This hotel is in a great location right on the beach close to Bexhill and handy for Eastbourne & Hastings. We stayed at the hotel as we were guests at a wedding reception that was being held there. They seemed to do a good job with the reception and it was enjoyable to take a drink to the outside tables near the sea on a warm summer evening.
Overall our stay was fun but we left feeling that we had paid more than perhaps the stay was worth. The hotel is a lovely impressive old building and we received a very good welcome at reception on check in. We were given the key and found out that our room was in a seperate building across the car park. So we left the nice main building and headed to one that was far less impressive - in fact a relative of ours upon hearing we stayed at the Cooden Beach asked us if we had stayed in the main building or if they had put us in the "barracks"! When we got to our room it was OK and they had put in some nice decorative touches to try and cheer it up but it didn't feel like a hotel room but more like we were staying in someone's flat. We didn't benefit from the impressive sea views either as our room had a view of the car park and train station.
Incidentally there was a delay checking out at reception the morning after as there was a man at the head of the queue complaining that he had been kept up by the noise from a wedding reception so perhaps staying in the nicer building has drawbacks too and if having a quiet room is important to you it may be an idea to check if they have a wedding reception booked at the time you are staying as there are apparently rooms that can be disturbed.
We felt the room rate was high and frankly we have paid less to stay in better hotels. There are not really any alternatives in the immediate area so this means that they can charge rates that are higher than perhaps it is worth.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in 1928 the Hotel is a building of character which has undergone several changes of ownership in its time. The beginning of 2005 was the year the current owner took over the hotel and since then has totally refurbished the building, adding a beautiful beachside terrace to enjoy refreshments overlooking the sea and stunning sunsets over the Sussex Downs. A Silver Service Restaurant, Traditional Pub and Lounge Bar cater for all guest requirements. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Cooden Beach
- The Cooden Beach Hotel Bexhill-On-Sea, East Sussex