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Ship And Trades

Borstal, Kent, United Kingdom

4 Star Guest House


Naval heritage meets contemporary style at the Ship and Trades in the heart of Chatham stylish marina. Dating from 1875 the Ship and Trades' basic structure is a steel frame that once housed dockyard offices and an engineering shop. The 'skeleton' has been totally transformed into an ultra-modern bar restaurant and hotel overlooking one of the yacht basins at the former Royal Naval Dockyard. The inside has been transformed into a stylish contemporary space with feature fireplaces a comfortable lounge area and two snugs for more intimate gatherings. Images of boats maps and ropework celebrate the area's nautical heritage. Comfortable furnishings and soft lighting create a relaxed laid-back ambience in which guests can enjoy bar meals snacks and Shepherd Neame's selection of traditional Kentish ales distinctive international lagers and carefully-selected new world wines. The contemporary style also extends to the 11 bedrooms. Outside there is ample waterfront seating overlooking the pleasure boats in the marina and across the River Medway to Upnor Castle. The pub is a short stroll from Dickens World The Historic Dockyard Chatham and Dockside Outlet Shopping Centre and just a mile from Rochester with its Norman castle and cathedral.


  • Hotel Non-Smoking Throughout
  • Disabled Facilities
  • Car parking available onsite
  • Wi-Fi Available
  • Restaurant
  • TV
  • Tea/Coffee making facilities in each room
  • Hairdryer in each room
  • Telephone In Each Room
  • Wake Up Call Available
  • Lift to all floors
  • Car Parking Available Offsite
  • Disabled Access Public Areas
  • Disabled Access Bedrooms
  • Disabled toilets on ground floor
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Wheelchair Access To Reception
  • Wheelchair Access To Restaurant
  • Wheelchair Access To Bar
  • Wheelchair Access To Disabled Car Parking Spaces
  • Wi-Fi Available In Public Areas
  • Wi-Fi Available In Rooms
  • Lounge Menu
  • Bar
  • [Channels] News
  • [Channels] Music
  • Radio

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7.5 Very Good (3 reviews)
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9.7 Exceptional
  • Martin from Tadley
  • United Kingdom
Excellent accomodation, slightly wary by previous reviews but need not have worried. The staff were helpfull and very pleasant, the room was fairly spacious very clean and the bed comfortable. The bathroom was very clean well decorated and the shower was brilliant. We stayed in room 1 next to the kitchen and being a light sleeper I had doubts as to my sleep quality again there was no need to worry as hardly any noise was heard. Breakfast was very good an excellent varied menu well cooked and served in a spacious naturally lit room by a pleasant person. I would stay again the price was very reasonable and a wonderfull location.
Top Tip: The accomadation was within walking distance of the maritime docks, Dickens world, the retail outlet.
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4.2 Below Average
  • Harry from Bury
  • United Kingdom
Not impressed poor value for money, don't know where you get the 4 Star rating from. I didn't even get my towels changed. The shower is just a curtain around the bath working from the taps. I have stayed in a lot better hotels with 3 stars for half the price. The bar down stairs is run by kids and wait forever to be served.
8.6 Excellent
  • Donald from Shepperton
  • United Kingdom
In an industrial building near the rejuvenated Dockyards.

Good food and ale.

rooms comfortable