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The Grand Hotel

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

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The Grand Hotel

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


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Setting the standard for hotels on the South Coast, The Grand is a luxurious landmark on the Eastbourne seafront. The perfect setting for business or pleasure; few hotels offer such a complete range of leisure and conference facilities including an outdoor swimming pool, health club, holiday packages for families, direct sea view rooms and a choice of award-winning dining options.

What makes a stay at The Grand Hotel unique?

The Grand Hotel, affectionately known as the White Palace, is the only five-star luxury hotel on the English coastline. It is only a short walk from the Pier with dramatic cliffs at Beachy Head and the glorious Sussex Downs. At Eastbourne town centre, guests will find a selection of retail outlets, theatres and many other activities to please those visiting Eastbourne for business or pleasure. Guests are encouraged to enjoy delicious signature cocktails, exciting live music every week and a calendar of regular events that scope across many interests. An accomplished and novel blend of friendly service leaves families, business people, young romantics and anniversary couples no choice but to visit The Grand Hotel time and time again.

What are the rooms and facilities on offer at The Grand Hotel?

The Grand Hotel has 152 bedrooms, 46 of which are suites (sea-facing rooms greet guests with sunlight sparkling on the waves), 17 meeting and celebration rooms (3 licensed for weddings), all with complimentary wifi. The sumptuous bedrooms and lounges recall days when hotels in East Sussex were the seaside playground of the Victorian rich and famous. Enjoy luxurious en-suite bathrooms with soft towelling robes and Molton Brown toiletries, flat screen TVs, in-room personal safe, Nespresso coffee machine and tea making facilities and 24-hour room service for anything else one might need. The Presidential and Penthouse Suites are noted for their stunning interior decoration, four-poster beds, luxurious bathrooms with whirlpool baths, and large balconies with spectacular coastline views.

What can guests enjoy when staying in the Eastbourne area?

Eastbourne is a thriving town with shopping available at the re-developed Beacon centre, a vibrant host of national and independent restaurants and bars, theatres and local sights to explore. From the most majestic view at the peak of Beachy Head (the highest chalk sea cliff in the UK) to the Coastal Cultural Trail that leads guests to enjoy contemporary art galleries by the sea and cycle-routes throughout the South Downs National Park. The Victorian bandstand and pier offer regular events in one direction and experience beautiful sunsets across to Birling Gap, lovely walking pathways too, overlooking the pretty red & white striped lighthouse towards the east. So much to do on the doorstep as well as inside this beautiful hotel.

Where can guests enjoy food and drink?

Two of the finest restaurants in Eastbourne exist under the same roof at The Grand Hotel. Offering stylish and elegant or relaxed and informal, the hotel offers both award-winning restaurants under the watchful eye of Executive Chef, Keith Mitchell, with Chef Stephanie Malvoisin showcasing fine dining in the Mirabelle Restaurant. Enjoy a delicious breakfast from the crack of dawn, brunch and light bites in the lounges or terrace, luncheons, afternoon teas and, finally, a gourmet evening meal from a choice of set, a la carte and tasting menus. The Grand's cocktail bar menu includes many signature cocktails as colourful as the history of the hotel itself and the town offers a choice of national and independent restaurants, bars and pubs.

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A highly individual hotel, part of the Elite Hotels experience... distinctive venues, distinctive experiences.

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)


The Grand Hotel is part of the following Inspirations:

10 Hotels to Live Like a Lord in 2019 by Adrian Mourby

"Unusually the Grand Hotel at Eastbourne was never an aristocratic home but rather a hotel built by an aristocrat. In the nineteenth century the seaside resort we now known as Eastbourne was part of the Compton Estate, owned by the wealthy dukes of Devonshire whose seat is still at Chatsworth. As sea-bathing became fashionable, successive dukes divided up the estate, making part of it a golf course and the rest a southwestern extension to the town of Eastbourne - in a series of sea-facing terraces that wouldn’t have looked out of place in Cheltenham or Bath. At the western end of their the dukes decided to construct a grand hotel.

