I was checking out the West Rocks hotel with a view to bringing a large golf group here next year. We have stayed at this hotel a few times before, but it had become so run down that we decided never to return. However seeing that the hotel is now under new ownership and is undergoing significant refurbishment, I decided to have a look for myself.
Yes, the rooms have been refurbished and new fittings, fixtures and decor - very nice, although our room had wires in the ceiling where the smoke detector should be. But we pointed it out to Ian the manager who added it to his list of jobs to be done. The communal areas and bar have also been improved, with new floors and a lick of paint and are now much more what you would expect. The corridors and other areas are still awaiting improvement but are clean and tidy.
We ate in the restaurant which was very good, and great value and also enjoyed the "yummy breakfast" (their words not mine), which was buffet style and excellent.
So the bottom line..... Have I booked it for my golfing buddies tour next year? Yes I have!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the West Rocks Hotel & The Channel Restaurant, Eastbourne. We are located in the fashionable side of Eastbourne, a 5 minute walk to the shopping centre and 200 metres to the theatres. We are ideally located on the best part of the seafront, near the pier, bandstand, stunning western lawns and the Martello Tower, all within easy reach. Many beautiful walks are just outside the hotel, including Holywell, Beachy Head, Birling Gap, Seven Sisters and bucolic villages of Alfriston and Litlington. Situated directly on Eastbourne's seafront, overlooking the English Channel, the West Rocks Hotel is under NEW OWNERSHIP as of January 2014. Offering 50 refreshed rooms, bar, The Channel Restaurant and a new tearoom. All rooms are en suite and feature TV, telephone, and tea / coffee making facilities. Many rooms feature stunning sea views and views across the English Channel. All room prices include our yummy breakfast which has a large selection of premium breakfast items. The Channel Restaurant offers a great dining experience with locally sourced fish and local cuts of meat, freshly caught local fish, great wine selection with a fantastic view of the sea. Free Wi-Fi is available in public areas. Renowned for being the sunniest resort in Britain, Eastbourne offers a 4 mile long pebbled beach, which stretches from Sovereign Harbour to Beachy Head. The beach is directly outside the West Rocks Hotel. The property is also conveniently located for the Congress Theatre, which is just 5 minutes' walk away. On-street parking is available outside the hotel, subject to availability. Parking vouchers can be brought from reception. ... more less
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