The Grand Burstin can be seen from a distance; whence its scale and mass provide a convincing imitation of an ocean liner…
The Burstin was part of an effort, during the 1960s, to re-cast Folkestone’s elegant and sophisticated history as a more contemporary, cosmopolitan and swingingly democratic experience.
The Burstin is, now, just about emerging from its wilderness years… For most of the recent past, the building has been lambasted for its inappropriate modern style and scale. Thanks to the vogue for all thing mid-mod, the hotel building is being seen more positively.
Dr Paul Rennie, University of the Arts, London; author specialising in 20th Century British Art & Design.