We stayed in this hotel a little while ago for one night and our experience was average in parts, but great in others. The location is great - quiet and relaxing by the sea and not far from bigger towns like Hastings. We did not get a view from our room and even if we did our windows were too tiny to look out. The view from the dining room was lovely though - you could see right across the water.
Our room was an average double room - no personality but clean and enough space to move around and unpack your things. The bathroom was a good size, although we were not impressed with the waterflow, or lack of hot water in the evenings. If you want a shower after 9pm forget it. Parking can be a little tight in peak season - it seems there are more rooms than parking spaces so check in on the earlier side to grab one.
I can't comment on dinner as we could not eat here. We did go to the dning room but were ushered out as there was a wedding party there (not something stipulated when we checked in), but there was food available at the bar. It looked like below average pub grub so we decided to go out for dinner (if you have a car there are lots of nice restaurants closer to the centre of town). We really enjoyed our breakfast looking out across the water. Breakfast is a self service affair but we actually enjoyed that more than self service.
Overall we had a relaxing weekend, however, little touches of character in the rooms and maybe an overhaul of the bar menu are small changes that can be made to improve this hotel and its great potential.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in 1928 the Hotel is a building of character which has undergone several changes of ownership in its time. The beginning of 2005 was the year the current owner took over the hotel and refurbished at that time also adding a beautiful beachside terrace to enjoy refreshments overlooking the sea and stunning sunsets over the Sussex Downs. The Hotel continues with an upgrade plan throughout all areas. The Beachside Restaurant with its sea view, Traditional English Menu and Sunday Carvery also The Cooden Tavern is a Bistro style eatery to cater for all guest requirements as well as a bar and lounge. For those who would like to relax with a swim the Leisure Club with heated pool, sauna, spa, steam room and gym is available. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Cooden Beach