This was a VERY last minute booking - we decided at 4pm on a Saturday to go away for the night in the South Downs, and the Crown was the first place we found that had vacancies. I booked over booking.com and can confirm what others have said - there is double booking going on. I honestly don't know if it's a problem with booking.com or the Crown, but when I turned up they had never heard of me and I was told that they had no rooms left. The landlady, (who could not have been nicer through my stay) took pity on me, and said that, as one of their other bookings hadn't turned up yet, I could have that one. The other people never did turn up. So definitely either book direct with the pub or ring them to check that they have received your booking.
The room was far from luxurious - a bit of a low-end B&B in need of a refit - but it was clean and everything worked. The pub downstairs would not be to everyone's taste - a bit rowdy with a very loud juke box, but not actually scary. However, the rooms are far enough away from the bar for this not to be a problem in the slightest - ours was silent.
Breakfast was perfectly ok and (unbidden) we were offered a part refund to make up for the mixup the night before. A very nice touch.
All told, I wouldn't be in any great rush to stay there again, but it offered decent value for money, bang in the centre of a very expensive town, and the friendliness of the staff makes up for a lot.
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- Also Known As:
- Crown Hotel Lewes
- Crown Inn Lewes, East Sussex