The Yarrow Hotel, Kent, review


Set in the grounds of East Kent College and a ten-minute walk to the beach.

Read on to find out more about The Yarrow Hotel including what there is to do, eat and drink, how to get there, how much rooms cost and what the rooms are like.


This Grade II-listed gem is now a light and airy hotel, with spacious corridors

Where is The Yarrow Hotel?

The hotel is in the popular coastal town of Broadstairs in east Kent and a ten-minute walk to the beach, bandstand and Victoria Gardens.

It’s also just a 12-minute drive from the famous beaches of Margate.

What is The Yarrow Hotel like?

Built in 1894 by Sir Alfred Yarrow as a kids’ convalescent home, this Grade II-listed gem is now a light and airy hotel, with spacious corridors, stained glass doors and honeycomb tiles.

There is a spa with Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room, which is free to guests – and if you fancy some pampering, there is a hair and beauty salon within the hotel.

All of the little touches and the seaside setting make this hotel a great spot for a romantic getaway.

What is there to do at The Yarrow Hotel?

The sandy shores of Viking Bay are just half a mile down the road and surrounded by quaint little beach cafes and shops.

Over in Margate you’ll find the Shell Grotto, which is well worth a visit.

No one knows quite how it got there or what it was used for, but this little temple covered in 4.6 million cockle, whelk, oyster and mussel shells is a remarkable work of art.

If you’re more of a beachy type, there’s seven to pick from – all are nearby and many have Blue Flag awards.

What is there to eat and drink at The Yarrow Hotel?

The chic restaurant is seen as one of Broadstairs’ best, thanks to head chef, Ben Williams

We had salmon rillettes followed by pork belly, cabbage, fondant potato and apple puree, both of which were delicious and beautifully presented.

The food on the imaginative menu is seasonal and predominantly local.

Michael stayed in a spacious junior suite with high ceilings, superking bed and 50inch telly


Michael stayed in a spacious junior suite with high ceilings, superking bed and 50inch tellyCredit: CHRiSCHUNG

Breakfast is a buffet with fresh-baked pastries as well as cooked options such as smoked-salmon scrambled eggs.

The staff, many of whom are apprentices and trainees from East Kent College, are polite, attentive and enthusiastic. 

What are the rooms like at The Yarrow Hotel?

There are 23 spacious rooms and five suites, decorated in coastal blue, white and cream.

We stayed in a spacious junior suite with high ceilings and windows, superking bed and 50inch telly.

It also had a lounge area with desk, sofa bed and hot drinks facilities, plus a powerful shower and roll-top bath. Some suites have sea views.

How much is The Yarrow Hotel?

A double room costs from £145 per night, including breakfast.

Click here to book or call 01843 460 100

To find out about other accommodation nearby click here.

Is The Yarrow Hotel family friendly?

There’s a children’s menu in the restaurant and you can book an interconnected room if you’re travelling with little ones.

Is there access for guests with disabilities? 

There are facilities for those with disabilities and the hotel has an accessibility document you can read here.

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