We stayed at this hotel for a sunny week- end in Hastings; we had purchased the stay as a special deal: for £79 we got 2 nights in a double room with breakfast. The normal price would have been £250, which I think is an absolute rip off given how basic this hotel is. Whilst the location, right opposite the beach, is unbeatable, the hotel itself leaves a lot to be desired: the room we got, number 27 on the 4th floor, was very small - still adequate for 2 people who don't attend to spend a lot of time in there, but very small nonetheless- ; the bed was so narrow we could not sleep properly, even though we can't exactly be described as chunky people, quite the opposite. The mattress was so soft we felt as though we were sinking into it, and the duvet cover had quite a few stains of a rather dubious nature all over it. As for the shower, the water pressure was so weak that it could be best described as a trickle, and there was none of the little fancy toiletries which you would normally expect to find in the bathroom of a 4 star hotel - no soaps, conditioner, shower caps etc.... just 2 bottles screwed to the wall, one containing shampoo and the other one shower gel. As we were on the 4th floor, we had to use the lift to get to our room; i can honestly say that i've never seen such a tiny, obsolete lift in my life: it can not carry more than 2 people at a time, and on the 2nd day of our stay, it broke down altogether. The only slightly redeeming feature of this hotel was the breakfast, and even that I can't rave about: it had a buffet which was very limited ( cereals, apples, fruit juices, butter and jams, but if you want bread, you have to ask for it, and wait for it to be brought to you, which can take a while. There are no pastries, muffins or croissants, unlike what you would normally find in 4 star hotels). You can also order a cooked breakfast but again, you would have to wait for quite a while for it to be brought to you as it is made to order. It is worth the wait, though, and the waiting staff is very nice and courteous.
All in all, we had quite an ok stay as we were only there for 2 nights and only using the hotel for sleeping and eating breakfast and strictly nothing else; as i said before, the location is great so I can't fault the hotel entirely; however I am at a loss as to how it got its 4 stars, as it is at best a 2 star hotel. For the price which they normally charge, they should be offering far better amenities and have a major refurbishment of the place, as the rooms are really looking very tired. There are far better B&Bs for a fraction of the price, so don't waste your time going there unless you're prepared to forget about the fact that it is supposed to be a 4 star hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Lansdowne is a family run 4**** Guest Accommodation located on the Hastings sea front within a short walking distance to the historic old town and town centre. The Lansdowne is an ideal starting point for both leisure and business travellers. All 28 rooms are non-smoking and en-suite with bath/shower, hair dryer, telephone, free view TV and free WiFi in every room. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lansdowne Hotel Hastings