We stayed here for a two night break in March on a Bed, Breakfast and Dinner basis. The hotel is situated in a very convenient location with a good size car park, it is a 5 minute walk to the main shops and areas of interest. There is a bus stop one minutes walk away where you can catch a bus to Brighton, a 20 minute ride and no parking problems. The bus service was very frequent in the day time.
The hotel itself is a beautiful old building and very nice inside with large chandeliers, high ceilings etc. Our room (18) which I presume was a standard one was not particularly large, but adequate, and looked out over the garden with some nice views.
The bathroom was very small and twice I managed to burn myself on the extremely hot towel rail even though there was a small warning sign, the fittings and amenities were very good with plenty of towels and the usual robes, the shower was extremely easy to use with a good powerful stream of water, we have stayed in hotels where you need a degree to work out how to use the shower.
Breakfast was excellent on both mornings but I was a bit surprised that the menu for dinner was identical on both nights, there were about 6 choices of each course so easy enough to choose a different meal on a 2 night stay but would be different if the stay was for a longer period. The two dinners we had were both very good, well cooked, hot and tasty. The staff who served us were most pleasant, efficient and nothing seemed to be too much trouble for them.
All in all a nice stay and Lewes is definitely worth a visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Step off the historic High Street in the beautiful county town of Lewes and into the peaceful tranquility of The Shelleys; an elegantly sublime 17th Century, family-run, country house hotel. The Shelleys offers discreet service, with high standards, within a uniquely calm ambience, with friendly staff who anticipate your every need. With nineteen luxury boutique rooms, all en-suite, each designed and decorated to reflect our Georgian origins and fitted with a television and Wi-Fi access; The Shelleys perfectly combines English tradition with contemporary luxury. Dating back to 1588, The Shelleys is a grade II* listed property – falling into the 4% bracket viewed as a “particularly important building of more than special interest” by English Heritage… Located close to Brighton and Eastbourne, this East Sussex hotel is the perfect venue for a change of scene. Whether it’s a weekend of rest and relaxation, a romantic break, or a base from which to explore the surrounding historical town and South Downs, you’ll find your every need is anticipated at The Shelleys. The a la carte lunch and dinner menu is available in the stylish award-winning Apostrophe Restaurant or on the brick-paved terrace overlooking our beautiful gardens. Morning Coffee & Afternoon Tea, Drinks and Bar Lunches are also available throughout the day. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Shelleys Hotel Lewes
- Shelleys Hotel Lewes
- Hotel Shelleys
- The Shelleys Lewes, East Sussex