Having arrived in Brighton and then decided against my pre-booked hotel, I was so pleased with the warm welcome I received from the owner of Brighton Beach Hotel. He did have a single room with shower but hesitated offering it to me as it was situated on the fourth floor but offered me the key to inspect before booking in. The room was really charming, well equipped, nicely furnished and had a view overlooking beach and pier. Everything I wanted - apart from the 67 stairs. However I reasoned that once my suitcase was there, the stairs would do me good. There were only three rooms on this floor and as both the others were ensuite it meant the toilet was practically just for me. The rates were very reasonable too and although there was the customary increase of tariff on Friday and Saturday nights, I thought it really value for money.
Breakfast (Full English or Continental) was most enjoyable but sometimes language differences meant waiting staff didn't always understand the "variations" of the Full English that I ordered. However, they were always friendly and polite and strived to get things right. Throughout my stay I was always met with friendliness and a willingness to get things right - from the owner right down to the chamber maid.
When a single full ensuite room lower down became vacant it was offered to me , and I was able to change and this one too had seaviews - all at no extra cost. Marvellous. The Parking for 12 cars was another welcome feature of this seafront hotel.
To be strictly honest the individual rooms, although very comfortable, could do with having some money spent on them and possibly being updated a bit. The public areas were fresh and clean - in fact the whole house smelt fresh - and there was a comfortable lounge with a large TV (handy as World Cup football was on).
Having got to this hotel by default, as it were, I couldn't have picked a more suitable place if I'd tried and a return visit will be on the cards.