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Bordered by West Sussex, Kent, Surrey and the English Channel, East Sussex is one of the greenest and least spoilt counties in the south of England. It has some striking scenery, charming towns and historic buildings but no motorways. The Hotel Guru selection of the best places to stay in East Sussex ranges from Old Whyly, a luxury B&B with a house party feel and ideal for Glyndebourne to The Gallivant a 1960s motel which has been given a new lease of life à la New England beach house style, right on Camber Sands. If you think that a self catering holiday cottage or apartment would suit you better, we recommend the range with our online partner, Booking.com.
The landscape varies from rugged chalky cliffs, the most famous being Beachy Head, to the rolling hills and forests of the Weald. This is wonderful walking country, whether you ramble through Ashdown Forest or tackle one of a number of long-distance trails, such as the Sussex Border Path or the Vanguard Way.
East Sussex Towns
Of the towns, Rye, a picturesque medieval port, the county town of Lewes, historical Hastings and Battle, the resorts of Eastbourne and Bexhill-on-Sea, and Hailsham, a thriving market town, are all worth a detour. Brighton is where to come if you're looking for bright lights - it's bohemian and fun with quirky shops, boutique hotels a plenty and one of the best club scenes in the country!
East Sussex for Culture Vultures
There are castles to visit at Bodiam and Herstmonceux, and an Abbey at Battle, built to commemorate the Battle of Hastings. At Bateman’s, a stunning 17th-century house just outside Burwash and home to Rudyard Kipling, it feels like the writer has just walked out of his book-lined study. Other attractions are its beaches, including Camber Sands, with its windswept dunes, and the wide flats of Normans Bay.
Use our guide to the best places to stay in East Sussex and start to plan your exploration of this charming county.
The best places to stay in East Sussex if you're planning to explore the great outdoors are
- The Griffin Inn a hugely popular village gastropub with outstanding views over the Ouse Valley and its very own cricket team.
- Stone House in Rushlake Green which is set in 1000 acres and offers shooting on site.
- Ashdown Park Hotel also offers activities galore and is surrounded by the Ashdown Forest which was the inspiration for Winnie the Pooh.
Our pick of the best places to stay in East Sussex includes hotels in Hastings, Battle and Eastbourne though the best served appears to be Rye, where one can choose from Jeake's House, The George in Rye, or The Ship Inn.
For seaside escapes try
- The Zanzibar International Hotel in St Leonards on Sea, a contemporary hotel fashioned from a Victorian townhouse.
- The Grand Hotel in Eastbourne, locally known as the "White Palace" and full of 5* trappings, but not the stuffy attitudes!
For a holiday cottage or apartment
- If you think that self catering is a better option for you, then check out the wide range with our online partner Booking.com.
Best Hotels in East Sussex
Ocklynge Manor 3 rooms from $65East Sussex
This picture perfect 18th Century Georgian house sits in a glorious walled garden which maintains its beauty throughout the seasons. The bedrooms are bright and lovely sash windows make the most of the views. Delicious breakfasts with hand-made bread and marmalade can be enjoyed each morning.Sights nearby - Visit Beachy Head, with panoramic views of the English ChannelSailing - There are lots of sailing clubs in EastbourneViews - Pretty garden views from each of the bedroomsGreat walks - Walk the South Downs WayRecommended by - Sawdays
Cavalaire 9 rooms from $85Brighton (East Sussex)
A welcoming Victorian townhouse B&B in one of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan areas of this beautiful coastal city. Rooms are decorated with character; iPod docking stations, wonderful bed linen and the occasional four poster bed. A homely B&B, walking distance from all the top Brighton sights.Close to nightlife - Brighton Seafront Night Clubs.Sights nearby - Volks Railway and the Royal PavillionGreat walks - Brighton Pier, promenade and beachSeaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.
Twenty Seven 5 rooms from $85Brighton
Stylish and sophisticated B&B just minutes from both seafront and city centre. Feel at home with large double beds, crisp Egyptian cotton, fluffy bathrobes and free WiFi. The perfect base for exploring everything this eclectic city has to offer and close to the vibrant nightlife.Sights nearby - Brighton Pier and the Royal PavilionClose to nightlifeValue chicRestrictions on children - No children under 16
A room with a view 9 rooms from $103Brighton
Contemporary B&B on the seafront. Rooms have cream furnishings, large bathrooms, big windows and 5* mattresses. Charming breakfast room and lounge area. Perfect location to explore this eclectic city from.Romantic Break - Enjoy stunning views of Brighton Pier, excellent walkable restaurants, wandering through the lanes and the peace inside hotelLocal markets - Food and clothing markets through Brighton LanesSights nearby - Brighton Pavilion and PierGreat walks - Along Brighton seafront
The Printworks 2 rooms from $104Hastings, East Sussex
Hip seaside haven housed in an old printworks once home to the local rag. The property combines cosy comfort with loft style interiors to provide an upmarket bohemian sleepery an hour from LondonSeaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.Sights nearby - Well located for major sights.
