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“Perfect for Valentines!”
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The Shelleys
Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in Lewes
Reviewed 18 February 2008

Lovely rooms, Posh toiletries, Luxurious bath and even your own dressing gowns made the Shelley’s Hotel a banker for a romantic valentine’s night.
The hotel is ideally situated for a stroll into town or a trip up to the Castle and within comfortable walking distance of the train station. Although it lacks the views or large grounds that a posh countryside hotel might offer, the location was extremely convenient and had enough luxury to make for a special treat.
Staff were friendly and helpful- they even gave us an upgrade later on in the day to a beautiful room with huge bed.

We didn't eat at the hotel. Apart from stretching our budget, the menu seemed over-elaborate and anywhere that puts Fois Gras on the menu doesn't really warrant our custom. We did however indulge in a lovely full afternoon tea with cucumber sandwiches and scones.

Lewes is a wonderful place to visit with its unique shops and ancient historical buildings. I would have said 'quaint' but it's a nice mixture of new and old and has the feel of a working town rather than a twee tourist attraction. Shelley's added the finishing touches and brownie points were notched up in the thousands for St Valentine himself.

  • Stayed: February 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 November 2007

The moment you walk in the door you know that you are in for a fabulous stay. Beautiful old school charm, delightful service and a great ambience. The room we stayed in was an absolute delight. Fantasic wood panneled walls made you feel as if you had stepped back two generations to an old country manor however if the room was charming the bathroom was exquisite. Cannot recommend the place more highly. A delight to stay there and clearly under superb management.

  • Stayed: October 2007
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1  Thank JMStuart
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Reviewed 6 November 2007

Two of us stayed yesterday on Bonfire night in Room 20. We liked the room we were staying in, but it was mentioned by one of the staff that ' not many people like that room, although she did herself ' a trifle off putting, especially as we were paying around 170.00 for the privilege of one night in it. We did wonder what we were missing out on in one of the other roooms!

We arrived a tad early before check in so we could drop off a bag. There was no one in sight at reception and no bell to summon anyone; we had to go searching for someone to help us and got the feeling we were a bit of a nuisance, despite other people also arriving for service at that same time we did.

The beautiful lounge that we were looking forward to relaxing in before the bonfire celebrations was more or less set up for a private dinner soon after we checked in- so we couldn't use it after being directed there by reception! I'm not sure why the room couldn't have been set up later in the day (it was only one table after all) so that the many guests here for Bonfire night could enjoy the facilities in the afternoon before setting off later in the day for a long evening of bonfire celebrations. We had to make do with the bar which was comfortable enough but not as quiet as the lounge as it was open to non residents and got quite busy as the afternon progressed; so much so that we decided to go back to our room. There was also DIY going on in the back of the bar with quite a bit of hammering.

We got back after midnight having been out in Lewes town centre for over 6 hours; many got back later than us! We thought it would have been a nice touch for some small nibbles to be made available for those wanting a late night snack- some hot chocolate and mulled wine perhaps, and some nuts and nibbles etc. There is fruit and and some biscuits are in the room along with tea and coffee making facilties, but after a night like that, it would be nice to be a bit spoilt!

We asked for, but did not get a wake up call- luckily I woke up so we didnt miss breakfast.

Breakfast was very nice, but no vegetarian sausage or indeed vegatarian replacement for either the bacon or black pudding, so hers was quite a deal less hearty than my own. Once you have finished your cooked breakfast these plates are not removed while you are at the table, so you feel a bit hemmed in by crockery, trying to eat your toast and preserves from a small plate to the side, as you can't move it in front of you.

The breakfast room is beautiful with lovely views of the garden if you get a table at the window. However, the lovely chandeliers were not alight due to a power failure in there, despite the rest of the hotel having light on and so some guests were sitting at the back of the room in quite dark conditions.

The coffee is served in very nice cafetieres but although we had coffee served on three different occassions, it always tasted rather insipid and lukewarm.

It was not made clear that the paper we ordered would be charged to the room.

There was no turndown service which would hvae been a nice touch, but someone knocked on the door at about 5.00 and offered us ice, which I thought a bit strange as we did not have a mini bar - at least we weren't shown one?

It's all in the detail- when you are paying about 170.00 for a room for one night I feel that the small touches were definitely missing along and that we got what I would call 'distracted' service.

