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The Grand Hotel

King Edward´s Parade, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 4EQ

The Grand Hotel

King Edward´s Parade, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 4EQ


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This magnificent White Palace (as it is known locally) can boast Mirabelle, one of the best hotel restaurants on the south coast. It also stands in an ideal seaside position midpoint between Eastbourne’s charming pier and the Surrey Downs. The sheer size of the hotel is not apparent until you step into one of the large corner suites or take a stroll down the landing from one end to the other. Afternoon tea in the drawing room (which used to be the hotel’s main entrance) would be an imposing affair were it not for the friendliness of the staff. The Grand likes to feel it is a family hotel with many guests returning year after year.

The Grand Hotel also has a Spa, Wedding Venue and Restaurant:

The Grand Hotel (Spa Section)

The Grand Hotel (Wedding Venue Section)

The Mirabelle at the Grand Hotel (Restaurant Section)

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Britain's Best Coastal Hotels by Adrian Mourby

"Eastbourne became fashionable in the 1780s when George III sent four of his children on a sea-bathing holiday here, but it was in the nineteenth century that tourism really took off. Statues to the Dukes of Devonshire in the town attest to the impact of the entrepreneurial Cavendish family on this corner of the English coastline. Successive dukes divided their Compton Estate between a golf course and extending the resort we see today. Eastbourne was built quickly – and almost from scratch - in a series of sea-facing terraces that wouldn’t have looked out of place in Cheltenham or Bath. And at the southwestern end of the new town, a grand hotel was constructed.

The Grand was designed by William Earp and built at the huge cost of £50,000. It opened in 1875 and absolutely confirmed Eastbourne’s place on the Victorian holiday map. This was a massive building whose dimensions and lofty public spaces spoke of empire. The dukes of Devonshire always stayed at the hotel when in Eastbourne and entertained the royal family here too, so it had to be good.

Today the Grand still impresses. Its gardens that once looked onto the English Channel have been turned into a car park, and reception has been moved from Compton Street to the old garden entrance, but the Victorian dimensions of the façade remain unchanged. Inside there has been some partitioning to create smaller drawing rooms off the bar, but the dining room is as impressive as it ever was in Queen Victoria’s time. This is a Titanic of dining rooms but without the tragic implications of that comparison. Entering today you might wonder if the Grand could ever manage to fill it to capacity, but when the hotel is full at weekends it actually has to use the Concourse – a long sun lounge running parallel to the dining room- as its overspill area.

The beach at Eastbourne retains its brightly painted bathing huts and has an old Martello Tower designed to repel Napoleon (had he ever invaded). It also boasts a traditional pier and a bandstand where evening concerts are still given. This is a traditional English seaside hotel in a traditional seaside resort.

One of the most unusual stories about this hotel concerns the composer Claude Debussy, who in 1905 stayed at the Grand for five weeks while correcting the proofs of his symphonic masterpiece 'La Mer'. Debussy took a room overlooking the English Channel and hired a Blüthner baby grand piano, which he had brought round to the suite where he was staying with his mistress. (Today Heritage, the piano dealer in Terminus Road, has been converted into a Superdrug). Debussy liked this particular grand piano so much that when he returned to France he paid to take it back with him. Today it is on display at Musée Labenche in Brive-la-Gaillarde as “Debussy’s piano”."

Britain's Best Gourmet Hotels by Adrian Mourby

"Last year the legendary Mirabelle restaurant in Mayfair was demolished. This was the haunt of stars like Madonna, Kyle, Johnny Depp and Russell Crowe (who once sent back a £3,500 bottle of wine that insisted was corked). But diners can get just a hint of it in Eastbourne at the Grand Hotel.

The Grand truly lives up to its name with huge public rooms, a broad sweep of bedrooms facing the sea and a fine dining restaurant that has taken the name of Mirabelle. This sister restaurant was created after the owners of the Grand purchased the London Mirabelle in 1961. The famous blue neon Curzon Street sign was copied and mounted over the Grand’s side street entrance in Jevington Gardens. Today the Eastbourne Mirabelle is hugely popular with locals who can join a club which allows them two meals for the price of one if they stay on the Dinner Menu. That said, it is very tempting to go for the Seasonal Classics table d’hote men or even the Tasting Menu which is uncommonly is good value.

The restaurant has recently been substantially refurbished. Gone is the rather tired cream wallpaper and pink carpet, and in its place is a blue/grey palette with Royal Garden wallpaper (referred to by the waiters as “birds and berries”).

Overseeing the well-staffed restaurant is Benjamin Warren who takes pride in running one of the reasons people come all the way to Eastbourne. His senior sommelier is Marcin Segrecki who has very clear ideas about what one should be drinking. When I asked for a suggestion to accompany my Newhaven scallops he brought me a glass of an Argentinian white, not a taste or a look at the bottle but a statement about what I should be drinking. He had of course matched the dish perfectly.

