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Hydro Hotel Eastbourne
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Reviewed February 5, 2013

Just got back from a three night break at the Hydro Hotel in Esatbourne.The hotel is right on the front at Eastbourne and is located close to the Beachy Head end of the promenade.It is in a raised situation so that the hotel everlooks the sea.
The hotel is rather quaint having been built about a 100 years ago in the Edwardian era and has kept its charm.The Crystal Restaraunt still feels like its set in the 1910's and the staffs attention matched this as they were attentive and the food was also very good.The hotel is quite busy during the day as it is used for morning coffee,lunches and afternoon tea and it also has a lovely conservatory at the front of the hotel facing the sea.
We also used the Wedgewood Room which also is the ballroom and this had ample space for dancing and the blue decoration earns it the title of the wedgewood room with its plaster decoration.
We had a front facing room and the views to the sea and Beachy Head were stunning as we were on the second floor.Although it was an executive room with a huge 7 foot bed the bathroom was a bit cramp otherwise the room was very good and the housekeeping excellent.

One of the two gripes I had was that although the hotel has wi-fi they only allow you one continous hour a day free and after that there is a chrage per hour which in these days I find a bit mean when mots establishments give it for free.The other was the car park its not big enough for the residence and all the lunch and tea guests that arrive especially at weekends so if you get there about one o clock the car park is full and you then have to find a space on the road and repark later in the eveneing when they have all gone.
Otherwise its a hotel I would recommend for a short break in the area.The town centre is a 15 to 10 minutes walk away mainly on the flat and there is a nice walk along the promenade opposite if the weather is fine.There is a spa offering treatmenst but we had such a busy time we didnt get to use it its is closed on Sunday afternoons and Monday all day.

Room Tip: Ask for a sea facing room and upgrade the room to an executive room if you can for an enormous bed.All sea view rooms are south facing so you get the sun all day.
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank malc_hill
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Reviewed January 27, 2013 via mobile

We had a very pleasant stay at the hydro this weekend. We took advantage of a good deal on booking.com and couldn't fault for value. A big thanks to Peter the night porter who served us a couple of late evening brandies as we relaxed in the leather chesterfields. A big old homely fashioned hotel , our bedroom decor was in need of some modernising, but the beds were comfortable and the rooms clean. Friendly service and recommended.

  • Stayed: January 2013
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Thank Sebshucks
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

Wow what a lovely surprise afternoon tea, set in lovely comfortable surroundings the sandwiches were so fresh and delicious, and the cakes were just heavenly! Add to all that the superb waiter Alverez and we all had such a wonderful time.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank steviethebest
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Reviewed January 25, 2013

If you want a stay, a meal, a snack, or just a drink then visit the Hydro in Eastbourne East Sussex Fully catering for the disabled, the staff so attentive and the atmosphere wonderful. From Spring to late October there is a salad bar in the conservatory where one can enjoy magnificent views of the sea. An outdoor swimming pool for the hardy in the summer and pretty gardens. The food is delightful in all areas and there are special lunches with guest speakers or singers. The surroundings are old world and one relaxes the moment one enters. I love it!

Room Tip: they have a room with wet room for disabled,
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

This hotel is in and ideal position for a stay in Eastbourne or just to visit for coffee and cake to a four course dinner,the service is excellent and the waiters attentive,go to the garden conservatory and look out over the grounds,downs and sea,and relax.wonderfull

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank peggy f
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