East Sussex


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About East Sussex

The countryside rolls greenly, and the views are expansive - up to the medieval hamlets, ancient churches and the beautiful, varied coastline. You can see why East Sussex is a major destination for Londoners escaping to the coast. Colourful Brighton, genteel Eastbourne and historic Hastings are the county’s seaside headliners, but they’re just a few of the best places to stay in East Sussex. Battle and Rye don’t have the sea views, but there are plenty of beautiful sights to see, and then there’s the coastal walking and the South Downs Way to be getting on with.

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Beachy Head, the Seven Sisters and Ashdown Forest are also within the borders of East Sussex. As is the Bluebell Railway, Great Dixter Gardens, Glyndebourne, Lewes, Leeds Castle and Bodiam Castle. So you’ll probably need to consult a map when you’re choosing where to book, to make sure you’re closest to the attractions you’re most interested in - or else select two or three of the best places to stay in East Sussex and travel around this pretty countryside.

What not to Miss

  • Buzzy Brighton is packed with independent shops, cafes, bars and restaurants, it’s got a traditional old pier, a pebbly seafront, the beautiful Royal Pavilion, an aquarium and plenty going on. Plus the new addition: the i360 Tower, a moving lookout pod brought to you by the people behind the London Eye.
  • Hastings offers nostalgic charm and the coast. Best known for the battle in 1066, this fashionable Victorian holiday hotspot has reinvented itself as an arty destination for seaside weekenders. Hastings’ now ruined castle, which you reach via funicular, was built by William the Conqueror, and there's an excellent exhibition in the grounds which will supply you with plenty of information and begin to tell you the story of 1066. The opening of the Jerwood Gallery, home of contemporary British art, has hipped the town up.
  • You’ll find out more about 1066 in nearby Battle, the highlight of which is definitely Battle Abbey.
  • On the edge of charming Rye, fringed by dunes, is the long, white sweep of Camber Beach, and the landscape just welcomes strolling, cycling and picnicking. Rye has some great restaurants and cafes, and there are some interesting historical secrets to uncover.
  • And Eastbourne is close to Beachy Head, Pevensey Castle and the South Downs National Park.

All of these centres have great options when it comes to choosing the best places to stay in East Sussex, but our Gurus have also come up with some remote country house hotels, perfect for a rural escape if you need one.

The Best Places to Stay in East Sussex

For a Beach Break

  • The Grand Hotel, Brighton is a glorious Victorian hotel right on the Brighton’s front. There are 200-odd elegant rooms and suites over seven floors - some with amazing views. Everything is luxurious, from the spa to the piano bar to the afternoon tea.
  • The Grand Hotel in Eastbourne is a contender if your idea of a weekend getaway includes time spent in a luxurious spa. There are also indoor and outdoor pools, an award-winning restaurant, a putting green and a children’s playroom. Pets are welcome too. The Victorian stucco exterior and five stars help make for a memorable stay.
  • Ticking, stripes, white painted floorboards and driftwood tones are very much in evidence at the New England-style Gallivant at Camber Beach. The Beach Bistro and the Beach Cafe will keep you well fed while you enjoy the American retro touches and glorious beach.

For a Rural Escape

  • The Griffin Inn in Fletching is a very popular village gastropub with 12 comfortable rooms offering expansive views over the peaceful Ouse Valley. Rooms start from just £90 and are very family friendly.
  • Stone House is an antique-filled country house B&B which has been in the same family since 1495. Just outside the village of Rushlake Green, if you stay in one of the eight rooms you’re offered an excellent dinner, cooking classes, and pheasant shooting in season.
  • Ashdown Park Hotel is a country house hotel with excellent facilities for the whole family. The hotel has direct access to Ashdown Forest, with acres of parkland, plus a golf course, tennis courts, an award-winning restaurant with forest views and a beautiful spa.

The Most Romantic Places to Stay in East Sussex

  • Buxted Park Hotel is a Palladian mansion turned 44 room country house hotel close to Uckfield, Wakehurst Place and Hever Castle. The modern, British restaurant has 2 AA Rosettes, and offers cookery classes, and the hotel is set amidst three hundred acres of stunning grounds, which includes three lakes, a deer park and a walled garden.
  • For under a hundred pounds a night you and your loved one can stay at Old Whyly, a listed manor house set amongst charming gardens. There are just three bedrooms, decorated with some beautiful antiques, plus an outdoor pool. Well located for Glyndebourne, there’s also a heated pool and tennis courts.

