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

"Charming rooms which are thoughtfully apportioned. The staff are exceptional as is the location and gardens. Silver service breakfast is fabulous and what a treat to be given Easter Eggs on Easter Sunday! Love this hotel!"
Apr 22, 2019 - London, 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: Breakfast for children is included
Crib/Pack 'n Play available upon request, free of charge, for children 4 and under.
Extra bedding not available for older children and adults.
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.
Extra guest charges will apply as follows:
£10 per night for children 5 to 11.
£12.50 per night for children 12 to 16.

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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(695 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
Charming rooms which are thoughtfully apportioned. The staff are exceptional as is the location and gardens. Silver service breakfast is fabulous and what a treat to be given Easter Eggs on Easter Sunday! Love this hotel!
Other Comments
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Sharon Apr 22, 2019 London, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Charm of the hotel and grounds. Location was great too - lovely walk from hotel to pier along the shoreline.
Hansa Apr 22, 2019 Crawley, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Room was upgraded with a sea view so very happy. The grounds and location were stunning.
Other Comments
We were fortunate to have lovely weather so the room was very warm. Air condition would be good!
Ludmila Apr 22, 2019 Borehamwood, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Beautiful grounds
Karen Apr 22, 2019 Orpington, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Susan Apr 22, 2019 Edgware, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Quaint old English hotel, welcoming staff, good food. Lovely location, well kept gardens Felt very relaxed
Kay Apr 21, 2019 Bromley, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The peace and calm plus lovely ourlook.
Gloria Apr 21, 2019 Upminster, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Friendly staff. Excellent location. Beautiful grounds
David Apr 20, 2019 Battle, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
A feeling of tradition combined with comfort.
Keri Apr 17, 2019 Northampton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Cream Tea, Comfy Bed, Excellent Breaffast, Attentive Proffessional Staff, Great Atmosphere
Geoffrey Apr 16, 2019 Hove, United Kingdom

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