This is a classic old seafront family hotel, renovated to look like a classic old seafront family hotel! The floorboards creak, the furniture's freestanding not built-in, and the restaurant's in the basement.... just like you remember as a kid at the seaside...
The location's very good, just down the seafront from the Grand, so unless you're visiting with elderly relatives everywhere from North Laines to the pier is easily walkable. The seafront is quite a busy road so there's some street noise, and on weekend evenings the London clubbers are out all night - not a real nuisance unless you're hypersensitive to noise, but equally don't expect unadulterated sounds-of-the-sea as your background music.
Check-in was fine, quick friendly and efficient. I'd booked a superior room (all that was left - you select your room on the website as you book) which was big and overlooked the seafront (right in front of the shell of the old West pier, in fact). The bed was soft but comfortable enough, there was tea/coffee facilities, and a big bathroom with a jacuzzi bath (but only a hand-held shower). There was plenty of hot water, although (on a typical English June day) some background heating would have been nice. The theme of the room was art deco so the furniture was original and memorable! There was good wi-fi throughout the hotel, free and easy to log on.
Breakfast was very good - a wide choice of hot food, and a modest buffet. The coffee was good and free flowing. The waitresses all seemed to be language students, practising their English. One particularly cute Chinese girl managed to construct a whole conversation around refilling my coffee cup - always helps to start the day with an inner smile!
So if you want cookie-cutter rooms, a nice new building, and a frequent-stay programme, you'll regret staying here. Otherwise... a great hotel for a fun seaside break!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on the seafront opposite Brighton's historic West Pier, The Granville is a boutique hotel with 24 eclectic bespoke rooms, individually themed from Minimalist to Art Deco, Japanese and Gothic.The Granville Hotel is just a 5-minute walk from shops, restaurants and on the doorstep of many clubs. The rooms have a luxurious bathroom, some with a spa bath or corner bath. Many of the bedrooms have a superb view across the coastline.All of the rooms are furnished with a TV and DVD/CD player. Complimentary broadband wireless internet access is available in all rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Granville Hotel Brighton