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The Shelleys

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Step off the historic High Street in the beautiful county town of Lewes and into the peaceful tranquility of The Shelleys; an elegantly sublime 17th Century, family-run, country house hotel. The Shelleys offers discreet service, with high standards, within a uniquely calm ambience, with friendly staff who anticipate your every need. With nineteen luxury boutique rooms, all en-suite, each designed and decorated to reflect our Georgian origins and fitted with a television and Wi-Fi access; The Shelleys perfectly combines English tradition with contemporary luxury. Dating back to 1588, The Shelleys is a grade II* listed property – falling into the 4% bracket viewed as a “particularly important building of more than special interest” by English Heritage… Located close to Brighton and Eastbourne, this East Sussex hotel is the perfect venue for a change of scene. Whether it’s a weekend of rest and relaxation, a romantic break, or a base from which to explore the surrounding historical town and South Downs, you’ll find your every need is anticipated at The Shelleys. The a la carte lunch and dinner menu is available in the stylish award-winning Apostrophe Restaurant or on the brick-paved terrace overlooking our beautiful gardens. Morning Coffee & Afternoon Tea, Drinks and Bar Lunches are also available throughout the day.
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This time when visiting Lewes we booked into Shelleys, hoping it was a bit better to the last place we stayed. A couple of things attracted us, one was the parking and the other the central location. Our room was almost in what you could describe as an annex, where you went
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Response from SteveT258Hove, Manager at The Shelleys
Responded 4 weeks ago
We appreciate your choosing the hotel and your appreciation of the many charms of such an august building It is heartening that you would consider staying again and perhaps next time, trying a room in the oldest part of the hotel would give you a different perspective Meanwhile, please accept our best wishes for the Festive season
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This was a lovely place to stay. The room was clean and spacious, in a historic building, with really friendly and helpful staff. Excellent value and a great place, would definitely come back here and recommend as a play to stay in Lewes.
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Response from SteveT258Hove, Manager at The Shelleys
Responded 3 Dec 2018
Thank you for this brilliant review; it has December off to the best of starts. Needless to say we are very much looking forward to your next visit
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Our stay did not start too well. We arrived at 2.30 and waited by the reception desk with another couple until the receptionist had finished a lengthy phone conversation. Not once did she acknowledge by so much as a glance that she was aware of our presence, and when she
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Response from SteveT258Hove, Manager at The Shelleys
Responded 22 Nov 2018
The overall 'score' here seems somewhat out of kilter with the warmth of the majority of this critique and is disappointing as a result. Of course we are sorry this guest felt let down in part To be clear however there was no "staffing crisis" with the team relishing the challenge of 'multi-tasking' for as one of our regulars averred only the other day "the devil makes work for idle hands". Short term staff sickness is something all businesses have to live with and we are heartened that whilst your room may not quite have been ready you were offered a warm beverage and had the chance to take a walk around our beautiful town, after what must have been a demanding journey from the West Country
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Quaint but a bit quirky, friendly staff, and a superb breakfast. The room was large, clean and quiet and the common areas comfortable and welcoming. A great hotel, I would definitely recommended it for a visit
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Response from SteveT258Hove, Manager at The Shelleys
Responded 18 Nov 2018
Thank you so much...your positive recommendation means a great deal and you were a delightful guest. Hopefully we can see you again before too long
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Our new favourite hotel. We had a superior room (£145/night) which was very spacious with lovely en suite, a seriously powerful shower and a walk in wardrobe. Bed was very comfortable. We loved the traditional English decor which is genuine and old fashioned - it reminded us
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Response from SteveT258Hove, Manager at The Shelleys
Responded 17 Nov 2018
What a lovely review and thank you so much for this crackingly good critique. The hotel are so happy as a result and are very much looking forward to0 your next visit
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Dirty scummed up tiles
Cheap plastic toilet seat which moved when sat on
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Thank you for this question. Shelleys is around 30 miles from LGW and no doubt Uber or better yet the mytaxi app will be able to help. Of course the hotel will be pleased to help you book a taxi too
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"Superior room strongly recommended."
"Stay away from the front rooms - they are right on the noisy street!"
"overlooking garden"
"Quieter at the back but that didn't bother us!"
"All rooms are excellent and all have Wifi"
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PRICE RANGE
US$88 - US$288 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
United KingdomEnglandLewes
NUMBER OF ROOMS
19
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