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The Old Rectory
Ranked #3 of 49 Hastings B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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“Wish we could have stayed longer...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2013

We had a terrific stay! The ever-helpful, patient and charming Luke was a complete star, coping with my very late arrival with enormous grace.

The Old Rectory is large and filled with light, and I loved the decor. The bedroom was set up with twin beds (Luke had checked what I'd wanted when I made the reservation) as we'd requested. Comfortable, very quiet, everything worked. Lovely selection of teas and real coffee.

Great two-course breakfast with al lot of choices and possibly the very best home-made biscuits in the universe....looking forward to another stay, hopefully with enough time to enjoy the wonderful sitting room fireplace...

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2013

My partner and I stayed at The Old Rectory when we went to Hastings to visit my daughter, who is at university there. Our room was lovely and clean, tidy and comfortable, with a spacious bathroom, walk-in shower and exquisite bed, and there were some nice little touches like shortbread biscuits and chocolate limes to nibble on. The manager was very helpful and friendly and the breakfast was superb, just the right amount and all cooked freshly to order with predominantly local produce. The home-made baked beans were a particular treat. Parking can be an issue, but if there's no space in the driveway the staff will give you a permit for the car park over the road. I wouldn't hesitate to stay at The Old Rectory again.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Wye, England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2013

Situated just a short walk to the old town. It was a birthday surprise so there were 15 ladies and we had the whole of the House to ourselves. The hospitality was amazing. The breakfast was also amazing and so much of it. They catered for everybody. We had a special 4 course meal one evening and the chef excelled himself. The rooms were clean and spotless. It was such a lovely relaxing stay. I would recommend it to anyone. I felt as though I have been on holiday though it was only for 2 nights. Not long enough..

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2013

Hastings itself is a slightly questionable, classic British coastal town... a bit tacky but with lots to do so you're never really bored. What usually makes or breaks a stay in such a location is the hotel or guesthouse you lodge in, and I'm delighted to say that this place is one of the nicest guesthouses I've ever stayed in.

The staff are about as friendly and helpful as they possibly could be; the chap who greeted my girlfriend and I was called Daniel, and he bent over backwards to make our stay enjoyable for the whole weekend. We accidentally booked over something called "Hastings Pirate weekend" (look it up), and his enthusiasm for the event was infectious. Our room was beautifully decorated, of an impressive size for the price we paid (especially on a weekend where thousands flock in to dress idiotically and drink to excess), and we had a great view of the well maintained and tasteful garden.

We had breakfast both mornings that we were there, and I'm glad to say it was a pretty standard menu executed well above average. The only slight issue was the waiting time, but given that this really does feel like you're staying in a house as opposed to a hotel we were happy to put up with it. Other amenities include an "honesty bar", which enables you to make yourself drinks in the lounge and just write down what you've taken in the book next to it. It works really well, and they have a good selection of spirits if the mood takes you. The garden I mentioned previously is also fantastic, and I'd recommend spending a bit of time out there if that's your thing.

If I were to head back to Hastings for any reason, I wouldn't bother trying anywhere else. If I could get a room here I'd sign up straight away and prepare myself for another delightful sojourn at the Rectory. 5/5.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hastings, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2013

We recently had our wedding here and were so pleased with the whole experience, it really felt like it was our house for the weekend. All the rooms are stunningly decorated and all very individual. The 2 course breakfast was amazing, lot's of choice and all of it delicious. It is worth highlighting how super the entire staff team are, really friendly, helpful and attentive. A big thank you to Tracey-Anne who with her professionalism and superb organisational skills made organising the day a pleasure.
The guests who stayed for the weekend all had positive feedback and really enjoyed their stay. Even guests who came for the day were full of praise for The Old Rectory.
We very much look forward to coming back for anniversaries.
Mr and Mrs Meyer-Finning

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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70 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2013

Situated in the old town a short walk to the seafront/shops/lively pubs but far enough away to be delightfully quiet. Wonderful place for Wedding. Marquee in the rectory beautiful garden setting with the church as a backdrop. So lovely to stay in the tastefully decorated rooms with everything you could wish for at hand. The place has all the warm welcoming comforts of a lovely home straight out of an interiors magasine, with the luxury of having helpful friendly staff to get you whatever you need. Excellent service, excellent breakfasts. Couldn't fault this place and would highly recommend it to anyone

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Caroline S
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2013

very friendly welcome, excellent service all round. Honesty bar a nice touch. funky decor. beautiful room, very comfortable bed. only criticism would be lack of water pressure for running a bath but hey who wants to spend much time in a bath when you could be out exploring...all in all highly recommended. close to Old Town for antique and retro rummaging. and very close to The Stag a great local with heaps of atmosphere. Can't fault it for a great short break. ps home made biscuits delicious.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Caroline c
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Property: The Old Rectory
Address: The Old Rectory Harold Road, Hastings TN35 5ND, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > East Sussex > Hastings
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 49 B&Bs / Inns in Hastings
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
On the edge of Hastings historic old town, our gorgeous contemporary house and beautiful walled garden provides relaxed yet luxurious bed and breakfast accommodation. The Old Rectory was developed out of our desire to provide a truly beautiful and relaxing atmosphere to help you unwind and enjoy your stay in Hastings. A bed & breakfast for grown-ups, we aim to provide you with a warm welcome, coupled with a thoughtful and friendly service. From the use of fabulous locally sourced produce for our breakfasts, to also providing a venue to showcase the work of local artists and designers, we actively work to promote the best of everything Hastings and hope you will fall in love with it, as we did. ... more   less 
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