For Brighton Chic

  • Probably the best-known hotel in Brighton on our list is drakes. Occupying a great position overlooking the pier this boutique property has a 24 hour bar, decent restaurant and freestanding baths in some rooms. Well designed rooms with huge beds.
  • Brighton’s original boutique hotel, Blanch House, in Kemp Town, has individually designed rooms including the Snowstorm, which houses a collection of snow globes. Home made biscuits on arrival are a popular touch.
  • The feng shui aware Myhotel is a decked out with karmic artwork and futuristic furniture and has an informal deli which serves richly delicious ice cream as well as a pleasant restaurant.
  • The Hotel du Vin in Brighton is as dependable here as its sister establishments all over the UK. There is a wine bar and brasserie and the loft suites have telescopes.

Fantastic Inns in East Sussex

  • The Mermaid Inn is an historic inn in the centre of Rye, dating back to the 13th century. There are 31 rooms, oozing with charm and original features: think carved four-poster beds, sloping, beamed ceilings and a vast fireplace in the bar. The restaurant has 2 AA Rosettes.
  • The George in Rye is historic, but very newly refurbished, so now you can expect all the modern, stylish trims inside a charming Georgian building. Each room is individual, and the atmosphere is relaxed.
  • Close to the South Downs, Wakehurst Place, and Gatwick Airport, the Old House Inn has been converted from a farmhouse, and has six spacious, quirky rooms. The dining has an AA Rosette award and a full English breakfast is included in the room rate.
  • The Ship Inn in Rye, is a laid back pub with a Michelin recommendation and ten simple rooms. It’s a traditional pub with all the best kind of details: exposed beams, wooden floors and solid, but weathered, furniture. Rooms start from £110 per night including fabulous breakfast.

For a Perfect Mini-Break

  • If you’re looking for a lively mini-break, Brighton is always a good choice, and the Artist Residence Brighton, is an arty, centrally located place to stay with great views and a cool cocktail bar. The 23 rooms and suites have been individually decorated and you’re close to the beach and everything else in Brighton.

The Best B&Bs in East Sussex

  • The Rye Windmill B&B has been converted from a Grade II listed windmill. Importantly, only two of the ten rooms are in the windmill itself, and these are the ones to book. You’re right next to the river and within a short walking distance of Rye. The decor is simple and the breakfasts generous.
  • Jeake’s House is a quirky, old fashioned and slightly theatrical B&B in the centre of characterful Rye. The 11 bedrooms and public spaces have some great antiques, including beautiful four-poster beds, and they do a truly epic breakfast.
  • The Old Rectory, Hastings is a great choice for walkers and history buffs. The eight elegant rooms are in an 18th century building, complete with sitting rooms and beautiful gardens. The fresh cooked breakfasts include locally caught fish.
  • Una in Brighton is a B&B with 19 rooms all named after rivers. Excellent breakfasts and a bar where you can plan or reflect on dinner.

Great Value Places to Stay in East Sussex

  • A romantic option for under a hundred pounds a night is Pelham Hall, a gorgeous little B&B in picturesque Burwash in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are just three elegant bedrooms, decorated with plenty of character, plus a fantastic breakfast. You’re well positioned for National Trust properties, local market towns and beautiful scenery.
  • Ocklynge Manor is a picture perfect 18th century Georgian charmer in a beautiful walled garden. The three bright bedrooms make the most of the views and there are delicious breakfasts with home-made bread and marmalade each morning. And all starting from around £100 per night.

Prefer 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.

Travel Information

  • Gatwick Airport is your closest airport, but Heathrow is quite convenient as well. Brighton has its own airport, which is connected to other UK destinations. You can also arrive in East Sussex by sea, docking at Newhaven - the ferries here cross from Dieppe, France. The county is also easily accessible by train from elsewhere in the UK.
  • If you want to hire a car - which we highly recommend if you’re staying in East Sussex, there's a lot to see - we suggest you visit our online partner, Rentalcars.
  • This is the UK, so expect changeable weather whatever the season. East Sussex is popular in summer, of course, but it’s also beautiful in spring and autumn - if you don’t mind a chill and a bit of a shower or two. Winter is wonderful if you like things to be ‘bracing’.

