Zanzibar Hotel Hastings
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Historical Traveler Reviews Zanzibar Hotel Hastings St. Leonards-on-Sea
Friendliest welcome ever
My fiance booked a mystery weekend - and I must confess I was not expecting much when I found out it was to Hastings. However, I knew he'd found a fantastic place as soon as we stepped in the door & were welcomed with a glass of champagne! I've stayed in a number of B&Bs around the UK, and never had such a pleasant start.
We stayed in the Morocco room, which was sweet, with its loft bed up the skinny spiral staircase. A bit small, but certainly enough for a weekend for two. It did face the back, where there's work going on at the moment - but the decking will be done soon, and the view will be to a great garden.
If (when!!) we ever go back, I'd like to stay in one of the sea-facing rooms - the jacuzzi sounds wonderful!
And I must also rave about the breakfast - excellent selection, yummy fresh fruit.
The only downside I suppose is its location - if Hastings is going through a renaissance, it's early days still! We did find a few good restaurants, though (be sure to try St Clements, but book!) and a fab walk to Rye - so certainly enough to do for a weekend. Just.
So - overall, congratulations to Max for creating such amazingly friendly, welcoming, and attractive place.
Only one Weak Point
This is a lovely hotel and for us the only disappointment was our night in the Egypt Room, very small, shower and sink in room with you - not in a tastful way. So now you know why there are not any pictures on the website. I think if there is a room a little under par then it should reflect in the price or do away with it all together!
Having read an article about the hotel, we decided to try it out for ourselves - admittedly Hastings wasn't on our list of destinations, but we gave it a go. From the initial phone call Max was more than helpful and although we arrived early afternoon, our room was just about ready. We stayed in South America - at the front of the hotel with a view of the sea - and it was very comfortable. The bed was huge and the jacuzzi bath an experience - don't overfill it! Max recommended places to eat and they were great. Molton Brown toiletries(including shampoo and conditioner) were in the room and replaced daily. The breakfasts are lovely - a good choice and it is nice to have them in the room - the fruit platter was especially good. We had a great stay in a somewhat dingy resort - don't let the idea of going to Hastings put you off - there are some nice things to do there!
I was desperate for a night a way to provide some relief from my pregnancy and hit upon this hotel via the Trip Advisor website.
We booked in for one night in the South American Suite and all I can say is that this place is a gem...From booking onwards, we received simply outstanding cutomer service, with Max the owner phoning the day before to check everything was OK and on the day itself to check our arrival time and to ensure we had no problems parking.
The room is a dream with a bed big enough for 4, a large surround sound TV (handy for the England match), and a fabuluous jacuzzi actually in the room. We selected our breakfast choice the night before, opting to eat in our room. At precisely the designated time, the food arrived and was simply delicious.
I cannot recommend this hotel enough for anyone wanting to just get away from it all for a night or 2. Lovely and quiet with the most friendly and unobtrusive customer service it was just perfect for our needs........now the rest of Hastings just needs to catch up!
Sit back and relax
The problem with recommending the Zanzibar Hotel is that soon everyone will want to go there! But in the interests of equality and fairness (and owner Max's well-deserved income) there's no choice but to speak very highly indeed of this place.
From the minute you step inside, everything is designed to help you relax. This is a place to flop and leave the rest of the world outside (apart from the great flatscreen, freeview tv of course). The atmosphere is tranquil and the rooms (we stayed in 'Japan') comfortable, verging on luxurious. 'Japan' houses a large, square sunken jacuzzi bath which even accommodated my 8 month pregnant bump with plenty of room to spare.
The welcome was very friendly. There was fresh milk in the mini-fridge for tea (why doesn't everywhere offer this?) Better still, there was champagne on arrival and for breakfast the next day, should you so desire. And talking of breakfast - it was perfect, both in diversity of choice and quality. And the smiling people who served it were great too.
We loved it, we'll be back.
This is an absolutely perfect place to stay if you want to escape from the rat race for a long weekend. The owner, Max and his staff made us feel so welcome that nothing was ever a problem. With great recommendations for places to eat, there really was very little to do for yourself.
We were lucky to experience two of the seven rooms, India and Antartica, and both were fantastic in there own right. India was calm and comfortable with a great jacuzzi. Antartica had the seaviews where you can watch the world go by, and the beds were just amazing - no first night issues settling into a different bed!!
I coud go on, but to top it all is the breakfast - anything you could possibly want is available for you.
Cannot recommend it enough and when the garden is finished, it will be even better.
We wish Max all the success it deserves.
If you have an ounce of romance in your soul stay here
This is a gem of a hotel.
We stayed for a short break in Africa.
The view from our bed was the sea, the sea, the sea.
The room was excellent and the jacuzzi for two a treat.
The owner, Max, was the perfect host.
The breakfast was wonderful from the champagne and the fruit platter to the full english cooked breakfast and toast and marmalade.
If you are in striking distance of Hastings and have an ounce of romance in your soul then book into the Zanzibar.
My husband and I were booked into the Antartica for a 2 day break. It surpassed our expectations which were based on the Times review and on the hotel's website. The quality of service and furnishings is outstanding. Max has put so much effort into creating a fabulous ambience. The attention to detail is amazing. The same effort is reflected in the service he and his very helpful and friendly colleagues provide. Breakfast in our room was sumptuous but we also loved having breakfast in the Grand Salon.
The views from Antartica are stunning and the room itself and bathroom are simply luxurious. The bathroom has a sauna and the most high-tech shower we'd ever seen!
Hastings has a lot to offer and to find such a gem of a hotel says a lot about the area. After the perfect relaxing break it is easy to see why the hotel received such a great write-up in the Times. Go there and find out - you'll want more if you do!
Room With A View!
Just come back from a weekend break at the Zanzibar Hotel and what a lovely time we had! The owner has created a beautiful and individual hotel utilising what is an amazing building and adding wonderful, unique and personnal touches.
Like the reviewer below we stayed in Africa and the view is spectacular through the large panoramic windows. Breakfast in bed with great food and that view was fantastic!
Max, the owner, showed us one of the other suites, Antarctica, on our last morning and we'll be booking that one next. Same view, different experience.
The garden was being totally revamped for summer and the plans look great.
Well worth the visit.
Zanzibar-a most wonderful hotel
it is not often that we have found the web pages for a hotel to be an understatment - or even a review in the Times but at Zanzibar that is certainly the case, from the moment you step through the door you realise that this is something special.
It could be described as a boutique hotel but in all honesty that is a phrase which is so often misused and would not do this hotel justice.
We stayed in Africa - a room with a view and what a view , the bed was huge and the jacuzzi bath a delight.
Max , the owner gave us a recommendation for dinner and booked the table - an excellent local restaurant within walking distance, just the sort of place you need on a cold winter evening, food and service were superb.
Breakfast was ordered in the evening and is available as room service or in the "Grand Salon" , a communal large table with views over to the ocean, the service and food were excellent as you would expect from a hotel with such high standards.
Hastings may not be high on the list of places to visit but if you want one or two of nights of indulgance then you should go to Zanzibar it is a rare find.
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