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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

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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

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

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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 717 traveller reviews
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Great night at The Clifton

15/06/2019 Frances C, London, United Kingdom

Arriving at the hotel we were given a 24 hour parking permit for a very reasonable £3 to leave the car right outside the front door. The reception staff were polite and helpful and the room was large ... more

Owner Response
Neil L, General Manager at Best Western Clifton Hotel, responded to this review
Dear Frances Thank you for your lovely review and high scores, this is very much appreciated as are your words of support and praise. I will ensure these are passed onto all those concerned and I hope we will have the pleasure of looking after you again in the not too distant future Kind regards Neil

Heating on all year! Boiling hot room.

13/06/2019 Itsadate, Lincoln, United Kingdom

Be aware that the heating will be on full all year round as when I rang reception to ask how to turn it off I was told “it is an old system and if we turn yours off, no one has hot water. Just close t... more

Owner Response
Neil L, General Manager at Best Western Clifton Hotel, responded to this review
Dear Guest Thank you for your review and the feedback therein, this is very much appreciated. With the age of the hotel, there are many idiosyncrasies that she has, and having the towel rails plumbed into the hot water system in some rooms is one of them. We are currently refurbishing the bedrooms and where this fault is present, it is being remedied. I am genuinely sorry for this and for the disrupted nights sleep, however, I ope you can see we are working on this and I hope you will give us another opportunity in the future to look after you, whereupon you can sample the changes we are making. Once again, thank you for your feedback, it has been really helpful Kind regards Neil

"Executive Double Room" A Horrible Space

10/06/2019 rosiepugh, London, United Kingdom

False advertisement of the website and far too expensive for what it is. We went for a walk along the sea front and harbour and came back to check into room 221. At this point I had informed the rece... more

Owner Response
Neil L, General Manager at Best Western Clifton Hotel, responded to this review
Dear Miss Pugh Thank you for your review and the email direct to myself, your feedback is most welcome. I full appreciate that some of the bedrooms are tired and in need of refurbishing, which is why, now that we have completely overhauled the ground floor & restaurant areas, we are now moving this project into the bedrooms to completely refurbish these to the same standard as the public areas.In a little over 2 years of owning the hotel we have already invested in excess of £2m bringing the hotel up to date. This process is still ongoing with the bedrooms as already mentioned, which due to the age of the building will take a considerable time to complete. I genuinely wish that you had spoken to myself or one of my team whilst you were in the hotel that you were unhappy with your room as soon as this had become evident, as we would have tried to resolve this there & then, because letting me know of your dissatisfaction after you have left gives me, no opportunity to resolve the issues you had and make the stay better than you had. In respect of your comment regarding the cold food items on breakfast, I will have to respectfully disagree. The restaurant has been exceedingly busy this year and as such, we are having to replenish all the buffet items with fresh food several times each service as they are being consumed so at no point would the food be sitting there ‘fermenting’. As a hotel, we have to abide by very strict health & hygiene procedures which set out by the EHO & our own internal procedures and these are checked daily, weekly and monthly by external auditors. I am sorry your stay was not the pleasant experience either of us would have hoped for, as this is not what we set out to do, although it is my understanding that my front office manager did offer to look to address your concerns by looking for another room. I hope my reply to your personal email makes sense & I would welcome the chance restore your faith in us. Once again, thank you for your feedback, it has been most helpful

Great location for a short break

05/06/2019 ghjmep13, Hailsham

We went here using a BuyaGift Voucher. Very nice room with a view {although the heated towek rail in the bathroom created a sauna!} Staff were lovely and the breakfast was excellent. Walk away from Fo... 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 visit using your BuyaGift package..I am really pleased you enjoyed our hospitality and breakfast. Indeed, if you move away from the town centre Folkestone has some stunning features and quaint little areas, in fact Folkestone is the home of the UK's largest urban contemporary art exhibition, which I hope you found time to enjoy Once again, thank you for your kind words and sentiments, these are really appreciated Kind regards Neil

Great staff

31/05/2019 Jubs A,

Downstairs very nicely decorated and the cream teas delicious. The staff make the place though, Philippa on reception is fantastic and Maj is a wonderful ambassador for the hotel, actually all the sta... more

Owner Response
Neil L, General Manager at Best Western Clifton Hotel, responded to this review
Dear Jubs Thank you so much for your kind words and sentiments following your recent visit, these are very much appreciated and I know both Philippa & Maj will be blushing at your complements. I am so pleased everything was a great success and I hope we have the chance to welcome you back on many future occasions Kind regards Neil