The Hythe Imperial

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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

97% (32 Member Ratings)

"The superior sea view room was spot on it was a side view sea view not full on but hey let's not get picky here!!"
Jun 20, 2017
Eastbourne, 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 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, and 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 dotted with towns, once submerged beneath the English Channel, 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 for service 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 check-in time: 3pm. Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard checkout time: 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 24 hours

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

The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

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97% Positive
(32 Member Reviews)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Hythe Imperial Hotel Limited over the past 15 months.
4.4 Ambiance
4.8 Location
4.4 Rooms
4.6 Quality of Service
4.6 Value for the Money
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Other Comments
Nice room but spoiled somewhat by overlooking a building site, and the windows were, I'm afraid to say, filthy. However, we enjoyed our stay. Excellent breakfast, helpful staff, decent spa and lovely grounds. We'd return but only to a better room!
Steve Jun 21, 2017 London, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The superior sea view room was spot on it was a side view sea view not full on but hey let's not get picky here!!
Other Comments
Most of the staff were lovely! As I am disabled I had a problem with the shower in our room I think that needs looking at!! More lifts would be helpful! BUT! There is every chance we will return there again soon!
Graham Jun 20, 2017 Eastbourne, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The ambience, friendly and helpful staff, the room and excellent Indian restaurant The Holy Pundit
Roger Jun 20, 2017 SwanleySwanley, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Location on sea front
Other Comments
Although n process of being upgraded the spaces upgraded are already looking shabby. Quality is not of the best. A very small grubby lift was the mode of transport to our room and it was difficult to know which floor we were on as digital nformation n lift was not working. The toilet in our bathroom was dirty and the sea view for which we had paid extra was obscured by a roof. We asked to be moved to a better positioned room but subsequently discovered an unwashed tooth glass in the second room. On a previous visit some years ago the hotel had a large garden. It is now covered with an estate of what appeared to be holiday homes of American themed architecture. The staff were very efficient and helpful particularly those serving breakfast - which was very good. We did not have dinner n the hotel.
Susan Jun 17, 2017 Epping, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The entrance and the landscape.
Other Comments
The room. It was described as superior...nothing of the sort. It was small had only one dining type chair. When we asked reception why such room? the answer they gave was what do you expect for £69? I dare not think what an ordinary room would be like.
Nashat Jun 17, 2017 Woking, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Hotel and view
anthony Jun 15, 2017 Braintree, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Nice & quiet
Richard Jun 14, 2017 Woodbridge, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Very comfortable rooms and well maintained hotel
Other Comments
Excellent curry restaurant
Mr Nigel Jun 13, 2017 Cardiff, United Kingdom
Other Comments
Room as always very good. Staff pleasant and helpful. Bar food ( burger) very poor it seemed pre cooked we did pass our comments on but no redress. Breakfast luke warm.eould recommend the hotel for rooms but not for food .
Terrena Jun 13, 2017 Rochester, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
the friendly staff, the comfortableroom and the refurbished decor
Other Comments
I am partially disabled after an accident and would have appreciated a hand rail support in the shower
Martin Jun 13, 2017 Canterbury, United Kingdom

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