Normally when I go to Brighton I stay at the Jurys Inn as it's next to the station and good value for money. On this occasion it was full and I was booked into the Thistle.
As I arrived on foot it was a 15 minute walk from the station but on a sunny June evening it was a good opportunity to pick a restaurant for dinner as there are dozens close to the hotel.
On arrival the outside is quite dated and I'm sorry to say that when entering from the sea front side of the hotel the experience is quite underwhelming as you walk into an empty lobby area with no signage for reception etc. A short walk up the stairs with your cases and you can find the reception in a large open airy space rising 4 floors to the ceiling.
Checkin was easy enough, though despite requesting a wake up call it didn't happen. Luckily I set an alarm on my phone.
The hotel hints and the high quality one would associate with the Thistle name, but I can't help but feel the Brighton thistle started to let this slip a few years ago as there is a feeling that the fixtures and fittings are rather worn over the years.
The room itself is pleasant enough. Though the dark finish furniture may have fallen from current styles the hotel has done a good job of updating the soft furnishings to give a clean and quality feel about it.
The bathroom is your basic hotel no frills installation but was nice and clean.
My room was on the back of the hotel over looking the town hall, not as grand as you might imagine, so I set off quickly to find a meal. There is an excellent Japanese restaurant facing the town hall and adjacent to the hotel. A large meal and drink was a bit under £25.
Sadly the pool closes at 8pm so I kept that for the morning.
One thing that really lets the room down is the TV service. The TV unit itself was a decent Phillips LCD one, however unlike the Jurys Inn which offers freeview in every room the Thistle has basic selection of a few channels supplied to the room, sadly all in very poor reception with static etc. Also not using a digital service means no TV guide either, so if you've got a laptop computer you may prefer to watch something on that instead.
In the morning the Gym and Pool open at 7am. The leisure club is quite small - a length of the pool is about 4 to 6 strokes for a competent swimmer (roughly 10 metres). There is however a steam room and sauna as well.
Breakfast was excellent. The selection was fresh, hot, good quality and the staff doing an excellent job.
Finally check out again easy enough, just a little wait as the reception desk seems a touch short staffed.
On the whole a good hotel but in my opinion a touch pricey as the quality possibly doesn't meet the expectation for the Thistle name.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- As relaxed and easy-going as the city itself, Thistle Brighton is situated directly on the seafront and just a short stroll from the Pier, with some of the South’s best shopping, theatre and entertainment also within walking distance. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Brighton Hotel In Thistle
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