I stayed for 8 nights so got a very good feel of the hotel. Firstly the frontage and the cafe bar area are very nice. Staff are very friendly and service was good throughout. The food menu is basic but all the items I had from the bar or room service were good. I stayed in one of the rear doubles which are the cheapest rooms by £20. These are advertised as being quiet. The sea view and larger doubles are more expensive and have been refurbished to a higher standard looking at photos and the odd peek I got during the stay. My room was a fairly small double but fine for one person. The bathroom was a good size and fully refurbished. My only complaints over the stay were the single glazed original windows which not many are left as the hotel appears almost fully double glazed. The window also had a small crack in it which was not great visually . The new LCD TV was good, but the signal would occassionaly break up on some channels especially later in the evening. I mentioned this to the owner - I think the hotel aerial needs boosting/replacing.
My big issue over the stay was noise from the corridor which appeared to run directly above my room on the 1st floor. I was constantly woken early because of this. I appreciate this is an old building with creaking floorboards, but something needs to be done about this. I ended up with earplugs in....but this still didnt totally solve the problem. Since I was here on leisure I wanted to have a lie in but this was not really possible. That said if you have the newer rooms on the top floor or possibly the second floor this will not be a problem for you.
Breakfast is not included but is only £6 if you eat it in the bar and is a good fry up with toast, juice, tea/coffee. Other good points are free WIFI which was reliable if a little slow, plus a full hospitality tray with bottled water refreshed daily. The car park is small but I managed to get a space most days. If not they give you a free voucher valid 4pm to 11am for the underground car park across from the hotel.
To sum up, I could not justify staying in the more expensive higher floor rooms because of the length of my stay. If you did, I suspect you would have a very good experience. If you are in the 1st floor cheap rear doubles and like a lie in then I would recommend going elsewhere. That said hotel renovations are still continuing as the builders were in for the last couple of days of my stay, so further improvements are possible.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The White Rock Hotel is not your average hotel. As well as its fantastic location on Hastings seafront, it has a laid back, individual character that is popular with business and leisure travelers alike. We have a friendly cafe-bar; free wifi broad band access; are completely no smoking; and welcome well behaved pets. Minutes from the town centre, opposite the pier and next door to the White Rock Theatre. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- White Rock Hastings
- Hotel White Rock