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“The bed creaks in room 5 but overall, excellent.” 5 of 5 stars
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The Griffin Guest House
14, Madeira Place, Brighton BN2 1TN, England   |  
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Ranked #11 of 95 Brighton B&B and Inns
Ascot, United Kingdom
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“The bed creaks in room 5 but overall, excellent.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

This is a great place, I'd definitely stay again. I meant to mention that the double bed in room 5 creaks loudly with every movement before I left - sleep quality was a bit rubbish because of it (WD-40 perhaps?) but everything else was great. Lovely hosts, fantastic dog, great location and excellent value for three friends sharing. And apart from the bed, it was very quiet, we didn't see anyone else apart from at breakfast even though the place was fully booked. We did wish that the fruit at breakfast came on a side plate however, maybe while you wait, as fruit on the same plate as an (excellent) fry up is a bit of an acquired taste. Overall however, practically perfect.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

Warm welcome. Lovely chill out room, roof terrace. The rooms are fairly compact as is the shower room. The breakfasts are amazing. Complimentary bottle of plonk. Chockies on bed. Great location. I really hope that we can get in here for Pride next year!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Desborough England
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4 hotel reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

Attractive room with modern en suite, comfy bed, good quality toiletries and towels, and a flake chocolate bar! Everything seemed to have been thought of, iron, hair dryer and coffee/tea making facilities. (nice biscuits too) The situation was great and the hosts welcoming and fun. Excellent breakfasts served with a smile. Would highly recommend.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Bedfordshire
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

Last year's four-night stay at The Griffin was so good that it was inevitable that my mate and I would choose it again as the base for our annual record-buying expedition. The good news is that our stay was just as good as last year's. The bad news? There is no bad news.
Kieran and Chris run a welcoming, relaxed, friendly guest house, and even though we arrived well before check-in time, our room was ready and Chris was pleased to book us in. Our twin room was spotlessly clean, and the toiletries and chocolate were a nice touch, and while two bulky pensioners, a double bed and a single bed could have made things crowded, we never found it a problem.
The shower room, although small, made the best use of available space, with a large shower cubicle. TIP: if you're a bloke, bring an electric razor -- when you wet shave, you WILL bang your head on the mirror over the wash basin while wetting your face! :o)
Breakfast is excellent -- Chris prepares it in front of you and, yes, pieces of fruit in the fry-up DO work. There is no shortage of coffee, tea and toast top-ups either. In fact, on a couple of days we were able to skip lunch, such were the belt-busting qualities of the breakfast.
The conservatory provides a welcome area for tea, coffee and biscuits during the day, while the roof garden gives smokers space for their vice.
I can't vouch for the sleep quality in rooms at the front of the guest house, which face on to the road, but by and large it's quiet at the back, although the restaurant up the road stores its empty bottles in the back area, to the accompaniment of clashing noise in the early part of the evening until it closes. However, in the conservatory there is a basket of ear plugs, should you feel the need to use them.
Location-wise, the Griffin is ideally placed for the beach, pier and "Brighton Eye", and only a short walk down St James's Street to The Lanes, Brighton Pavilion and the North Laines.
There is so much to do and see in Brighton, and staying at the Griffin, for us, was a big part of the great overall experience.

Room Tip: Worth booking a room at the back -- the view isn't spectacular but it is quieter, by and large.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012 via mobile

With beautiful weather on the way we took a last minute decision to visit Brighton.

We picked the Griffin based on the reviews and were not disappointed.

Upon arrival we were given our parking permit and didn't have to worry about the car for 24hrs.

We were shown a map of Brighton and pointed in the right direction for eating out and shopping. Really helpful.

Our room was just lovely (room 6). I must admit I've never stayed at a b&b and had imagined an old fashioned house (the type of thing you see on hotel inspector) but I was 100% wrong. The room was really modern with a trendy shower.

The conservatory area was a nice treat with tea and coffee facilities and biscuits.

Another treat was the choice of dvds you could borrow.

Breakfast was just fantastic. There was a great choice and it was made in front of you.

The b&b is in a great location, just a two minutes to the beach and approx 10 minutes to walk to the lanes.

Was truly a great experience and would highly recommend it to anyone after a friendly service with modern twist.


  • Stayed September 2012
    • 4 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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Corby, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

We recently stayed at the griffin room 4 for two nights which was simply amazing. Although we didn't have a shower the whirlpool and sea view room certainly made up for that. The room itself was spacious and very clean. A lot of reviews are commenting on the noise we didn't find it a problem, although there is street noise nothing that would keep you awake! The owners couldn't have been nicer, they made sure all our needs were attended too and even gave us a map highlighting lots of things too do. The breakfast was prepared in front of you and did not disappoint! The location is also fab you are a 2 minute walk from quite literally everything you would need. We would certainly recommend this hotel and also stay again :-) many thanks x

Room Tip: Definitely go for a whirlpool room....it's so worth it!!!
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Witney, England, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

well what a weekend.......we were made to feel so welcome from the moment we booked! the atmosphere was relaxed and friendly, our room was very cosy and very clean. the guys that run it are brilliant, and anything we needed they were happy to help with. Thanks guys for a great weekend, and we would definately stay here again. Tara & Karen (The girls from room 7)

  • Stayed August 2012, 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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Address: 14, Madeira Place, Brighton BN2 1TN, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > East Sussex > Brighton and Hove > Brighton
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Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 95 B&Bs / Inns in Brighton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Griffin is a Georgian Townhouse in the heart of Brighton. The Griffin Guest House is a few yards from St. James Street, and also just off the seafront, you can be on the Pier in less than two minutes. The Griffin has undergone a thorough renovation in recent times and offers clean modern accommodation, lodged in a charming building dating from 1760, the hotel has nine rooms, each with its own en suite Whirlpool bath or shower ... more   less 
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