Hotel du Vin, Tunbridge Wells reviewed

Hotel Du Vin Tunbridge Wells exterior and gardens

We pay a visit to the historic town of Royal Tunbridge Wells in the Kent countryside and check in to historic property Hotel du Vin 

“Disgusted, Tunbridge Wells”. The residents of this Kent spa town were once perceived to be so fusty it became a byword for morally outraged letter writers. A stay at Hotel du Vin, Tunbridge Wells, quickly tears that notion asunder.

Given the fact the hotel has its own vineyard, this Grade II-listed Georgian building probably has more in common with Royal Tunbridge Wells’ 17th-century reputation as “the most debauched town in the kingdom”.

Housed within the sandstone mansion are 34 bedrooms and suites. The mansion has been carefully converted to offer various styles of rooms from standard, deluxe, studios and suites yet still maintain the unique character of the building.

Bistro du Vin is inspired by French home-style cooking with a British flavour. It’s serves up dishes that rely heavily on fresh and seasonal produce. It’s about enjoying moderately priced à la carte dining in a down-to-earth, warm and relaxing setting.

There’s something undeniably decadent about tucking into succulent chateaubriand at Bistro du Vin before retiring to luxury suites named after champagne producers, or meeting rooms with French doors leading onto private verandas.

While the “Disgusteds” of yesteryear have become today’s internet trolls, Hotel du Vin makes a case for a new phrase to be associated with the town instead: “Delighted, Tunbridge Wells”. 

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Lisa Stokes

Lisa Stokes

Lisa Stokes is founder of luxury spa/hotel blog Spa Spy and a member of IoD London

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