Langham Hotel Eastbourne
What We Love
- A tranquil stay right on Eastbourne's iconic seafront, with AA Rosette-awarded diningMaking the most of the AA Rosette award-winning cuisine in the restaurant
- Taking the one-minute walk to the beach for panoramic views of the Eastbourne coastline
- The sparkling welcome of a complimentary bottle of prosecco in your room on arrival
What To Know
- The hotel's Conservatory Restaurant serves up great food and even better views
- There's limited car parking onsite
- Free WiFi works well throughout
After honing his hospitality skills at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London’s Park Lane for 28 years, hotelier Neil Kirby decided to bring some Mayfair flair to Eastbourne’s seafront. The result is the AA 4-star Langham Hotel. Since the Kirby family acquired the hotel in 2005, an extensive refurbishment has seen a number of the rooms upgraded to reflect its bay views.
Befitting its Royal Parade address, English Channel views join AA Rosette-awarded cuisine in the Conservatory Restaurant here. In keeping with its classic design, Full English breakfasts also precede Grand Afternoon Teas. Upstairs tell a similarly grand story with corniced ceilings and sea views just some of the highlights that await.
How to Get There
On arrival reception were very friendly and helpful, we went out in the evening, I have a mobility scooter and my husband asked if we could leave it anywhere in hotel, the staff were so helpful and found somewhere for us to leave it without any hesitation whatsoever. The room was perfect, clean and tidy and the bathroom huge. Breakfast was lovely, staff very accommodating and making sure we had all we needed. Although it was Valentine's weekend and they had a function which we hadn't booked but we had booked a table for dinner, we were treated no differently than the people attending the function. Food was very good. We have tried for a long time to get booked into the Langham but dates we could do it sadly, for us, the Langham were full. We finally got there and were not disappointed at all. Thank you for a lovely stay.
We stayed here for two nights in a Superior Sea View Room No: 331. On arrival we had not booked parking, but found sufficient places to park in the roads surrounding the hotel within a short walking distance. The reception staff were pleasant and helpful and provided all the necessary information about the hotel when we booked in. Our room was on the third floor which is easily accessible by both lift and stairs. The room was well decorated and had a large double bed, chairs and a table and a small separate dressing area. There was a TV and complimentary water, tea, coffee and biscuits were provided. The bathroom appeared to have been recently refurbished and it had at one end a walk in shower cubical with a tiled floor. There were also good quality toiletries provided. The one slight complaint was the heating in the room and bathroom was not good especially as the weekend we stayed was very cold. Our room gave an excellent view of the sea, sea front and pier. Breakfast was served in the restaurant with all the usual options, unusually everything had to be ordered with nothing being on a self-service basis. This did not cause any great wait problems and everything appeared to be freshly made, nothing was a problem for the very pleasant staff. There was small bar which had a reasonable but not large variety of drinks with a large area for seating nearby.
My partner and I stayed for one night in a Superior Sea View room (307). On arrival the staff were attentive and helpful. However, although the room was large, bright and clean, it had a very small - 4' 6" - double bed which was VERY high. The bathroom was very clean - but appalling: The bath was very narrow, it had an overhead rain shower and also a shower head with a hose, but there was virtually no flow from either, so they were completely unusable. The toilet was in a corner with a vanity hand basin unit only 10" from the pan, so even a short person had to sit with their legs either side of the unit or at an extreme angle. Both the hand basin taps leaked badly when turned on. When I pointed this out to the receptionist, my comments were dismissed and I was just given leaflets on upcoming offers for a future stay! The only part of the visit which was enjoyable was the dining room, the service was good and the food excellent, but this cannot make up for a "bathroom" smaller than many touring caravans.
We have eaten here a few times and the food is really really good. Interesting menu and beautifully cooked. We have not actually stayed in the hotel but the public rooms are lovely particularly the dining room. The bar is friendly and there are sea views and comfortable seating.
We have been to this hotel several times over the last decade or so and the only time I can remember being disappointed is when we didn't have a room with a sea-view - the views of the the sea and pier are so glorious it is criminal not to have a room that makes full use of them!
The latest break was a delight as always - from the weather to the always very friendly and helpful staff.
A particularly favourite part of any stay here was the breakfast in the conservatory - we notice that other hotels along the promenade do not have this feature - they use their conservatory just as a sitting/drinking area - hopefully the Langham will never decide on this option for theirs!
The hotel has always been a favourite of my wife and I because it offers us an anonymity that we prefer - and that you don't get in other, smaller establishments.