We have just come back from a two night stay at the cumberlad hotel. We are a family of four with 2 young children. 2 and 7 months. We booked this as a last minute trip and were surprised at how lovely and relaxing it was.
Our room was spacious even though we had 4 beds in there and the staff were really helpful when we were coming in and out of the hotel.
At breakfast time they had set a table with a highchair for us and the waiters would help me get the girls breakfast so I didn't have to leave them too long.
Other clientel were older but everyone was very friendly and chatted to the children.
The decor was dated but clean and the hotel had a lovely atmosphere.
I would definitely recommend this hotel to everyone and don't be put off if you have children!
In August 2008, PamGLancashire said:
When we arrived at the hotel for one night only, having booked a suite. I realised I had arrived on some kind of war theme day, as the hotel was adorned in British flags, with a vintage jeep outside. The Receptionist, asked if we were here for the forties weekend ? - It turned out we'd booked when the hotel was booked out for a themed weekend - except no one told me, even though I booked directly with the hotel. They apologised and asked if I was happy with that. Not really, so we had to dine somewhere else or find a forties outfit to wear ! - We dined in a lovely Italian restaurant nearby.
Apart from the initial faux pas, I found the hotel clean and good quality although old fashioned ( I prefer contemporary, which I thought it was). It's an imposing grand looking hotel which stands out on the coast line. We stayed in the King Edward Suite, which is large, comfortable, but the bathroom was tiny with a sliding door ! The room also had a lovely balcony unfortunately it was shared with the room next door, so not good if you like privacy like I do. However it overlooked the sea, lovely position, and also looked over a beach front band stand...but that didn't spoil the view.
On the whole it was very pleasant. But Eastbourne is very much for the senior citizen, I'm 52 , but felt like an 18 year old amongst the zimmer frames and motobility scooters - don't mean to be rude about that, just giving a true picture.
- But a lovely clean area, the promenade is spotless, although the beach is shail, which is difficult to walk on ( even without a zimmer frame !). The town is on hand lovely shops and bars..not cheap and tacky like Blackpool.
Definately not for children...which is great if you haven't got any like me.
Would recommend it for a relaxing holiday if you are in your twilight years !!!
In June 2008, scarlettHampshire said:
I have just returned from four days at the Cumberland. The rooms were clean and the linen was spotless.
The lift was a problem as the doors shut with force before everyone was out. Some people went up and down a couple of times before they managed to get out!
The food was good and the service was good.
The one thing that was a problem - the peacocks in the neighbouring garden - that 'called out' at five in the morning. It was difficult to get to sleep again. Infact we gave up and were drinking our early morning tea at quarter past five each morning. Fortunately we had a busy schedule and an early start was not the problem it would have been if we had been on holiday.
In April 2008, gmtechnick said:
Spent a weekend at the Cumberland including a Ladies night dinner & dance. Room was basic but clean and staff were very helpful with the children. Food was very good, with quick and friendly service. Positioned right on the front near the pier and 5 mins from the shops. Would happily go back for another weekend.
In October 2007, patrica47 said:
Having just returned from sunny Eastbourne with a party of 40 pensioners(my sister & I are in our 40s) I can honestly say I was impressed by the hotel & how well it catered for all of us. The rooms were very clean with sheets & towels changed daily. My only concern here was the bathroom was very tiny & anyone with a disability could find it awkward ie my Mum. We were only staying 2 nights it was not worth the hassle of moving. But I'm sure you could ask if there was a bigger bathroom available. The food was very good considering how many guests there were in the dinning room at one time. 3 courses and ample. Although most of the staff were not english they were very efficient and polite. Overall we had a pleasant stay. I would recommened this hotel for value for money. The location was ideal right on the sea front with flat and uneven surfaces.
In October 2007, dale61 said:
Had a very good 5 day holiday. The room was clean and serviced well
The food and service in the restraunt was first class. Looking forward to another visit The staff wer very friendly and courteous
In November 2005, Culture11523 said:
I stayed at the Cumberland at the end of october and unlike the other review on the site, I had no problems at all. The staff were polite and curteous, the food was perfect, and the condition and cleanliness of the room too. I stayed in a double seaview room, and it had the most beautiful view one could ask for. The position on the seafront was perfect, and all in all I had a wonderful time in Eastbourne. Definately fit for its 3 star rating.