This is not my first review of the White Hart, my wife and I are serial visitors here, some might say gluttens for punishment, but having read so many harsh reviews, I would like to put the record straight, we are realistic about what should be expected, and in any case, for us, putting aside all the obvious defects, and neglect, the place does have some charm, the staff we have actually found on the whole friendly and helpful, and it is situated in a marvelous part of Lewes, a lovely little Town, and a 3 minute walk to the train station, there is parking if required, quite simply, if we wanted 5 star luxury then we wouldnt be coming here!
Our most recent stay was from a Friday night for three nights, the first two nights were part of a deal that gave us dinner on the first night, and cooked breakfast for both mornings, we tagged an extra day on and a part of that deal was cream tea in the afternoon and a bottle of wine, we payed a very reasonable amount for all this, and the food here is more than acceptable.
The view across the Downs is lovely when having your food, in the Summer you can sit outside and take it in with a drink, it has facilities, swimming pool, sauna and steam room, ok, it needs modernising, but is still a pleasant way to spend an hour, and it easy perfectly placed in the Town, and easy to take a bus into Brighton that only takes 25 mins.
Our room this time was actually the best we have stayed in in all our visits, so perhaps the owners are gradually sprucing the place up, so we had another very enjoyable break.
For all those that moan about the place, seriously, read the reviews, and then don't bother coming, if you have unrealistic expectations then yes, you will go away dissapointed, be realistic, look for the plus points, and consider how much you pay, then perhaps you will enjoy your stay.
We have witnessed staff taking all sorts of unwarrented abuse over the years, very little of it justified, some have commented about the staff's attitude, but I am a firm believer that if you treat people decently, then they in turn will treat you the same!
We shall certainly continue to come here, it would be nice to see some continued improvements being made, but we are looking forward to our next visit.
- 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