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Grand Victorian Hotel

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#10 of 10 hotels in Worthing
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The much loved Grand Vic sits directly opposite Worthing railway station so is a convenient location for weekend visitors to the town as well as those visiting on business. The town centre is a 5 to 10 minute walk away and the seafront is a similar distance. Our rooms are in the main spacious and all are en suite and are found on the first and second floors. Our pub serves a great range of drinks for all tastes.
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Restaurant
Bar/Lounge
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast Available
Non-smoking hotel
Public Wifi
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Non-smoking rooms
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Historic Hotel
Centrally Located

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80Somewhat walkable
Grade: 80 out of 100
24Restaurantswithin 0.3 miles
4Attractionswithin 0.3 miles
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5Q+A
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Was in Worthing over weekend working at event. Stayed in room on first floor over Victorian pub. The room was OK, if the decoration a bit tired and neglected. The bed was also a little worn out, I couldn't get the TV to work and the shower didn't work in the morning. I skipped breakfast (£9.95 extra) as I reckoned there was a reasonable chance of it being another little gripe to add to my list. I didn't pay too much attention to the bar, but there was a live band on the Saturday night that I stayed there. The sound proofing was not great and going by the security staff on the door,, the clientele can probably get quite lively. I slept well and despite its faults, probably has more character than a Travelodge, but I wouldn't stay again. .
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T. Rex was playing as I cautiously entered this imposing pub and hotel opposite Worthing Station. The building looked so exaggeratedly splendid on the outside that I feared the worst, and was preparing for a quick getaway. I was very pleased to be caught off guard by the delightfully ornate interior. Everywhere I looked there was some little period detail to enjoy. In the centre of the room was a marvellous circular seat, upholstered in red leather, with a stained glass centrepiece above. I decided that the pub was definitely somewhere I wanted to return to later in the day when I had the time to spare. Drinking in the pub were a group of regimental veterans, who on reflection must have gathered to celebrate the anniversary of D-day later in the week. A wonderful gentleman with straight bearing, wearing uniform including a regimental beret, showed me how to use the rather complicated jukebox. When I got out a coin, he amazed me by telling me that it was free! Later in the day I returned to have a drink, to soak up the atmosphere and to play the jukebox. It takes a bit of physical effort to get it to respond, but the choice of music is stupendous. I have never seen such a choice of artists and songs on a jukebox. In the nicely shaded conservatory, there is a row of overhead pendant lights with lovely stained-glass lampshades inspired by an assortment of fruit. Not far away is a red-painted traditional telephone box, although alas without a payphone inside. The barman who served my drink was clearly a trained cocktail server, and managed to get in a few moves even when serving mineral water!
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Accompanied a friend to Worthing train station and decided to stop in for a drink as we had extra time. Initially quite enjoyed the look of the place, however, once we got to the bar it became apparent that there was only one staff member working a bar filled with approximately 8-10 other people, four of whom were waiting. We waited for ten minutes whilst the bartender - who was lovely, despite being utterly failed by any backup - tried to log a guest into a room. A man walked onto the bar from the back, looked around and walked back out. The poor bartender then had to call for backup, upon which about five minutes later an utterly horrible older woman with straight light hair skulked out from the back and loudly proclaimed - at the line of customers - ‘Where’s the rush?’ The horrendous lack of professionalism leads me to hope that this is not a senior member of staff, and the downright derogatory way she addressed the other male bartender, who had been doing his best. Myself and my companion have worked on a wide variety of bars in central London and suburban areas, and we were both disgusted with this woman’s behaviour. It’s a shame, as the bar itself is truly lovely, and the younger male member of staff was truly doing his best.
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Very conveniently located across from the train station, this venerable old pile of bricks is quite serviceable now, but needs love and attention to stay viable. There are 18 en suite rooms. They have tall ceilings, the bed is comfortable. The rooms are very basic...tv, windows that raise and lower, biscuits to go w/tea, towels, soap & shampoo provided. There is a bar/restaurant attached and on nights with a band/DJ it can be loud in the rooms. Breakfast is available but not included. The full English is very good and provided by a cook from Madrid (!). The areas that give this review a lower rating are twofold. First, the young workers need better customer relations training. They seem willing enough to perform their jobs but don’t have sufficient background or supervision to do their jobs. The more seasoned employees seem to know what it takes to be in the hospitality business but are either constrained or impeded in some way. Next, maintenance is lacking. From painting and basic repairs to larger jobs around the building a critical look at the building and it’s needs is necessary. All of that being said this was a very convenient, economical and fun place to be. It would be a shame to let this grand old lady suffer more disrepair. Please spiff her up and make her shine!
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I arrived and all was well Got to my room and all the windows were open and it was freezing I closed the windows and went for some food to come back 2 hrs later to the room stinking of what can only discribed as poo To be told no other rooms for you with a "can't be arsed attitude" I asked for a refund and went somewhere else And I'm stl waiting for my refund after calling the landlord 6 times Not very professional
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PRICE RANGE
$74 - $170 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
United KingdomEnglandWorthing
NUMBER OF ROOMS
18
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