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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

"Booked a 2 night break at a good price. Excellent service, cleanliness and breakfast. Staff were lovely."
Mar 13, 2020 - Saint Leonards-on-sea, 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.

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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.

Enjoyed This
(504 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for The Hydro Hotel over the past 15 months.
4.5 Ambiance
4.6 Location
4.4 Rooms
4.7 Quality of Service
4.8 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Booked a 2 night break at a good price. Excellent service, cleanliness and breakfast. Staff were lovely.
Rosemary Mar 13, 2020 Saint Leonards-on-sea, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Upgraded to a sea view....room exceptionally clean as was hotel food excelklent
Other Comments
Ideal location
Kim Mar 08, 2020 Upminster, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
A real 5 star hotel
Other Comments
Very very clean and excellent food
Kim Mar 08, 2020 Upminster, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
We had a fantastic stay at the Hydro and can thoroughly recommend it in every way. The Sussex Cream Tea (included in the deal) was one of the nicest scones we have ever eaten, with loads of clotted cream and jam. The Hydro is an old fashioned hotel with beautiful lounges and restaurants. Breakfast was hot, tasty and well served. We went to the theatre in the evening which was a 10 minute walk away. 5 stars for the Hydro and its staff!
Phil Mar 07, 2020 Lewes, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Lovely room with a view. Delicious food. Great service.
Pauline Mar 04, 2020 Brighton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Friendly and attentive staff and a great location.
thomas Mar 02, 2020 Reading, United Kingdom
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GEOFFREY Mar 02, 2020 Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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the way we was ignored in the breakfast restuarant not getting what asked for breakfast kept under hot lamps partners breakfast came up 10 minutes after mine
peter Mar 02, 2020 Stanford-le-Hope, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Been going there since I was very young with my grandparents and now as an adult, very much enjoy going there with my brother and his family and my partner.
Other Comments
Value for money and always worth a visit!
Elizabeth Mar 02, 2020 London, United Kingdom
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this was our 5th visit and it was just like our 1st visit FIRST CLASS
Kevin Mar 02, 2020 Tilbury, United Kingdom

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