Griffin Inn 13 rooms from $111Fletching, East Sussex
Very popular village gastropub with excellent food and 13 comfortable rooms, many with 4 posters, in picturesque Fletching, with fabulous views over the Ouse valley. Ideal for families.Restaurant - Recommended.Views - Lovely garden views over Sheffield ParkFull of character
Pelham Hall 3 rooms from $117Burwash, East Sussex
A gorgeous little B&B in picturesque Burwash. Elegant romantic bedrooms impeccably decorated with lots of character. Fantastic breakfasts, friendly hosts, and plenty of local exploring. Perfect for a romantic getaway.Sights nearby - East Sussex boasts National Trust properties, world-famous gardens, important historic monuments from the Norman Conquest.Local markets - Rhye, Lewes, Tunbridge Wells nearby for antique shopping.Great walks - Along the North and South downs.Romantic - Good for couples.
Artist Residence Brighton 24 rooms from $117Brighton (East Sussex)
This arty 23 bedroom hotel, cocktail bar and restaurant is centrally located in Regency Square, with sea views over the iconic West Pier. Cool, contemporary decor in the middle of Brighton with lots of galleries and good restaurants just minutes away. Really great for weekend group getaways.Close to nightlife - Explore everything this eclectic city has to offer.Great walks - A stones throw from the beach frontSights nearby - Walking distance to Brighton PierOther Activities - Visit The Theatre RoyalRecommended by - I Escape, Sawdays
Jeake's House 11 rooms from $117Rye, East Sussex
An old favourite; quirky, old-fashioned and slightly theatrical B&B bang in the centre of Rye. Full of character, in a wonderful town for weekending.Sights nearby - Situated bang in the centre of town.Full of characterFour poster beds - For romantics.Quirky - An experience!Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
Buxted Park Hotel 44 rooms from $124Buxted, East Sussex
Palladian mansion, now a luxury country house hotel close to Uckfield. Ideal for a relaxing country getaway and close to sights such as Hever Castle and Wakehurst Gardens. 2 AA Rosette standard modern British cuisine and cookery classes too.Sights nearby - Close to Ashdown Forest and the famous Winnie the Pooh bridge, Hever Castle and Wakehurst GardensCooking classes - Check for timings.Great walks - Good for walkers.
Old Whyly 3 rooms from $124Lewes, East Sussex
Listed manor house set in beautiful gardens with heated pool and tennis court. Luxury B & B with antiques and a house party feel. Dinners can be arranged. Good base for Glyndebourne.Garden - Attractive outside space.Swimming Pool - Outdoor PoolGreat walks - Good for walkers.Sights nearby - Well located for major sights.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
The Old Rectory, Hastings 8 rooms from $130Hastings
Elegant guest rooms provided in an eighteenth-century building. Guests can enjoy sitting rooms, beautiful gardens and the nearby town of Hastings. Freshly cooked breakfasts on offer, including locally caught fish and free-range eggs.Restrictions on children - Children from 10 and up onlyGreat walks - Good for walkers.
