Hydro Hotel

Travelzoo Staff

Why We Love It

  • This clifftop hotel in Eastbourne's Meads area is close to the town centre and the South Downs National Park
  • The award-winning hotel gardens have impressive sea views and there are also two restaurants on site
  • Beachy Head, a chalk headland with views along the south coast, is a 5-minute drive away and Pevensey Castle, William the Conqueror's first stronghold, is less than 25 minutes' drive away

97% (429 Member Ratings)

"An excellent room with a beautiful view"
Apr 20, 2017
Ashford, 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, and there is on-street parking nearby.

Rooms & Rates

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The grand Hydro Hotel, which opened in 1895, is set on one of Eastbourne's cliffs, within the 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.

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, 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.

The railway station is less than 10 minutes' drive away, and several buses run into the town from Chesterfield Road (10 minutes' walk away). 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 2017



  • 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 check-in time: 2.30pm. Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard checkout time: 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 check with the hotel directly before booking (+44 1323 720 643) and use the Special Requests field to request the extra bed.

Pets: Small dogs are allowed on request and will be charged at £10 per night on checkout.

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

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Customer Service available 24 hours

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

The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

*Unless otherwise stated, Travelzoo-exclusive extras are valid once per stay (based on two adults sharing). Value is an estimate based on double occupancy. Extras are only included with Member Rates and may not be available on all dates. Extras are non-transferable and have no cash value. Total value may vary depending on time of booking and availability. When included, breakfast may be limited to 2 guests per stay subject to hotel’s discretion. Other restrictions may apply; see our T&Cs for details.

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97% Positive
(429 Member Reviews)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for The Hydro Hotel over the past 15 months.
4.4 Ambiance
4.6 Location
4.5 Rooms
4.7 Quality of Service
4.7 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
An excellent room with a beautiful view
Other Comments
I thought the whole experience at the hotel was just great.
Alison Apr 20, 2017 Ashford, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Beautiful hotel, lovely room and fantastic sea view.
Kevin Southon Apr 20, 2017 Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Our room was fantastic and we had a wonderful view. The food was so excellent
Marilyn Apr 20, 2017 Maidenhead, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Desiree Apr 19, 2017 St Albans, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The view from room 212 towards Beachy ahead was magnificent
Other Comments
Newly decorated room everything was as it should be
richard Apr 19, 2017 Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The beautiful setting and very comfortable hotel, breakfast superb.
malcolm w Apr 19, 2017 Stevenage, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Friendly staffs. Sea view room .
Manlenh Apr 18, 2017 St Albans, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Had an excellent Easter at the hotel very good hotel with lovely breakfast and see views would recommend it.
Other Comments
very under rated hotel excellent value
Jill Apr 18, 2017 Maidstone, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
location and views
Other Comments
very spacious comfortable rooms
Mark Apr 16, 2017 Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The setting, ambience and staff were all fabulous.
Marianne Apr 15, 2017 LondonLondon, United Kingdom

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