Grand(ish) hotel, average age of clients 70+. Lots of dark carpets and draylon, and all quite fuddy. However, room was very large, bathroom had nice toiletries and possibly the best towels ever. So you balance one thing with another.
My room was far too warm and only realised as I left that the windows could be opened. It was not a comfortable heat. The other thing that was disappointing was the breakfast - lots of time waiting for items to be replenished, slow service with coffee etc. Not enjoyable really.
Reception staff were very helpful and friendly, and were very informative too. The indoor pool area was ok, but the outside pool looked much better.
Overall, it is a grand hotel, it could possibly do with a refurb in areas. I imagine the age of the clientele will never change though.....
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- England's only five-star seaside hotel, The Grand in Eastbourne is one of the UK's most magnificent hotels. Variously described as a 'White Palace' and 'Wedding Cake', the majestic landmark property occupies a prime spot on the town's seafront with panoramic views along the coast and towards the cliffs at Beachy Head.Facilities include 152 beautiful bedrooms, many with stunning sea views. 2 Award winning Restaurants. Indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools, fully equipped Gymnasium and 8 beauty rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Eastbourne Grand Hotel