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Best Hotels in East Sussex

  • The Cloudesley Hastings 5 rooms from £110

    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.
    GardenNo pets
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    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. See More

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  • The Mermaid Inn Rye 31 rooms from £150

    Historic  -  The cellars date from 1156 and the building was rebuilt in 1420. It's a genuine piece of Tudor architecture
    Restaurant  -  2 AA Rosette dining featuring local produce, such as Winchelses Beef, Rye Bay Cod and Romney Marsh Lamb.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.

    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. See More

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  • The Oriental Brighton 9 rooms from £70

    Local exploring  -  Well positioned on a pretty street near the sea with the bustling city centre just a 10 minute walk away
    Value chic  -  With rooms starting well below £100 in the low season, this is a very reasonably priced hotel
    Local markets  -  Head to the Lanes and North Laine area for quirky boutique stores that are synonymous with Brighton
    Sights nearby  -  For a classic Brighton experience a trip to Brighton Pier and the Royal Pavilion are a must
    Pet friendlyParking

    A quirky small B&B located a stone's throw from the coast. A handful of rooms are all individually styled but each has Regency windows, whitewashed walls, pops of colour, and retro furniture. Breakfasts are served in a kitsch dining room and there's a bar too. A laidback & affordable stay. See More

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  • Boreham House East Sussex 3 rooms from £80

    Sights nearby  -  Visit the nearby Herstmonceux Castle and Battle Abbey, two significant Norman landmarks.
    Great walks  -  Go walking along the magnificent Seven Sisters coastline.
    Birdwatching  -  The nearby Sussex cliffs are great for birdwatching.
    Full of character
    GardenParkingNo pets

    Set in a beautiful Georgian building, Boreham House is a charming B&B. Featuring delightful rooms and a walled garden, it's a great launchpad for exploring the Sussex south coast. See More

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  • Rye Windmill B&B Rye, East Sussex 10 rooms from £80

    Landmark  -  Comes with a reputation.

    Charming and unusual B&B - two rooms in the mill itself (one of Rye's most famous landmarks) the rest attached. Next to the river and within walking distance of Rye town centre. See More

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  • The Ship Inn, Rye Rye 10 rooms from £85

    Beach Life  -  Spend the day on Camber Sands, with over 2 miles of stretch of beach to explore
    Local exploring  -  The B&B is the perfect spot for discovering the wonders of Rye and beyond
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Rye Castle, less than 10 minutes away from the B&B
    Restaurant  -  The restaurant serves locally sourced seasonal food
    RestaurantGardenPet friendlyParking
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays

    A charming and historic pub with rooms, nestled in the centre of the idyllic town of Rye. Rooms are chic, comfortable and filled with lots of natural light. The traditional pub prides itself in its love for English wine. Enjoy deliciously simple yet artisan locally sourced food at the restaurant. See More

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  • Pelham Hall Burwash, East Sussex 3 rooms from £90

    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.

    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. See More

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  • The Charm Brighton 25 rooms from £90

    City Style  -  An understated and elegant hotel situated in Brighton's fashionable Kempton, perfect for exploring the trendy seaside city.
    Great walks  -  Make the most of the great walks in the nearby Seven Sisters Country Park.
    Sights nearby  -  Five minutes walk from both Brighton Pier and The Royal Pavilion.
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    No pets

    A charming, luxury hotel in Brighton's fashionable Kemptown district. The plush rooms are elegantly decorated and house filled with tasteful art. A stones throw from some of Brighton's finest night spots, it's a great launchpad for a lively weekend in the seaside city. See More

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  • Griffin Inn Fletching, East Sussex 13 rooms from £90

    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    Views  -  Lovely garden views over Sheffield Park
    Full of character

    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. See More

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  • Buxted Park Hotel Buxted, East Sussex 44 rooms from £95

    Sights nearby  -  Close to Ashdown Forest and the famous Winnie the Pooh bridge, Hever Castle and Wakehurst Gardens
    Restaurant  -  Fine dining with a focus on modern British cuisine
    Cooking classes  -  Check for timings.
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    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. See More

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  • Brighton Harbour Hotel Brighton 79 rooms from £95

