A hotel in Faversham has been given a four-star AA rating, just three months after being officially opened.
The Faversham Creek Hotel, owned by local businessman David Selves, received its new rating in July, around the same time the boutique hotel was voted as the number 1 for place to stay in the area on TripAdvisor.
David Selves and his wife Tracy took over the building in Conduit Street a year and a half ago, replacing the former Swan and Harlequin pub with a sleek six-bedroom boutique hotel.
Selves also runs the Phoenix Tavern in Abbey Street, which he took over five years ago and turned into a traditional English pub.
The Faversham Creek Hotel is also home to a contemporary restaurant, with each table named after a Thames Barge with a connection to Faversham, while every bedroom boasts the name of a notable Faversham figure.
Speaking to the Canterbury Times, David said: "Tracy and I are blown away by the inspectors’ report, which makes all the hard work and the hard work of the staff so worthwhile and to be given four stars after three months fully open takes our breath away.”
Chris Bichard, Chairman of the Faversham Business Partnership said: "David and Tracy have done a wonderful job bringing a desperately needed new dimension to the town in accommodation and eating.
"It’s a very comfortable environment. They’ve created new jobs and increased the footfall generally which benefits all the traders.”