Best hotels in Sussex from the Good Hotel Guide

Striking coastline, a vast national park and historic towns

Attractions include Battle Abbey with its poignant evocation of the Battle of Hastings, Brighton with its long shingle beach and Prinny’s famous Pavilion which encapsulates the raffishness of the Regency age. Spa hotels, country hotels, charming reastaurant-with-rooms and tasteful B&Bs all make up the independently-reviewed Good Hotel Guide's accommodation in Sussex.

 

While in the pretty county, vsit the ancient town of Winchelsea (where Spike Milligan is buried), the market town of Lewes, Rye (once a Cinque Port, now far inland) with its half-timbered medieval buildings lining cobbled streets, and literary associations with Henry James and EF Benson, Arundel and Leeds castles, Ightham Mote, Winston Churchill’s home, Chartwell, Glyndebourne opera house and Charlston Farmhouse (embellished by the Bloomsbury group). Walk, cycle or ride a horse in the vast, newly opened South Downs national park.

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Featured hotels in Sussex

Gravetye Manor, EAST GRINSTEAD, Sussex

There is a 'lovely smell of wood smoke' from the open fires at this luxury hotel (Relais & Châteaux) set in 'beautiful countryside'. Once the home of William Robinson, the pioneer of the

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Stone House, RUSHLAKE GREEN, Sussex

Through old stone gates and up a winding driveway, this 15th-century manor house is run as a country hotel by Jane and Peter Dunn. 'Well cared for and on good form', the home (Tudor with Georgian

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Hotels in Sussex

  • The Millstream, BOSHAM, Sussex

    On the road leading to the harbour in a Saxon village, this hotel has been owned by the Wild family for almost 40 years. Clare Sherlock, née Wild, is the manager. Originally a row of

  • drakes, BRIGHTON, Sussex

    'Standards are high' at this modern seafront hotel formed from two white stucco Regency town houses. It is owned by Andy Shearer, and managed by Richard Hayes with 'courteous, helpful' staff. Some

  • Hotel du Vin Brighton, BRIGHTON, Sussex

    With a 'state-of-the-art' breakfast buffet and 'big, comfortable beds', this branch of the du Vin chain is a 'favourite in Brighton' for some Guide readers. It is in a 'handy' position in the Lanes

  • The Town House, ARUNDEL, Sussex

    'An excellent restaurant with pleasant rooms and welcoming staff.' Guide inspectors found much to like at this restaurant-with-rooms, a Grade II listed Regency building at the top of the High Street

  • The Royal Oak, EAST LAVANT, Sussex

    'A busy country pub with a warm and cosy restaurant', Charles Ullmann's 200-year-old inn is in a village at the foot of the South Downs. 'The decor is rustic, with bare brick, flint walls and oak

  • The Griffin Inn, FLETCHING, Sussex

    In a pretty village above the Ouse valley, the Pullan family's 16th-century Grade II listed coaching inn has a large garden with extensive views over the South Downs. It returns to the Guide after a

  • The Old Store, HALNAKER, Sussex

    'Extremely good value', Patrick and Heather Birchenough's B&B is 'in an excellent position for exploring Chichester and the countryside'. Close to the Goodwood estate, the Grade II listed Georgian

  • The Old Railway Station, PETWORTH, Sussex

    The train on the platform may not be going anywhere but it provides 'a unique and nostalgic experience' that more than 'lives up to expectation'. On a disused railway line, a renovated Victorian

  • Jeake's House, RYE , Sussex

    On a cobbled street in the old town, Jenny Hadfield's B&B is a conversion of a 17th-century wool store and neighbouring buildings. 'The staff are charming and helpful,' says a visitor in 2014.

  • Zanzibar International Hotel, ST LEONARDS-ON-SEA, Sussex

    At the 'posh' end of Hastings, Max O'Rourke has renovated his five-storey Victorian town house with a touch of 'South Coast boho'. Inspired by his own travels, he has given the house an international

  • Wartling Place, WARTLING, Sussex

    'All in all, a very pleasant stay.' Opposite a lovely church and a pub, Rowena and Barry Gittoes's tastefully furnished B&B is in a Grade II listed former rectory in a tiny village mentioned in

  • Crossways Hotel, WILMINGTON, Sussex

    'A real treat. The two-night Glyndebourne break (one night opera, one night dinner) is very good value.' A regular visitor received the 'usual warm welcome' this year at Clive James and David Stott's

  • Park House, BEPTON, Sussex

    'A lovely, peaceful place to stay', the O'Brien family's 'pretty' country hotel stands in 'immaculate' gardens between Midhurst and the South Downs. Rebecca Coonan is the manager. 'All the staff were

  • Langshott Manor, GATWICK, Sussex

    In large, well-kept grounds close to the airport, this ‘beautiful’ Elizabethan timber-framed manor house (part of the small Alexander Ggroup) has many period features (exposed beams, oak

  • Grand Hotel, EASTBOURNE, Sussex

    'Impeccable.' Regular guests at this 'beautifully run' Victorian hotel on the seafront like its 'old-fashioned' feel and 'wonderful service'. Traditionally furnished rooms are 'sumptuous'; many have

  • Paskins, BRIGHTON, Sussex

    Susan and Roger Marlowe's environmentally friendly B&B occupies two Grade II listed 19th-century houses near the seafront in Kemp Town. Bedrooms are immaculate and 'comfortable', though small.

