The Grand Hotel

Once a month a string quartet serenades afternoon tea at this Victorian seafront hotel nicknamed ‘The White Palace’. More

Contact details

The Grand Hotel
King Edwards Parade
Eastbourne
Sussex
BN21 4EQ
England
01323 412 345

Hotel information

Bedrooms

152. 1 suitable for disabled.

Open

all year, Mirabelle restaurant closed first 2 weeks Jan.

Facilities

5 lounges, bar, 2 restaurants, extensive function facilities, lifts, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (BT, Freeview), civil wedding licence, terrace, spa/health club (indoor and outdoor pools), 2-acre garden, public areas wheelchair accessible, adapted toilets.

Background music

in restaurants, live music at weekends.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed ('strictly controlled') in bedrooms, not in public rooms.

Credit cards

all major cards.

Prices

per room B&B £165-£730, D,B&B £239-£804. Set dinner £46 (Mirabelle), £42 (Garden).

Good Hotel Guide Review

Once a month a string quartet serenades afternoon tea at this Victorian seafront hotel nicknamed ‘The White Palace’. Grand it may be, but stuffy it isn’t – and it is ‘obviously popular with families’. Trusted Guide readers’ Master Suite this year had ‘super sea views’, a ‘spacious’ sitting room with sofa, armchairs, a breakfast table by the window. Despite some ‘shortcomings’ (a ‘puny’ shower, lack of storage in a second, single bedroom), ‘we really liked it’. Shoes left outside were returned, ‘beautifully polished, in a shoe bag’. ‘Freshly made, delicious sandwiches’, delivered by room service, justified the 30-minute wait. Extras included fresh fruit, shortbread, a small decanter of sherry. At dinner in the refurbished Mirabelle restaurant, new chef Stephanie Malvoisin’s fine-dining menus include such dishes as halibut fillet, sweet potato crisp, apple and carrot cider cream sauce; for veggies, maybe aubergine cheesecake. In the Garden restaurant the style is slightly simpler, perhaps braised blade of beef, creamed potato, root vegetable medley, French beans, onion gravy. Breakfast choices include a full English, full Mediterranean (chorizo, pancetta), grilled kippers, oak-smoked haddock. (Michael Gwinnell, VRS)

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The Grand Hotel
King Edwards Parade
Eastbourne
Sussex
BN21 4EQ

Guest comments

'Beautiful public rooms. Elegant restaurant with good food including comprehensive vegetarian menu. Lovely bedroom but captive coat hangers and no information pack. Beautiful outdoor swimming pool. Child-friendly. Lots of functions. ' - CR - October, 2016
'Visiting with our six-month-old grandchild, we had a two-bedroom suite into which a cot and little fridge were put. Beautiful views from large windows. Loads of room and very comfortable beds. The staff were so helpful and friendly, Puréed food and a baby-sitter provided. Lovely public rooms and outside terrace with food and drink served all day. ' - Valerie Rose - July, 2016
'Lovely setting. Sea view you can never tire of. Magnificent public rooms. The music hall is special. Bedroom beautifully furnished. Lovely bathroom. Staff exceptional. Restaurant good though menu somewhat limited. Breakfast very good. ' - RF - April, 2016

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Tourist attractions

  • Towner Art Gallery

    The Towner Art Gallery holds one of the largest public collections of works by Sussex artist Eric Ravilious (1903-1942).

  • Beachy Head

    The spectacular cliffs tops of Beachy Head are a must see for all visitors to Eastbourne and the South Downs. Walk up from the western end of Eastbourne seafront or cycle from the start of the South Downs Way.