We booked by telephone and confirmed by email; this all worked fine. If you want a sea-front room, you need to ask for that, and they are more expensive. There are pros and cons to this choice - see below.
The hotel in located directly on the seafront at St Leonard's-on-Sea, and this in turn is about 1-1/2 miles west of Hastings Old Town. It stands directly on the sea-front road, which is a busy A-road. There is a well-constructed promenade all the way along the front, so you can walk to Hastings no problem. The hotel has a good appearance from the street - not perfect, but better than I'd expected. The hotel has offstreet (just) parking for only 6 cars, but there appears to be plenty of street parking, also on the front.
We arrived at 12.45pm and were advised our room was not available until 2pm. Although we waited in the lobby, in view of reception, we did not indeed receive our keys until 2pm, precisely. Well, this can happen, but, hmm.... The room might not have been ready, but I'm quite sure no attempt was made to find if it may have been made up early. 2pm is 2pm, apparently. These little things can rather annoy....
The room itself, #402, was really very nice indeed. A twin-bedded, sea-view, room, it was large, bright and airy, with a small annexe, plus bathroom suite. Obviously, it had a brilliant, direct, sea view. We found it very comfortable, the only complaint being the ubiquitous squeaky floors & flakey-paint windows you always seem to get in this genre of hotels. Every step a creak!
It had tea/coffee facilities, a fridge and tv. It was not air-conditioned and this could be a factor in the height of summer as the sea-view rooms face south.
These sea-view rooms do, however, face the road in front. This is a very busy road, so the rooms are affected by traffic noise, not mitigated by, say, any double-glazing (the windows are original, I'd say). If you are a light sleeper, then I'm afraid you had better forgo the sea view and stay on the rear side of the hotel, because otherwise the traffic noise is significant.
We thought the public rooms were nice - large, comfortable and in a good state of decoration (except, again, those flakey-paint windows!). We enjoyed our drink in the bar, and we also enjoyed our meal in the restaurant - a nice 3-course set menu for £19.50, although it's cheaper than this if you take half-board, as we did.
We enjoyed our stay at the Royal Victoria (once we managed to get in!). This was helped by the weather being marvellously calm and sunny, perfect for a sea-front stay. We thought it was very good value.
- Also Known As:
- Best Western Hastings
- St. Leonards-On-Sea Best Western
- Hastings Best Western
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated along the picturesque Hastings seafront, the Best Western Royal Victoria Hotel provides high standards of comfort and hospitality. Whether you are looking to explore the offerings of the East Sussex coastline or just want to stay at a quality hotel in Hastings, we are confident you will enjoy your stay with us. This elegant Victorian hotel has tastefully furnished bedrooms and suites, renowned Sea Terrace Restaurant & piano bar and conference & banqueting facilities with views across the English Channel and to Beachy Head. ... more less
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