    Sights nearby  -  Brighton Harbour Hotel is ideally located to go see the Sea Life Aquarium and BA’s i360 Tower
    Great walks  -  Spend an hour or two wandering around Stanwer Park Woodland Garden
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    SpaRestaurantSwimming PoolPet friendlyViewsParking
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Michelin Travel

    A new addition to the Harbour Hotels stable, Brighton’s Georgian seafront version offers relaxed contemporary living for couples and families (with older children) seeking a central location with ocean views, delicious food and pampering spa - all within strolling distance of local amenities. See More

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  • Artist Residence Brighton Brighton (East Sussex) 25 rooms from £95

    Close to nightlife  -  Explore everything this eclectic city has to offer.
    Great walks  -  A stones throw from the beach front
    Sights nearby  -  Walking distance to Brighton Pier
    Other Activities  -  Visit The Theatre Royal
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Sawdays

    This arty 25 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. See More

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  • Blue Door Barns Lewes BN8 6JY, East Sussex 4 rooms from £96

    Local exploring  -  The hotel is in a great location for exploring the sea and the South Downs, as well as being close to the buzz of Brighton
    Country Escape  -  Located in a tranquil setting in the Sussex countryside, this hotel makes a great escape from the city
    Families  -  Book a self-catering lodge for great living space for all the family
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the charming market town of Lewes, nearby Glyndebourne or Brighton, all within easy distance of the hotel
    SpaPet friendly
    Recommended by  -  I Escape

    This cottage hotel offers accommodation in converted barns in the Sussex countryside. Guestrooms are homely, with cosy throws and vintage-style furnishings; book the lodge for family-sized living space. Unwind with a massage before getting a barbecue going in the garden; an inviting country escape. See More

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  • Old Whyly Lewes, East Sussex 3 rooms from £98

    Garden  -  Attractive outside space.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor Pool
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    House party feel  -  Be prepared to meet people.
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    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays

    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. See More

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  • The Driftwood East Sussex 6 rooms from £99

    Local exploring  -  A chic hotel minutes from the beach and a number of cultural sights.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Bexhill's main draw, the Art Deco De La Warr Pavilion.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    RestaurantGardenParkingNo pets

    A small boutique hotel and restaurant in the seaside town of Bexhill. Chic rooms feature exposed brick walls, crisp white linen and bright pops of colour coming from the soft furnishings. A fantastic restaurant serves an Austrian-fusion menu which has become a hit with the locals. See More

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  • Flint Barns at Rathfinny Estate East Sussex 10 rooms from £100

    Country Escape  -  Expect all you could want from a country escape including great walks, cosy accomodation and a warm welcome.
    Great walks  -  The property lies just a short stroll from the beautiful South Downs Way.
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    GardenPet friendlyViewsParking
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    A contemporary retreat situated on a stunning South Downs vineyard. The handful of rooms vary in size but all are cleanly designed with exposed stone sitting against white washed walls, cast iron beds and crisp white linen. With plenty of activities in the area this is the perfect rural escape. See More

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  • The Standard Inn Rye (Rye) 5 rooms from £100

    Local exploring  -  A great establishment from which to explore the local area.
    Great walks  -  The Cotswold Way National Trail covers 102 miles of the gentle landscape.
    Full of character
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.

    This 15th C inn in the centre of Rye is cozy and intimate. Rooms are full of character with beamed ceilings, pretty fabrics and deep baths. Enjoy the warmth of the open fireplace after dining in the restaurant from a locally-inspired menu. There is lots to see and do in this Area of Natural Beauty. See More

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  • Ocklynge Manor Eastbourne 3 rooms from £100

    Tennis  -  The Devonshire Park Lawn Tennis Club is less than 2 miles away.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Beachy Head, with panoramic views of the English Channel
    Views  -  Pretty garden views from each of the bedrooms
    Sailing  -  There are lots of sailing clubs in Eastbourne
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    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. See More

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  • 27 Brighton Brighton 5 rooms from £100

    Sights nearby  -  Brighton Pier and the Royal Pavilion
    Value chic
    Close to nightlife
    Restrictions on children  -  No children under 16

    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. See More

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  • The Bell, East Sussex East Sussex 11 rooms from £100

    Country Escape  -  An utterly charming Inn set in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
    Great walks  -  Take long walks through the picturesque surrounding countryside.
    Sights nearby  -  Make a trip to the stunning Sissinghurst Castle Gardens.
    Full of character
    RestaurantGardenPet friendlyParking

