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Hydro Hotel Eastbourne
Ranked #4 of 40 Hotels in Eastbourne
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 21, 2014

This is a classic English hotel, very near the sea, with an old-fashioned ambiance. We all chose the same thing -- roast beef and yorkshire pudding. The food was delicious and service was friendly and efficient.

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Reviewed June 19, 2014

I found little to find fault with the two course set lunch in the lovely Crystal Dining Room which, at £12.95, represented good value. The red mullet in a vermouth sauce with crushed potatoes was fresh and well cooked. The accompanying vegetables were rather disappointing, though – cold and dry new potatoes served, rather oddly, next to an equally lifeless Duchess potato swirl alongside red cabbage and broccoli which seemed out of season on a warm, June day. The pear poached in Drambuie with coffee ice cream was first class, though. We also shared a cheese board between the three of us which was generous in size if rather unimaginative in constituents.
The service and overall experience (which includes linen tablecloths and napkins) was outstanding throughout. Our request to be served coffee with hot milk on the beautiful terrace overlooking the croquet lawn and English Channel beyond was obligingly met and was a delightful way to spend an hour after our lunch. The wine list is very reasonable priced too.

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 17, 2014 via mobile

Went to Hydro hotel for afternoon tea, had the full works of sandwiches and cakes. The choice of the sandwiches was ok, not sure grated cheese is a good choice as this is a cheap option. Not really dainty sandwiches as I had expected they were cut in triangles rather than fingers as I've had on other afternoon teas but the cakes made up for it, and the scone and fresh cream was lovely and of course a lovely setting.

Stayed: June 2014
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Reviewed June 15, 2014

it is easy to forget that the Hydro is only a 3 star, because it gives the impression of being an older style 4 star. I was upgraded on arrival to a beautiful room looking out across the gardens to the sea. This room was pleasantly furnished and comfortable and quiet. The word "quiet" is not one that can normally be used in hotel reviews these days! The situation is superb, although some might find the 12 minute (delightful) walk to the town center to be a little long. On the plus side, the hotel is set a tiny bit up above and back from the promenade so 95% of the traffic noise is lost, turning this hotel into a haven of peace and quiet. The staff could not have been nicer or more helpful. The breakfast was freshly cooked, plentiful, and speedy! Will I go back? Absolutely yes!

Room Tip: Sea view important.
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  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 9, 2014

The hotel is a little old fashioned but it is quiet & in the best area in Eastbourne. The room was clean & roomy & had a great view even though we hadn't paid extra for a sea view. We didn't eat in the restaurant apart from breakfast which was excellent & cooked freshly to order. We had drinks & a cream tea in the conservatory looking out over lovely gardens. We did use & enjoy the outdoor pool which was heated, clean & again very quiet & peaceful. The staff were very helpful & accommodating. We enjoyed a lovely weekend at this hotel & will definitely go again.

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 3, 2014

I started planning a birthday celebration for my husband in January 2014. The event was to be a complete surprise. I surveyed several hotels and began to lose heart. Then I tried the Hydro.From the beginning I was treated like royalty.The staff were fantastic. On the day and the evening, the arrangements flowed without a hitch.The lunch was beautiful and the evening buffet was generous. It was so well done that I cannot praise the hotel enough.Thank you especially to Angie, who was my guide, who tried to keep me calm and arranged everything so well.

Room Tip: Ask for a quiet room facing the sea.
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  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 3, 2014

Very old fashioned Hotel. The staff are very friendly and attentive. The rooms are all clean and tidy although a lot of them need updating and decorating. There are a select number that have been updated so always ask. It has a nice bar and garden when sunny. This hotel is not for the younger people amongst us so the place shuts down by 8 o clock. It is about a 15 minute stroll to the town centre which on a sunny day is ideal. A nice hotel at the edge of town which serves its purpose.

Room Tip: Choose a refurbished room
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  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled on business
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Additional Information about Hydro Hotel Eastbourne

Address: Mount Road, Eastbourne BN20 7HZ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > East Sussex > Eastbourne
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 40 Hotels in Eastbourne
Price Range: $95 - $253 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hydro Hotel Eastbourne 4*
Number of rooms: 82
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hydro is Eastbourne's finest 4 star hotel. From its clifftop location, 121 feet above sea level, the hotel features magnificent views of the sea and the cliffs of Beachy Head. With 82 bedrooms, two restaurants and five function rooms, it is ideal for both business and leisure travellers. Plenty of free parking on site and surrounding the hotel, friendly and professional service, excellent cuisine, newly refurbished bedrooms and Wi-Fi included in the accommodation rate. The Hydro is the perfect choice for your next stay in Eastbourne. ... more   less 
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