The chef is Stephanie Malvoisin late of the Goring Hotel whose Gourmet Tasting Menu is set to become one of the highlights of the culinary year on this part of the south coast. I really want to go back for that - and when the baby grand piano is being played. It was silent the evening the weekday evening that I ate at Mirabelle.

The Grand Eastbourne is one of the few great British seaside hotels that is still thriving. It has kept to its traditions, with afternoon tea served daily in the Great Hall - which is three dramatic floors in height. Claude Debussy, who stayed at the Grand for a month in 1905, was an admirer of the acoustics in the Grand Hall. The hotel keeps alive the idea of a Palm Court orchestra too – but only on the last Sunday of every month. The Garden Room, where breakfast is served, so huge that I had difficulty imagining it full but when – as often happens - every bedroom is taken at the Grand the hotel staff have to set up extra tables in the Concourse, a sun lounge that runs along eastern half of the hotel’s ground floor.

This is a destination hotel with a destination restaurant, literally on the side."

Ten luxury Hotels visited by royals by Adrian Mourby

"In May 1901 Edward VII had only been king four months when he came to Eastbourne for a royal house party at Compton Place in the company of the Marquis of Abergavenny. By this stage Compton Place had been made into a golf course by its owner, the Seventh Duke of Devonshire. The Duke had also turned half the Compton estate into the seaside town of Eastbourne and The Grand Hotel (built in 1875 by William Earp) was its undoubted showpiece. Before leaving Eastbourne, the king inspected the hotel. To this day the Dukes of Devonshire have a suite reserved for them in The Imperial."

Ten of the Best British Beach Wedding Venues by Liz Coggins

"Step inside the White Palace as it’s affectionately known and you’ll soon understand why this is Sussex’s most prestigious wedding venue. A lovingly restored 19th century hotel in true “grand” style the function suites radiate old world charm and elegance especially the Silverdale Room with its white and cream décor and chandeliers. With dramatic views of the cliffs of Beachy Head, the beach is literally on its doorstep."

10 Historic South Coast Hotels by Adrian Mourby

"Eastbourne became fashionable in the 1780s when George III sent four of his children on holiday here, but it was in the nineteenth century that tourism took off. The crowning glory of the town has always been the gracious sweep of its massive Grand Hotel, built in 1875 by William Earp at the huge cost of £50,000. In 1905 Claude Debussy corrected the proofs of 'La Mer' in a room here overlooking the English Channel."

Information on The Grand Hotel , King Edward´s Parade , Eastbourne

No. of bedrooms: Total: 152        
Types of room: 60 Twins, 44 Doubles (some with seaviews), 48 Suites
Room rates guide: Single:  £200.00-£530.00
Double/Twin:  £230.00-£320.00
Suites:  £380.00-£600.00
Room with Breakfast
General info: Credit Cards Accepted:  Amex, Diners, Mastercard, Maestro/Switch, Visa
When Closed:  Open all year
Child Friendly:  Children of all ages welcome
Dog Friendly:  Dogs Permittted
Romantic Details: Honeymoon Suite, Mini Moons Packages, Intimate dining
Smoking Permitted:  No
Wheelchair Access:  Yes
Accreditation: AA 5 Star, AA 2 Rosettes, Good Food Guide 5/10
Room facilities: DVD player in Master Suites, Direct dial telephone, digital clock radio, Satellite TV with radio, Broadband internet access, Four poster beds available, Molton Brown toiletries, trouser press, bathrobes
General facilities: Beauty treatment rooms, hairdressing salon, Indoor & outdoor swimming pools, whirlpool spa, Jacuzzi, Sauna, Solarium, Spa, Steam room, Gym, fitness classes, Award-winning Mirabelle restaurant, Garden restaurant, Civil ceremony licence, Wedding receptions, 17 meeting rooms, Conference facilities, Private dining
Indoor activities: Snooker room
Outdoor activities on site: Putting, Royal Eastbourne Golf Course (4 mins)
Activities nearby: Watersports (5 mins), Fishing (10 mins)
Local directions: Follw the signs on the M25 for the M23 (Gatwick/Brighton), then follow signs for Lewes & Eastbourne. Take the A27 to Polegate and then Eastbourne seafront. Follow the seafront west and The Grand is located opposite the Western Lawns.
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Nearest railway stn:
Brighton (23 miles) (30 mins)
London Gatwick (40 miles) (50 mins)
Eastbourne (5 mins)
Organisation(s): Small Luxury Hotels of the World

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Posted on by Jb XCustomer stayed Dec 2017

A magical place to enjoy the Christmas break. One of the last traditional hotels that make you feel truly special. A perfect place for Children (we have 3) all well catered with plenty to do. Would recommend to anyone,

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