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

"Great from start to finish. Cannot fault at all. The staff are super friendly. Treated like royalty. Booking again very soon."
Feb 1, 2020 - Littlehampton, United Kingdom
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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, 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.



  • 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


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.

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(529 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
Great hotel
Jane Feb 07, 2020 Woking, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Apart from the noisy wedding it would have been perfect. We would never have booked that weekend if we were told a wedding was also booked. This was avoidable and we were very disappointed
Other Comments
There was a wedding the night we booked to stay. No mention was made of this at booking. It was so noisy as the disco was beneath our room that we asked to be moved. We were shown 2 other rooms but both noisy due to the wedding. We went home and did not stay the night. We were given a refund but this spoilt a weekend that we had really looked forward to
Amanda Feb 04, 2020 Lewes, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Great from start to finish. Cannot fault at all. The staff are super friendly. Treated like royalty. Booking again very soon.
Other Comments
The staff went above and beyond. Amazing place.
Paul Feb 01, 2020 Littlehampton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
A lovely hotel for a nights stay
Julia Jan 30, 2020 Lewes, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
This is the fourth time we have enjoyed this winter break.
Other Comments
A very pleasant traditional resort hotel. Very pleasant surroundings and staff. A very short break from not very far. Just what the Doctor ordered.
Heather Jan 29, 2020 Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
overall first class one complaint the room was to hot with no way of cooling it even with the radiator off ,and the windows were difficult to open and would not stay open
rees Jan 27, 2020 WINGHAM, United Kingdom
Other Comments
nice atmosphere, ,Very pleasant staff, caring , not rushed with anything you do, very clean and tidy everywhere which is really nice to see.
june Jan 27, 2020 crawley, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
everything was more than we anticipated. the staff were so friendly and nothing was too much trouble. The food in the Crystal restaurant was superb. Room had everything we needed and so clean, a credit to the cleaning staff.
Other Comments
We could find no fault with anything and would recommend this hotel without a doubt. We look forward to visiting again.
amanda Jan 27, 2020 Horsham, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Enjoyed great short break in comfortable surroundings with good service and high standards of cleaniness
anthony Jan 26, 2020 Littlehampton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The Hydro Hotel is a hidden jewel in Eastbourne, An elegant ambiance with high standards of service and good value .
Virginia Jan 24, 2020 Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom

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