One Broad Street 8 rooms from $143Brighton
A great B&B just seconds from the beach and only 5 minutes from The Lanes. All white rooms with bright cushions and throws for a splash of colour, excellent breakfasts and great local knowledge for a homely stay. Perfect for weekends away or local exploring.Sights nearby - Brighton Pier, the Royal Pavilion and The LanesWalking distance restaurants - Owners can recommend plenty of local eateriesRestrictions on children - No children allowedGreat walks - Brighton Beach
The Cloudesley 5 rooms from $143Hastings
An excellent, eco-friendly guesthouse in the East Sussex town of Hastings. The rooms are spacious and elegantly appointed with stylish furnishings and tasteful artwork. Indulge in a range of spa treatments including reiki, deep tissue massage, Thai hot compresses and reflexology. A seaside charmer.Local exploring - Just a ten minute walk from the beach, it's perfect for exploring Hastings and the surrounding East Sussex countryside.Total relaxation - The ideal relaxing country escape with comfortable rooms and a hearty breakfast as well as massages, shiatsu and reiki!Sights nearby - History enthusiasts will enjoy visiting the nearby site of Englands most famous battle.Birdwatching - East Sussex is a great area for watching seabirds.Recommended by - Sawdays
Zanzibar International Hotel 8 rooms from $150St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex
Contemporary and stylish romantic refuge on the seafront. Impeccably decorated in whites and nudes, large light rooms, sea views. Fish restaurant.Restrictions on children - No children under 5 years.Sights nearby - Well located for major sights.Seaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide
Swan House 4 rooms from $150Hastings, East Sussex
Former 15th century bakery. Stylish B&B in the heart of mediaeval Hastings. Tasteful interiors - original features complement contemporary designs. Guest lounge, breakfast room, courtyard.Sights nearby - Well located for major sights.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
Black Rock House 5 rooms from $156Hastings
A bijou property located on a residential road in the coastal market town of Hastings. Its contemporary decor and clean lines makes this hotel a refreshing place to stay. This manager owned property has a much talked about and locally sourced breakfast menu. A perfect coastal weekend break!Sights nearby - Visit historic properties of Great Dixter, Sissinghurst, Bodiam Castle and Battle Abbey as well as their beautiful gardensGreat walks - Travers Country or Alexandra Park or Britain's steepest East Hill funicularLocal markets - Old Town and Norman Road have collection of independent and craft shopsRestrictions on children - Above the age of ten acceptedRecommended by - Good Hotel Guide
Wartling Place 4 rooms from $163Wartling, East Sussex
Located in the heart of 1066 country this B&B provides guests with a traditional Sussex stay. Set amidst three acres of manicured grounds, attention to detail continue within. Huge, plushly covered beds centre antique adorned rooms. Breakfast is fresh and locally sourced and dinner by arrangement.Sights nearby - The historic sight of Hastings Castle, where the infamous battle was fought, is just a short drive away.Local markets - Open every Saturday, Hasting's Farmer's Market is popular amongst tourists and locals alike.Great walks - Beckley Walk Beckley walk takes flaneurs through the heart of 1066 country.Sailing - Can be booked nearby.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide
The Grand Hotel, Brighton 201 rooms from $168Brighton (East Sussex)
A glorious Victorian hotel with sea views, traditionally elegant bedrooms and deluxe suites over 7 floors. Brighton's original "grand dame" offers an exceptional culinary experience with locally sourced ingredients and luxury spa. A perfect venue for weddings, conferences or a short seaside break.Close to nightlifeSpa - Wide range of ESPA treatments for men and women.Great walks - Stroll the promenade, pier and beachSights nearby - The Royal Pavillion
The George in Rye 34 rooms from $176Rye, East Sussex
'Rye’s most luxurious hotel,’ they claim, and we think that is fair: newly renovated historic inn with plenty of special touches. Great seafood, sumptuous rooms with chic styling.Restaurant - Recommended.Lively - Hip and happening.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Frommers, Good Hotel Guide, Kiwi Collection, Sawdays
The Gallivant 18 rooms from $176Rye, East Sussex
1960s motel reborn as stylish New England beach hotel with good cafe and bistro dining, on Camber Beach. Driftwood style, retro detailing and a magnificent sandy beach.Views - Fantastic views over Camber SandsCooking classes - Overnight packages availableSeaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.On the beach - In front of the hotel.Recommended by - Sawdays, Mr & Mrs Smith
Stone House 8 rooms from $180Heathfield, East Sussex
Antique filled country house B&B owned by the same family since 1495, just outside the village of Rushlake Green. Excellent dinners offered, and pheasant shooting available.Garden - 1000 acre estateCooking classes - Overseen by Master Chef Jane DunnRestrictions on children - No children under 9Full of characterRecommended by - Good Hotel Guide
The Mermaid Inn 31 rooms from $195Rye, East Sussex
Historic inn in the centre of Rye which dates back to the 13th Century. Rooms ooze period charm with carved four poster beds, sloping beamed ceilings and gorgeous original features including a vast fireplace in the bar. Delicious 2 AA Rosette dining. A perfect weekend getaway.Historic - The cellars date from 1156 and the building was rebuilt in 1420. It's a genuine piece of Tudor architectureFull of characterSights nearby - Well located for major sights.
The Grand Hotel, East Sussex 152 rooms from $259Eastbourne, East Sussex
Eastbourne's 'White Palace' - a luxurious English seaside hotel. A host of facilities - spa, indoor and outdoor pools, award-winning restaurant, children's playroom.Seaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.Kids Club - Fully staffed.5* Luxury - Very high service standards.Swimming Pool - Indoor/outdoorRecommended by - Johansens, Small Luxury Hotels
Ashdown Park Hotel 106 rooms from $259East Grinstead, East Sussex
Country house hotel with excellent facilities for the whole family in Ashdown Forest. Acres of parkland, spa facilities, golf course, tennis courts. Award-winning restaurant with forest views.Swimming Pool - IndoorSpaGreat walks - Good for walkers.Recommended by - Johansens, Small Luxury Hotels