Eastbourne

Hydro Hotel

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Why We Love This Hotel

  • 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)
  • 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

98%
"A good old fashioned hotel with good food and service well located on the higher side of Eastbourne. The room we stayed in was a little tired and a bit noisy as it was over the entrance. The mattress was also a bit on the hard side. However we enjoyed our stay and would visit again, preferably in a different room!"
David
Jan 19, 2020 - Cranbrook, United Kingdom
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Overview

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, which serve English and French cuisine (dinner must be booked in advance). 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.

Amenities

General

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

Services

  • 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

Internet

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout

Bathroom

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

Parking

  • Complimentary parking

Accessibility

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

Policies

Check-in: Standard Time is 2:30pm.
Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 10:30am.

Children and additional guests: Extra guest charges will apply as follows:
Crib/Pack 'n Play available upon request, free of charge, for children 4 and under.
£10 per night for children 5 to 11.
£12.50 per night for children 12 to 16.
Extra bedding not available for older children and adults.
Breakfast for children is included
Please use the Special Request field to confirm the age of the third guest.
Supplements are not included automatically in the total price and will be charged directly by the hotel. See room descriptions and rate policies for information about room occupancy and prices.

Please feel free to contact the hotel directly for more information before booking (+44 1323 720 643).

Pets: Pets are allowed on request and will be charged at £10 per pet per day.

Small dogs only.

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 Mon-Sun, 9am-9pm ET

Winner: People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Customer Service

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

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

98%
Enjoyed This
(515 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for The Hydro Hotel over the past 15 months.
4.5 Ambiance
4.6 Location
4.5 Rooms
4.7 Quality of Service
4.8 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
A good old fashioned hotel with good food and service well located on the higher side of Eastbourne. The room we stayed in was a little tired and a bit noisy as it was over the entrance. The mattress was also a bit on the hard side. However we enjoyed our stay and would visit again, preferably in a different room!
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The room we stayed in (102) was a little tired and a bit noisy as it was over the entrance. The mattress was also a bit on the hard side. However we enjoyed our stay and would visit again, preferably in a different room!
David Jan 19, 2020 Cranbrook, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The hotel was in a good location and our room was large and well furnished. The public rooms were pleasant and we enjoyed our cream tea in the conservatory. All the staff were friendly and helpful and it was great value for money.
Linda Jan 18, 2020 Horsham, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Exceptional staff in restaurant.
Christine Jan 18, 2020 Hertford, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Good service. Friendly staff. One of best breakfasts around.
David Jan 14, 2020 Horsham, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Comfortable and clean rooms, helpful staff and excellent quality of the food! We booked 3 double rooms, unfortunately one of the rooms did not have a bath which was disappointing...
Ineke Jan 13, 2020 Hounslow, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Hotel and staff were all pleasant. the "buts" were that there was only formal (& quite expensive) dining or sandwiches available in the evening which made for very poor ambience in the bar and lounges.
Clive Jan 11, 2020 Reading, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Very pleasant stay in a grand old hotel. Staff were very friendly and helpful.
Leslie Jan 10, 2020 Caterham, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Very enjoyable
Other Comments
Room too hot. Bed not comfortable
Elaine Jan 09, 2020 Hitchin, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Lovely hotel but we upgraded to a sea view room which was so small the bed was tiny, either 4’ or 4’6” not the size one would expect for a 4* hotel.
Other Comments
We booked a table at the restaurant at reception only to be told no reservation was made.
Ann Jan 09, 2020 Reigate, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
An excellent location within easy walking distance of the beach and seaside walks
Other Comments
The hotel was very clean and well refurbished.
Elizabeth Jan 09, 2020 Maidstone, United Kingdom

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