Hastings is a trek to get to from London. To make it for a 9 am conference you have to leave at silly o’clock and the round trip each day, of 5 -6 hours, can get exhausting. Not to mention that the Hastings service isn’t the most frequent and it departs from a number of stations; Waterloo East, Charing Cross, Victoria and St Pancras, often within minutes of each other. so if you miss one train there isn’t time to get across to one of the other stations to catch another one.
If you have a hearing at Hastings courts which is listed for more than two days, my advice is stay over.
The Swan house B+B Hill Street in the old town is one of the best bed and breakfast places you’ll find anywhere. It was first recommended to me by a Children’s Guardian I was working with and I’ve not stayed anywhere else in the town since.
The en suite rooms offer every comfort and the owners are both wonderfully welcoming and kind. (They remember you too when you return as you inevitably will once you’ve had the Swan treatment).
The lounge with its log fireplace and library is a delight to relax in after dinner and in the morning the delicious range of home cooked breakfasts are also served there.
Free parking permits are available.