I must admit that I was expecting a great deal from the New Year’s Eve package offered by Pelham House. The cost per night of bed breakfast and evening meal on the 30th and 31st Dec was rather beyond anything I would generally consider even for a special occasion but with the 3rd night offered more cheaply it was still expensive but a bit more acceptable for a festive treat - at £680 for 3 nights in a nice room, 2 gourmet dinners (one with canapés and a glass of fizzy) and 3 breakfasts for 2 people. Check in time at 3pm seemed late but earlier costs extra as does parking on the premises (even if any is available – as it was not when I booked 2 months before our stay
Here's what I thought:
o Excellent food! My favourites: the pigeon breast with pickled shallots, pork loin with mini tarte tatin, Hot chocolate fondant with salt caramel inside and mocha icecream on top
o A huge comfortable bed with a great view.
o Friendly bar staff
o Helpful staff when I sought their help after vandalism to my car (see below)
o Great location for exploring Lewes and walking the South Downs
o There were at least 2 weddings at the hotel during our 3 night stay. These guests sometimes were significantly overwhelming (as at breakfast one morning, when their conversation could not be ignored).
o The upholstery of the chairs in the dining room used to be beige suede but most are now extensively stained by their previous occupants.
o The hotel has very restricted parking and so if you don’t arrive by public transport, you have to leave your car elsewhere and feed meters. Mine was left in the British rail car park at a cost of £5.30 a day and was vandalised therein.
o The price tag suggested luxury but this wasn’t quite there for us: our room wasn’t ready when we arrived, a plug was missing in our bath, the bathroom products were disappointingly ordinary, our room wasn’t serviced until after 4pm one day, the TV was old and scarred , we had an iron to press our clothes but no board.
o Perhaps most importantly of all, although this is a moderately small and independent hotel, I felt the staff had no interest in me as their guest and although we were given a card on our departure offering us a cut rate deal if we chose to return in the next month or so, I shan’t be rushing back
- Also Known As:
- Pelham House Hotel Lewes
- Pelham House Hotel
- Pelham Hotel Lewes
- Pelham House Lewes, East Sussex
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pelham house offers 31 individually designed bedrooms that blend the best of modern fittings and comfort whilst preserving many original historic features of the building. All rooms are fitted with contemporary handmade oak furniture, remote controlled TVs, phones and high speed data points and have en-suite baths or luxury showers, a range of natural toiletries and comfortable beds with crisp white linen. Most bedrooms overlook our pretty south facing garden, framed by views towards the South Downs. ... more less
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