We chose Swan House from the reviews here, unsure if it could live up to all the positive reports. Well, I'm happy to say it did - in fact, it was even better than we'd hoped. We went for a birthday weekend and despite mixed weather, felt utterly chilled and charmed by our stay. The house itself is gorgeous, and even though our room (Garden Room) is the smallest, it had all the extra touches you'd want - coffee filters, flapjack pieces, robes, crisp white bedding. The sitting room is a place you could linger all day, but the location is also amazing, so easy to walk to the vintagey shops and cosy bars, or to the sea front.
What really makes this place stand out, though, is the hospitality. I was a little worried that with just four rooms, it might feel in your face, but Brendan and his lovely colleagues know when to chat and when to leave you to it, which is a very fine art. And the breakfasts... we’ve stayed in five star places, but this ranks in the top 3 for choice, taste and setting. We will be back! If we can manage to get in - the other three rooms were all occupied by return visitors and now I know why.
Oh, and the two dogs are adorable too.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxury, five star boutique guesthouse in the heart of Hastings Old Town, offering unprecedented style and service in picturesque 1066 country. The travel press love Swan House - come and experience why! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Swan House Hotel Hastings