Stayed here in April 2013 while visiting relatives in Sussex. I am originally from Worthing (live down under now) and I was keen to spend a night in the old home town. Most other hotels in Worthing seem to be completely worn out and get poor reviews, or have either burned down and been replaced by apartment (The Warnes) or have been demolished (The Beachhouse Hotel). The Chatsworth is still there, but gets dodgy reviews.
So based in my pal TripAdvisor I picked the Ardington- not somewhere I had ever noticed when I lived in Worthing.
The booking process is a bit off-putting - you can't book online and have to do it by email (always a security issue with proving a credit card). This would be my only suggestion for improvement - come fully into the modern world and let people book securely online. Nevertheless, the were no issues with the booking and they were expecting when I arrived!
There was a warm welcome, a very nice superior double room - not huge, but nicely furnished and decorated. Bathroom was fine with a shower over the bath. Would have preferred a shower screen to the shower curtain.
I ate dinner in the restaurant which runs the rather curious slogan "You don't have to sleep with us to eat with us" which is somewhat reassuring.
I had whitebait as a starter which I suspect was from frozen rather than fresh (but still nice), followed by Steak Diane - perfectly cooked and with fabulous chips. This was servers with a HUGE glass if wine (must be almost half a bottle) and sparkling water. Service by the young German waiter was sweetly personal and attentive.
Free wifi was very patchy and seemed to be switched off after midnight. Checkout was friendly and swift. I paid £3.50 for parking and was able to leave my car right outside the whole day.
Definitely recommended if you are staying in Worthing. I doubt there is anything better.
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- Also Known As:
- Ardington Hotel Worthing
- The Ardington Hotel Worthing, West Sussex