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.
- 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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