I booked one night at the Big Sleep on Groupon, for £55.00 (double, extra charge applicable for weekend booking). Having seen the photos on the hotel's website and read various positive reviews, I thought that this price was a bargain. When I arrived at the hotel, my heart sunk. From the outside the hotel looked like some really cheap hostel. What's more, there was a sign for rooms for £40. Clearly, a bargain it was not!...
Entering the hotel imroved our opinion of it. This is an old building that has not been renovated, but parts of it have been beautified and decorated in great funky taste. The dining /living room is a lovely space, very pleasant to sit at (and, unfortunately, look at the rain outside). All furniture is fashionable, the sofas are dressed in Orla Keily covers, the cushions are cute -you get the picture. Unfortunately, our room was nowhere near as lovely or comfortable as the public spaces. Cramped and basic describes it better – though it was also clean and pleasant. Breakfast was another disappointment; also basic, with really greasy finger pastries that are particularly unappetising.
Overall, the Big Sleep was a bit of a let down – but that was mainly because the offer and the reviews had raised my expectations. Had I paid the £40 rooms were advertised for on that evening, I would have been more than happy with the experience.
Having said that, I would not discourage anyone from staying there. The hotel is clean, the public spaces are really nice to loiter in, the staff is helpful, and the location is great, right on the seafront. Just be prepared for a basic hotel, and you will be pleasantly surprised.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A 50 bedroom designer limited service hotel on Eastbourne's seafront, offering fantastic value for money, great sea views and exciting new horizons in interior design. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Big Sleep Hotel