We stayed at Cumberland for one night. We asked for a sea view room, and were offered to see the room first. We declined, as we thought it should be fine right? However, on going into our room, we were so disappointed and I immediately wanted to leave! Room was smaller than we had expected and very dated - the furniture has been varnished a hundred times and had flaked off in places, the carpet was marked and it just felt old! Not at all what we are used to. It was however very clean, and the view of the sea was lovely, with access to a large shared balcony. That was the down side as it was a hot night, and there was no window, just the french door which opened onto a shared balcony - we risked it and kept it open all night, hoping there were no madmen in the neighbouring rooms! We had dinner and it was very good - a little quiet and awkward, some low background music would have helped, but the food was excellent and the staff were very attentive, and there was no waiting around for the food. We slept well and the bed was comfy, and I suppose the room grew on us in the end. Breakfast was ok, a little disappointing with the buffet as you have to wait to be served, which seemed unnecessary, and it was not great quality. But again the service was very good and quick. Okay for a quick break away. Staff great, just a real shame about the room - a basic update would do it the world of good.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Cumberland is one of Eastbourne’s Premier Hotels, commanding a wonderful position on the seafront overlooking the famous Flower-Decked Promenade, the Bandstand and the English Channel.In the Lounges and Wordsworth Restaurant, all of which have breathtaking sea views, you will find an ambiance of classic elegance. Entertainment is enjoyed throughout the year, including regular dancing in our Grand Cumberland Suite. Our 72 en-suite bedrooms, the majority of which have sea views, some with shared balcony, are tastefully furnished all with colour TV, Radio, direct dial telephone, tea/coffee making facilities and hair driers. We have a lift to all floors. Our Head Chef, one of Eastbourne’s best, prepares excellent cuisine with the utmost care, using only the finest ingredients, complemented by our extensive wine list. Our friendly, helpful and efficient staff will ensure that your stay at the Cumberland is a memorable one. ... more less
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