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“Good standard but has a few downsides” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Seattle
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Brighton Marina, Brighton BN2 5WA, England (Formerly Alias Hotel Seattle)   |  
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Ranked #14 of 45 Hotels in Brighton
Brighton, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
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43 hotel reviews
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74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
“Good standard but has a few downsides”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

The Seattle Hotel is well positioned if you wish to visit the Brighton Marina. It’s right in the centre of the area and although it doesn’t have dedicated, private parking you do receive free parking at the nearby, multi-storey car park which is connected with a boardwalk.

The hotel is modern, clean lines, well lit and welcoming. Our room was not large but spacious enough to feel comfortable, with good facilities, comfortable bed, a view over the rear of the marina and a nice bathroom with powerful shower. My wife and I were only staying for three nights and so the room met all our needs – however there is very little storage space and so a longer stay with more clothes to hang would have been a problem.

Unfortunately the hotel does have a couple of important downsides …. It became clear each evening that the hotel is ‘dog-friendly’. Now, we have nothing against dogs and those of you with dogs will presumably be delighted with this. The problem was that some rather inconsiderate guests left their dogs alone in a bedroom each evening and they barked constantly until about one o’clock in the morning!!!! Occasionally we heard the idiot owner return to the room and casually tell their dogs to be quiet (because as everyone knows, dogs are very intelligent and understand the need to be quiet in a hotel!) Luckily my wife and I had a room at the other end of the corridor and so although annoying, we could get to sleep. For those nearer it must have been unbearable and we were told the following day that there had been many complaints during the night.

The second downside is that the bar area is extremely draughty and cold – so much so that we went out each evening as we felt it was too cold to enjoy a drink and meal in comfort. This of course will be less of an issue in the warmer months but was a problem in snowy February. In fact there is a lovely terrace that overlooks the boats that would be nice to relax on during a sunny summer’s day.

In general though, setting these issues aside, the hotel is good value for money, very welcoming and comfortable (do note that the hotel is a short drive from the centre of Brighton and would only really be walkable on a dry day) and provides an enjoyable stay.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

My partner and I wanted to get married in The Seattle as it's such an awesome looking hotel. The restaurant, the lobby, the corridors - are all decorated so uniquely and the bedrooms are airy, spacious and many have balconies overlooking the marina. Unfortunately the functions rooms were too small for our wedding, so we chose to use the hotel as our backdrop for our engagement shoot.
In regards to the parking - park on the 6th level and cross the bridge. When you see the 1st mermaid, turn left - when you see the 2nd mermaid turn right. Go through the automatic glass doors and up one flight. Easy!
Parking in Brighton is a costly nightmare but it's free in The Marina. The hotel is also a lot newer, cleaner and more modern than most of the hotels in Brighton (trust me, I've looked at most of them for the wedding!)
I really recommend this hotel and look forward to returning.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

As another reviewer commented, it's quite hard to find the entrance, especially if you arrive from the car park across the walkway. (Free parking for hotel guests, which is a great bonus these days.)

My wife had visited before with a girlfriend, and preferred it to the Brighton seafront hotels. However when we got to our room it was small and not well laid out, with a narrow view onto the shared deck that was home to a large number of big coloured plastic blocks (no idea what they were for). Not at all as she remembered. Back at reception they were very helpful, checked her history and found that she had been previously given an upgrade to a king sized room as the first one had smelled of smoke.

So for a small surcharge we opted for a king sized room, and it was SO much better. Huge bed, plenty of space, decent sized bathroom, big TV and best of all a good width of glass giving a much better view of the marina as it was on a higher level. You also get your own balcony with these rooms. Definitely worth paying the extra if you are going to spend much time in your room - which we did as it was freezing cold out with wind and snow and nothing on at the cinema.

The hotel and room decor is quite original and interesting, although some of the room furniture is getting a bit worn.

Breakfast choice and quality was good, but as usual if you leave it until just before closing for cooked food you'll get dried out bacon etc.

We didn't use the hotel restaurant for other meals but there is a good selection of restaurants around the marina.

Would definitely visit again, a much nicer experience than the seafront hotels we have used before.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Little difficult to find the entrance being tucked away in the middle of all the shop and restaurants but when you do find it, it's a delight with very friendly staff and modern pleasing decor. Rooms were small but adequate with not a lot of hanging space. Food was excellent! parking is across the road in a public car park that is well lit and included in the price. Brighton centre is only a 20 minute walk away. The boardwalk adjacent to the hotel has a good selection of bars and restaurants to choose from. Would definitely return.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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163 helpful votes 163 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

We stayed here on a Saturday night and booked two rooms. Its a lovely clean modern hotel, with good size rooms and lovely bathrooms. We arrived an hour before checkin and found that our room was already available which was nice. Car park was free, which is an added bonus. There are buses that run to the city centre but we got a taxi (about £6) into town.

Breakfast was good, with a great selection and choice. Not just your standard fried breakfast

Having never been to the Marina, we were surprised to see a good choice of resturants, with a Weatherspoons, Asda and a few furniture shops.

If we were to come to Brighton again and stay in hotel we would consider this place and recommend to friends.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lymington, United Kingdom
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83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

Stayed one night before a Sunday all day conference I had organized. We arrived at 12.30pm on Saturday, parked for free, and luckily our rooms were available. We lunched at Prezzo before getting a taxi into town to shop. Four of us enjoyed a lovely dinner at the Hotel in the evening. The rooms were excellent and clean, overlooking the Marina. Breakfast was good, especially as it was freshly cooked, rather than a kept warm buffet. The Conference Rooms were perfect for us - coffee/tea breaks were on time and the buffet lunch and cream tea for 45 guests were amazing! It was a perfect venue.

Room Tip: South facing rooms overlook Brighton Marina
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

We have stayed in this hotel 4 or 5 times and really like it. It is spotlessly clean and rooms are lovely. Plenty of water and warm room in winter. The view over the marina is lovely and breakfast is really nice. However the 2 times we have stayed over on a Saturday night have caused us sleepless nights. They obviously are a venue for weddings and parties as the disco music thumps away and then people who have had a lot to drink make a lot of noise in the corridors. Our adjoining rooms occupants decided to run a bath very late which was very noisy. Staff are very friendly and helpful unless you complain about noise. The girl on reception just said 'oh' when we mentioned the noise. We would stay again but ask to be placed as far away from function rooms as possible!

Room Tip: As far away as possible from function room on Saturdays.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Brighton Marina, Brighton BN2 5WA, England (Formerly Alias Hotel Seattle)
Location: United Kingdom > England > East Sussex > Brighton and Hove > Brighton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Business Hotel in Brighton
#12 Romantic Hotel in Brighton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Seattle 3*
Number of rooms: 71
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Hotel Seattle, a contemporary hotel with a big personality on Brighton Marina waterfront. Uniquely located to offer the best views of Brighton Marina. Close enough to make the best of Brighton's vibrant life but also somewhere where you can enjoy a more relaxed environment with great hospitality, fresh & local produce menus & something a little more unique. Seattle is a hotel to explore, sit back and enjoy the day in the lounge, as the boats come and go, or perhaps it will be the retro pop art that will attract you or relax on our terrace and enjoy the buzz of our restaurant during the evening. Our team are a big part of what makes the Seattle experience so unique. You'll find them friendly, welcoming and never shy to help. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Seattle Hotel Brighton
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