From the minute we arrived in Lewes we knew we were in for a very good stay. We arrived at the hotel early. When we asked to leave our luggage behind the desk we were told the room was ready, making things easier for us. The room had a king-size bed that was clearly two smaller beds put together but no less comfortable for that. The radio was quietly playing classical when we went in; it also had an iPod dock. There was a TV on a writing desk in the corner along with tea and coffee facilities. Our bathroom had a rainfall shower in it. There was an iron and ironing board provided in the room as well as a hair dryer. The window in our room looked over an internal courtyard, not the stunning views over the valley you get in the back of the hotel, but we got lovely sunshine in the afternoon. Situated where we were, our room was certainly quiet. I noticed one previous reviewer complained about hallway noise on the parquet flooring, but there was a carpet outside our room.
Every space in the hotel we saw was charming, with artwork everywhere, much of it for sale. My favorite was the tightrope-walker mural on the ceiling of the entrance hall. An especially delightful space was the garden in the back where we had breakfast the first morning. Breakfast was absolutely delicious, with homemade granola and fruit compote, locally sourced yoghurts and fresh bread to accompany the cooked menu. My boyfriend, a frequent work traveller, said it was the best breakfast he'd ever had. After exploring the options in Lewes we also decided to have dinner in the hotel that evening. Both of us usually prefer to eat away from the hotel when traveling, but after the breakfast we had to try dinner as well. We found the prices reasonable for a truly excellent three-course meal. There are plenty of cafes and pubs around to try as well.
Lewes itself is a lovely little town. A particular highlight is Southover Grange, a 16th century house and gardens open to the public which we discovered on our way somewhere else. It's also only 15 minutes from Brighton on the train--originally we'd planned to stay in Brighton but not much was available that weekend because of Pride. In the end we were very happy to be near all the attractions of Brighton but away from some of the bustle and noise at night.
We were able to get a deal through one of the last-minute room booking websites. When we arrived it turned out the hotel was also running an excellent Sunday-night stay deal, which is valid through the summer--worth ringing them in advance to find out what offers they have on.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pelham house offers 31 individually designed bedrooms that blend the best of modern fittings and comfort whilst preserving many original historic features of the building. All rooms are fitted with contemporary handmade oak furniture, remote controlled TVs, phones and high speed data points and have en-suite baths or luxury showers, a range of natural toiletries and comfortable beds with crisp white linen. Most bedrooms overlook our pretty south facing garden, framed by views towards the South Downs. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pelham House Hotel Lewes
- Pelham Hotel Lewes
- Pelham House Lewes, East Sussex