My husband was taking a long walk from Pevensey to Rye and Battle was about half way so I met him, together with other friends, in Battle. We stayed at The George. It was obviously once a lovely traditional town centre hotel and has become very badly run down. It's very central and convenient and there was parking for customers out the back - so credit where it's due! It now has an italian restaurant on the ground floor, with nasty blue plastic signage which made it all look very tacky. We followed signs to reception, a dingy little table and a sign suggesting we phone if we want service. The lady came and checked us in and was actually very charming and trying very hard to make up for the whole shabby dump. We followed her up the steep, purple carpeted and uneven spiral staircase, to yale-opening doors with pain peeling off, to rooms 12, 13, 14 and 15. Each room contained a "selection" of beds ; singles and doubles, as many as could be crammed in. The rooms were big and bright with sash windows on to the high street. The place is full of potential. The beds were ancient, and bore no relation to the headboards, nailed randomly to the walls. One bed was about to collapse. The bed linen was clean at least. There has been an attempt to improve things but it's all been done badly and on the cheap. It was £80 for 2 of us including breakfast. One room had a bath - the others only showers and had been refurbed badly and cheaply. The toilet seat was not properly attached and the extractor fan was exceptionally noisy. The girl who checked us in also served (and we think cooked) breakfast. She was run off her feet. She spoke barely any english and was trying very hard to make us happy but sadly breakfast was a disaster too. The buffet was ok but the hot breakfast was overdone eggs, plastic white toast and disgusting undercooked bacon. It's a real shame because this hotel deserves to be restored to its former glory and that will be expensive. Meanwhile I congratulate the lady who did all the work for keeping smiling - she is wasted there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- For over 300 years, The George Hotel has been at the centre of life in Battle. Starting as a coaching inn in the 17th century (the Ostler's cottage and stables can still be seen to the rear of the building), today The George is an elegant hotel, combining modern facilities with original features, principally the magnificent 17th century spiral staircase.Boasting views of Battle Abbey, the hotel is close to all the town's historic sites, including Senlac Field the site of the Battle of Hastings in 1066.Stay in one of our brand new refurbished comfortable en-suite rooms, enjoy a traditional full English breakfast, and then set off to explore the historic and picturesque town.The staff at The George Hotel look forward to offering you a warm welcome, whether your stay is for business or a relaxing break.We have private off-street parking - a real bonus in a busy town - and modern facilities to make your stay as pleasant as possible. They include Direct Dial telephone, free Wi-Fi, tea & coffee making facilities, colour TV and en-suite bathrooms in all bedrooms.We are easy to find in the heart of Battle, a 5 minute taxi ride from the train station and only a 2 minute walk from Battle Abbey, so come and visit soon.The George Hotel has a no smoking policy and a no pets policy throughout. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- George Hotel Battle, East Sussex