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BOTANY BAY HOTEL BROADSTAIRS WHERE AND WHY 'Lucky you!' said the receptionist when we checked in. The hotel has been refurbed and has 30 room with ensuites, wi-fi, all the lovely stuff you'd expect. But we didn't fully understand her enthusiasm until we saw our family room. Correction, suite. At the very top of the hotel, we were shown a huge bedroom/living area, a second twin room, and a separate bathroom with rolltop bath. As we grown-ups oohed and aahed at the luxury, our little boy found the private balcony (perfectly safe, amazing views). Then, climbing some stairs, he discovered what he called the 'tellyspoke' room: that's telescope to adults. With a panoramic view of the bay that gives the hotel its name, we watched passing ships until sunset then saw the stars come out from our exclusive vantage point. Lucky us, indeed. ON THE MENU Outside has wraparound seating for dog walkers, or anyone who wants to enjoy sea air with a snack. Inside there are two elegant conservatories. One is for formal dining - seafood is a speciality, including oysters from nearby Whitstable and sole from Dover - and the other is for scrummy bar food. Children are well catered for, and the presentation is superb. WHILE YOU'RE THERE The hotel sits on the cliffs at Kingsgate, so the beach is on your doorstep. The Kentish beaches around Broadstairs have distinct personalities and are of Blue Flag quality. Broadstairs (a two-mile stroll along the clifftop) was the summer home of Charles Dickens, and there is always something going on, like the Dickens festival in June and Folk Week in mid-August. WAKE-UP CALL Double rooms B&B from PS80 per night. The spectacular room 601 is from PS130 per night. CLAIRE MURPHY

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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 8, 2015
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