Kent, United Kingdom

The Rose

Rates per night from$114.73

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP91.67), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

In full bloom

Setting

High street hit

Boutique hotel The Rose brings bold, bright design and Victorian charm to the high street of Deal, a spirited seaside town on the east Kent coast. Standing for over 200 years, this townhouse pub was a hit in its heyday, but had fallen behind the times when it was bought by the former design editor of Wallpaper magazine and her landlord husband, a descendant of the brewers that once owned the pub. What followed was a labour of love, with the design-savvy duo restoring the building’s standing and a introducing a flurry of colour – chairs in velvet mustard, mint-green sinks and purple bath tubs all make an appearance. Downstairs, the mod-British restaurant and mid-century lounge bar turn out dishes and drinks made with ingredients sourced from the Kentish countryside.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

Eight, including three suites.

Check–Out

10am, but flexible, subject to availability. Check-in, 3pm–5pm on Mondays and Tuesdays, 3pm–11pm Wednesday–Saturday, and 3pm–6pm on Sundays and bank holidays.

Rates

Double rooms from $114.73 (£92), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

More details

Rates include an à la carte breakfast – choose from options like duck eggs with anchovy soldiers, bacon sandwich with rhubarb ketchup, or avocado and green chilli on toast.

Also

The hotel have followed the vintage thread by keeping things fairly lo-fi, which is why there are no TVs in the rooms. Rooms 3, 4 and 6 have record players and a stash of vinyl, however.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout; free tea and coffee stations. In rooms: free bottled water and Austin Austin organic bath products.

Our favourite rooms

All eight rooms were individually designed, so each has its own quirks and character – some have a mint-green sink or a yellow bath, others have a knock-out piece of mid-century furniture. Finding a favourite will be a matter of taste, but we're particularly taken by Room 4, which has a super-king-size bed and a spacious bathroom with sliding wooden doors, a roll-top bath and a shower clad in bottle-green tiles. If bold colours and bright patterns are your thing, try Room 9, a cosy bolthole with mustard fabrics and cloudlike wallpaper by Farrow & Ball.

Packing tips

We’d advise leaving space, or even bringing an extra bag, if you’re prone to the temptation of vintage shops.

Also

All the public areas are wheelchair accessible, but there are no specially adapted rooms.

Pet‐friendly

With advance notice, dogs under 40kg are welcome in Room Three and Room Eight. There's a flat fee of £20. See more pet-friendly hotels in Kent.

Children

All ages are welcome, but the hotel isn’t particularly geared towards children. A cot (£15 a stay; suitable for children under two) or mattress (£15 a stay; suitable for children from two to eight) can be added to certain rooms subject to availability.

Food and Drink

Photos The Rose food and drink

Top Table

You can’t beat the green velvet banquette, which was lovingly restored by a local upholsterer.

Dress Code

The atmosphere is undoubtedly casual, but the hotel’s design credentials warrant a certain studied carelessness. Work jackets, wide-leg chinos and oversized jumpers will hit the mark.

Hotel restaurant

The restaurant is designed with as much thought and flair as the rooms, working original features like the time-worn floorboards and 1950s wall panelling into the mix. These relics have never been in better company, now brought to life by a forest-green banquette and utilitarian mid-century furniture. The kitchen is helmed by chef Rachel O’Sullivan, who honed her craft at Soho’s Polpo and cult East London café Towpath. She and her team prepare mod-British dishes from the open kitchen at the end of the room, with classics like braised rabbit, roast hake and rump steak ensuring Kent’s fields and waters get their due. But as with everything at the Rose, there’s a sense of freshness running through the whole operation – obvious pairings are often swapped out for something more enticing, and dishes aren’t bounded by an obsessive need to keep things Kentish to the last.

Hotel bar

The bar and lounge are splashed with bold colours thanks to the plum, blue and mustard lounge chairs and high-backed sofas covered in leafy motifs. A wood-burning stove and antique rugs keep things snug on cold days, and the walls are decked with a range of artwork, some of it by local artists and others from the Carl Freedman’s gallery in Margate. The local ales and wines have been chosen with judicious care, but it’s the seasonal cocktails that steal the show, made with local herbs and fruits foraged by Lucia Stewart, founder of the Wild Kitchen.

Last orders

Breakfast is served every day from 8.30 to noon. The restaurant is open Wednesday to Saturday for lunch (noon to 3pm) and dinner (6pm to 9.30pm); on Sunday the kitchen is open from 8.30am to 4pm. Drinks flow in the bar from 9am to 11pm daily.

Location

Photos The Rose location
Address
The Rose
91 High St
Deal
CT14 6ED
United Kingdom

The Rose is on the High Street in Deal, a charming seaside town on the east Kent coast.

Planes

The closest airports are London Gatwick and Heathrow, both around two hours’ drive from the hotel.

Trains

Deal has its own station. If you’re coming from the capital, you can hop onto a high-speed service from St Pancras International, which takes around 90 minutes. If you’re in the mood for a leisurely journey, the regular service leaves from London Bridge, taking an hour longer.

Automobiles

You won’t need your car in Deal itself, but it’s worth having one if you want to explore the Kentish countryside and nearby seaside towns. There’s parking within a few minutes’ walk of the hotel.

