This weekend my wife and I decided to take our family, including both sets of our parents and my sister-in-law to the beach for some extra family time. I booked a vacation rental house by owner off of Bay Vista Road which, while not a premium location, was a great bang for the buck. Of course it would have been an even better deal if the owner ever showed up to let us into the property or answered his phone or e-mail.
So, at 4:30 p.m. on a Friday I needed another house or 4 hotel rooms. My dad was in downtown Rehoboth when I told him we needed alternate arrangements and he happened to be walking by the Brighton Suites Hotel, so he went in to inquire. Not only was JJ, the manager on duty very helpful, they gave us a small break on the price since we needed 4 rooms in a pinch. We checked out the rooms; they were fine, so we booked it and we were home for the weekend.
This is a difficult hotel to describe. First, it is family owned and operated, which is a plus for me . . . usually. The lobby, guest rooms, pool and amenities are everything you would expect from a nice hotel chain. All of the rooms are suites, which was quite nice. The only odd part about the hotel is the main hallways on the floor which are, well, old. This has nothing to do with the hotel or the management, just a fact that the building is not new. Because of the design of the hotel, updating the main hallways would be very difficult . . . and remarkably expensive. It probably is planned. This being said, I would not let the old hallways get in the way of me staying at the Brighton Suites Hotel again . . . and neither should you.
In any event, we needed four rooms and took 3 queen suites and 1 king suite. Despite the main hallways being old, the rooms were perfectly clean and up-to-date. The furnishings were clean, simple and well-maintained. The queen beds all were new and most comfortable. Unfortunately, because of our sleeping needs, I slept on the pull-out sofa in the living room of one of the suites; it was exactly what you would expect from a pull-out sofa. Fortunately, the room came with lots of nice pillows to help get comfortable. Each of the rooms had a nice little kitchen with a refrigerator and a lovely bathroom. It was clear that all of the bathrooms were brand new. The air conditioning worked great and the room was clean.
To top off an already nice hotel, what you notice the most about this place is how nice, helpful, attentive and well-trained most of the staff is. JJ and Steve were on duty when we arrived (and much of the weekend), along with two nice young porters from Bulgaria (I think). Among the 4 of them, you couldn't get over how accommodating and helpful they were. In fact, I think the excellent staff makes this place stand out a bit more than most other hotels. What's more, we LOVED the fact that this hotel provides all sorts of nice extras. As we were checking in JJ just happened to mention, that the hotel also provides guests with beach towels, beach chairs, beach umbrellas and pool towels . . . for free! We were there early in the season (June), but everything was in new or very good condition. I didn't even have to dirty up the towels that I brought with me!!
If the nice room, good staff, and perfect location don’t do it for you, try a dip in the perfect temperature pool in the late afternoon followed by some free Wi-Fi surfing to find the right place for dinner.
So, this place was a great find and we definitely will stay here again. Being only a block and a half from the beach, we didn't use our car the entire time we were there, didn't feed one meter (nor have to run back to re-feed the meter).
Thanks for the Brighton Suites Hotel for saving what otherwise could have been a debacle of a weekend.
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- Also Known As:
- Brighton Hotel Rehoboth Beach
- Brighton Suites Rehoboth Beach
- Brighton Rehoboth Beach