Spent two nights at this very charming and tranquil hotel. The high point for me was that all the staff were pleasant, helpful and friendly without being over intrusive. I did have one minor dispute at the end which was dealt with poorly by the owner I believe, but am prepared to accept that as a one off misunderstanding.
The location is ideal as the main part of town etc is easily walkable but the hotel itself is in a fairly quiet area, despite being on the main road. The restaurant is very stylish and it's nice to be served breakfast instead of tolerating the ubiquitous buffet. On the first morning breakfast was excellent but on the second the food was barely warm although still of good quality, especially the bacon. We also had dinner on one night which was very good.
Our only slight gripe was that our room was not as warm as it should have been and the bathroom was positively cold. I sympathize with the owners as the large windows are very old and attractive and difficult to insulate but diving in and out of a cold bathroom is not much fun. I should say that it was a particularly cold weekend. The room also requires a bit of tlc on the decorating front, otherwise it was more than adequate with a super large comfortable bed.
All in all a really good weekend enhanced by the excellent staff.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Shelleys Hotel Lewes
- Shelleys Hotel Lewes
- Hotel Shelleys
- The Shelleys Lewes, East Sussex