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Accommodation Information

Before you book a hotel.......

Please be careful not to make a hotel booking which cannot be cancelled, because in the unusual situation that a course is cancelled or postponed, you could lose your money. They won't give you a refund, and the reason for this notice is that neither will we! Please be careful.

MAP showing hotel locations near Laserchrom in Rochester

Preferred Hotels:

Travelodge Hotel       

(Formerly Ramada Encore Chatham)

Western Avenue

Chatham Historic Dockyard




Tel: 01634 891677

Fax: 08448 010314


email: reservations@encorechatham.co.uk

Distance from Laserchrom: 1 mile

Car Parking: Yes

Our customers give this hotel 8/10

Rooms have a TV with pay per view movies. They have a 'wet room' rather than a bathroom, so you get a shower but no bath. WIFI internet access is free in the bar and reception, or about £4 per hour in the room, although if you bring a pc, you can log onto the WIFI at Laserchrom for free during the day! There is a daily rate for movies and internet if required. Parking is free, round behind the hotel through the entrance to Chatham Historic Dockyard.

This is our recommended choice of hotel. It is new, fairly comfortable, very close to Laserchrom.

The hotel is situated opposite the University of Greenwich in Chatham Historic Dockyard, and is next to the Dockside Outlet Shopping Centre, an Odeon cinema and several restaurants including a Mexican, Chinese, Nandos, Porters and Pizza Hut.

If you stay in this hotel we can usually offer you transport to and from Laserchrom on the days of the course, although capacity is limited so please notify us in advance if you require transport. You can't walk though the Medway Tunnel - no pedestrians are allowed through the tunnel.

We no longer have a special rate for this hotel. They change their prices all the time, so it is best to call and ask for their best rate on the day.

Please be careful about taking a special rate where you waive your right to cancel. If for some reason the course has to be cancelled or postponed, we will not be liable for hotel stays.

Holiday Inn Rochester, Chatham

Maidstone Road




Tel: +44 0871 9429069

Fax: +44 1634 673673



Distance from Laserchrom: 6 miles, (longer but quicker

around the motorway.)

Car Parking: Yes (free)

No customer rating as yet

This hotel is a distance from Laserchrom and from Rochester town centre. However it is quite close to the M2 motorway and very easy to find.

You will need to be travelling by car to stay at this hotel. It will take about 15-30 minutes to drive to Laserchrom in rush hour, and a taxi would be quite expensive.

Why you might like to consider this hotel it that they offer full leisure facilities and have much more of a restaurant and bar than the Ramada. So if you are planning on staying in the hotel in the evenings instead of visiting local restaurants etc, this hotel is possibly a better choice.

They have offered us a discounted rate of £70.00 including breakfast, so please ask for the special rate when booking.

We understand that the Holiday Inn chain underwent a re-branding exercise during 2010, so you may find the hotel very new inside when you visit!

NB. Because of the distance we cannot offer to collect you from this hotel. If you wish to be collected each morning, you need to stay at the Ramada!

Other Accommodation

St George's Hotel

7-8 New Road Avenue




Tel. +44 (0) 1634 841012

Fax. +44 (0) 1634 812109

Email: enquiries@george-hotel.co.uk


Distance from Laserchrom: 4 miles

Car Parking: Yes but limited

Our customer rating: 8/10

This hotel is located between Rochester and Chatham, equidistant from Rochester and Chatham Railway stations.

Theoretically you could walk it from the station to the hotel, but its VERY hilly so you would need to be fit. Its the furthest from Laserchrom although there is a bus. Its only 4 miles, but in rush hour traffic this can take 40 minutes!

The price is competitive, and it gets good reviews with our customers. Price per night £40.00 including breakfast, £62 for a double room. If you don't come by car, you need to allow about £12 each way per day for a taxi to Laserchrom though.


King Charles Hotel

Brompton Road




Tel. +44 (0) 1634 830303

Fax. +44 (0) 1634 829430

Email. info@kingcharleshotel.co.uk


Distance from Laserchrom: 3 miles

Car Parking: yes

Our Customer rating. 6/10

This 3-star hotel is about a 15 minutes walk to Gillingham town centre and its resturants and pubs. 

Its about a 10 minute drive to Laserchrom. The nearest railway station is Gillingham (20 minutes walk, 5 minute taxi).

Price per night £47 for a single room (£59 for a double) including breakfast. No extra discount for visiting Laserchrom though! A taxi to Laserchrom should cost about £7 each way.


Premier Inn Rochester

Medway Valley Leisure Park

Chariot Way




Tel  +44 (0) 871 5278938

Fax  +44 (0) 871 527 8939



Distance from Laserchrom: 2 miles

Car Parking: yes

Our Customer rating. 9/10

This is a new hotel, located very close to Junction 2 of the M2, and 2 miles from Laserchrom

We cant give an indication of price because they seem to charge different prices between £29 - £80 depending on when and how you book. Booking well in advance over the internet seems to be recommended, especially if you want the advertised cheap deal. Otherwise everything might turn out to be premier, including the price!

NEW UPDATE. There is a new Premier Inn in Gillingham. May be worth checking out and comparing prices. Its a very short drive to Laserchrom if you come by car. But you cant walk or cycle through the Medway Tunnel.


Ship & Trades Hotel

The Ship & Trades

Maritime Way

Chatham Maritime



Tel. +44 (0) 1634 895200

Fax. +44 (0) 1634 895201


Distance from Laserchrom: 1 miles

Car Parking: Yes

Our Customer Rating. 7/10

Its not as bad as it looks in the picture. Its owned by Shepherd Neame, and has its own bar and restaurant. The food is nice and good value but the drinks are expensive.

Located right next to the Outlet centre in the Dockyard.

Price £60.00 per night including breakfast. A taxi to Laserchrom should cost about £6 each way


Gordon House Hotel

91, High Street




Tel. +44 (0) 1634 831000

Fax. +44 (0) 1634 847034


Distance from Laserchrom: 3 miles

Car Parking: Yes

Our Customers rating:l 6/10

This is a 2-star hotel, but has an excellent location right in the centre of Rochester High Street, directly opposite the cathedral, and the people in the hotel are very friendly.

Parking is available, breakfast is included, but the rooms have only basic facilitites. However, you will appreciate the location!

The nearest railway station is Rochester (10 minute walk) A taxi to Laserchrom should cost about £10 each way.

2011 prices:

Single room £60

Double/twin from £70


Royal Victoria & Bull Hotel

16-18 High Street




Tel. +44 (0) 1634 826693

Fax. +44 (0) 1634 814769

Email: reception@rvandb.co.uk


Distance from Laserchrom: 3 miles

Car parking: Yes but cramped. Locked at night.

Our customer rating: 7/10

This is also a 2-star hotel, also in an excellent location in Rochester High Street, not far from the castle. Parking is available, breakfast is included, but the rooms have only basic facilitites. However you will appreciate the location!

The nearest railway station is Rochester (15 minute walk) A taxi to Laserchrom should cost about £10 each way.

Please note that the main pictures on their website are the castle, not the hotel, and they have a feature which disables the use of the back button to leave their site!

2011 prices:

Single not ensuite £52.50

Single ensuite £57.50

Double en suite £72.50


Bed & Breakfast

Details of cheaper B&B accommodation can be found

by ringing the Rochester Tourist Information Service.

Tel. +44 (0) 1634 843666