Just returned from a KGB Deal with my wife, £99 for 2 people, for 2 nights, B&B plus evening meal which was great value for money.
The hotel has a very good position just off the sea front. The front rooms have a view of the sea to the side and we were lucky enough to get one on the top (4th) floor. Parking in Eastbourne is on a pay & display basis and the hotel sells tickets for £1 per day on arrival which is also very good value. We parked right outside the hotel on both days.
A very friendly and helpful gentleman checked us in. We then had to get to the 4th floor in one of two very tiny lifts (max 3 persons in each). These were very slow and cumbersome things which were not linked by computer which meant that we had to call both lifts when we wanted one and they took ages to come.
Our room was small to average in size with a small double bed. Basic furnishings, a small flat screen TV and coffee/tea making equipment were also provided. The bathroom was adequate with a bath but, surprisingly, no shower. Soap was the only disposable provided. The main bathroom light was broken and was not fixed during our stay despite our reporting it. The room was very clean and looked recently refurbished. The bed was comfortable and not squeaky. The maid was very efficient. The room walls were however a little "thin" and it was a bit too easy to hear people talking/the TV in the next room.
We went to the bar for a pre-dinner drink and I was surprised to find that everything was paid for in cash (no room charging facility). This included ordering wine for delivery to our meal table. The house wine itself was reasonably priced at £9.95 and was remarkably good.
Breakfast and dinner are served at set times and can be over one or two sittings depending on the number of guests staying. The hotel is a "coaching" facility owned by the travel company Robinsons and the dining room (which is large) can get quite crowded with coach parties. My wife and I had a nice round table for two for the duration and were served by a very lovely, efficient and helpful lady, Anelia, from Eastern Europe. On both nights the dinners were very pleasant but did not have particularly generous portions (e.g. 5 small pieces of scampi on the second night with a handful of chips & peas). Full English breakfast, however, on both days was more plentiful and quite delicious.
The rest of the clientele struck me as making the average Saga client look positively youthful, and they obviously welcomed the nightly Bingo after dinner!
In closing I repeat the heading above...It was excellent value for money but don't expect the Four Seasons level of quality.
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