This hotel enjoys a fabulous position overlooking the sea with the added benefit of on-site, reasonably priced parking, although limited.
We were only staying one night so went for a basic room without paying extra for a sea view. Unfortunately, we had to return twice to reception because the "key" didn't work. We were immediately upgraded to a sea view room which showed great customer service. The room we were given originally was accessed through a maze of cramped corridors and doors and probably had no window!!
Our new sea view room was nicely furnished and had probably been refurbished recently - good curtains, carpet and bed linen. However, there was a sign next to the heated towel rail warning us that it was very hot. In fact it was stone cold and we were unable to even turn it on!! My husband wanted a shave and ran the hot tap in the sink for five minutes and the water was still cold! I was told by reception staff that the tap had to be left running for at least ten minutes because of the hotel's ancient plumbing. What a waste of water and why not put up a sign to inform guests of the necessity of doing this.
This sounds like a real moan, but the staff were very nice, the breakfast was enormous and freshly cooked and we would actually stay there again, but would pay the extra for a superior room.
- 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