Ashford International Hotel & Spa

Exterior of the Ashford International Hotel & Spa

What’s Ashford International Hotel & Spa like?

This large 4* hotel is situated on the outskirts of Ashford in Kent, just moments from the M20, the town’s high-speed rail station and designer shopping outlet. Guests have free access to the spa facilities onsite, which include a swimming pool, jacuzzi and steam room. The hotel is part of The QHotels Collection.

How dog-friendly is Ashford International Hotel & Spa?

Very good. Many of the hotel rooms allow pets and when you check in, you’ll be given a little doggy welcome bag. Ours contained some gravy bones, poo bags, a sign to hang on the door saying dogs were in residence and an A4 sheet with information about local walks and the hotel’s rules regarding pets. Bowls and blankets can be provided upon request, too.

Guests can dine with their dogs in either the Quench bar or lobby area, but they are not allowed in the Horizon restaurant or spa. You can leave your dogs in your room while you use the spa, however – as long as you let reception know. There is also a large grassy area outside the hotel complete with poo bin. A nightly charge of £25 applies for dogs, and this covers up to two pets.

Bedroom at the Ashford International Hotel & Spa

Tell me more about Ashford International Hotel & Spa

There are 179 rooms and suites at the hotel, ranging from classic and deluxe to superior. I was quite surprised to be allocated Room 210, on the first-floor, having assumed that all of the dog-friendly rooms would be on the ground level. This wasn’t a problem though as there was a fire exit nearby so we could get the boys in and out quickly, rather than walking them back past reception every time we wanted to go out.

Our classic room was much bigger than I expected and a lot more fresh and modern. It overlooked a courtyard garden and as well as a kingsize bed, there was a desk, table and chairs for two and plenty of storage. It was nice to have several lamps in the room, rather than just harsh spotlights. And I also appreciated the little touches like tea, coffee and biscuits, complimentary bottles of water, books about Kent and items like an iron and ironing board.

The decor was neutral, with pops of red and feature wooden furniture, and the bathroom had a spa-like feel to it. There were complimentary Prija toiletries and soft white towels – and you’ll get more of these if you plan to use the onsite spa, which is open every day from early ’til late. Treatments can be pretty pricey, though. Parking is also plentiful at the hotel – remember to pop your car registration number in the tablet by reception to avoid being charged for it.

Plant burgers at the Ashford International Hotel & Spa

What’s the food like at Ashford International Hotel & Spa?

Good. There is something on the menu for everyone, from sea bream to fillet steak, as well as an excellent range of vegetarian and vegan options. Our plant burgers, pictured above, were really tasty and left us far too full for dessert – which was a shame as all the options sounded delicious. The hotel’s afternoon teas are also popular.

The buffet breakfast is well worth getting out of bed for too, as there’s a great range of continental and cooked options. If you don’t have breakfast or dinner included in the price of your stay, the food is a little on the pricey side. But packages that include evening meals are good value, as you are given an allocation of up to £32 per person (excluding drinks).

Are there resident dogs at Ashford International Hotel & Spa?

No, but we haven’t stayed in a place where we’ve met so many other visiting dogs for ages. We met Spaniels, Sealyham terriers, Labradors, Golden Retrievers, Lhasa Apsos… loads! All of the dogs were very well behaved, too.

Victoria Park, Ashford

Where are the best dog walks near Ashford International Hotel & Spa?

Head to The Warren – a peaceful oasis just around the corner from the hotel. This 35-hectare woodland is squeezed between main roads and railway lines and if you didn’t know it was there, you’d never guess! An all-weather path runs along the bottom of the reserve, which is managed by Kent Wildlife Trust. The ground can be quite steep and uneven throughout, but that just makes it feel like more of an adventure.

Victoria Park, pictured above, is also a great place to enjoy a stroll with your pooch. It’s the largest green space in Ashford and millions of pounds have recently been invested in the park, which is home to the historic Hubert Fountain, a lake, sensory garden and children’s play area. There is plenty of open space here for your dog to run around and pets are also welcome inside Harper’s Cafe onsite. Victoria Park is just a few minutes’ drive from the hotel.

Lobby at the Ashford International Hotel & Spa

What Ernie and Stan loved about Ashford International Hotel & Spa

The unlimited sausages from the breakfast buffet, the doggy welcome pack, the quiet room

What I loved about Ashford International Hotel & Spa

The spacious room, the stylish lobby, the great location

How to book Ashford International Hotel & Spa

Rooms start from around £75 per night. Be sure to check the hotel website for special offers before you book as you can generally get some good deals. For more information or to reserve a room, visit the Ashford International Hotel & Spa website.

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