The Ship & Trades is a lovely hotel that celebrates its heritage and place at the Marina. There are plenty of naval artefacts around the hotel, and it exudes warmth and comfort with plenty of cosy places to sit by a fire.
The Ship & Trades has 11 en-suite bedrooms all fully equipped with showers, baths, hair dryers and tea/coffee making facilities. These comfortable rooms all come with bed and breakfast and room service is available if you fancy a cosy night in.
There is a large restaurant on the first floor, with panoramic views of the Marina from the large glass windows. A varied menu of traditional dishes to modern cuisine is served here, and some of the ingredients are locally sourced, adding to the authentic Kentish feel of the place. The bar serves traditional Kentish ales and a good wine list with bottles from as far as New Zealand.
There is a waterfront seating area where you can grab a quick bite to eat or take in the fresh sea air – perfect for a spot of lunch on a sunny day.
Things to see and do
Chatham is a lovely part of the Kentish coastline with lots to do. The Marina is the star attraction, set on the River Medway; a shopping centre is nearby as well as some good places to eat. There is also a water activities centre if you are a thrill-seeker. Kingswear Castle is close to the Dockyard and has coal-powered Paddle Steamer dating back to 1924. It’s a great day out as you relax and glide along the river, with friendly staff, good food and plenty of seating. If you are travelling as a family Dickens World is a theme park that is perfect for small children. There are rides, 4d shows and the friendly and animated staff ensure you will have a great day out.
Our view of Ship & Trades
Ship & Trades is a lovely retreat if you are looking for a top hotel in Kent by water, surrounded by some excellent golf courses.