Spent an overnighter at the Old Ship, almost 28 years to the day from our wedding night stay. It is beginning to get tired, the elevator is very small and a little jumpy, the garage parking rather tight and antiquated. However, the room was clean, bright and very comfy if a little cramped. We had a sea view room which was not such a good choice. The wind ratlled the windows all night and the revellers from the beach side pubs were very noisey until the early hours. A small point but the bathroom did not have an air extractor with the associated problems. Service was fine apart from when ordering tea and criossant for breakfast and we were told that criossants were not available and if we wanted tea we should make it with the coffee maker in the room. This is not what we wanted. We were asked if we wanted a paper in the morning and then we were charged for it but I understatnd that this is not uncommon in the UK. There was free WIFI in the room which all worked fine. For a night or two I would recommend it but not for an extended stay. The attached restaurant had a very limited menue but there are a large and varied number of establishments close by. It was nice going back after so many years but not sure I would go again.
BTW take care with the entrance revolving doors. They are very small and with luggage can be a problem. I had the unfortunate experience of having the following panel push me in the back as I entered which pushed my face into the edge of the outside stationary section. I had a very bruised nose and forehead and actually had to sit down for a while to get over the dizzyness.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The four-star Old Ship Hotel is a historic Georgian hotel with 154 bedrooms, 49 of which overlook Brighton's famous beach, that also has chargeable onsite parking for up to 50 cars. Just a 5-minute walk from Brighton Pier, The Lanes and the city's bars and restaurants, previous guests have included an array of royalty, aristocracy, artists and musicians, such as Charles II & Paganini. Enjoy classic British dishes in the Steak-on-Sea Restaurant, or private dining in the 400-year-old cellars, and drinks on the Al Fresco Bar Terrace on the promenade, before heading out for top-class entertainment in the theatres and clubs. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Old Ship Hotel Brighton
- Barcelo Brighton