My wife and I decided that after the long wet winter we needed a short break to cheer ourselves up,hence we treated ourselves to a three nights stay at the 'Grand Victorian Hotel' in Worthing, West Sussex during April as it seemed to fulfil our requirements regarding location and facilities offered, so we duly booked ourselves a room online beforehand using the 'Expedia' website, primarily because 'Expedia' whilst not being cheaper than alternative online booking sites were however offering 200 'Nectar Points' to hotel guests making bookings through their website,and a three night stay for the two of us at the 'Grand Victorian Hotel' on a bed and breakfast basis cost us £162 (£54 per night) which turned out to be a fair price to pay in this day and age for the standard of service which we subsequently received at this hotel upon our arrival.
The hotel is conveniently situated just across the road from the town's main railway station from where you can catch direct trains to and from London,Brighton,Portsmouth and Southampton to name but a few of the places served from Worthing station,and local bus services also depart from bus stops just outside the station,so one can appreciate just how well placed this hotel is for getting around the area.
Worthing town centre and seafront are both a short and level ten minute walk away from the hotel passing by the town hall and shops on the way,and buses leave the station every ten minutes for the town centre should you prefer not to walk.
The 'Grand Victorian Hotel' is a lovely old building with many pleasing period features which had a railway theme inside where you'd find many pictures of railway engines and trains on the walls of the public areas and in the bedrooms too,and our room (Number 5) was on the hotel's first floor facing the station,and I was pleasantly surprised and rather relieved to discover that considering the close proximity of the railway line to the hotel the sound of the trains was inaudible,and no noise could be heard from the railway,and as it was so quiet the thought had even crossed my mind at that time that perhaps there was a railway strike taking place - but no! - the trains were running to schedule,and as I've said we never heard a train at all whilst we were in our room. Likewise noise from the street outside was very low key also,and most certainly did not trouble us at all during our stay.
Our twin-bedded room was most satisfactory,and was spacious and the beds were comfortable. The room had its own bathroom, and a hair dryer was provided which my wife found most useful. Constant hot water was on-tap at all times - so top marks here!
A flat screen television was affixed to the wall,and our bedroom was thoughtfully provided with thick curtains to block out the light from the road outside. Our room was clean,and the beds were made and the towels were changed daily,and a courtesy tray was provided in our room so that guests could make themselves tea or coffee whenever they so wished.
Wireless 'wi-fi' is usefully provided within the hotel,so you are able to use your laptops on the premises.
Breakfast times were from 7am to 9am (Mondays to Fridays) and from 8am to 9.30am (at weekends) and breakfast was served self-service buffet style in the hotel's dining room on the ground floor which was adjacent to the bar. A plentiful supply of cereals,fruit juices,scrambled eggs,bacon rashers,sausages,baked beans and tomatos were nicely laid out,and all you needed to do was to select your required items and to toast your own bread in the toaster provided and to eat it! In my opinion the breakfasts provided were very good indeed and they were most satisfactory - so more top marks here!
There was a large bar with a giant television screen showing sporting fixtures,and I recollect that one night darts were being shown which all the drinkers present seemed to be enjoying greatly,and I must confess that until that time I had never realised that darts has such a huge following. There was also an outside beer garden to the rear of the building which no doubt must be a pleasant place to while away some time on a warm summer evening,and an unusual feature inside the hotel near the bar was one of the old red telephone boxes of which you don't see so many nowadays in the streets due to mobile phone usage, I suppose.
The 'Grand Victorian Hotel' offered a 'Credit Crunch Meal Deal' daily,so that once you had bought one dinner,you only paid half price for your second dinner,and my wife and myself ate our dinners each day in the hotel taking advantage of this promotion, and I can honestly say that we ate like royalty each day for less than twenty pounds for the both of us,and the portions were very substantial and filling too. Furthermore the service was good - and most importantly the food was absolutely delicious. There was an extensive three course menu which was changed daily,and non residents could use the hotel's bar and dining facilities as well,so if you're not staying here but are seeking somewhere decent for an evening meal together with drinks in Worthing, I'd unhesitatingly suggest that you forget the local restaurants and visit the 'Grand Victorian Hotel' for your night out instead which I'm sure that you will find much more memorable..
Summing up, I must say that we found 'The Grand Victorian Hotel' to be a very good and reasonably priced hotel,which satisfied our needs admirably and it is well situated and convenient for local amenities and public transport,and it has most helpful and courteous staff in attendance,and it has been a pleasurable experience to have enjoyed a short stay here - and YES!....we'd love to go back and stay there again one day soon.
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