top promande and I wo... more

Owner Response
Neil L, Group General Manager at Best Western Clifton Hotel, responded to this review
Dear Sue Thank you for your review and the 5 stars, this is really kind of you and we are happy that you enjoyed your stay and the surrounding areas. I will pass on your feedback to all concerned and I hope we will have the chance to be of service again in the not too distant future Kindest regards Neil