The Grand Hotel, affectionately known as ‘The White Palace’, stands imperiously at the Western end of Eastbourne’s King Edward’s Parde.

The Grand Hotel, was purpose built in 1875 with a 400 feet wide frontage in a superb position facing the sea, with views of Beachy Head, surrounded by ornamental gardens and tennis courts. The hotel dates back to the era when the great and the good took their holidays by the sea, sometimes months at the time, taking with them their entire staff. Debussy completed his symphony ‘Le Mer’ in Suite 200 in 1905. The Grand  Hotel Orchestra broadcasted live on BBC from the Great Hall every Sunday night from 1924 to 1939 on the programme “Grand Hotel” and Dennis Potter, whose Cream In My Coffee was filmed there, called it ‘a huge, creamy palace’.  

During the Second World War, it became a military headquarters.

During the Second World War, it became a military headquarters before returning to hotel use in 1965 and being taken over by our clients Elite Hotels in 1998 who proceeded with a complete refurbishment of the building which now provides luxury 5-star accommodation, with 152 rooms, many of which overlook the sea.

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