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The Hydro Hotel is an oceanside wedding venue situated in Eastbourne, East Sussex, offering panoramic views from its magnificent clifftop location 121 feet above sea level. With award-winning manicured gardens, its elevated setting, and truly inspiring views of Beachy Head, this impressive hotel is ideal for hosting indoor and outdoor weddings. The venue’s experienced event coordinators and lavish catering team will ensure that you receive quality service throughout your day. With the finest cuisine and unrivalled views, the Hydro Hotel promises to give you a wedding experience you and your guests can cherish for years to come.

Facilities and Capacity

This elite venue offers an array of wedding sites to accommodate any indoor or outdoor wedding plans. Revealed in 2017, their Coastal Terrace is an exquisite space tailor-made for sunkissed occasions. Nestled in the heart of the hotel’s private gardens, this stone-tilled terrace features a custom-made dome with open sides and some of the best views of the property. You can invite as many as 80 seated guests to witness your vows as the white chalk cliffs lie just beyond. Featuring a private balcony overlooking the English Channel, the Wedgwood Ballroom is a wonderful option for an indoor ceremony. With its traditional decor and classic chandeliers, the ballroom can be used to host an elegant wedding breakfast for up to 70 guests. Smaller weddings can enjoy the intimate interiors of The Drawing Room while The Garden Suite boasts the hotel’s largest space. Within this light and airy function room, you can enjoy your own bar, reception area, cloakroom, and exclusive private terrace overlooking the ocean. This space is uniquely versatile and can accommodate up to 100 guests for either an elaborate wedding breakfast or an unforgettable evening reception. The hotel also offers 82 incredible 4-star rooms for you and your guests with a selection of lounges to kick back and relax in throughout your stay.

Services Offered

The Hydro Hotel strives to provide only the best in wedding experiences and offers a selection of bespoke wedding packages to suit all sizes and budgets. Their Sussex package is their most comprehensive and contains a host of tantalizing services designed to elevate your special day including:

  • Red carpet on arrival
  • A three-course wedding breakfast
  • Coffee and petit fours
  • A bedroom suite for the wedding couple
  • Dedicated wedding coordinator
  • Evening buffet and banquet manager
  • Private evening bar
  • Complimentary menu taste testing for the to-be-weds
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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

Coastal weddings
Large hotel
Outdoor license

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities
In-house catering

Evening entertainment:

Dance floor
Entertainment licence
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple
Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue staff assistance:

Master of ceremonies/toastmaster
Wedding coordinator

Venue leisure facilities:

Swimming pool

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
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100% Recommended by couples
Emma H. Sent on 13/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

fantastic well worth it

Cant fault them from start to fhinsh , beatuful place . great building plenty of spaces for the older generation to chill if needed . great service through out
Alexandra W. Sent on 10/06/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Magical Wedding Day

The Hydro is an absolutely amazing venue! Views over the sea and the outdoor lawns and gardens make you feel like you’re having a destination wedding. We loved it and our guests loved it. Guests said it was the best wedding food they had ever had and the service was impeccable. Thanks to Jonathan, Angie, Julie, Francois, Julian & the whole team who from day 1 of planning made the process seamless and stress free. The other thing we liked about getting married here was that it isn’t solely a wedding venue. We didn’t feel like we were part of something commercial. It felt so much more personal. In addition to this you do get many of the function rooms for your own use so it also feels private too.

I would definitely recommend a stay in the Downlands suite for a few nights the views are stunning and it’s a lovely room to get ready in for a bride! The hair and make up I had for the day said it was one of the most beautiful venues they had ever visited.

We felt it was very good value for money as well considering what you get included and the quality of the food & service.

Thanks again to everyone at the Hydro you really did make our wedding dreams come true!!
Ricky Sent on 15/08/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Our very 'casual' amazing wedding

