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The Old Ship Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Kings Road, Brighton BN1 1NR, England   |  
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Ranked #19 of 45 Hotels in Brighton
London, England, United Kingdom
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5 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Very Happy”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Stayed here for one night in a standard double room. The room was very clean and confortable with all the needed features i.e tea and coffee, hair dryer, tv. The bed was very comfortable and the bathroom was lovely!

GREAT value for money and directly opposite the sea. Only complaints are that the lift was very old and slow, but did its job. And the corridoors were a bit grubby. Other than that the hotel reception area was lovely, room was fantastic and staff were very friendly. Would definently stay here again :)

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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PW-GeneralManager, General Manager at The Old Ship Hotel, responded to this review, January 29, 2013
Thank you for your review.

I was pleased you enjoyed your stay. As we are now part of the Puma Hotel Colleciton we will be commencing refurbishment works shortly including all corridors.

I look forward to welcoming you back again.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013 via mobile

You can not fault the hotels location, right on the sea front!!! The staff are also incredibly friendly and helpful!!! However, do not stay here if u want to sleep!!! It is currently 2am and the noise coming through the non double glazed windows is horrendous!!!! Screaming, shouting, car horns!!! I have a small baby and I amazed she is still asleep!!! It is going to be a very long night!!!! Wish someone had warned me about the noise problem b4 I bOoked!!! It's cheap but for a gd nights sleep I would happily have paid more!!!!

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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PW-GeneralManager, General Manager at The Old Ship Hotel, responded to this review, January 29, 2013
Thank you for your review

I am sorry you were distrubed from guests outside the hotel.
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Hythe, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Great location but extremely noisy if you are at the front due to drunks from nightclubs going home! still shouting and screaming at 05.30hrs. Dont pay for sea view if you want a quiet nights sleep, ask for room at the back! dont go to American Diner on the corner after show. On door closing time is 22.30hrs. We were all turned away at 21.55hrs! obviouslly not worried about taking money.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service

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PW-GeneralManager, General Manager at The Old Ship Hotel, responded to this review, January 29, 2013
Thank you for your review.

I am sorry if people outside the hotel disturbed your stay. The Diner is not ours so I cannot comment on this.
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Really liked the Old Ship, I managed to secure a great rate via TravelRepublic and was more than happy with everything on offer. From the chap who checked me in, which was very efficient. Having booked online, I literally had to show my confirmation and was then given my room key and on my way.

The lift to the rooms is via the bar which was spacious enough for this size of hotel. One gripe possibly is that there seemed to be only one rickety old lift, this was fine but my room was on the 4th floor and I did find it easier sometimes to walk up and down rather than wait around.

The rooms were fine, spacious and you can pay for a sea-view I didn't this time around as I wasn't planning on spending too much time in there. The free wi-fi is a bonus, it's a little patchy in its connectivity, that said it's free and was adequate.

Sound enough sleep, no noise and this was at the weekend so really pleased with that. The breakfast was fantastic, really good selection of juices, cereals, bread and hot food that included sausages, mushrooms, bacon, egg, beans, hash browns and much more.

Well worth the money and if you shop around and get a good deal then even better. I have stayed in a good few hotels in Brighton now and this is definitely up there with the best in terms of value.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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PW-GeneralManager, General Manager at The Old Ship Hotel, responded to this review, January 29, 2013
Thank you ever so much for your review

I was pleased that you enjoyed your stay including the free wifi

We very much look forward to welcoming you back
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

We've been coming to this hotel every couple of years and in fact got married here in 2010. We were interested to see what it would be like with the change to Puma hotels. So here are the positives and the negatives

+ives: Service excellent. I enquired whether there were any shoeshine kits available. On being told no, the member of staff (who might well have been the manager) said he'd go out and get one for me. The lady on breakfasts remains the same - a lovely cheerful lady who adds a lot of character. The breakfasts are also still very nice (soya milk was provided on request, always a good sign). The sea view remains of course stunning.

Not so +ives: The refurb in the downstairs restaurant looks really tacky due to its design (think seaside postcard images stencilled on the windows so you can't see in from outside)
I can't speak for the food which may well be wonderful, although I noticed they've got rid of the interesting tea selection and just do bog standard twinings (with no earl grey - shock!)
The rooms also need refurbishing which I think is happening now so it remains to be seen what they will be like. Lower floor sea view rooms noisy but of course there's nothing that can be done about that (apart from double glazing).

We had a nice time but the noisy room/lack of a refurb and apparent loss of character (even though the previous character was boutique flaky - how many times did they lose our reservations?) means 3 out of 5. Hopefully these are just teething problems and hopefully when we return, we'll get character and service.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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PW-GeneralManager, General Manager at The Old Ship Hotel, responded to this review, January 29, 2013
Thank you for your review following your stay with us.

Im a pleased you enjoyed breakfast. Steak on Sea was initially launched in the summer last year and since then has been under review and tweeks made. Am now pleased to confirm that the stencils have also now gone.

Bedroom refurbishment starts soon and hope we can welcome you back again soon.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

We stayed in this hotel for one night. It was an excellent deal and I would really recommend it. The service was very friendly and the breakfast great. Our room was spacious and very pleasant. The only slight negative was the noise from the side street as the room did not have doubel glazing. It was not a noisy night but I guess this could have been different!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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PW-GeneralManager, General Manager at The Old Ship Hotel, responded to this review, January 15, 2013
Thank you for your review.

As part of our plans for 2013 we are trialling accoustic glass which should help the noise. As a listed building double glazing windows are currently not an option/

Glad however you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you back
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Hastings, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

Nice hotel, nice rooms and great staff...
Our only grumble which really bampered our stay was that even with the heating full on - the room was freezing!
Great location mind you- minutes from queens road which brings you central to every thing. And another short walk to the peir.
Rooms clean but the tiles very cold under foot in the bathroom.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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PW-GeneralManager, General Manager at The Old Ship Hotel, responded to this review, January 15, 2013
Thank you for your review.

I am sorry you found the room cold. Unfortunately we do not have under floor heating in the bathrooms.

We are in a great locaiton for visiting Brighton and hope to welcome you back again.

Regards
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Address: Kings Road, Brighton BN1 1NR, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > East Sussex > Brighton and Hove > Brighton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Brighton
#7 Luxury Hotel in Brighton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — The Old Ship Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 154
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:
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