Cool and colonial-style beachside boutique hotel
Zanzibar may be a long way from the beaches of East Sussex, but at the Zanzibar International you could find yourselves in exotic surrounds of Africa, Bali or India.
Rooms with big jacuzzi tubs and storm showers. • Wide-open sea and beachside views. • Chic boutique feel with a colonial vibe.
Hit the Spot
Right on the beachfront at St Leonards on Sea, Hastings.
There's a cosy bar and a garden for al fresco drinks and eats, complete with huge wood sculptures.
Good to know
It's worth paying extra for the sea view rooms – stunning at sunrise or sunset.
Minimum StayTwo nights at weekends
ParkingSecure parking can be booked for GBP 5 per night.
AirportLondon Gatwick – 60 miles
TrainSt Leonards Warrior Square station – three minutes walk.
ChildrenWelcome age five and over
Self CateringAvailable in The Penthouse Suite
Location9 Eversfield Place, St Leonards On Sea, Hastings, Sussex, TN37 6BY, United Kingdom
Nine rooms and suites
Stylishly themed rooms echoing exotic corners of the world come with tall, floor to ceiling windows framing stunning sea views. Spacious, spa-style bathrooms stocked with Elemis shower products boast double jacuzzi baths, deep tubs for two or monsoon showers. They have Egyptian cotton bedlinen, fluffy bathrobes and complimentary slippers.
Opt for one of the sea view rooms. Manhattan sprawls across the top floor, with skylights and a huge lounge. Antarctica is almost all-white, South America has a large freestanding bathtub in the bedroom while Africa has tribal artefacts and a zebra-striped rug.
Eat & Drink
The Zanzibar International's Pier Nine restaurant has been voted restaurant of the year by locals. Daily deliveries ensure food is super-fresh, with the daily catch arriving fresh from the local fishing fleet and meat sourced from nearby farms.
Start with wild rabbit and borlotti bean minestrone with taleggio croutons or grilled salt and pepper squid with mango and chili salsa. De-lish mains include sea bream with wild rice and chargrilled sweetcorn or maybe a 36 day aged Sussex fillet steak with truffle baked potato mash and creamed Savoy cabbage.
Served until 10am. Cooked-to-order breakfasts, freshly squeezed orange juice and free newspapers are all included. Look forward to smoked salmon, scrambled egs and chives, locally smoked kippers or boiled eggs with toasted soldiers.
Available for breakfast.
See & Do
Billed by Tatler magazine as The New Notting Hill, Hastings old town is a series of cobbled, winding streets around the fishermen’s houses just off the seafront. A must for a wander, they are littered with antique arcades, junk shops, vintage clothes shops, retro furniture shops and a good selection of bars and restaurants. You'll find the odd vinyl shop and Shoreditch-style bar here, too. Walking tours (including ghost walks) will show you the best of the neighbourhood. Do take one of the funicular cliff railways (the steepest in Britain) for brilliant views across the town and the English Channel.
There's also a Shipwreck museum, a nearby country park – and the heritage sites at nearby Battle, where the famous Battle of Hastings was fought in 1066. You can rent bicycles or arrange horse riding through the front desk.