Just got back from a two night stay at this hotel through the Groupon deal. We were very apprehensive due to reading some of the extremely negative reports and indeed nearly did not bother to go but as we had been staying with my son in Eastbourne decided we could at least stay overnight on the way home. How glad I am that we did.
We were given a room on the first floor, room 11A and were full of trepidation walking to it. As soon as we opened the room door we noticed how cosy and warm it was and all worries on that score disappeared. It was comfortable and clean and we slept like logs on both nights. What more do you want?
The afternoon scones and tea were delicious but I must say the waitress was very surly but didn't curdle the milk so that didn't matter! The evening meal on both nights was lovely. We got it in with the deal on the first night but decided it would be nice to eat there again on the second night which we paid for of course. However, they gave us a second free bottle of wine the second night with our meal which was a nice touch we thought. We agree with some of the other reviewers that the dining room was rather gloomy and quiet so you felt you had to speak to each other in whispers. It certainly did not spoil the lovely meals though, of which there was a good choice, they were also very well cooked and presented as were the breakfasts. We could not fault these either as you could have a full cooked English if required, cereals, toast, tea, coffee, fruit juice, in fact everything you could wish for. In fact we had not complaint whatsoever with any of the food,
Tha spa was well equipped and my husband spent some time before breakfast there and was full of praise for the gym and pool. I had a look and was most impressed with the layout and wide range of things including a sauna and a stretching exercise room with the large gym balls provided. In fact of course it is a spa hotel.
Lewes is a lovely place and we spent a whole day walkin g around the town looking at the castle and Anne of Cleves House and walking through the ancient monastery ruins. There is plenty to do and a lot of small shops as well as the more well known High Street shops to have a look round. I loved walking round the town in all the side streets which had not altered for centuries. There was also a lovely park to sit in.
Would I go again? I certainly would. They told me they have an offer coming up so I am keeping a close eye on their web site.
I found the whole experience enjoyable. Yes. the hotel is in need of some refurbishment but for goodness sakes it is hundreds of years old and full of character and charm. Both my husband and I loved it. If you are looking for a sanitised and featureless environment go elsewhere. If, like us, you prefer olde worlde style, a place with a long and fascinating history, that is comfortable and full of character and charm then I highly recommend this hotel.
- 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