Great location, seaview but room very hot
24/07/2016 Billycj, Staines
My sister and I took our Mum to York House to celebrate her birthday. We booked a family room with a sea view costing £134 with breakfast. It was a lovely room, having a double and two single beds. ... more
My sister and I took our Mum to York House to celebrate her birthday. We booked a family room with a sea view costing £134 with breakfast. It was a lovely room, having a double and two single beds. However, the bathroom was tiny and the room was extremely hot. There is no air conditioning or fridge, just a small electric fan so it was quite uncomfortable at night. Our room, 154 on 1st floor, was nicely decorated and had huge windows overlooking the sea. We arrived about 3pm on a Friday and had trouble finding a parking space. I went to reception to ask about a parking voucher but the two staff kept me waiting for at least 4-5 minutes as they were both on the phone dealing with reservations - not a good first impression. However in general the staff were very friendly and polite, especially in the restaurant. There were many guests there on Groupon deals that included breakfast and evening meals. We also ate in the restaurant that night and it was very good. The staff were friendly and efficient and the food was tasty and presented well. They do a 2 or 3 course menu for £17 or £22 which was pretty good. Breakfast was OK but not sure that it's worth £12.95. The buffet is plentiful and there are various options that can be cooked to order but I would have liked to see some fresh fruit included.
The pool is lovely but small. There are changing rooms but they looked a bit tired. Unfortunately the lift does not go down to that level so we couldn't get Mum down there to use it.
The hotel is in a great location with an easy walk along the promenade to the pier. There is a small train that runs all along the seafront with tickets costing £1 each way so very reasonable. Eastbourne Bandstand is only about 15 minutes walk away, showcasing tribute acts. Lionel Richie was on the night we were there and tickets were priced at £7. Eastbourne has a very nice feel to it although I'm not a fan of stony beaches. We enjoyed our short break but didn't sleep well at all because of the hot bedroom.
The next day we drove to Beachy Head which is well worth a visit. Parking is just £1 for an hour and there is a visitor centre there too. Great views, hilly walks and lots of fresh air. less