The Bay Tree Hotel in Broadstairs reopens with fresh new look
The Bay Tree Hotel in Broadstairs reopened just in time for Christmas following a refurbishment, which celebrates the original features of the grand Victorian building. Due to a series of building delays, the reopening was unfortunately postponed from its original summer date.
The hotel is ideally located in a conservation area upon the chalk cliffs that overlook beautiful Stone Bay and yet is just a few minutes away from Broadstairs town centre. Eight of the hotel bedrooms have sea views, one with a balcony terrace overlooking the bay.
In many ways, the hotel owners, Alistair Dixon and Robert Stone, have taken the building back to how it was when it was originally built. The aluminium windows have been replaced with
traditional wooden sash windows, the original skirting and doors have been kept or copied, and stairs and landings have all been restored to their former glory.
The bedrooms are named after British woods and many feature colours that reflect the sea and its surroundings. The balcony sea view room, English Oak, incorporates pastel blues to reflect the colours of the sea, whilst the first floor corner room, Chestnut, uses creams to reflect the huge expanses of Stone Bay’s sand.
Robert has been responsible for much of the design, working closely with Suzy Nina Interiors to turn his inspiration and ideas into reality. He says, “Being located within a conservation area hasn’t been without its challenges, but there have been revelations along the way that have made it all worthwhile. Uncovering the original Victorian Minton floor to find it in excellent condition was one such moment.”
In addition to original features, unique pieces of up-cycled furniture have been brought in to add colour and personality to the style of the rooms.
As well as serving excellent breakfasts, the Bay Tree Hotel will host an all-day restaurant offering tea, coffee and cake and seasonal menus. The restaurant will be serving the best and most
seasonal produce that the garden county can provide and excellent seafood from the Isle of Thanet – from the oysters of Whitstable to the scallops of the south coast. It will be open to members of the public looking for great food and views.
The hotel isn’t just special on the inside, but it has what is reputed to be the largest and oldest Bay Tree in Kent in the garden. The hotel also benefits from car parking for up to ten guests.