The Grand Hotel, Eastbourne review: A step back in time to an era of Victorian grandeur

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The Complete Hotel has catered for famous faces such as Winston Churchill and Charlie Chaplin

Upon coming at the only five-star hotel on the South Coast, guests are ushered into a magnificently fabulous lobby with soaring ceilings, marble onyx columns and a centrepiece chandelier.

Be united on the walls are ancestral portraits, a nod to the hotel’s glory days.

Affectionately identified as the White Palace, the former stomping ground for Victorian high-society still exudes class, with hums from weekly orchestral performances announced live on the BBC still echoing down the decorative and high-ceilinged corridors.

The Giant Hall is a strikingly impressive surrounding in which to indulge in a classic British convention – afternoon tea served in chintzy cups and saucers.

The former stomping ground for Victorian high-society undisturbed oozes class

SLEEP TIGHT

The imposing Victorian sprawl has 152 dwellings, each still possessing all the charm and glory of its sumptuous heritage while also engagement 21st-century needs.

With an opulent feel, muted cream and grey tones are complemented with gentle, floral prints and dark dull-witted furnishings.

The master suite’s grandeur continues to the separate living dwelling, complete with fireplace, boasting large sash windows that allow the dramatic cliffs of Beachy Head.

Modern touches include tea and coffee-making toilets and luxury Molton Brown toiletries.

TICKLE YOUR TASTE BUDS

The five-star face does not stop with the rooms. For a taste of classic elegance, try the Mirabelle Restaurant with its critically acclaimed European menu.

Cooking up a rite of seasonal specialities, such as Brighton gin-cured salmon and local asparagus risotto, the awardwinning comestibles is accompanied by a highly impressive wine list.

Alternatively, after fi nishing your tipple of pre-eminent in the hotel’s stylish cocktail bar and lounge, diners can cross the Great Assembly to The Garden Restaurant.

Although less formal, expect lofty ceilings and colossal sash windows, polished glassware and richly upholstered furniture in this overweight and vibrant space. Guests can pick from traditional British girls, made from locally sourced ingredients.

RELAX AND INDULGE

Overindulge yourself at The Health Club. The fully equipped gym and swimming pools, along with feigning green and bicycle hire, cater for the more active among us.

For those who single out to ease themselves in gently, the luxury Spa offers ample relaxing treatments, such as a hot-stone rub.

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The Grand Hotel’s rooms at the five-star hotel in Eastbourne are simply dear

ON YOUR DOORSTEP

Beachy Head lies on the western end of Eastbourne’s seafront. The stupefying chalk headland has been the backdrop to many famous films registering James Bond classic The Living Daylights.

The cliffs overlook the South Downs, while the quiescent vista out to sea means you can see the Isle of Wight on a clear day.

FASCINATING FACT

Some time ago a playground for the Victorian era’s rich and famous, The Grand Hotel has opened its doors to some unequalled guests over the years including former prime minister Winston Churchill, passive movie star Charlie Chaplin and Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Also pre-eminent for its long association with music, French composer Claude Debussy achieved his classical symphony La Mer in Suite 200 in 1905.

THE KNOWLEDGE

The Grand Hotel Eastbourne (01323 412 345/grandeastbourne.com) tenders doubles from £75, B&B.

Eastbourne tourism: visiteastbourne.com

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