This glorious old hotel sits on the seafront at Eastbourne like some great Duchess. Set slightly back from the road but overlooking the seafront it is a timeless, classic, old fashioned hotel with excellent service. If you like modern hotels with glitz and chrome do not visit here. If, on the other hand, you want space, comfort, excellent service, good food, then you'll enjoy the ambience.
For starters there is no piped music at all. Heaven! To sit in the Great Hall and watch the comings and goings is a wonderful experience in itself. This is a three story high space with grand painting, loads of squashy, comfy sofas and chairs. Just the tinkle of tea cups, the clink of glasses, the chatter of guests and passing staff, the chiming of the clock above the big fireplace. At teatime there is a piano and once a month an old fashioned palm court trio. There are even two writing desks with hotel paper - when did you last see proper writing desks in a decent hotel!
Even a simple coffee will be served with style and elegance. There are comfy chairs in the lounges and quiet nooks and crannies for a snooze or just to read. We intended exploring a bit more but the hotel is a destination in itself and is so comfortable it can be hard to drag yourself out, let alone down to the spa.
Other reviewers seemed disappointed with the Mirabelle but we found it to be excellent. The staff was formal and attentive but not overpowering. The food was excellent and well presented. During one luncheon we were the last in the restaurant yet at no time did any of the staff make us feel we should eat up or that it was time to go. It is a delightful restaurant and we liked the more intimate feel to it. The other restaurant, The Garden Room, is bigger and seemed a little less inviting.
As befits an older hotel the rooms vary in size but are roomy and comfortable. It's true some of the floor boards squeak as you go about the room or up and down the corridors but that is all part of the charm and only to be expected from a great lady of this age!
The staff seems happy in their work and there is always a cheery smile or hello as they pass in the corridors. Managers walk about in smart black jackets and striped trousers and the whole building seems to hum with efficiency and people who know what they are doing quietly going about their business.
We thought the hotel timeless, classic, and elegant. In some ways it is like being on a great old fashioned ocean liner. Magic!
- 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