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Innkeeper's Lodge Maidstone


The White Rabbit Vintage Inn, Sandling Road, Maidstone, ME14 2RF

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About the hotel

Built in 1797 to house the officers’ quarters of the Invicta Barracks, this distinctive lodge is one of the most welcoming hotels in Maidstone. Rather than repelling Napoleonic troops it now serves as relaxing budget accommodation for short breaks and business travel, and is ideally placed for exploring Kent or nearby towns like Chatham and East Malling. The colonial-style building offers 12 comfy rooms and a cosy pub, where you can unwind with a pint of cask ale and some freshly cooked, seasonally inspired food.

Maidstone is Kent’s business heart, but there’s plenty to see and do besides attending an event at the East Malling Conference Centre. It’s best known as home to the beautiful Leeds Castle, with its 500 acres of scenic parkland and popular golf course, but you could also enjoy the town’s theatres, bars or busy shopping centre. Or you could explore the area via water, taking a canoe along the River Medway or a more leisurely boat trip on the Allington Belle or Kentish Lady.

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Showing Thursday 27 October 2016 to Friday 28 October 2016

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Hotel Non-Smoking Throughout, Cots available, Tea/Coffee making facilities in each room, Hairdryer in each room, Telephone In Each Room
Car parking available onsite
Wi-Fi Available, Wi-Fi Available In Public Areas, Wi-Fi Available In Rooms
Restaurant, Bar
In Room Entertainment
TV, Satellite TV
[Channels] News, [Channels] Movies (Free), [Channels] Music, [Channels] Childrens

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Max Child Age
Up to 15 years old
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The price shown is based on the occupancy and dates you have searched for. Prices and availability are subject to change based on the arrival date, number of nights and occupancy searched for. All prices are inclusive of all local taxes.
Pets are not allowed

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Very Good

All reviews (15)

73% would recommend it to a friend


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  • S Goddard

  • October 2016

Innkeeper's Lodge Maidstone

Stayed as wanted to somewhere near The Orangery after enjoying my nephew's stunning wedding.

Excellent choice, taxi home, would recommend this lovely pub, staff & occomodation.

  • Fiona H

  • September 2016

Avoid this establishment!

I booked a double room for 2 nights stay in the Innkeepers Lodge.

We arrived early evening of 4th September and allocated room 1. We found that the toilet would not flush and the hot water to the bath and shower was barely a dribble. I complained to the staff who said they would log a call for an emergency plumber. We were offered room 6 but it was a twin room so staff member Chris said we could use bathroom of room 6 and stay in room 1. We had to go to and from both rooms for a shower/bath and toilet through the night. We went to eat in the pub that evening and was advised at least half a dozen items were no longer available, I ordered the fish and chips - the cod was terrible - soggy inside and rubbery batter. Chris said he would have offered us the meal for free to compensate for the room problems but the meal was rubbish too. The following day we went to breakfast. There was a large waste pedal bin for packaging, teabags etc that had a broken pedal so had to lift lid to put waste in, dirty and unhygienic and the clanging of the lid when someone closed it was so loud. The large light fittings from the ceiling were filled with dead bugs and flies, clearly visible.

We were advised by the staff that the plumber had been called out to fix toilet and water pressure in room 1 but staff could not give a time frame. We went out for the day, returning at 5pm and the plumber and the plumber had not attended. We were then allocated room 5 so had to move all our belongings up the corridor. Whilst the toilet did just about flush in room 5 the water pressure problem recurred there - barely dribbling from the bath tap and a light slow flow from the shower. After my shower I noticed black grainy sediment in the bath, I tried to clean it out but more came out of the tap, I had to remove it with a wet wipe. We felt we had no option but just to out up with it as we were attending a wedding in Maidstone that evening and it was just too stressful to feel like we were complaining again. We met a Dutch family also staying there who experienced similar problems and had equally complained and also offered to move rooms. We were so disappointed with the overall experience which really spoiled the special time we had hoped we would have had there. While the staff were reasonably helpful there was little they could do except apologise. The hotel actually needs a really good clean and overhaul of the bathrooms. I paid £130 in advance for the 2 nights - if I had to pay on departure I would not have parted with a penny. We stay in lots of hotels as travel extensively throughout the south-east and have never had to complain once about anything and always happily pay. I will not stay in - or eat in - a Vintage Inn again. I'm still awaiting a response from Vintage Inns to my complaint to them.

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