I stayed in this hotel for two nights in April so I could run the Brighton marathon. I really liked the hotel which looks nice and as a bit of a history buff I was very interested to read the history of the hotel however we unfortunately had a comedy of errors which ruined the relaxing marathon build up I was hopeful for.
Our adventure started after walking to the hotel from the station in the pouring rain (and no I don't blame the hotel for that rather I wanted to explain that we were all a little tetchy when we arrived.) We checked in and it all seemed to be OK but when we got to our room our key wouldn't work and it sounded like there were people in there. I left my wife and daughter in the hall and rushed back down to reception - unfortunately we had to wait behind someone who was booking in 17 rooms, eventually I managed to get someone's attention and they confirmed our room number and asked if I would go back up to check, I went back up and knocked on the door and sure enough there was someone else already there. I returned to reception who said they had called the room and that the people in there were from the wrong room - would have been nice if they had phoned before I went up there! We then had to wait in reception whilst they found us another room which was trying with a wet and angry 3 year old but eventually we got a new room so that was OK.
The worst thing was just the noise from the street, I know the hotel has been there long before the ignoramuses who think screaming in the street is acceptable as that seems to be the default for modern Brighton some double glazing would be appreciated.
Other small niggles were that the toiletries were not replenished and when we asked for them they asked us to collect them from reception, the floor in the restaurant was still dirty from dinner when we went in for breakfast and when they checked us out I had to argue with them to get them to charge me for our room service, which all just added to the feeling that they didn't know what they are doing.
So I would recommend this hotel if you are going out drinking but if you are after a quiet nights sleep you may want to stay away from the sea front.
- Also Known As:
- Old Ship Hotel Brighton
- Barcelo Brighton
- 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 free 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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