We found the Hydro Hotel just by chance, on an unplanned weekend away.
The moment we walked into this gem, we looked at each other….and said “This is it!”
It’s unique ‘Step back in time’ décor, to the breath-taking views of the sea from the beautiful terrace, there was only one choice. We booked the date that day.
From our initial meeting with Angie, the hotel listened to every word we said. They pulled out every stop, and left no stone unturned to make sure they fulfilled our wishes. Right up to our weekend, we were consulted and informed every step of the way.
On the Friday, the Team kept the 70 guests happy with their rooms, breakfast on Saturday was full of compliments.
Thank you to the amazing Julian for his organisation on ‘the day’ from the absolutely stunning reception room, the ceremony venue outside, to just keeping me calm.
Their timings were perfect…Drinks on the Terrace at 5pm, A delicious hot/cold buffet (which seemed) endless at 5:30pm
Our ceremony was at 7pm -we then partied (heavily!!) until 12.
Every single one of our guests were overwhelmed and complimentary with the whole ‘relaxed’ day of No Suits, “ it was perfect in every single way” (quote)
Thank you, Jonathan and your amazing team, for really making our wedding ‘just perfect’, you all really went above and beyond.
As we walked away on Sunday, looked at each other and said “we wouldn’t have changed a thing” x
Janine Sent on 31/08/2019
5 out of 5 rating

A great day for my dad and his new bride!!

My dad and his new bride had a lovely day at the Hydro. The staff were fantastic and nothing was too much for them to organise. They helped with planning the room and they day went without a hitch. Food was lovely and had a great day.
Tony Sent on 15/08/2019
5 out of 5 rating

wedding 26 July 2019

We looked at numerous venues in Eastbourne early in 2018 and only the Hydro came up trumps with its level of service and professionalism.
The weather on the wedding day morning was inclement but around 1.30pm the skies cleared and with the amazing work done by Hydro staff in setting out and drying chairs, erecting decorations, we were able to have our dream wedding outside in the pagoda overlooking the sea at 2pm
The reception was first class with lovely food which our 75 guests enjoyed and throughout the day and evening the level of service from all the staff was impeccable. Special thanks to Jonathan and Angie.
It was excellent value and worth every penny and we have no hesitation in highly recemending the Hydro for your wedding
Caroline Sent on 07/07/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Magical day by the sea- a step back in time

The Hydro team did our wedding 30 years ago and was the first choice for us for a family wedding between 2 people with learning difficulties and autism that we needed to arrange. Angie headed up the organisations and made everything sound easy and possible. The Garden suite was laid out perfectly accommodating 2 wheelchairs and lots of space for all of our guests who could use the patio attached or wander off onto the lawn overlooking the sea.
We had the ceremony outside and it felt like something from a movie, luckily with the hot weather, we felt we could have been on the continent as well. The whole day went smoothly, the hotel even accommodated a much loved family dog and lots of people wanting to have breakfast together the next day to extend the magic.
We could not fault the location, staff, beauty of the setting and magical feel that the day produced.
A special mention should also go to the kitchen staff who produced very tasty food, we had a trio of melon sprinkled with mango- very refreshing, then roast chicken with the trimmings and a heavenly chocolate gooey cheesecake with ice-cream - delicious.
Many special memories have been made.
With many many thanks.
Anonymous Sent on 01/07/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Hydro Hotel Perfect

We would like to say thank you to everyone at the Hydro Hotel Eastbourne for making our Afternoon Wedding Tea a truly special day. The room we had our Tea in was laid out perfectly the gardens were stunning for the photos and our waiters kept our guest topped up with drinks. We had an over night stay in a truly fabulous room, evening dinner and breakfast was first class.
If you are looking for a stunning venue with great views of the sea and first class service and amazing staff then this is the venue for you.
Thank you again Hydro for making our afternoon wedding tea very special.
Lisa Sent on 23/06/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Rachel and Matt Jeffreys' Wedding

I would like to say that our experience at Hydro Hotel was second to none. The staff at the hotel were excellent, they created exactly what we wanted on the wedding tables. They went out of their way to match the place settings with the food, writing on spare place settings I had left. They looked after my elderly parents, who really appreciated being able to have a coffee whenever they liked.
The Hydro Hotel made our daughter's day very special, which we can remember always, Thank You
Rachel Sent on 23/06/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Jeffreys June Wedding

The whole day was very well organised, as a result of countless emails from us to the team and a number of meetings in person. They were incredibly accommodating in the lead up to the day and on the day itself; happily making a curry buffet for our wedding breakfast and even bringing in cobra beers! Many guests complimented us on the venue for the lovely hotel, gardens, and staff. The price was also very reasonable, especially with all the extras included; would definitely recommend for anyone's special day.
Rachel Sent on 23/06/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Jeffreys June Wedding

The whole day was very well organised, as a result of countless emails from us to the team and a number of meetings in person. They were incredibly accommodating in the lead up to the day and on the day itself; happily making a curry buffet for our wedding breakfast and even bringing in cobra beers! Many guests complimented us on the venue for the lovely hotel, gardens, and staff. The price was also very reasonable, especially with all the extras included; would definitely recommend for anyone's special day.
Adam Sent on 23/06/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Rachel's Wedding 16 June 2019

My daughter Rachel Jeffreys (nee Mills) was married at the Hydro hotel in Eastbourne on Sunday 16 June. The service we received was excellent and the whole day was perfectly organised and went without a hitch.

