Saturday, 4 June 2011


...and true to our promise/threat, you can now keep in touch with us via the social networking site called twitter. Our address is daVinciArtHotel and you can sign up as one of our 'followers' so we can keep you up to date with all of the mundane goings on in our little corner of the world!!!

Thursday, 2 June 2011


On the pretext of dragging ourselves into the 21st century, the hotel now has its own facebook page which you can access at We hope you enjoy our entrance into the technological age...before you know it we'll be setting up on Twitter!!!!

Monday, 30 May 2011

Happy Anniversary

Monday 30th May 2011 and today is the third anniversary of the opening of the hotel. Our blog dated 30/05/08 gives a flavour of the preparations on the day........

Frank is sanding the kitchen ceiling, Heather is hoovering the carpets, Bob is fitting the front door knob, Micaela is preparing the food, Lesley is looking after the rooms, Mary is still hanging pictures, Trevor is fitting the last few electric points and Lorraine is putting the finishing touches to the curtains. Ady is painting the front and the window cleaners arrive and tell me that their pole isn't long enough.

Strange to think that at the time we were excited at the prospect of opening four rooms when we are now just about to open rooms twenty and twenty one. Also, three years later, we have a lift that works (mostly), two breakfast rooms instead of one and our own facebook page.

Of course, we are still not there just yet. We have plans for a new bar at the front, the garden at the back and decisions to make about the kitchen downstairs and whether to offer evening meals. However, we think that we have achieved quite a lot in three years.

Tonight we shall break open a bottle of champagne and toast everyone (guests and staff) who have made these three years so special. A special thank you to Frank who has done such an excellent job as manager. Thanks also to our housekeepers, receptionists, bar staff and maintenance...also to the artists for showing their work here.

A special thanks to the lift engineer who spends most of his working week with us, the contractor who put our showers in the wrong way around, the council for letting us keep our sign and the guest who asked us to cover all the "naughty bits" on our art work so her child would not be shocked.

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Another award for Eastbourne

Eastbourne’s beaches have been commended for their excellent bathing water quality in the latest edition (May 2011) of the Good Beach Guide from the Marine Conservation Society. Eastbourne also managed to beat neighbouring resorts, including Brighton, Hove, Bexhill and Hastings whose beaches only managed to pick up a basic pass. The latest accolade is in addition to the Quality Coast Award which Eastbourne also holds.

Cheaper at the Grand

Under the freedom of information act, Sussex Police tell us that the bill for keeping a suspect in a cell is £359 for the first eight hours and £205 for every eight hours after that.....a suite at the Grand Hotel in Eastbourne costs just £350 and that includes full English breakfast, health club membership and VAT at the standard rate!!