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Hydro Hotel

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Why We Love It

  • This clifftop hotel is in Eastbourne's Meads area, close to the town centre and the South Downs National Park
  • The hotel gardens have impressive sea views and there are two restaurants on site (dinner must be pre-booked in advance)
  • Beachy Head, a chalk headland with views along the south coast, is a 5-minute drive away; Pevensey Castle, William the Conqueror's first stronghold, is less than 25 minutes' drive away
  • The moated Bodiam Castle and partially ruined Battle Abbey are within an hour's drive

Enjoyed This
(688 Member Ratings)
"Staff... atmosphere...food. Could not fault it!"
May 22, 2018
Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom

Map & Directions

Eastbourne railway station is less than 10 minutes' drive from the hotel. You can take a line 3 bus from the station to Jevington Gardens, a 10-minute walk from the hotel. The hotel has two small private car parks that are free, and there is free on-street parking nearby.

Rooms & Rates

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Hydro Hotel, which opened in 1895, is set on a cliff in Eastbourne's Meads area, just over a mile from the town centre and its Grade II-listed pier.

Local attractions include Beachy Head, which Lonely Planet describes as "a spot of thrilling beauty", the South Downs National Park and the Sussex Heritage Coast, which are all a 5-minute drive away.

This area is great for history buffs. Battle Abbey, a partially ruined Benedictine abbey and the site of the last successful invasion of England in 1066, is less than 40 minutes' drive away. Pevensey Castle, the ruins of William the Conqueror's first stronghold, is less than 25 minutes' drive away. Bodiam Castle, an impressive 14th-century moated castle, is less than an hour's drive away.

The hotel has sweeping sea views from its landscaped gardens, which include a croquet lawn and a putting green. There are two restaurants on site (dinner must be booked in advance), which serve English and French cuisine. Afternoon tea can be taken in the conservatory, and there is a lounge and a cocktail bar.

The AA describes the hotel's bedrooms as "attractive and well equipped", and all are individually decorated. Wi-Fi is free.

From the press:

  • "This well-managed and popular hotel enjoys an elevated position with views of attractive gardens and the sea beyond" -- The AA Hotel Guide 2018



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Extra beds / roll away beds
  • Outdoor pool
  • Restaurant
  • Pet-friendly


  • 24-hour security
  • Beauty treatments / massages (fees apply)
  • Concierge service
  • Hair salon (fees apply)
  • Laundry / dry cleaning

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Safe
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout


  • Bathtub
  • Hair-dryer
  • Separate shower
  • Luxury toiletries


  • Complimentary parking


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible pool area
  • Accessible restaurant
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


Check-in: Standard Time is 2:30pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 10:30am.

Children and additional guests: Infant's cot/crib and extra bed available on request and in some rooms only: £10 per night for children aged 5 to 11 and £12.50 for children aged 12 to 16. This includes breakfast. Supplements are not included automatically in the total price and will be charged directly by the hotel. Extra beds are free of charge for children aged 4 and under. Please use the Special Requests field to request the extra bed and specify the age of the child. Please feel free to contact the hotel directly for more information before booking (+44 1323 720 643).

Pets: Small dogs are allowed on request and will be charged at £10 per night. Supplements are not included automatically in the total price and will be charged directly by the hotel.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details: Please note breakfast times are as follows:
Monday – Friday from 7.00am to 9.30am & Saturday – Sunday from 7.30am  to 9.30am.

The heated outdoor swimming pool is open from June to September.

Have a Question? Contact Travelzoo.

Customer service available Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm GMT + 8.

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Enjoyed This
(688 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for The Hydro Hotel over the past 15 months.
4.5 Ambiance
4.6 Location
4.4 Rooms
4.7 Quality of Service
4.7 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Staff... atmosphere...food. Could not fault it!
Other Comments
Great value...will definitely return.
Heather May 22, 2018 Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
Other Comments
My Wife and a long standing friend enjoyed their stay, the only problem was that they billed them twice, which was rectified after their arrival
Rodney May 22, 2018 Bexleyheath, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
it was superbly placed with amazing sea views and wonderful gardens
Other Comments
everyone made us feel welcome and nothing was too much trouble
andy May 21, 2018 Bexleyheath, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Good old fashioned hotel,plenty of leisure seating around the hotel and gardens
Other Comments
Everything was very good except for the dinner menu which was very limited in variety and choice so much so that we were forced to eat out!,even the alternative to the main restaurant,the conservatory only did sandwiches or steaks.
Peter May 21, 2018 Christchurch, United Kingdom
Other Comments
This review is based on my 78 year old father-in-laws feedback - my husband & I booked this for him and he thoroughly enjoyed everything - from the Sussex Cream Tea & the breakfast - he booked himself into the restaurant for dinner and said it was very good
Suzanne May 20, 2018 Maidstone, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The Position the warm welcome friendly staff lovely food lovely room with a lovely view definitely go back looking forward to booking it again
Mary May 20, 2018 Hullbridge Hockley, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Staff first, atmosphere, food exceptional
Other Comments
Our room location was not the best but room itself was excellent
julia May 13, 2018 Exmouth, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Service and food. Value for money.
Siobhan May 11, 2018 Exeter, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
It is a lovely old hotel.
Other Comments
Not knowing what Sussex cream tea meant. I was under the impression I was going to receive afternoon tea. So you could imagined my embarrassment and disappointment when seated amongst a packed restaurant to be served a small plate with one scone and half a strawberry with a small portion of clotted cream. Every other table had a selection of cakes and delicacies for their afternoon tea. The main reason I had chosen this trip/venue was the special offer of afternoon tea. end breakfast. breakfast was not the main pull for me, but having afternoon tea in such a venue was what sparked my interest. I was informed by the waiter that Sussex cream tea was complimentary. I wish I knew this in advance that my expectation would be limited, better still I would not have booked it.
Christine May 09, 2018 London, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The service and views
Audrey May 08, 2018 Cousldon, United Kingdom

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