    A characterful Inn set in a beautiful area of East Sussex. Individually styled rooms are filled with antiques, artworks and playful slogans. The best feature a free standing copper bath. The atmospheric bar, very popular with locals, serves fabulous pub classics. See More

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  • The Ginger Pig Brighton (East Sussex) 11 rooms from £100

    Foodies  -  Hosting a highly acclaimed restaurant serving top-notch gastropub grub.
    Sights nearby  -  Take a tour of the unusual Royal Pavillion in Brighton.
    Great walks  -  Take long walks along the coastal promenade.
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    RestaurantDisabled accessNo pets

    Don't let the 'pub with rooms' title put you off, this is a seriously chic spot. Smart rooms mix traditional and modern styles with steel grey walls contrasting against the light parquet floors. The bathrooms are uber luxurious and the restaurant and bar serve exemplary food and cocktails. See More

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  • The Old Rectory, Hastings Hastings 8 rooms from £100

    Restrictions on children  -  Children from 10 and up only
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.

    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. See More

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  • White Lodge B&B East Sussex 3 rooms from £100

    Total relaxation  -  A small, yet luxurious, country property set in tranquil rural surrounds.
    Great walks  -  Situated right on the South Downs National Park, there are glorious walks starting straight from the house.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the historic castle town of Lewes.
    Restrictions on children  -  Adult only
    GardenParkingNo pets

    A chic rural hideaway in a charming area of East Sussex. Contemporary rooms feature parquet flooring, dark wooden furniture and spacious bathrooms with walk-in rain showers. A stylish rooftop lounge is the perfect spot to sip an evening drink and indulgent breakfasts are served. Fabulous. See More

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  • Snooze Brighton 8 rooms from £102

    Local exploring  -  Well positioned in upmarket Kemptown with the coast, Brighton Pier, and Laines shopping area all within walking distance
    Boutique  -  A vibrant boutique hotel packed with colour and character - a unique stay
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Royal Pavilion and Brighton Pier - both walking distance from the hotel
    Quirky  -  An experience!

    A bright & vibrant boutique hotel well located in upmarket Kemptown. Rooms & suites are packed full of character with bold colours, reclaimed furniture, & kitsch canvases. Hearty breakfasts are served in an equally boldly designed breakfast room. Well positioned, well priced, and completely unique. See More

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  • Sea Spray Brighton (Kemptown) 15 rooms from £102

    Value chic  -  With chic design and a desirable Kemp Town postcode, this is a good option for an affordable city break
    Families  -  Family suites and a laidback feel make this a good option for families
    Sights nearby  -  Iconic attractions such as Brighton Pier and the Royal Pavilion are easily accessible
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.

    A small hotel with chic design in Brighton's desirable Kemp Town. Eclectic rooms all boast top notch mattresses and luxury linens as standard. Breakfasts are served and dinners can be arranged in collaboration with a nearby restaurant. An affordable yet stylish base for a city break. See More

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  • A room with a view Brighton 9 rooms from £104

    Romantic Break  -  Enjoy stunning views of Brighton Pier, excellent walkable restaurants, wandering through the lanes and the peace inside hotel
    Local markets  -  Food and clothing markets through Brighton Lanes
    Sights nearby  -  Brighton Pavilion and Pier
    Great walks  -  Along Brighton seafront
    ViewsParkingNo pets

    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. See More

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  • Blanch House Brighton 12 rooms from £109

    Quirky  -  Individually designed bedrooms - all with a different theme.
    Downtown  -  A short walk from both the centre of town and seafront.
    Bar  -  Champagne, wine and cocktail bar.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.

    Refurbished townhouse hotel a stone's throw from Brighton's seafront - the town's original boutique hotel. Quirky, individually styled bedrooms, b+b plus Sunday lunch offered. See More

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  • Wingrove House Alfriston, East Sussex 12 rooms from £110

    Country Escape  -  Close to London find a luxury country house complete with excellent food, roaring fires and fabulous walks.
    Great walks  -  Find miles of walking trails through Cuckmere and the glorious South Downs.
    Restrictions on children  -  Adult only
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    RestaurantGardenParkingNo pets
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    An impeccably designed boutique country house set right on the South Downs Way. Simply furnished rooms are elegant and spacious with soft hues, chandeliers and contemporary bathrooms. A cosy restaurant serves up excellent modern British fare and drinks are served in the fire lit lounge See More

