Dog-friendly holiday review: York House Hotel, Sussex

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<p><img src="" alt="Best Western York Hotel" /></p><p>Andrea McHugh and her daughter Maddie tell us about their stay at Best Western York House Hotel, Eastbourne, Sussex with their dogs Honey and Coco...</p>

Accommodation: Hotel.

Cost: From £95.40 per room per night, for B&B.

Tested by: Andrea McHugh and daughter Maddie, with Maltese X Chinese Crested dogs Honey and Coco.

The accommodation:

York House is an elegant Victorian hotel with beautiful sea views; it is just a 10-minute walk from Eastbourne town centre. The rooms are large and comfortable and ours had a fantastic sea view. There are all the comforts you would expect, with tea and coffee-making facilities in the room, stylish decor, an excellent restaurant, and a dog-friendly bar and lounge.

There is also an indoor heated swimming pool, although this area and the restaurant are the only areas in which dogs are not allowed. Outside there is a sunny verandah to enjoy a cool drink after a long walk with your dog. There is no car park but the hotel offers street parking vouchers for just £1 per day.

How dog-friendly was your reception? 

The staff were very friendly and I was told that our dogs were welcome guests, which I thought was a lovely thing to say. Dogs are not allowed in the restaurant but the staff happily set a table for us in the bar area at breakfast so the dogs could join us.

If an owner is staying alone, the staff are more than willing to take breakfast orders and bring food to your table, or stay with your dog while you go and make your choice. At dinner dogs can stay in your room provided they are well behaved.

Any added extras for dogs/owners? 

Both dogs had comfortable duvets to curl up on, clean fluffy towels, and homemade treats as a welcome. Dog bowls and food mats were provided in the tiled shower room. The hotel is opposite a stony beach, ideal for the dogs’ early morning walk, or a late night comfort break. The only downside is that the hotel has no garden and so if your dog needs to go out in the middle of the night you will have to get dressed and go outside into the street. There are lots of poo bins in the area.

Out and about in the area

*There are some fantastic walks, and although these were not detailed in the hotel’s information book, staff members were happy to advise.

*We went for a lovely stroll along Eastbourne’s promenade, with beautiful gardens on one side and the beach on the other.

*We then began a climb up the South Downs in the direction of Beachy Head and although we didn’t get right to the top it was a fantastic experience. A little cafe at the bottom offers welcome refreshments for dogs and owners.

*The next day we enjoyed a delicious lunch at the 17th-century Old Oak Inn, in the quaint village of Arlington. The pub was extremely dog friendly.

At a glance

Charge for dogs? £10 per dog, per night.

Maximum number of dogs allowed? Two.

Enclosed exercise area/garden? No.

Can dogs be left unattended? Yes, if they are quiet.


Want to find out more?

Contact York House Hotel, 14 – 22 Royal Parade, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN22 7AP; call 01323 412918; email [email protected]; visit