Zanzibar Hotel Hastings
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Historical Traveler Reviews Zanzibar Hotel Hastings St. Leonards-on-Sea
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.