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  • Whitehouse Rye (Rye) 6 rooms from £115

    Local exploring  -  Well positioned on Rye's main street meaning that independent stores, restaurants, and attractions are nearby
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the nearby 13th-century Rye Castle or Lamb House (the former home of Henry James)
    Great walks  -  Take long walks along the coast and through Rye Harbour Nature Reserve
    Full of character
    Pet friendly

    A small hotel set above a popular bakery on historic Rye's main street. Charming rooms are all named after a baked good. Expect wonky whitewashed walls, exposed beams, and simple modern furniture. Breakfasts are (unsurprisingly) a real treat. A friendly and laidback base. See More

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  • Black Rock House Hastings 5 rooms from £120

    Sights nearby  -  Visit historic properties of Great Dixter, Sissinghurst, Bodiam Castle and Battle Abbey as well as their beautiful gardens
    Great walks  -  Travers Country or Alexandra Park or Britain's steepest East Hill funicular
    Local markets  -  Old Town and Norman Road have collection of independent and craft shops
    Restrictions on children  -  Above the age of ten accepted
    RestaurantGardenNo pets
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide

    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! See More

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  • Jeake's House Rye 11 rooms from £120

    Sights nearby  -  Situated bang in the centre of town.
    Full of character
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays

    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. See More

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  • The Bull, East Sussex East Sussex 6 rooms from £120

    Local exploring  -  A great launchpad from which to explore East Sussex including nearby Brighton.
    Great walks  -  Drive to the nearby coastline and go for lovely walks along the beaches and headlands.
    Sights nearby  -  Go into Brighton for the day and explore Britain's most famous seaside town.
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    RestaurantGardenParkingNo pets

    A smart 16th century pub with rooms, The Bull has long been a firm favourite for locals and travellers alike. Lively and vibrant, it features six chic bedrooms, an excellent restaurant and beer from their own brewery. The Bull is a great option for people looking to explore East Sussex. See More

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  • Knelle Dower Studio B&B East Sussex 1 rooms from £120

    Hideaway  -  A contemporary studio in a secluded rural setting. Ideal for getting away from it all.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Bodiam Castle a true fairytale castle and one of Britain's most romantic and picturesque.
    Great walks  -  Take long walks along Camber Sands, a five mile stretch of beach.
    Tennis  -  The property has an outdoor court and coaching can be arranged.
    TennisGardenViewsParkingNo pets

    A contemporary studio with far stretching views across the picturesque Sussex countryside. The studio is bright and airy with light wood and accents of red. A large secluded terrace provides the perfect spot for an evening tipple and indulgent breakfasts are taken in the owners thatched cottage. See More

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  • Wartling Place Wartling, East Sussex 4 rooms from £125

    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.
    Restaurant  -  Breakfast and dinner are served.
    RestaurantGardenPet friendlyDisabled accessParking
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide

    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. See More

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  • Malmaison, Brighton Brighton Marina Village 73 rooms from £125

    City Style  -  A contemporary spot with a lively feel - ideal for the young and hip
    Local markets  -  Discover Brighton's quirky independent shops and bustling markets
    Views  -  Sea views
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Air conditioningRestaurantPet friendlyDisabled accessViewsParking

    A contemporary hotel set in Brighton's equally modern marina. Malmaison, Brighton is undeniably cool with bold patterns, sharp lines and plenty of glass offering wonderful sea views. Nice touches in the room include fine cotton sheets, Lavazza coffee-makers and minimalist bathrooms. A smart choice. See More

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  • The Grand Hotel, Brighton Brighton (East Sussex) 201 rooms from £129

    Close to nightlife
    Spa  -  Wide range of ESPA treatments for men and women.
    Restaurant  -  GB1 Seafood restaurant holds 2 AA Rosettes.
    Great walks  -  Stroll the promenade, pier and beach
    SpaRestaurantPet friendlyDisabled accessParking

    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. See More

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  • The Ram Inn Lewes, East Sussex 5 rooms from £130

    Country Escape  -  Cosy rooms, roaring fires, hearty cuisine, and good ales all within the South Downs National Park. Rural perfection
    Great walks  -  There's easy access to over 100 miles of walking trails along the South Down way
    Restaurant  -  Traditional pub grub served in the restaurant
    Minimum Stay  -  Two nights at the weekend
    RestaurantGardenPet friendlyParking

