Location: just off the beach front, very near to the pier, excellent.
Room: had room 6, which was on the 3rd floor (no lift). Large main room with a king bed and additional sofa bed for our 3yo. Separate kitchen fully equipped, bathroom with all amenities. Was like a well furnished 1 bed flat, but with the convenience of breakfast. None of the rooms are really sea facing, as the b&b is on a road perpendicular to the beach, although you can see the sea from this room. Very quiet.
Service: very warm and helpful, Sarah had great recommendations for toddler activities, as she has young children herself.
Breakfast: it's standard fry up and cereals. manage your expectations, it's not the best breakfast ever as other reviews may suggest, cannot compare to say a 5* hotel catering for hundreds, with the same variety and choice.
There were a few minor things we were not happy with, which we left constructive feedback on, but nothing that I'm sure they won't remedy before the next guests arrive, as they are very diligent and committed themselves. Main one they may struggle to do much about is the noisy/odorous/weak drainage system which I understand cannot change due to being in a listed building. A small thing that can be overlooked based on the many other positives.
Overall, perfect for a family where you need to cook (our daughter has allergies), very well catered for children, lovely hosts, great base from which to explore Eastbourne.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- No 1 in the Independent's '50 Best UK B&Bs', the 4-star Guesthouse East is ideally located close to beach, town centre and South Downs. There are 6 contemporary ensuite rooms, ranging from spacious doubles or twins, to family sized, sleeping up to 5. There are also separate kitchens in the suites. Self catering facilities are complemented by hotel-quality services: indulgent breakfasts, free WiFi, towels and toiletries. ... more less
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