These days, seaside resorts aren’t just about fairgrounds and seagulls stealing your chips. Eastbourne in particular is a town rejuvenated, imbued with local Sussex charm, healing waters and some of the most awe-inspiring scenery in the UK. Dive into our Culture Trip-curated list of the best Eastbourne hotels for every traveller.
The White Palace, A Palace by the Sea, the only five-star seaside resort hotel in England… the Grand can be referred to in many ways, but we like to think of it as the Palace of Pampering. A haven of relaxation, the spa at the Grand features an indoor pool and eight treatment rooms for massages, facials, reflexology and salt scrubs. This hotel’s showpiece, however, is found al fresco. Open to hotel guests only, the outdoor pool, set against a backdrop of white stucco Victorian terraces, wouldn’t look out of place on the French Riviera, complete with film stars adorning the sun loungers. Lap up those rays in England’s sunniest town before taking the stress out of dinner at your choice of two elegant, in-house restaurants.
In a category of its own, the modern building of the View Hotel makes a bold statement in a town lauded for its Victorian architecture. The contemporary design gives the hotel a unique selling point by offering the ultimate sea view with panoramic windows and balconies framing the horizon. Choose a front-facing Executive Room for endless vistas, and don’t forget to book your table at the Artisan Restaurant’s sun-filled terrace for modern British cuisine.
An Eastbourne icon since 1913, the Langham Hotel is brimming with local Sussex charm. Found on the Royal Parade, right on the seafront, the hotel is family-run and bases its hospitality on a warm welcome and classic interiors. With a thriving lunch club, guest speakers, jazz lunches and a Pudding & Wine club, the Langham has established itself as a place where guests can rub shoulders with locals, offering a chance to delve deeper into the real Eastbourne. Remember to take a peek inside the refurbished Bathing Machine, just one of two left in the UK and a seaside resort icon.
Eastbourne may be well known for its sunshine and Victorian pier, but many once flocked to the town in search of healing. In Victorian times, the health benefits of sunshine and sea air were widely accepted. The Hydro Hotel began its life as a centre for hydrotherapy at the end of the 19th century and is still a place of relaxation and rejuvenation today. The heated outdoor pool offers views across the expansive South Downs, and the extensive landscaped gardens provide a respite for mind and soul.
The York House Hotel takes pride of place among the historic Victorian terraces that adorn the Eastbourne seafront. Wake up to the sounds of the sea in the traditionally decorated rooms with their magnificent, unobscured views of the beach and beyond. Try not to lose yourself in that horizon, and don’t leave without taking a dip in the heated indoor swimming pool.
Housed in a traditional Victorian terrace with family at the centre of its ethos, the Devonshire Park Hotel offers all guests a warm Sussex welcome. Ample breakfasts with local, seasonal produce set you up for a day exploring Eastbourne and the coastal walks beyond. Follow the tips of the staff, many of whom grew up in the town and have the inside track on the best places to visit.