Seafront hotel in the coastal town of Eastbourne
Englands south coast provides some of the countrys most beautiful sights and popular resorts. The Chatsworth Hotel Eastbourne lies bang on the seafront promenade of the East Sussex town. It provides visitors with a touch of history and, more importantly, quick access to the beach.
Built in the Edwardian era, the hotel has retained its periodic style following a recent refurbishment project. The grandiose building is just a few steps from the towns stone beach. Whilst it may not be a sandy paradise, Eastbournes beach is surprisingly relaxing, quite the contrary to some of the nearby resorts.
Guests at the Chatsworth Hotel Eastbourne can expect ensuite bathrooms, satellite television, radio, telephone, and tea and coffee making facilities. A bar and restaurant serves beverages, light snacks, and an evening dinner menu. Of course, many of the rooms offer a splendid view of the English Channel.
The town of Eastbourne itself is rather quaint, offering visitors an assortment of attractions but not so many that hordes descend in unwieldy numbers. Historically, Eastbourne was originally a Roman settlement, remains of which can be seen today. In the 19th Century it increased in size thanks to the boom of the railway industry, drawing people to its fresh seaside air. Still today many travel down from London for the weekend.
In terms of attractions the town is home to four theatres. Congress Theatre host touring acts, from concerts to ballet, from opera to comedians. The London Philharmonic Orchestra regularly features at the venue, including a residency season. The Royal Hippodrome Theatre, home to various variety shows, is frequently visited by the Prince of Wales. The town also features a variety of parks where you can enjoy a gentle stroll or a relaxing picnic.
Almost directly outside the hotel lies Eastbourne Pier. The structure, finished in 1872, has been the focal point of tourists for decades. Today it houses amusement arcades, a nightclub, two bars, and a tea shop. A working camera obscura, a precursor to the camera proper, is also situated on the pier. Many choose the night time, when the pier is brightly lit, for photo opportunities.
Whilst Eastbourne mimics many other English towns in its sports events (football, rugby, golf) two events are noteworthy. Firstly, the town is home to the Eagles of the Elite Speedway League. Speedway remains a fringe sport but is increasing in popularity in the UK. Secondly, during June a tournament takes place at Devonshire Park Lawn Tennis Club. The Eastbourne International as it is known is an annual warm-up event to tennis grand slam Wimbledon event. Until recently the tournament only features womens tennis but changes made in 2009 mean that mens matches are also included now.
If life proves a little too serene in Eastbourne, day trips to nearby Brighton and Hastings may perk you up. Brighton in particular is a buzzing city where theres a lot to see and even more to do. Its only a short drive away, or you can hop on the train. After a busy day along the coast the relative quiet of the Chatsworth Hotel Eastbourne will be welcome.