We decided to stay in the Chatsworth due to it's proximity to Worthing esplanade, the pier, and the hotels fairly grand exterior. We enquired as to what rooms were available, and were told by the disinterested receptionist we could be offered was a double at the rear of the building for £100 which we foolishly accepted.
The hotel interior is like the inside of a an old-folks home - I appreciate it is an old building, but this seems be due to a lack of renovation rather than retaining the period feel. The bedroom was absolutely tiny and felt very oppressive - again extremely old fashioned decor. It seemed clean on the surface, but closer inspection found net curtains with holes in them, and torn bedding. The room looked over the bus station which as active from the early hours of the morning until late at night. There was no window in the bedroom, but a french door to a small terrace (complete with cigarette butts overlooking the bus garage), which was totally impractical - the room seemed to have absolutely no ventilation and was roasting through the night.
The bed was a very small double, and extremely uncomfortable. The mattress was thin, saggy and dipped in the middle with the springs poking into backs. This combined with the bed in our (and our neighbour's rooms) squeaking loudly every time we moved, with squeaky floorboards in every corner of the room, we woke up absolutely shattered!
Breakfast was served in the large restaurant which felt more spacious than any other area of the hotel. Despite being fairly empty, we were sat at a table in the far corner of the room (complete with dead flowers), with tables by the windows overlooking the gardens being free - maybe because we were not from a tour group?. It was a fairly unimpressive effort - continental offerings of croissants and cereals on offer at a buffet table, and hot 'full english' breakfasts ordered. It was hot, and reasonably portioned. Waiting staff seemed friendly, but were inefficient and simple breakfast requests not being followed through.
Early check out at 10.30am - how this hotel gained 3star status I will never know. Stayed in a stunning hotel down the road on the coast which had every facility you could wish for, with magnificent rooms (that were £12 more expensive than this place). The Chatsworth Hotel demonstrates very clearly why the British Seaside holiday is in decline, with Hotel's like this charging disproportionate rates in relation to rooms and impersonal service. Disappointing!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chatsworth Hotel has 97 ensuite bedrooms, all varying in size and appearance and with many overlooking the sea and Steyne Gardens. We always offer double or twin rooms for sole occupancy where required and some bedrooms also have air conditioning. All benefit from a desk area and complimentary wi-fi and are comfortably appointed to ensure you get a good nights rest. Room service is available 24 hours a day for cold snacks, our bar is open for hot food between midday and 1.45pm and our Restaurant is open in the evenings.For special occasions we have a number of luxury four poster suites with beautiful seaviews and for families we offer rooms with an adjoining room with bunkbeds. Accessible rooms are also available, and we have two lifts, serving our three floors. We also have a well stocked Games Room, with two slate bedded Snooker tables,a pool table, table tennis, darts and a skittle alley. Parking is available on street outside the hotel or at the local NCP car park. Unfortunately we do not have a car park but do offer discounted parking vouchers to our guests.Call our Reception team to discuss your requirements, or book online. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chatsworth Hotel Worthing, West Sussex