I've just returned from a 5 night stay at The Coniston Hotel during which the weather was the hottest experienced in the UK for a number years. I was a bit worried about the prospect of sleepless nights due to the heat, but I found the air conditioning in my room super efficient. On a number of occasions, when the heat during the day had been a sweltering 35 degrees C outside, I had to turn the air conditioning off because it was too cool!
This was a lovely hotel to stay in with friendly,welcoming and helpful staff. Again during the hot weather it was thoughtful touch to find 2 bottles of water in my room when I arrived in addition to a bar of chocolate! The room was much larger than I had expected, very modern, with interesting lighting controls and a glass sided bathroom that lit up blue like Dr Who's Tardis! The bathroom was a good size and even for a standard room the toiletries were good. Loved all the modern touches at this hotel. The large bed was extremely comfortable.
The breakfast was very good with very friendly staff in the restaurant. Although breakfast was served between 6.30 and 9.30 am I found that most residents seemed to be in larger business or coach party groups and had breakfast very early before 8am. Not being part of such a group I had breakfast at about 8.30 am and almost had the restaurant area to myself. There was a pleasant garden/patio area outside with tables and chairs to enjoy coffee after breakfast. I didn't eat at the hotel in the evenings because I preferred to eat out late afternoons whilst touring Kent.
Despite the extremely hot weather I managed to do lots of travelling and sightseeing around Kent and enjoyed visiting both Canterbury and Rochester including their cathedrals. Much of the rest of my stay was spent by the sea where it was slightly cooler. The trip on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway to Dungeness was a great day out and I also enjoyed visits to Whitstable, Sandwich and Deal. All of these days out were easily done by train and bus with Sittingbourne having a very frequent train service. Although a good 10 minute walk from the station The Coniston Hotel was a lovely comfortable place to return to in the evening.
I really enjoyed my stay at the Coniston and was sorry to have to leave. It was a great hotel that I would like to recommend top others and at some point in the future make a return visit. However, I would just like to make one comment that did slightly spoil my stay. I think it was probably just specific to a couple of rooms in the part of the hotel where I was up on the second floor. Although Room 244 was a lovely large room in which I was very comfortable there was a constant, and sometimes fairly loud humming and vibrating noise, sounding like a washing machine on full spin. I think it was the main hotel air conditioning system that was situated just below my bedroom window. There were a couple occasions, late evening and early morning when it did become very loud. Perhaps it was having to work at full power because of the extreme hot weather. It didn't keep me from sleeping but was quite annoying and irritating. I didn't complain and ask to moved to another room because in all other respects, especially the fantastic air conditioning, I was so very satisfied with the room and once settled in and unpacked I didn't want to be moved to room that perhaps wouldn't have liked so much. Another reason why I didn't wish to move was that it was a very quiet part of the hotel with no noise during the night or early morning from other guests or traffic. less