  • Stayed: November 2007, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 20 October 2007

Cute as a button! Lovely friendly owner (manager?), very English! Staff great and lots of nice things like homemade jam on home made scones. Great three course dinner, the chef certainly knows how to cook and not overpriced either. Brekky was fab too, especially the fruit salad with Greek yoghurt. Lovely rooms and very nice bathrooms with snuggly bathrobes and expensive toiletries. All the sitting rooms were just like being at home only tons better. Nice short break for me and hubby. Would be nice if they did treatments too, or am I being a spoilt brat?

  • Stayed: September 2007, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Organiser2
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Reviewed 3 October 2007

I stayed at Shelley's on my own for a few nights while at a conference, then joined by my husband for another few for a weekend break, and to see our daughter who lives in Brighton. I wanted to stay somewhere that I would feel comfortable on my own, and certainly did here. I much preferred staying in Lewes to Brighton, and there is a good train link to both the universities and Brighton from Lewes, the station about a 10 minute walk from the hotel [longer maybe on the way back, when it's uphill]. There is also a carpark at the hotel [albeit quite small] which can be a problem both in Brighton and some Lewes hotels. The hotel itself is very welcoming and peaceful - even on the Friday when there was a wedding we were not disturbed at all. We had a charming room overlooking the garden, with nice, large, bathroom. The food is excellent, with a reasonable selection, and good wine list. The staff are particularly welcoming and helpful, and the service overall very good. I would stay here again if in the area, and certainly recommend it.

  • Stayed: September 2007, travelled on business
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1  Thank jet-lagged-traveller
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Reviewed 28 June 2007

Elegant hotel with tasteful decoration, comfortable rooms, good bathrooms, everything very clean . Dinner was excellent with interesting food, good wine, lovely views, delightful ambience and pleasant service. A hands-on manager/owner? makes conversation ( but is not intrusive), waits at table occasionally at breakfast-checks all is well.Very highly recommended.

  • Stayed: June 2007
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1  Thank muncus
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Reviewed 27 May 2007

I can really only reiterate previous reviews. The hotel has been renovated expertly and thoroughly on the inside; just a little to do on the outside such as window frames. We booked a superior room (12) - spacious and charmingly furnished and quiet. Nice bathroom with a good shower over the bath, having excellent water pressure and easy to adjust temperature. All staff pleasant, attentive and happy to engage in conversation (including the owner).

The food was haute cuisine which I have ambivalent feelings about, especially on the veg. front. However, it was beautifully cooked and provided you have a filling starter such as the goats cheese tart you shouldn't have to rely on bread rolls to fill up. Wonderful puds to finish. An amuse-bouche starts the eating experience - asparagus soup on one evening. I was impressed with the imaginative and reasonably-priced wine list. Try a NZ Pinot Noir or an English white wine. The latter improves by the year - I prefer most of them to Sauvignon Blanc these days.

Overall a thoroughly enjoyable experience, but beware, they do not accept Amex.

  • Stayed: May 2007, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank John S
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Additional Information about The Shelleys

Address: 135 High Street, Lewes BN7 1XS, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > East Sussex > Lewes
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in Lewes
Price Range: £85 - £186 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Shelleys 4*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Step off the historic High Street in the beautiful county town of Lewes and into the peaceful tranquility of The Shelleys; an elegantly sublime 17th Century, family-run, country house hotel. The Shelleys offers discreet service, with high standards, within a uniquely calm ambience, with friendly staff who anticipate your every need. With nineteen luxury boutique rooms, all en-suite, each designed and decorated to reflect our Georgian origins and fitted with a television and Wi-Fi access; The Shelleys perfectly combines English tradition with contemporary luxury. Dating back to 1588, The Shelleys is a grade II* listed property – falling into the 4% bracket viewed as a “particularly important building of more than special interest” by English Heritage… Located close to Brighton and Eastbourne, this East Sussex hotel is the perfect venue for a change of scene. Whether it’s a weekend of rest and relaxation, a romantic break, or a base from which to explore the surrounding historical town and South Downs, you’ll find your every need is anticipated at The Shelleys. The a la carte lunch and dinner menu is available in the stylish award-winning Apostrophe Restaurant or on the brick-paved terrace overlooking our beautiful gardens. Morning Coffee & Afternoon Tea, Drinks and Bar Lunches are also available throughout the day. ... more   less 
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