A classic British seaside resort, Eastbourne has evolved much over the decades, with attractions such as the contemporary Towner Art Gallery. But its seafront of Victorian buildings, a 19th-century pier and a 1930s bandstand provide a reminder of its long-running holiday heritage. This pocket of the south coast is said to be the sunniest in the UK — reason alone to pop down for a short break. Here are our favourite places to stay while in town.
Book into a boutique hotel on the Royal Esplanade to take full advantage of the sea views and access to the beach (ideal if you’re up for a dip). The townhouse has just 19 bedrooms; all have been designed using calming neutral tones with simple modern decor, a Hypnos mattress and a Nespresso coffee machine. Some rooms come with a Crosley record player and records and a freestanding bath, ideal for a romantic break. The hotel is dog-friendly and has a restaurant and bar with indoor, as well as outdoor, dining spaces. Look out for the displays by local artists on show too — Port Hotel has strong connections with the flourishing art scene in Eastbourne.