    A quaint traditional pub with a handful of chic rooms in the heart of the South Downs National Park. Classic pub food is served in the firelit restaurant. Characterful rooms, located in the eves, have sloped beamed ceilings, whitewashed walls, and antiques. An ideal spot for a rural break. See More

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  • The Gallivant Rye, East Sussex 18 rooms from £135

    Views  -  Fantastic views over Camber Sands
    Cooking classes  -  Overnight packages available
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    On the beach  -  In front of the hotel.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays, Mr & Mrs Smith, Michelin Travel

    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. See More

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  • The Square Brighton 10 rooms from £135

    Local exploring  -  Perfectly located within walking distance to the beach and most of Brighton's main attractions.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the wonderfully out of place Indian Royal Pavillion.
    Restrictions on children  -  Adult only
    Air conditioningNo pets

    A chic boutique property located in the heart of Brighton. Individually styled rooms are elegant and contemporary with chandeliers, plush leather headboards and indulgent bathrooms. Fantastic breakfasts are served and you'll find yourself just a short stroll from the city's major attractions. See More

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  • The Claremont, Brighton Brighton (East Sussex) 11 rooms from £140

    Local exploring  -  Boasting a quiet location but Brighton is within easy reach.
    Sights nearby  -  Head into Brighton and visit the Royal Pavillion and the famed pier.
    Great walks  -  Take a coastal walk along the promenade.
    Full of character
    GardenParkingNo pets

    A traditional hotel located in Brighton's quieter neighbour, Hove. Spacious rooms are individually styled with chintz fabrics, patterned wallpaper and the best have large four posters. A large garden offers the opportunity to catch some rays in the summer and the sea is just a short walk away. See More

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  • Paskins Brighton 19 rooms from £140

    Eco break  -  The B&B has long been renowned for its eco credentials with genuine care taken over sourcing food and bath products
    Local exploring  -  Well positioned on pretty Charlotte Street in Kemptown with the pier and many of Brighton's attractions nearby
    Sights nearby  -  Make a stop by the impressive Royal Pavilion and stroll around the Pavilion Gardens
    Great walks  -  The hosts will happily recommend scenic coastal hiking routes
    Pet friendlyParking

    A quirky B&B with warm hosts and a sought-after position in Kemptown. Each individually styled room has its own charm but all have an Art Deco feel and a collection of antiques and vintage finds. The hosts take great care in sourcing produce for breakfast. A laidback, central stay. See More

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  • The Laindons Hastings 5 rooms from £150

    Local exploring  -  The Laindons is the perfect base from which to get to know quaint Hastings
    Great walks  -  Wander along Hastings Beach at sunset, just 200m from The Laindons, and take in the gorgeous views
    Sights nearby  -  Go visit Bodiam Castle or Herstmonceux Castle
    Airport transfer  -  At extra cost
    ParkingNo pets

    The Laindons is located on Hastings High Street, just a short walk from the coast. Offers chic, boutique accommodation in light hues with the odd splash of colour. Tuck into splendid breakfasts in the conservatory. An unassuming yet charming coastal break! See More

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  • Saltmarsh West Dean, East Sussex 6 rooms from £150

    Groups  -  With its six rooms, atmospheric dining room, and secluded location — this is ideal to rent in its entirety with a group
    Country Escape  -  Set within the heart of the 700-acre Seven Sisters Country Park, this is a lovely rural hideaway
    Families  -  If you are looking for a laidback spot where the kids can run wild — this is it
    Great walks  -  There are a wide network of walking trails whether you want an amble or something a little more challenging

    A charming converted farmhouse set in the heart of the 700-acre Seven Sisters Country Park. Six rooms are simple yet stylish with polished wood floors, cast iron beds, and nice touches like freshly cut flowers. Homemade food is served in a candlelit dining room. A gorgeous rural hideaway. See More

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  • The George in Rye Rye (Rye) 34 rooms from £150

