The Jewish Chronicle - - Life/travel -

EAST­BOURNE may seem like a re­tire­ment home, but on many Satur­day nights, it well and truly rocks.

It did ex­actly that one re­cent au­tum­nal evening when Toploader, a lo­cal group made good, took to the al fresco beach­side band­stand for their come­back gig.

And we saw it all from the bal­cony of this four-star ho­tel on the Grand Pa­rade. Our mod­ern en-suite ex­ec­u­tive room was wrapped around the cor­ner of the strik­ing white façade, al­low­ing spec­tac­u­lar views through large pic­ture win­dows over the beach and the pier.

It was great to be able to raid the mini­bar and watch the show from the com­fort of our own ‘box’.

The af­ter-show party was held in the sea-fac­ing Coronet Bar, lo­cated just be­yond the beige-tiled floor and dark wood of the re­cep­tion area. At least the hang­over was soothed in the spa’s steam aro­mather­apy room.

Over­all, ser­vice and fa­cil­i­ties meet 4-star ex­pec­ta­tions, al­though do watch out if you’re tak­ing drinks up the lift. It stops with a jolt. The free Wi-Fi is re­ally handy, and £4 buys you se­cure park­ing round the back. Bar snacks were sur­pris­ingly unin­spired (mainly run-of-the mill sand­wiches), though drinks are rea­son­ably priced and their Moven­pick ice-cream a treat.

If we had stayed an­other night, we could have dined on in­ter­na­tional cui­sine at the Marine restau­rant be­neath its orig­i­nal ball­room ceil­ing, perched on red vel­vet chairs to the sounds of the res­i­dent pi­anist. And the show from our ‘box?’ A Neil Sedaka trib­ute.

The Cavendish: four stars, sea-front lo­ca­tion and a pri­vate box from which to watch the bands

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