The Hythe Imperial

Travelzoo Staff

Why We Love It

  • The AA Hotel Guide 2017 praises the hotel's "stunning sea views" and "prominent position" on the Kent coast
  • You can dine in the AA-Rosette-awarded Coast Restaurant, or sip champagne cocktails in the Moët & Chandon Bar
  • Folkestone is 10 minutes' drive from the hotel and Dover's port takes 20 minutes

Enjoyed This
(422 Member Ratings)
"Excellent value for money. Staff very friendly and facilities are a bonus. Had room with sea view and bed was very comfortable. Plenty to choose from at breakfast."
May 13, 2018
Grays, United Kingdom

Map & Directions

The A259 is a couple of minutes' drive from the hotel, and Junction 11 of the M20 is 10 minutes' drive away. Hythe railway station is five minutes' drive or 25 minutes' walk away. Parking is free.

Rooms & Rates

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The Hythe Imperial hotel is a 4-star retreat set along Hythe's stretch of shingle beach in Kent. The property was constructed in 1880 as a railway hotel, and is now coming to the end of a long-term bedroom renovation project.

Hythe belongs to The Confederation of Cinque Ports -- a collection of maritime towns that once provided military support to The Crown. Reminders of Hythe's past are everywhere -- the Royal Military Canal runs just behind the hotel. Keep an eye out for the Martello Towers, which were built as a defence against a Napoleonic invasion. Sandgate Castle is also less than 10 minutes' drive or 45 minutes' walk away.

You can hop on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway -- a 13-mile-long line with miniature steam and diesel trains -- which has been running between Hythe and Dungeness for almost a century. Romney Marsh, an expanse of 100 square miles once submerged beneath the English Channel, now dotted with towns, is two miles west of the hotel. The hilltop town of Rye is 40 minutes' drive away, and Dover is 20 minutes' drive.

"This imposing seafront hotel is enhanced by impressive grounds including a 13-green golf course and pleasing gardens," according to The AA Hotel Guide 2017. Other facilities include a gym, a spa, a Jacuzzi, a sauna and a swimming pool.

You can sample seasonal British cuisine in the AA-Rosette-awarded Coast Restaurant, or dine in the in-house Indian restaurant. The Moët & Chandon Bar, opened in 2016, operates Wednesday-Sunday, and serves a variety of wines and cocktails.

From the press:

  • "This elegant hotel with a rich history stands looking out across the Channel from its prominent position on the seafront" -- The AA Hotel Guide 2017



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Extra beds / roll away beds
  • Fitness classes
  • Golf course (on-site)
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Hot Tub / Jacuzzi
  • Indoor pool
  • Restaurant
  • No pets allowed
  • Spa
  • 100% smoke-free
  • Sauna


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • Beauty treatments / massages (fees apply)
  • Concierge service
  • Laundry / dry cleaning

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Fridge
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Safe
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout


  • Hair-dryer
  • Bathtub (in some rooms)
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Complimentary parking
  • Off-street parking


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible pool area
  • Accessible restaurant
  • Accessible spa
  • Facilities for guests with special needs
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 10am.

Children and additional guests: Extra beds and infant's cot/crib are available and free of charge for children aged 15 and under and must be requested upon booking. Extra beds are not available for older children and adults.
Breakfast supplement for an extra child is not included automatically in the total price and will be charged directly by the hotel. It will apply as follows: £7 per child aged 3 to 11, and £10 per child aged 12 to 15. Children aged 2 and under get breakfast for free.
See room descriptions and rate policies for information about room occupancy and prices.

Pets: No pets allowed, except registered guide dogs.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

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Customer Service available Mon-Sun, 9am-12 midnight ET

Winner: People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Customer Service

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Enjoyed This
(422 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Hythe Imperial Hotel Limited over the past 15 months.
4.4 Ambiance
4.6 Location
4.6 Rooms
4.6 Quality of Service
4.6 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
the breakfast options.
Other Comments
the quality of the remedial works and the fixtures and fittings would not be out of place in a 5 star hotel
alan Mar 15, 2018 Waltham Abbey, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The size of the room and bed, also the spa facilities
Other Comments
Food was excellant
Peter Mar 15, 2018 Maldon, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The Holy Pundit Restaurant
Other Comments
Well presented large superior room but a little bare.A picture or two would help.Good to have windows that opened.Staff very pleasant.
Susan Mar 15, 2018 London, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Great for a short break staff friendly food excellent.
Other Comments
Pleasant staff good location. spa nice but changing rooms could be a bit cleaner!
Georgina Mar 14, 2018 Saint Leonards-on-seaS, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The rooms were perfect
mrs Mar 15, 2018 Chislehurst, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Hotel by the sea
Other Comments
Hotel staff all very friendly and helpful
Hazel Mar 15, 2018 Redhill, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
High standard room with very comfortable bed
Other Comments
There is still some ongoing refurbishment at the hotel I imagine there might be noise during the week but all very quiet at the weekend
Rowan Mar 12, 2018 Canterbury, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Other Comments
First class
kevin Mar 11, 2018 Welling, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The areas that have been refurbished are lovely. The staff are very helpful and friendly. Indian restaurant on site was really good.
Other Comments
Hotel is going to be fab when all refurb has taken place. The area going down to the spa and Indian Restaurant needed a good clean and ineed to be more welcoming which I presume will be done as as part of the update.
hilary Mar 09, 2018 Hailsham, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
the cheap deal
Maureen Mar 10, 2018 KENT, United Kingdom

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