    Boutique  -  A 16th-century inn with a twist — expect cool vintage finds, a gastro pub, and added luxuries like copper bathtubs
    Chic  -  A favourite of Clooney, Costner and other Hollywood movie stars — this is an undeniably chic British inn
    Short break  -  Trains to London take around an hour, making this an ideal choice for a quick weekend getaway
    Romantic Break  -  For a romantic getaway pick one of the rooms with an in-room bathtub
    RestaurantNo pets
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Frommers, Good Hotel Guide, Kiwi Collection, Sawdays

    A 16th-century inn turned into a chic gastropub & hotel in historic Rye. Designer owners have given the place a truly individual touch. Expect vintage finds, patterned wallpapers, copper bathtubs & plenty of character. The bar is popular locally and the pub offers good British fare. A stylish stay. See More

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  • Myhotel Brighton 80 rooms from £156

    City Style  -  Ultra hip hotel in the trendy North Laine area mixes the ancient principles of Feng Shui with cutting edge modern design.
    Great walks  -  A ten minute walk brings you to Brighton beach, perfect for an evening stroll to the famed pier.
    Sights nearby  -  Close to both Brighton Pavilion and The Dome, two of the towns main sights.
    Designer  -  Vibrant designs following Feng Shui principles
    RestaurantDisabled accessParkingNo pets
    Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel

    Candles, artworks and funky beds create the personality of this colourful, feng-shui-aware MyHotel. Award winning cuisine, knockout cocktails, a cool rooftop suite and excellent location. Great rates on certain days. A chic choice. See More

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  • drakes Brighton 20 rooms from £171

    Romantic Break  -  Start with cocktails in the hip bar, a mouthwatering meal, a stroll along the pier and then back to your sumptuous handmade bed!
    City Style  -  Brighton's most happening hotel, interiors ooze style and confident elegance not to mention the unbeatable location and views.
    Great walks  -  Watch the sunset whilst strolling along Brighton Beach, or head down to the pier for a piece of Brighton Rock.
    Sights nearby  -  In prime location just down the road from the Brighton Pier, the big wheel and the Royal Pavilion.
    RestaurantViewsParkingNo pets
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Good Hotel Guide, Kiwi Collection, Sawdays, Michelin Travel

    Seafront boutique hotel with impressive sea and city views. Luxurious large light rooms all individually designed, some with window side free standing baths. A 24-hour bar will keep party seekers occupied. The modern European restaurant has been highly accoladed. Ideal for a stylish city stay. See More

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  • Una Brighton 19 rooms from £195

    Value chic  -  Great value central hotel, right on the beach with designer furnishings, gourmet breakfasts and plenty of charm.
    Great walks  -  Just off the shoreline, this hotel is ideally placed for those romantic strolls along Brighton beach.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the nearby Royal Pavillion, or take a turn around Regency Square.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.

    A stripped down contemporary refashioning of a Georgian townhouse. Individually styled rooms each featuring contemporary art. Some have in room free standing baths. Private terraces with great views of Regency Square. Well positioned and good value. Highly popular. See More

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  • The Grand Hotel, Eastbourne Eastbourne 152 rooms from £199

    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor and outdoor
    Views  -  Seaview rooms
    Sights nearby  -  Beachey Head
    Kids Club  -  Fully staffed.
    SpaRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenViewsParking
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels, Michelin Travel

    Overlooking the sea in Eastbourne, The Grand Hotel is one of the UK’s most historic, luxury coastal hotels; with highlights including its fantastic service, beautiful Grand Hall and spacious guest rooms. See More

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  • Ashdown Park Hotel East Grinstead, East Sussex 106 rooms from £199

    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    TennisSpaRestaurantSwimming PoolGarden
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels, Michelin Travel

    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. See More

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  • Hotel du Vin Brighton Brighton 49 rooms from £249

    City Style  -  Gothic revival and mock Tudor buildings, with funky chic interiors and only five minutes from Brighton's hopping beachfront.
    Foodies  -  Sample wines from around the world at Laroche tasting room and Bistro du vin serves local produce cooked to perfection.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Sea Life Centre and Royal Pavillion, just a few minutes down the road.
    Great walks  -  Stroll along Brighton beach, or down to the lively pier.
    RestaurantPet friendlyViews
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Kiwi Collection, Michelin Travel

    Breezy seaside feel to this stylish edition of the ever dependable boutique chain. Smart rooms with feature wallpaper, large modern bathrooms, some with in room free standing baths. Lucky rooms have sea views. A pub style brasserie with french cuisine. A comfortable choice in a lively city. See More

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