Worth getting out of bed for

The fine-tuned balance of antique, retro and contemporary design in the lounge makes it all too enticing to kick back – and when you've got Kentish ales, English sparkling wines and killer cocktails within arm’s reach, you may find the hours slip by faster than you expected. It’s worth dragging yourself away, however, as Deal High Street has won acclaim for the number of its independent boutiques – don’t miss Smugglers Records for a bit of crate digging, galleries Don’t walk walk and Linden Hall Studio for a taste of the homegrown art scene, and Mileage, Fleming’s and Delpierre for antique and retro homeware. If you’ve got a car, further cultural hits can be found in Margate, home to the Turner Contemporary and Carl Freedman’s Counter Editions, the gallery that supplied the some of the artwork at the Rose. Make the most of the sea air on the walk between Deal and Sandwich, once home to the Earl who inspired the eponymous snack. You’ll pass the River Stour, have views of the chalky coastline at Ramsgate and cross the grassy dunes of the Royal St George’s Golf Course, the inspiration behind St. Mark’s, which James Bond plays on in Ian Fleming’s Dr. No. Deal’s beaches are pebbly, so if you prefer to bask on sand, you might want to head up the coast to Ramsgate or nearby Broadstairs, home to Botany Bay, a stretch of sand bounded by Kent’s chalk-white cliffs. If you’ve never been, now’s a good chance to see fit in a visit to Canterbury Cathedral, around 20 minutes’ drive from Deal. The building needs no introduction, but yellow-sashed guides are on hand to impart its lesser-known history.

Local restaurants

If you’re on the hunt for brunch or a light lunch, stop in at local favourite the Popup Café – as the name suggests, its very presence stands as proof of its popularity. Originally intended as a summer project project, the café wooed residents with its flaky pastries and fresh sourdough to such an extent that the owners were convinced to put down roots for good. If you prefer a more traditional setting, the Black Douglas Coffee House is an equally worthy place for a sandwich or a slice of cake. For a laid-back lunch or dinner, try Frog and Scot, a Francophile bistro run by husband-and-wife team Benoit (the frog) and Sarah (the Scot). Chef David Gadd spent six years at The Sportsman, a Michelin-starred gastropub in nearby Seasalter, so there’s certainly no lack of talent in the kitchen. If the brilliant bistro fare at Frog and Scot persuades you to pay a visit to Gadd’s old stomping ground, bear in mind you’ll need to book weeks, if not months, in advance. Back in Deal, Victuals and Co have scaled up the small plates trend, offering nine of their ‘medium plates’ each night – you just need to choose whether you want three, four or five. Another novel option is the Dining Club, which is made up of several Georgian dining rooms, making a meal feel more like a private dinner. Head chef Scott knows no bounds when it comes to the variety of cuisine – over the course of a month, the menu could start in Britain, make its way through Europe and end in the Far East. You’ll need a membership to book, which costs £10 and lasts a year.

Local bars

You won’t find a local bar that does a better cocktail than the Rose, but if you’re determined to play away for an evening, don’t miss pint-sized wine bar Le Pinardier. It’s owned by Frenchman Benoit (one half of the Frog and Scot), who has more than a decade’s experience working in the wine and champagne industry. For a true taste of Kent, order a glass of Chapel Down, a sparkling wine that can hold its own among the big name champagnes.

Reviews

Photos The Rose reviews

Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this coastal hotel in Deal and unpacked their vinyl from local store Smugglers Records, a full account of their seaside break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside the Rose in Kent…

Every seaside town needs its star hotel. In Victorian-era Deal, it was the Rose, where a travelling businessmen could strike deals in the commercial room, entertain his new clients at the billiards table then toast success with cigars and brandy in the smoking lounge. The pub and its rooms were the talk of the town, and things stayed that way until the end of the 20th century, when its bloom began to fade – it was time for the Rose to turn over a new leaf. In 2016, the hotel was snapped up by a husband-and-wife duo who had the just the right sort of motivation to whip things into shape while staying true to the spirit of the place. Christopher is the descendant of the owners of the Thompson & Son brewery, who owned the hotel and pub for 50 years; his wife Alex is the former design editor at Wallpaper magazine, making them something of a restoration dream team. After a refurbishment that saw every room lavished with care and colour, the Rose blooms brighter than ever before. Hand-picked retro and antique furniture give the place an inherent home-from-home feeling, but it’s a cosiness tinged with glamour – velvet furniture, miniature roll-top baths and artwork from Carl Freedman’s Margate gallery provide just the sort of finish that strikes a chord with design-savvy Londoners in search of a little coastal therapy.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel or villa, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in The Rose’s Guestbook below.

We loved

We loved our stay at the Rose, our room was lovely with a big, comfy bed. We really enjoyed the breakfasts and the view from our window, which looked out onto the church and the churchyard.

Rating

Stayed on 17 Apr 2019

We loved

We loved the room and the cosy, stylish interiors throughout The Rose. Being super dog friendly was also a plus – our 5-month old border terrier was able to accompany us to dinner and breakfast and was very excited to meet everyone. A cooked-to-order breakfast came with the room, which was also a lovely plus. Service was wonderful and always friendly.

Don’t expect

Total peace and quiet. It's a very relaxing place, and quiets down completely after 11pm, but because it is small (just what we wanted), you can hear other guests entering and exiting their rooms. You can also hear the slight beat of the music from the restaurant/bar, but as I said, after 11pm it goes super quiet so didn't affect our stay or night's sleep at all!

Rating

Stayed on 26 Jan 2019