Eastbourne, United Kingdom

Hydro Hotel

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Why We Love It

  • This clifftop hotel in Eastbourne's Meads area is close to the town centre & South Downs National Park
  • The hotel gardens have impressive sea views
  • 98% of Travelzoo members who reviewed their stay said they loved it

96% (172 Member Ratings)

"Just being there! It just hits the right spot - not too old and not too new with a certain quirkiness that we love."
Jul 12, 2016
Oxfordshire, 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, as well as safe street parking.

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", and the Sussex Heritage Coast, which are both a 5-minute drive. Visit Redoubt Fortress and Military Museum, a 5-minute drive away, to discover over 200 years of military history.

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). There is free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.

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 2016



  • 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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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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172 Member Reviews
(96% Positive)
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Enjoyed Most: Just being there! It just hits the right spot - not too old and not too new with a certain quirkiness that we love.
Other Comments: All the staff are just amazing - would go once a month if we could.
Jacqueline Jul 12, 2016 Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: Great setting and excellent service.
Judith Jul 11, 2016 Aldershot, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: This is the third time that we have stayed at the Hydro for a two night short break. As in previous occasions it is the quality of the food that is served at breakfast and evening dinner.
Other Comments: The staff are always very helpful.
John Jul 11, 2016 DAGENHAM ESSEX, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: Comfortable room and nice food
Carol Jul 11, 2016 Stevenage, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: The price and views
Tracy Jul 05, 2016 Farnham surrey, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: All of it will go back
Other Comments: As above
julian Jul 02, 2016 Fomlestone, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: Enjoyed a relaxing overnight stay through a combination of excellent service, food and comfortable surroundings.
Other Comments: Although enjoyed breakfast we both found the cooked element could have been hotter. The restaurant waiter was exemplary in handling our feedback at the time.
Peter Jun 23, 2016 Overton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: The food was fantastic
Mark Jun 21, 2016 Aylesford, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: Service and attention
Rodney Jun 18, 2016 London, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: Overall peaceful ambience with service "par excellence"
Brian Jun 17, 2016 Southend-On-Sea, United Kingdom

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