8. 1 on ground floor.
bar, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), garden, beach across road, unsuitable for disabled.
'easy listening' in bar, restaurant.
not under 5.
allowed in bedrooms (cleaning fee), not in public rooms.
Amex, MasterCard, Visa.
 per room B&B from £99. Set dinner £34.50, à la carte £35.
Good Hotel Guide Review
Yearning for Morocco’s charms? Keen on Manhattan’s city-slick style? Check in to Max O’Rourke’s ‘splendidly quirky’ hotel on the Sussex seafront, where bedrooms are inspired by far-off travels. There’s an informal, ‘relaxed’ ambience throughout: ‘First names are used from the start; we were given drinks in the small garden while our suitcases were carted upstairs.’ Pick a bedroom as if spinning a globe; with views of the sea or over the tropical garden (even a ‘Zen garden’, in one case), rooms ‘vary hugely’. ‘Spacious Antarctica had white walls and a chandelier like icicles; a window-side chaise longue and sofa looked through big windows towards the sea. A small fridge held drinks and goodies.’ In the popular restaurant, Pier Nine, seafood is the draw: the morning’s catch is listed on the menu. ‘Delicious, utterly unpretentious’ dishes might include ‘very fresh’ sea bass, charred baby gem, clam and potato broth. Alfresco meals can be taken in the small garden by the bar. In the morning, breakfast (ordered the night before) is accompanied by a note suggesting an outing for the day.