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The Shelleys
Ranked #5 of 8 Hotels in Lewes
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79 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Wow! Well worth shelling out for!”
Reviewed May 8, 2013 via mobile

I cannot really find fault with this delightful hotel.
Lewes is a lovely place to conduct a bit of retail therapy and the shelleys is the place to chill out after.
The building is very old but bang up to date re comfort, hot water etc. the staff were delightful and the food perfect. I've added some pics.
I guess if you're used to the travel lodge or holiday inn this is older much older.
We loved it.

  • Stayed May 2013
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Hugh C, Manager at The Shelleys, responded to this review, May 9, 2013
....and we loved your review so many thanks for staying with us and for your kind custom. The Shelleys is undoubtedly the grande dame of Lewes High Street dating back to the sixteenth century has so much to offer

With the summer not too far away hopefully we can welcome you back before very long
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Redhill
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed May 3, 2013

We needed a short break and this one night stay had been awarded to make up for a poor experience at another hotel. The Hotel Manager,Dariusz Zvinis, could not have been more helpful and accommodating. We had a large double bedroom, with massive bathroom, at the back of the hotel, overlooking its lovely garden, and very quiet.
We had dinner which was absolutely delicious and we tried new foods we had not had before, excellent and highly recommended. The service from Maria, our waitress, was first rate too, she was very attentive and diligent in her role.
Breakfast was OK too although the waitresses on duty could have been a bit more friendly.
The hotel has its own car park to the side which is very handy, and the hotel is well situated on Lewes High Street. Lewes itself is well worth a visit for its historical interest with Priory ruins and an a house owned by Anne of Cleves.
All in all a five star experience.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hugh C, Manager at The Shelleys, responded to this review, May 5, 2013
Amazing review - thank you so much. Dariusz and his team are delighted with the Shelleys also purring away at such amazing remarks

Hopefully we can see you again very soon
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Angmering, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
Reviewed April 30, 2013 via mobile

Stayed at hotel with family and friends for our daughters wedding, front of house manager was excellent and nothing was too much trouble, rooms are very elegant, the only problem was the breakfast which was very slow in appearing and two of the waitresses were a bit rude .

Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Hugh C, Manager at The Shelleys, responded to this review, May 2, 2013
We greatly appreciate your visiting from France and many thanks for the warmth of your review. Your thoughts regarding the breakfast are also welcomed as we are currently looking at offering an express option

We were delighted the wedding was so successful and hopefully we can see you back in Lewes before too long
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 29, 2013

Me and my girlfriend had such a wonderful time at the shelley! our room was spotless and the shower was really powerful it was excellent! The young blonde girl in the restaurant (she did tell us her name but its slipped my mind!) was exceptionally polite and attended to everything we needed in such a brilliant manner. The only down side was that the hotel and restaurant was very quiet, it would have been nice to see some more life in there! I would recommend this hotel if you want luxury and a home from home stay!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hugh C, Manager at The Shelleys, responded to this review, April 30, 2013
It was a delightful welcoming you from Bristol and thanks for such kind remarks which mean a great deal to both the Shelleys and her staff. We are working hard to spread the word and with the support of brilliant customers like you, we should be bursting at the seams before too long

Hopefully we can see you back in Lewes in the near future
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Reviewed April 29, 2013 via mobile

Quiet and totally charming
Warmest welcome from any reception anywhere!
Rooms fresh clean elegant comfort. Great beds
Garden a haven of tranquility
Tea tray with biscuits a rare treat nowadays.
Plenty of parking.
Centre of Lewes. So exceptional shops one way and walks the other v
Good breakfast - tea scummy and unpleasant but all else made up for it!

  • Stayed April 2013
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Hugh C, Manager at The Shelleys, responded to this review, April 30, 2013
A fantastic review, thank you so much. Hopefully we can welcome you back from Hertfordshire before too long. The staff are tickled pink with the kindness of your remarks which we consider to be also near perfect

With renewed thanks and for your delightful custom
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Hayling Island, Hants, England
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14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed April 20, 2013

Bought a voucher for a stay and a meal for two for two nights from Travelzoo last November for my husbands birthday to stay at Shellleys before the end of March. Due to illness we were unable to take up the offer until last week. the oweners couldn;t have been more helpful and understanding and allowed the offer to be extended to end of April.

We had a superior double room No 7 which didn't have any views only scaffolding as the building is having renovation work done, but the decor and furnishings were excellent. Very spcaious room with two lovely leather chairs to sit and watch the large TV. Made a great change from having to sit onthe bed as is usual with modern hotels. complimentary tea and coffee and bottled water together with an ice bucket to ask for ice as and when needed.

Breaksfasts were excellent with a good choice for full english and well as continental which included a plate of gammon and cheeses in the continental and the cooked breakfast poached haddock and eggs and smoked salmon and scrambled eggs as well as the normal bacon and eggs. Waitress service with a very pleasant young lady who remembered are room number from previous day and that my huisband liked Earl Grey tea and I liked coffee with a small jug of cream!

Evening meal onthe first night was very good, a bit lacking in atmosphere as a wake had been happening early and the music inthe evening seemed to represent the previous function and there were only 5 tables veing used, which waqs a shame as the quality of the cooking from the chef was excellent. The second night we had a bar meal as we didn't wish to be almost alone in the restaurant again, which was also excellent.

I think Shelleys should invite the locals to come and view the premises and then perhaps get their email addresses and have some theme nights for the locals on their quiet evenings during the week. The quality of the food is excellent and we would be prepared to come and stay again for a themed break/special offer if they introduced this method of marketing when they hadn;t got functions to do.

Room Tip: Take ear plugs as the air conditioning is on all night
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hugh C, Manager at The Shelleys, responded to this review, April 21, 2013
Thank you so much for such a detailed and positive review which I am sure will assist other travellers. We can't wait to see you back at Shelleys and meanwhile the staff including Chef Chris are delighted with your kind remarks

We really appreciate your custom
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harrogate england
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed April 13, 2013

Fab place with comfort their priority.Bedroom 19 tip top. Little touches all there to make u feel pampered. Only drawback was slowness of service @ bfast. The meal was superb & of a high standard, esp the porridge, but needs to be quicker yet same quality. Can't wait to stay again.

  • Stayed April 2013
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Hugh C, Manager at The Shelleys, responded to this review, April 15, 2013
We love this review and the play on words - thank you so much

Hopefully we can welcome you back very soon, more so with the weather now firmly on the mend

Renewed thanks
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Property: The Shelleys
Address: 135 High Street, Lewes BN7 1XS, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > East Sussex > Lewes
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 8 Hotels in Lewes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Shelleys 4*
Number of rooms: 19
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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