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
(624 Member Ratings)
"All the staff were very welcoming and helpful and nothing was too much trouble"
Jan 16, 2018
Swanley, 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 free on-street parking nearby.

Rooms & Rates

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The 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 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 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 24 hours

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

Enjoyed This
(624 Member Ratings)
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
All the staff were very welcoming and helpful and nothing was too much trouble
Laura Jan 16, 2018 Swanley, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Absolutely everything!
marieann Jan 16, 2018 Folkestone, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Sea view from room and nice breakfast - especially sausages
Elaine Jan 15, 2018 Chichester, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Very friendly staff
Other Comments
Nice relaxed atmosphere
Shirley Jan 15, 2018 Slough, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Quaint hotel with plenty of charm
Colleen Jan 15, 2018 Wembley, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
wonderful staff and great location and food
david Jan 13, 2018 Rowledge, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Sea view
Other Comments
Unfortunately the bedrooms and breakfast room were too hot which is the only reason I have said I would not go back (I did not sleep a wink) - we were initially thrilled to be upgraded to a superior room which was amazing but there was a problem with the radiator and we neither we nor the staff could turn the heating down so we reluctantly relinquished our room in the evening which was tough with my 90 year old mum in tow. Even she found it uncomfortable.The radiator could be adjusted in the new room but it was still very warm. Bearing in mind the age of the clientele some of the common areas, particularly the breakfast area could do with some brighter light, to make it more dementia friendly.
Jane Jan 13, 2018 Epsom, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Its beautiful and historic, grand. The cream tea was delicious and the service impeccable.
Other Comments
Lovely grand old hotel late 1890, creaky floors and beautiful windows over the staircases. We loved it. it is not new or uber modern, it is a classic with wonderful service & friendliness of the staff.
estelle Jan 10, 2018 Sheerness, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Great location with a lovely sea view
Helen Jan 08, 2018 Ashurst.Wood, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Relaxing atmosphere
Other Comments
So glad it made it onto your list, otherwise we may not have landed up there!
Mark Jan 07, 2018 Church Stretton, United Kingdom

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