This 2-storey, red brick, bay-windowed hotel has a charming but simple English feeling to it. The surroundings are mostly a car park and local streets, so no glam there. It is homely and clean inside, family-run. Rooms are of varying sizes and I checked in after dark, and got a delightful bay-windowed room on the upper floor, possibly one of the better rooms. I had been turned away from several beachside locations due to an unexpected crowd, and the local youth hostel is VERY seasonal. In other words, I was stuck! Uptown accommodation is more expensive. I was lucky to be referred here, and the room would normally have cost more. Lovely flower-print curtains, a generous high bed, deep old-fashioned tub bath (with shower over) in my private bathroom next door. Many English B and B's ("Bed and Breakfast") have no ensuite toilet, but all rooms have a handbasin inside, with hot and cold water, plus an electric jug, tea and coffee.
The trad. English breakfast was delicious; several tasty choices of jam, several other spreads, plus mustard, ketchup, H and B sauce, etc. No other meals are served. Several friendly cats, and a delightful little parlour and reading room are downstairs, too. The owner must be very hard-pressed to make ends meet adequately with heavily-rising costs on all sides in the UK (e.g. big rises in gas for central heating), and many tight government regulations, so guests should expect to vacate promptly, not over-use the baths and towels (one set only per night), and to respect the peaceful and quiet.family atmosphere. Please note that the beachfront spots can suffer from loud drinking parties, going home at early hours. I would recommend to stay here if you want the beach to be easily reachable, with shops nearby, but you are not the kind to be out carousing under the street lamps.
- Also Known As:
- Victoria Hotel Littlehampton, West Sussex