Hydro Hotel

Kate Harden-England
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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

"The hotel was in a good location and our room was large and well furnished. The public rooms were pleasant and we enjoyed our cream tea in the conservatory. All the staff were friendly and helpful and it was great value for money."
18 Jan, 2020 - Horsham, UK
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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:
Cot available upon request, free of charge, for children 4 or under.
£10 per night for children 5 to 11.
£12.50 per night for children 12 to 16.
Extra bed 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-Fri, 8am-6pm

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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(514 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
The hotel was in a good location and our room was large and well furnished. The public rooms were pleasant and we enjoyed our cream tea in the conservatory. All the staff were friendly and helpful and it was great value for money.
Linda 18 Jan, 2020 Horsham, UK
Enjoyed Most
Exceptional staff in restaurant.
Christine 18 Jan, 2020 Hertford, UK
Enjoyed Most
Good service. Friendly staff. One of best breakfasts around.
David 14 Jan, 2020 Horsham, UK
Enjoyed Most
Comfortable and clean rooms, helpful staff and excellent quality of the food! We booked 3 double rooms, unfortunately one of the rooms did not have a bath which was disappointing...
Ineke 13 Jan, 2020 Hounslow, UK
Enjoyed Most
Hotel and staff were all pleasant. the "buts" were that there was only formal (& quite expensive) dining or sandwiches available in the evening which made for very poor ambience in the bar and lounges.
Clive 11 Jan, 2020 Reading, UK
Enjoyed Most
Very pleasant stay in a grand old hotel. Staff were very friendly and helpful.
Leslie 10 Jan, 2020 Caterham, UK
Enjoyed Most
Very enjoyable
Other Comments
Room too hot. Bed not comfortable
Elaine 09 Jan, 2020 Hitchin, UK
Enjoyed Most
Lovely hotel but we upgraded to a sea view room which was so small the bed was tiny, either 4’ or 4’6” not the size one would expect for a 4* hotel.
Other Comments
We booked a table at the restaurant at reception only to be told no reservation was made.
Ann 09 Jan, 2020 Reigate, UK
Enjoyed Most
An excellent location within easy walking distance of the beach and seaside walks
Other Comments
The hotel was very clean and well refurbished.
Elizabeth 09 Jan, 2020 Maidstone, UK
Enjoyed Most
Gentile and very good food
Other Comments
Nice staff, quiet location and easy to walk along seafront
andrew 07 Jan, 2020 Hove, UK

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