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Zanzibar International Hotel Hastings
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Hastings
Certificate of Excellence
Cambridge, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“Lovely hotel! ”
Reviewed 3 July 2014 via mobile

We stayed in the Japan room which was beautifully decorated. The jacuzzi in the room was a nice touch.

I was very impressed with the facilities which included a smart TV, the usual kettle along with extensive choices of hot beverage options, an iron and ironing board, a fridge with complimentary water and Elemis products.

We ate lunch and dinner at Zanzibar too. Both meals were of a very high standard and reasonably priced too. The selection of drinks was excellent also.

The staff were very friendly and helpful too. And when I realised I had left an item behind, they posted it back to me free of charge.

I would recommend The Zanzibar and will definitely return in the future.

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Norwich, UK.
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Reviewed 29 June 2014

Hastings itself is a bit rubbish but this hotel is a little gem. The interior design is superb and the friendly staff can't do enough for you. Breakfast and dinner were top notch.
Hastings is a sad old Victorian resort but the beach and promenade are lovely. There's plenty to see within easy driving distance and free, on street parking close to the hotel.

Room Tip: We stayed in both the Japan room and the Manhattan. Both were terrific and imaginatively furnished...
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Tamworth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 June 2014

The facilities this hotel provides are better than most , fridge in the room, fans etc. and being able to eat breakfast in your room is an added bonus . The bed was comfortable and decent quality bed linen but what was disappointing was the fact the fixtures and fittings were tired and in some cases needed a really good clean if not replacing , the rug in our room really was quite awful . The road noise was too intrusive and unfortunately the surrounding areas of St Leonards and Hastings can only be described as a complete dump and it was not a pleasant experience walking around . I agree with other reviewers that this hotel is overpriced taking everything into consideration which is a shame as somewhere else and a little updating it could be fabulous , why the owners picked this location and have managed to keep in business is baffling .

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Reviewed 13 June 2014 via mobile

We tried the Zanzibar as it was something a bit different. We were hoping for an experience we wouldn't forget (in a positive way!) and it delivered on every level.

The Antarctica room was fabulous - the view is straight out to the sea, there is a steam shower and a sauna in the room (the sauna is a bit tempramental but just get Max to show you how to coax it back on), the decor suits the room theme perfectly.

The atmosphere at the hotel can't be faulted - all the staff couldn't be more helpful and are genuinely smiling all the time. Breakfast was probably the best we have ever had at a hotel (and we have stayed at quite a few 5 star hotels over the last few years). It is a credit to Max who turned the building from a seaside B&B into the experience it is now and to all the people he has working with him. We will definitely be staying again :-)

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 June 2014

We stayed in the South American room, sea view. The room had nice personal touches far better from standard hotel rooms . We were welcomed by Jason, who explained the locality and we were offered complimentary drinks . The hotel restaurant was quaint and the food was amazing!!! Would highly reccomend !!! Breakfast was organised efficiently and promptly for those on a tight schedule it's great . When we checked out, the owner delt with me, great personal customer service, very friendly and genuinely interested in feedback and clearly very proud of his establishment and his staff. Would reccomend this as the number one place to stay in Hastings !!!(don't judge it by the exterior) the experience makes up for it !!!

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Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

Wonderful stay in "Antartica" room with its superb shower & body jets & steam and amazing sea views. Really excellent food in the Pier 9 Restaurant both at dinner & breakfast the next morning.
We started the day with the fresh fruit salad with the best yoghurt I've ever tasted, followed by scrambled eggs, smoked salmon & really good toast - we normally never eat hotel toast but we eat every piece in the rack! All the staff were very friendly and helpful & nothing was too much trouble for them. So pleased we found this hotel.

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London
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Reviewed 5 June 2014 via mobile

After deciding we needed to get away from the stresses of London and a crazy house move. We picked the Zanzibar hotel & Hastings for a last minute mid week break after reading other reviews on TripAdvisor.

Fortunately we managed to snap up the last remaining room - Bali.

What a wonderful 24 hours we had. On arrival Max welcomed us wholeheartedly, helping us with sea front parking, our bags and a tour before showing us the room. He apologised for the room being small but we have stayed in smaller. Plus with velux roof windows, ambient lighting and a talking spa shower - we could not complain!!

What was the highlight of our stay though was our time in the restaurant for both dinner and our included breakfast. The cooking and quality of food is just divine. If you just visit for the restaurant I would not expect you to be disappointed.

We will certainly return and try out one of the bigger rooms and a new seasonal menu.

Thanks to everyone at the hotel for making our escape wonderful.

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Zanzibar International Hotel Hastings
Address: 9 Eversfield Place, Hastings TN37 6BY, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > East Sussex > Hastings
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Hastings
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Zanzibar International Hotel Hastings 5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Boutique beach-front hotel with good size, well-designed rooms providing outstanding creature comforts. Unbroken, panoramic sea views through elegant floor-to-ceiling windows. The perfect hideaway for those needing to de-stress and unwind. Big soft bathrobes, complimentary slippers, contemporary bathrooms for your well-being. Quiet rooms and the finest Egyptian cotton bed linen for the perfect night's sleep. ... more   less 
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