Everything about the day was organised to perfection and the service from everyone at the hotel was absolutely faultless and above and beyond any of our expectations. They were particularly helpful in setting up the room and in ushering my daughter and I through the day's formal proceedings.

The food was wonderful and plentiful. My daughter had chosen curry for the wedding breakfast and it was a lot better than meals I have had in Indian restaurants.

In the evening there was a huge array and variety of sandwiches and other food.

It really was a most memorable day in a most beautiful setting which we will always remember. I cannot recommend this venue highly enough for anyone considering getting married here.
Nick Sent on 16/06/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Our wedding day 8th June 2019

The Hydro hotel has been a hotel that my now husband Nick and family has been coming to for many years. As soon as we saw the coastal terrace it stole our hearts and we just knew the wedding had to be here.
From our first meeting with Jonathon (manager) in 2017 to arriving the day before the wedding everything was great.
The hotel is so welcoming and comfortable as well as excellent service from all staff.
Our wedding day was exactly what we had dreamt of and our friends and family loved it. The fact everyone can stay, the rooms are lovely clean and comfortable and guests finish with beautiful breakfast.
Duty managers and staff set up the room exactly how we had imagined and the whole day just flowed so well. Nothing was too much and we had enough freedom to make the day individual to us.

We can’t thank Jonathon and the team enough.

Mr & Mrs Moss
Katy Sent on 11/06/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding reception at the Hydro

We held our wedding reception in the beautiful Garden suite of the Hydro Hotel in April this year, and I can honestly say it was the most wonderful day. The hotel, rooms and grounds are all elegant and beautiful, the food was delicious and the service impeccable. The staff were all polite and helpful, and those involved with our wedding went above and beyond to ensure our day was perfect. nothing was too much trouble. I would not hesitate to recommend the Hydro hotel to anyone considering a visit. The afternoon tea was especially delicious, and the stunning grounds overlooking the sea are perfect for capturing those special photos!
Linda Sent on 20/06/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Fabulous Easter Wedding

We chose the Hydro Hotel in 2017 for our wedding for the lovely building and beautiful gardens. At that time the outside setting, The Coastal Terrace, did not exist so we were thrilled when it made an outside wedding a possibility. We had many meetings at the hotel as we gradually organised our perfect wedding. The hotel were very accommodating making little changes to tailor everything to our wishes. We had guests coming from Australia, Sweden and all over the UK so we had over 60 room nights booked for the weekend. We were in constant touch with the hotel checking the bookings list with the result that all guests had problem free stays. We had the Downland Suite for 3 days and it was superb. On the wedding morning I was able to look out of the suites window and see the Terrace being set up in the beautiful sunshine. The wedding ceremony was unforgettable and the gardens and sea provided a stunning backdrop for our photos. Our wedding breakfast for 56 was served without a hitch and our guests praised the delicious meal. Our evening reception in the Garden Suite with disco and substantial buffet was very enjoyable ending a perfect day. We had started the weekend with a drinks reception for the 40 of us staying the night before the wedding and had a family meal on the Sunday. The whole weekend was brilliant and we cannot praise the staff highly enough for all the effort they put in to give us the most memorable wedding. We highly recommend the Hydro for anyone wishing their dream wedding to become a reality.
David Sent on 11/06/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Mr & Mrs Green - Wedding

We had a fantastic wedding reception at The Hydro Hotel, all the team throughout the day were more than happy to go above and beyond in accommodating our needs and requirements.

We were able to go into the venue the day before to dress the room including our centre pieces plus drop of all our wedding gifts for our family which were stored away securely for us overnight.

We had red carpet on arrival to The Hydro Hotel which was a lovely touch and a private area for our guests to relax and socialise.

The food was faultless, delicious and well presented with each guest complimenting us on how lovely the food was.

The hotel, at very short notice was happy to put together and cater for an additional guest who had specific dietary requirements.

We would like to pass on our special thanks to Francois for his attentiveness on our special day.

Each and every room that we had pre-booked for our family and close friends was presented to a very high standard and was extremely comfortable.

Overall, Katherine and I would not hesitate to recommend The Hydro Hotel, especially as a Wedding Venue.
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