  • Five, BRIGHTON, Sussex

    On a Georgian square close to the beach and pier, and within easy reach of shops and restaurants, this homely B&B is owned by Caroline and Simon Heath. Rooms are decorated with local artwork and

  • Swan House, HASTINGS, Sussex

    On a narrow street of medieval houses in the old town, this 15th-century cottage has been given a rustic chic interior by the owners, Brendan McDonagh (the 'thoughtful' host) and his partner Lionel

  • Ocklynge Manor, EASTBOURNE, Sussex

    In stunning gardens, a short walk from the town centre, Wendy and David Dugdill's small B&B is in a pink Georgian mansion built on a site once occupied by the Knights of St John of Jerusalem; it

  • Hastings House, ST LEONARDS-ON-SEA, Sussex

    Off the promenade of this South Coast town, this white stuccoed four-storey Victorian house is run as an upmarket B&B by Seng and Elizabeth Loy. It is commended by a recent visitor. 'The owner

  • The Crab & Lobster, SIDLESHAM, Sussex

    'Better than ever.' Peacefully located on the banks of the Pagham Harbour nature reserve, this 350-year-old inn has been renovated in spare, modern style by structural engineer-turned-hotelier Sam

  • Rooks Hill, CHICHESTER, Sussex

    'Amenable owners, pleasant fellow guests,' were found by a Guide inspector visiting Ron and Lin Allen's Grade II listed B&B. Originally a farmhouse, it is at the foot of the South Downs. 'We were

  • Old Whyly, EAST HOATHLY, Sussex

    'Beautiful and comforting, even when it rains', Sarah Burgoyne's upmarket B&B, in a Grade II listed Georgian manor house, is 'better than ever', says a regular Guide correspondent this year. 'She

  • Black Rock House, HASTINGS, Sussex

    'This was the nicest hotel we stayed at during our two-week vacation in England,' say American visitors this year to this privately owned B&B. The restored Victorian villa, 'very stylish and in a

  • Crouchers, CHICHESTER, Sussex

    Close to the harbour and West Wittering beach, Lloyd van Rooyen's hotel and restaurant are set in 'refreshing greenery, with lots of patios and grassy areas'. Simply furnished bedrooms are in the main

  • Belle Tout Lighthouse, EASTBOURNE, Sussex

    'Highly recommended' by a Guide inspector, this decommissioned lighthouse on the chalk cliffs of Beachy Head has been turned into a B&B with, unsurprisingly, 'fantastic views'. It has been

  • Coast, BEXHILL ON SEA, Sussex

    In a 'peaceful' location close to the seafront, this 'well-kept' B&B is in an elegant Edwardian villa with 'bright, modern' decor. Linda and Chris Wain are the 'pleasant' hosts. Simply furnished

  • Deans Place, ALFRISTON, Sussex

    In a 'beautiful area of the South Downs with lovely walks and attractive villages', this country hotel has 'a nice traditional feel'. Owned by Michael Clinch and managed by James Dopson, it was

  • Wingrove House, ALFRISTON, Sussex

    In a 19th-century colonial-style house fronted by an elegant veranda, this 'comfortable', 'relaxed' restaurant-with-rooms is owned by Nick Denyer. 'Top-quality' dinners have 'lots of good choices',

  • The Hope Anchor, RYE , Sussex

    At the end of a cobbled street, with good views over the town and adjacent marshes, this white-painted, family-owned hotel dates back to the 18th century, when it was a watering hole for sailors and

  • The Cat Inn, WEST HOATHLY, Sussex

    'A modern take on the traditional pub', Andrew Russell's 16th-century inn is in a village on a spur of the Weald. It is a 'friendly, warm place', say visitors this year. He is a hands-on host,

  • Green Oak Barn, BERWICK, Sussex

    More than 140 varieties of English wine are available at Christine and Colin Munday's English Wine Centre on the South Downs; there are also 'smart and comfortable' bedrooms in a modern barn set in

  • The Halfway Bridge, LODSWORTH, Sussex

    There is a 'friendly' atmosphere at Sam and Janet Bakose's refurbished 17th-century country inn between the historic market towns of Petworth and Midhurst. 'The service is exemplary, the bedrooms are

  • The Horse Guards Inn, TILLINGTON, Sussex

    'If only all village pubs were like this,' said Guide inspectors who found much to like at Sam Beard and Michaela Hofirkova's 'unpretentious, warm and welcoming' inn. In a conservation village on a

  • A Room with a View, BRIGHTON, Sussex

    With wonderful views over the seafront and the Brighton Wheel, this stylish new Kemp Town guest house is in a Grade II listed building close to all of Brighton's attractions. It is owned by Stephen

  • The White Horse, CHILGROVE, Sussex

    Tucked into the foothills of the South Downs, this 'simply lovely' 18th-century staging post inn has been renovated in contemporary rustic style. Niki Burr is the 'charming' manager. It has a