The Driftwood, Bexhill, East Sussex
Unwind at this charming boutique hotel in the heart of the quaint seaside town of Bexhill-on-Sea. With its stylish décor, comfortable rooms and friendly staff, The Driftwood offers a memorable stay for visitors looking to experience the beauty and charm of the English coast.
Rooms available from £118 per night
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Although not directly featuring a sea view (although certain rooms offer partial glimpses), The Driftwood sits on Sackville Road, a lively thoroughfare that leads to the beach. Before enjoying a show at the nearby De La Warr Pavilion, conveniently located just a three-minute stroll away, guests can savor a refreshing drink at the Rocksalt-on-Sea.
The revamped Bexhill Museum (Eddie Izzard is the patron) is a five-minute stroll, while the train station is a few minutes further.
By car: The drive from London takes 2 hours 30 minutes, Brighton is 1 hour 15 minutes away, and Portsmouth 2 hours. There is parking nearby costing £5 per day.
By train: London Victoria to Bexhill takes just under 2 hours. The station is a 10-minute walk or five-minute taxi from the hotel. Book trains to Bexhill.
CHARACTER & STYLE
Concealed within the anchor-grey exterior of this Victorian house spanning three stories lies an interior designed by London-based designer Mark Standing. The bright and airy ambiance exudes a contemporary coastal-chic aesthetic, adorned with natural wood elements, exposed brick walls, and trendy color palettes such as olive, teal and tobacco.
Having earned his hotelier stripes at The Waldorf and the Langham in London, the hotel is owned and run by Seng Loy. His young team provides a friendly, relaxed service from breakfast through to late-night supper. As a small hotel, facilities are scarce but the breakfast room transforms into a restaurant at night.
- Free Wi-Fi
Rooms showcase a stylish combination of exposed brick walls, leather headboards and mid-century modern furniture and the front-facing larger rooms offer a partial view of the sea. While the bathrooms may be compact in size, they are smartly designed with sleek metro tiles and double rainfall showers.
Room types: Double Room, Deluxe Double Room, Superior Double Room
Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with walk-in rain shower, luxury toiletries, bathrobes, tea and coffee facilities, TV, hairdryer, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
In the evening, the restaurant becomes a bustling locals haunt renowned for its top-notch and authentic Asian cooking, whilst in the mornings, breakfast is served in the ground floor restaurant and offers all the usual suspects: Eggs Benedict, French toast and bacon and eggs, along with fresh juices, Union coffee and a basket of home-baked bread.
The Driftwood: choice of classic cooked breakfasts, contemporary Asian cuisine, Thai dishes, European desserts. Open Tues-Sat, for breakfast from 8-11am, and dinner 6.30-9pm. Large plates from £9.50.
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