The architect was William Earp, with his budget at a hefty £50,000. The new Grand Hotel opened in 1875 and confirmed Eastbourne’s place on the Victorian holiday map. This was a massive building whose dimensions and lofty public spaces spoke of Britain’s imperial aspirations. The dukes themselves always stayed at the hotel when in Eastbourne and entertained the royal family here too, so it had to impress.

In May 1901 Edward VII, who had only been king four months, came to Eastbourne for a royal house party at the Devonshire’s home, Compton Place. By this time the Seventh Duke of Devonshire was busy turning his old home into a golf course and so the king was brought to The Grand Hotel to inspect.

To this day the incumbent Duke of Devonshire always has a suite reserved for his use in hotel’s eastern extension. The Grand still impresses though its gardens that once looked onto the English Channel have been turned into a car park. Another change has been that reception has been moved from Compton Street to the old garden entrance, but the Victorian dimensions of the façade remain unchanged and the dining room looks as if King Edward might wander in at any moment.


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: 50 Twins, 56 Doubles (some with seaviews), 46 Suites
Room rates guide: Single:  £120.00-£315.00
Double/Twin:  £150.00-£345.00
Suites:  £385.00-£720.00
General info: Credit Cards Accepted:  Amex, 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, Romantic Breaks, Grand First Night, The Food Lovers Choice Experience
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, Wi-Fi, Four poster beds available, Molton Brown toiletries, trouser press, bathrobes, Room Service 24 hours
General facilities: 8 Health & Beauty Treatment Rooms, 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: Cinema complex, Watersports (5 mins), Fishing (10 mins), Walking and Cycling Routes
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.
Nearest major city:
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Nearest railway stn:
Brighton (23 miles) (30 mins)
London Gatwick (40 miles) (50 mins) , London Heathrow (80 miles) (100 mins)
Eastbourne (1 mile) (5 mins)
Organisation(s): Small Luxury Hotels of the World

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Review of The Grand Hotel

Posted on by Catherine FCustomer stayed Oct 2018


We had a great weekend break. Will definitely visit again.

Staff were all friendly helpful and courteous. The hotel was great. Good location and service all round. The Food in both the garden restaurant and Mirabelle was fabulous. I really enjoyed my own menu to meet my vegetarian requirements.
The sink under the rim was dirty and so was the overflow. Only a small thing but could be improved with attention to detail.

Review of The Grand Hotel

Posted on by Donz DCustomer stayed Oct 2018


Lovely hotel and food great ambience and lots very facilities. Excellent.

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Posted on by Suzie VCustomer stayed Sep 2018


Beautiful building, staff were great and the food was lovely too.

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Posted on by 35sally1 TCustomer stayed Sep 2018


A wonderful stay at The Grand Hotel.
I can recommend the Spa B&B gift experience at The Grand Hotel in Eastbourne. My husband and I had a very relaxing time and it felt like we were being treated like royalty! The location is excellent for walks along the extremely pleasant seafront too.

Review of The Grand Hotel

Posted on by Stephen CCustomer stayed Aug 2018


Fantastic food in the Mirabelle restaurant every time, first class service as always and one of the best wine lists in Eastbourne!

Review of The Grand Hotel

Posted on by Spm31 ICustomer stayed Aug 2018


I stayed here with my family (2 adults and 3 children). From check in to check out we were treated to a five star experience that we cannot fault. The staff are all wonderful. The food and staff in the Garden Restaurant were amazing. My daughter has a peanut allergy and their expertise and sensitivity towards her meant that her dining experience was un-hampered in any way. The suite was spacious and well equipped. The leisure facilities were clean and both the indoor and outdoor pools were well enjoyed during our stay. We would not hesitate to recommend this beautiful hotel.

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Posted on by Lauren LCustomer stayed Aug 2018


Grand experience all round
My partners family frequent this hotel often for their family holiday and have done for years. I was lucky enough to join them once at Christmas a few years ago and then again during the air show recently.
The hotel is lovely, the pool is great, they do a good silver service and the restaurant is exceptional for breakfast, lunch and dinner. All the staff always say hello which is a nice touch.
Hope to be back again soon,

Review of The Grand Hotel

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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