Check in was courteous and welcoming. Take a moment to explore its numerous public rooms if you have to wait. From the garden, you’ll get a whole new aspect on the sheer size of Pelham House which isn’t immediately apparent from the reception entrance. You’d do well to pre-book the car parking on site here too, as spaces are quite limited.
Although our room was meant to be a superior room, the bathrooms were unnecessarily compact. This seems a bit odd as the rooms are vast and could easily accommodate a bathroom twice the size. They are well appointed though, with a large shower but again, the restricted layout meant that every counter and shelf was occupied with complementary products so there was nowhere to put your own toiletries but on the floor.
On a similar note, with such cavernous rooms, there was but one drawer between us and that was at the bottom of the armoire. These are lovely items of furniture, but not suitable for hanging long clothing in. They are not kind to the back or knees either – it’s no fun struggling to bend down to pull out a full width drawer at floor level. On top to that, the base was filled with all the kind of clutter hotels would normally put in drawers – if they had any – hairdryer, iron, table fan, etc...
Would have given 5 stars if it weren't for these small niggles, as their excellence far outweighs any little irritations.
Our room offered outstanding views from the bay windows across the garden and beyond where we spent time watching the sunset and enjoying the amenities the room had to offer, including tea, coffee and biscuits. Against the chill outside, this made for a relaxing respite from our stroll in the bitter weather earlier in the day.
Refreshed and prepared for dinner, we were thoroughly impressed with what was on offer. The quality, presentation and service are to be highly commended and it was excellent value for a 3 course meal.
The bar offers a good selection of wines too and is very comfortable to retire to for pre-dinner drinks or a nightcap before heading back up to our room - not so easy to negotiate after a few drinks with long sweeping staircase and sprung doors every few feet along the lengthy corridor! (Take note if you've more than just a holdall with you as luggage.)
Breakfast was a genteel experience with service to your table and a choice of freshly cooked options. Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite clear to us as to what the ‘routine’ for ordering was and we were a little confused about the self service items, but next time, I’m opting for the Eggs Benedict ...
.. and oh yes ... there will definitely be a ‘next time’ here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pelham house offers 36 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