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“A Fantastic Weekend Break”

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Hydro Hotel Eastbourne
Ranked #5 of 40 Hotels in Eastbourne
Certificate of Excellence
Wootton, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
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“A Fantastic Weekend Break”
Reviewed 27 May 2014

Right I will get straight to the point, I do not think this is a hotel for the younger client. It was my 53rd Birthday over the weekend we stayed there and I was one of the youngest there. Most of the clients were in there 70's or beyond and they are well geared up to service this age group. If you can get passed that ageist remark or prejudice, you will find one of the nicest hotels in Eastbourne.

Its a hotel that is stuck in a time gone by, silver service and a tie and jacket for dinner (not obligatory), waiter/waitress service for almost everything, afternoon tea, chandeliers and a croquet lawn and we loved every minute of it!!

The food was good to excellent and with a good wine list made our dinner most enjoyable, breakfast was again a silver serviced affair with a mixed good menu. One thing to note that the waiter/waitress service was excellent/faultless, in fact I have not been served as good as that in a long time!!

If I had one criticism to make that would be Sunday afternoon tends to get a bit packed in the hotel with people having lunch and afternoon teas and as we came down to dinner at 6:45 it was very clear they had been stretched and the conservatory was a mess, food on tables and floor and unfortunately my wife managed to sit in some food with her new dress!

Apart from that we had a great time and if you are reading this in your 30's 40's give it try you may like it, its great fun getting dressed for dinner.

Room Tip: Definately worth the extra for a Sea View Room
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Barking, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 May 2014

Visited this hotel on a two night package with our dance club. Bed, breakfast and evening meal. Rooms very clean and spacious. The food in the restaurant was excellent. Good choices and well presented. Staff very efficient. Only criticism is that on arrival on what must have been the hottest day of the year our room had the heating on!!! We had nightly dances in The Wedgewood rooms and the view from the terrace of a full moon over the English Channel was stunning. Swimming pool was open and heated to a nice temperature and not too busy either. Would definitely return.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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201 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 May 2014

This place is primarily run for the elderly, nothing wrong with that at all, the food and service were both a good average.....3 course sunday lunch £19... bottle of mid range wine £23..but .at almost 50 i was by far the youngest in the restaurant....in fact even the waiter called me "young man"... its certainly an experience,,,,if you have mums and dads to buy lunch for...this is the place to bring them...they'll feel right at home

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Belfast, Northern Ireland
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Reviewed 15 May 2014

A comfortable spacious room. Enjoyable breakfasts in the dining room. Staff friendly. As another reviewer points out, this is an older style hotel, with charm. It means the lift is old but the interiors have been reconditioned in most parts. Convenient for walking to the town centre or the promenade. Bar closed early I thought but the night staff were very good and facilitated any guests who wanted a nightcap.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 May 2014

Discovered a gem of a place to go to get a lovely cream tea. Sat in the conservatory overlooking the sea and indulged in the full afternoon tea. It consisted of lovely sandwiches, cream scone and cakes to die for. The choice of sandwich was extensive, the scone warm with clotted cream and jam and the cakes were divine. Service and quality were superb and in all a very relaxing, if over indulging, afternoon was had. We will be back soon

Room Tip: Afternoon tea served from 3pm to 5pm and if you want to sit in conservatory then get there nearer to...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Seaford, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 May 2014

Attended a friends wedding. Fantastic location on top of the hill. An older style hotel, full of charm. The ceremony was held in a recently decorated room upstairs (Josiah Wedgewood colours) - calming. French doors leading out onto balcony, sea view backdrop for photos. Excellent food - piping hot. Service friendly and efficient. All members of staff I encountered around the hotel were happy and helpful. The toilets were modern, spacious and clean. Liked the fact that each toilet had own mirror. Car parking spaces at side of hotel but there is a bigger parking area. Drive past hotel, turn left at top of road and then left again. Didn't stay the night but have heard that all wedding party guests were pleased.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 May 2014

Last month our Club celebrated it's 60th Anniversary and entertained twenty-two Link Club guests from six countries. They all stayed for the weekend at the Hydro Hotel and, without fault, were extremely complimentary regarding rooms, service and food. Our Anniversary Luncheon held in the Garden Suite was a glorious occasion. Delicious food, excellent service making the whole occasion very happy and memorable.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Property: Hydro Hotel Eastbourne
Address: Mount Road, Eastbourne BN20 7HZ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > East Sussex > Eastbourne
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 40 Hotels in Eastbourne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hydro Hotel Eastbourne 4*
Number of rooms: 82
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hydro is Eastbourne's finest 4 star hotel. From its clifftop location, 121 feet above sea level, the hotel features magnificent views of the sea and the cliffs of Beachy Head. With 82 bedrooms, two restaurants and five function rooms, it is ideal for both business and leisure travellers. Plenty of free parking on site and surrounding the hotel, friendly and professional service, excellent cuisine, newly refurbished bedrooms and Wi-Fi included in the accommodation rate. The Hydro is the perfect choice for your next stay in Eastbourne. ... more   less 
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