Zanzibar International Hotel

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Zanzibar International Hotel
9 Eversfield Place
St Leonards-On-Sea
TN37 6BY
01424 460109
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Hotel information


8. 1 on ground floor.


all year.


bar, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), garden, beach across road, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

'easy listening' in bar, restaurant.


not under 5.


allowed in bedrooms (cleaning fee), not in public rooms.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.


[2016] 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.

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Zanzibar International Hotel
9 Eversfield Place
St Leonards-On-Sea
TN37 6BY

Guest comments

'With an exotic name, themed bedrooms, showers that say ‘welcome’ and ‘goodbye’, and the promise in the Information pack that ‘nothing is unmissable’ in Hastings, there is a splendidly quirky feel about this small seafront hotel. It combines efficiency with a relaxed style. First names are used. Max’s collected items add interest throughout. Our room, Antarctica, up three flights of stair, was full of light by day, a bit dim at night. High ceilings contribute to a spacious feel and we had wonderful sea views. Loud Muzak in public areas, but pleasant restaurant with good food, utterly unpretentious, Very fresh fish. Good-value £10 lunch Good kipper at breakfast: no buffet. ' - CR - September, 2014
'A boutique hotel with an exceptionally good restaurant. The rooms are themed but it is not overdone. India has a vast bed and a spacious bathroom. Rooms at the back are quietest. Breakfast had good choice, there was backgroubd muzak but it was low level. No private parking. ' - AR - May, 2012

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Tourist attractions

  • Wild Mushroom

    Good Food Guide recommended restaurant.

  • Fishermen's Museum

    Small museum, showing how fishermen's families have lived through the ages.

  • Hastings Castle

    Initially built by William the Conqueror in 1067, now hosting exhibitions about 1066.