We bought a one night groupon voucher stay at this hotel for £79 and after reading some of the recent reviews just before going, we were beginning to wonder what sort of derelict dickensian establishment we had let ourselves in for. We needn't have worried! - our first view on walking to the reception from the car park was of the leisure complex/restaurant conservatory which appeared bright and spacious and on looking down over the pool from the seating area it looked really very inviting (although we didn't have time to actually use it so can't review the facilities). The receptionist was very helpful and we were given room 10 with a 4-poster bed on the first floor in the main building. It was spacious and clean and the bed was comfortable...and there was a complimentary bottle of red wine!! If I want to be picky, which i don't, the only view was of an escape staircase and the side of the next building but I decided not to spend the whole day staring out of it so it wasn't a problem! others have criticised the pictures and yes they were a bit dull, but I wasn't expecting an art gallery and rarely look at them anyway so again...no problem!
An afternoon cream tea was included which was delicious and service was quick. If you expect over-attentive hovering staff (who does?) ...forget it but if you want your cream tea brought to you quickly then that was certainly our experience. The evening meal was our next 'experience' of the hotel's facilities and I must admit we were a little disappointed with the choice on the set meal which was included or indeed the a-la-carte menu which we would have considered. In the end we both chose different meals from the set menu and food was brought to us quickly and efficiently and most importantly hot (where appropriate!). The food was reasonably well presented and tasted good. Our only criticism was that portions were not large - adequate yes but not large although after 3 courses we certainly didn''t leave the table hungry. Breakfast was also good with a tasty full english buffet. The selection of fruits was a little sparse but all we had was well cooked and tasted fine.
So all in all we had a great weekend in Lewes which is a great litle town with plenty to see and do and our experience of this hotel was extremely good. I would agree that the decor is a little tired in places but this is a very old building and it wasn't so bad as to warrant serious criticism (in our opinion)...and for 79 quid... how can we grumble?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Legacy White Hart Hotel is an unusual 16th century coaching inn. The original Tudor building has been sympathetically extended to incorporate a good standard of facilities whilst retaining its wonderful historic character. The public rooms boast period features, original oak beams, stone Tudor fireplaces, oak paneling and creaking, sloping floors. Then step into our leisure facilities complete with heated swimming pool and fully equipped gym offering treadmills, weight benches, cross trainers and much more. The hotel is within close proximity of Brighton and Falmer and Eastbourne. The train station is a short stroll from the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- White Hart Lewes
- White Hart Hotel Lewes, East Sussex