About Us

The View Hotel, is an independent family run hotel. Our primary emphasis is on excellence in service and customer satisfaction. Our goal is to ensure that your stay with us is an enjoyable and happy experience.

We fell in love with the local area and the views. This drove us to invest considerable time, money and passion into restoring this beautiful building back to its former days as one of the leading hotels on the South Coast of England.

Around Us

Situated on The Leas close to Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone Beach and Harbour

Our hotel is perfectly situated for those looking to experience the magnificent sights that Kent has to offer. Rich in history and culture, visit incredible places such as Leeds Castle, The White Cliffs of Dover, Canterbury Cathedral and many more!

The hotel is in the perfect location to discover all that the Kent’s Coast has to offer.  With easy access to the train stations and bus service, finding your way around will be a breeze.

Whatever the reason for your stay, we can provide you with a personalised experience that you will remember;

Coming to the coast as a family 

With so many exciting places to visit and fun activities in the area, we can help you fill your day. Only a stones throw from Folkestone Beach, Leas Cliff Hall, Lower Leas Coastal Park and Folkestone Harbour, family activities aren't far away. 

In the area on business 

Our facilities are perfect for those who need simplicity and ease from the moment you walk through the front door. With our hassle-free check in, we provide a seamless transition from reception to bedroom.


We are located a mere 20 minutes away from the famous Ashford Designer Outlet, so if you’re looking to get away for the weekend and go on that feel-good shopping spree, this is the perfect opportunity for you. Take a look at over 80 boutiques, café’s, restaurants and even a children’s play area! To find out more, visit http://www.mcarthurglen.com/uk/ashford-designer-outlet/en/


Just 5 minutes walk down the historical zig-zag path lies a perfectly sheltered and spotlessly clean shingle beach.  Just a 15-minute walk further along from our hotel, is the harbour and Sunny Sands beach.  As one of the closest sandy beaches to London, it’s not surprising it’s visited by so many!  

Everything you need is close by, including cafes, pubs and shops. The harbour is also an exciting place to visit if you are in Folkestone.  Check out the newly restored harbour arm, the host of many events and activities.  Enjoy live music and plenty of places to eat and drink or simply take a stroll down to the lighthouse champagne bar.         

The Lower Leas Coastal Park is a beautiful environment, located directly opposite our hotel via the historic zig-zag path.  The park has something for everyone, including exquisitely landscaped gardens, an amphitheatre, exciting children’s adventure play area and dedicated barbeque zones. For a less strenuous return to the hotel, take a ride on the scenic Leas Cliff Lift.

The Leas Cliff Hall is one of Folkestone’s main attractions. Opened in 1927, the hall has seen its fair share of world famous acts and played host to a variety of shows ranging from comedy, concerts, ballet and even wrestling.  The hall is situated on the Leas, a couple of minutes walk from our hotel. 

Folkestone’s creative side

The Creative Foundation is an independent charity dedicated to enabling the regeneration of Folkestone through creative activity.  Many inspiring concepts have come out of this foundation including the Creative Quarter, situated in the Old High Street, where you will find quaint old properties given a new lease of life and turned into contemporary spaces including diverse boutique shops, cafes and a host of individual galleries. Every three years, the town hosts the famous Folkestone Triennial, a well-established public art project welcoming artists of all abilities to use Folkestone as their canvas and turn public areas into stunning artworks.

The Quarter house

The perfect venue for a programme of theatre, dance, comedy, film and music. Home to Folkestone’s book festival, it’s the place to go if you are looking to be inspired and entertained. 

There are also plenty of festivals to keep you entertained in Folkestone. The Cheriton light festival is an event not to miss.  This festival sees Cheriton high street closed to traffic and filled with light based artworks by international artists for an entire weekend.  Folkestone’s book festival is also an annual 10-day extravaganza. Spread across a number of venues, the festival has a programme of exciting events including live debates, talks, film, and theatre productions.

Folkestone ArtMart

Head down to the Folkestone ArtMart held every last Friday of the month.  This well established and increasingly popular market has a range of stalls consisting of art, crafts and artisan foods.  The Multi-cultural festival in Folkestone town centre runs over two days and plays host to non-stop music and entertainment from all over the world.  Enjoy performances from Nepal, Japan, the Caribbean, Brazil, Africa, and the UK as well as enjoying the art and food stalls from around the world.  

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Folkestone is a prime location for those wanting to explore Kent. Only a 15 minute drive away, Dover is home to attractions such as the fascinating Dover Castle and of course the world famous White Cliffs. Unleash your spirit of adventure with Dover Sea Safari or head down to the harbour and enjoy some sea sports at Dover Sea Sport Centre.

To find all that Dover has to offer, visit http://www.whitecliffscountry.org.uk/Home.aspx

We are also just a 25 minute drive to historic Canterbury. An incredible city steeped in tradition, the modern and vibrant city centre offers great night life including beautifully kept public houses, night clubs, stylish cocktail bars and plenty more! For more information, visit http://www.canterbury.co.uk/

For family days out, look no further than the fantastic animal parks in the area. Check out Port Lympne, an award winning animal park, just a 15 minute drive from our hotel! Or head down to Howletts and see some of the worlds exotic and endangered animals, including the UK’s largest herd of African Elephants!


Closest landmarks

  • Folkestone Central Railway Station - 0.5 miles
  • Royal Victoria Hospital - 0.7 miles
  • Folkestone Harbour - 0.9 miles
  • Eurotunnel UK - 2.5 miles
  • Folkestone Rugby Club - 3.1 miles
  • Stop24 Services Folkestone M20 - 5.6 miles
  • Westenhanger Castle - 6.1 miles
  • Lympne Castle - 6.2 miles
  • Port Lympne Wild Animal Park - 6.6 miles
  • Dover Priory Station - 6.8 miles

Most popular landmarks

  • Dover Beach - 7.2 miles
  • Dover Castle - 7.5 miles
  • Dover Ferry Port - 7.7 miles
  • White Cliffs of Dover - 9.8 miles
  • Howletts Zoo - 12.3 miles
  • Howletts Wild Animal Park - 12.3 miles

Closest airports

  • London Southend Airport - 39.6 miles
  • London City Airport - 56.9 miles
  • London Gatwick Airport - 58.1 miles