Zanzibar International Hotel

‘Splendidly quirky’, Max O’Rourke’s characterful seafront hotel is filled with a ‘relaxed, utterly unpretentious’ atmosphere, and an ‘interesting collection’ of ornaments and objects from far-flung lands. More

Contact details

Zanzibar International Hotel
9 Eversfield Place
St Leonards-on-Sea
Sussex
TN37 6BY
England
01424 460109

Hotel information

Bedrooms

8. 1 on ground floor.

Open

all year.

Facilities

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

Background music

‘easy listening’ in bar and restaurant.

Children

not under 5.

Dogs

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

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2017] per room B&B from £115. À la carte £35.

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘Splendidly quirky’, Max O’Rourke’s characterful seafront hotel is filled with a ‘relaxed, utterly unpretentious’ atmosphere, and an ‘interesting collection’ of ornaments and objects from far-flung lands. Highly individual accommodation is set over several floors, but sip a welcome drink while ‘efficient staff’ bring your suitcases up to the room. ‘Bedrooms vary hugely’, so get in touch to discuss before booking. Each room – perhaps with ‘wonderful sea views’ – is decorated with a different city, country or continent in mind: split-level Morocco has kilim rugs, jewel-toned cushions and a bedroom up a spiral staircase; a New York-style penthouse loft has a jukebox and an aquarium coffee table (don’t forget to feed the fish). ‘The road in front is noisy by day, but quiet at night.’ Take aperitifs in the courtyard or in the beachy bar overlooking the Channel; a menu of comfort food (potted pork and caper toast; moules marinière and chips) is served in the restaurant. Breakfast comes with the morning newspaper, plus a suggestion for the day’s outing. More reports, please.

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Zanzibar International Hotel
9 Eversfield Place
St Leonards-on-Sea
Sussex
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.