Our recent stay at the Grand was, in a word, perfect. We were greeted upon arrival in a manner that managed to be both effusive and discreet. Once we had checked in and followed the directions to our room (218) I thought I had died and gone to hotel heaven.
The bathroom, with its double sinks and waterfall style shower was resplendant in white and filled with more fluffy towels than the now historically relevant Habitat. To call it a bathroom is a bit of a mistake though and I will explain this....
Walking into the room, which was spacious and housed a superking bed, chaise longue, capacious desk and more drawers than we knew what to do with, your eye is drawn to the focal point. No not the softly blue lit balcony or the crisp white robes with VIP emblazoned upon them...but the Bath. In the room. Set into a raised and then sunken platform behind the bed. This allows you (after filling it for more than 30 mins) to both sit in comfort and look out across the sea (without being visible from the outside I hasten to add!!).
After a very good night sleep (we have a small daughter at home and this was our first night away from her = head hits pillow and asleep) we awoke early and were able to sit and watch the sunrise with our tea and coffee before venturing down for breakfast.
As we were up early the dining room was almost empty so we were afforded the luxury of a window seat and had tea and coffee brought to our table whilst we worked out where to start with breakfast. After both opting for the cooked English we settled in to enjoy freshly cooked sausage, bacon and egg with beans and toast. This was then followed by a danish and another coffee. Everything looked lovely and I was sorry that I didn’t have room to sample some of the continental fare or the pancakes and waffles.
I could write for a long time how special this experience was for us and whilst I accept that maybe, according to some reviews and photos, some rooms are less than perfect, I would counter this with the argument that a stay at the Grand is more than just your room. Everything about it from the location, the room, the welcome, the farewell, the staff in general, the atmosphere and the old world grandeur makes a package you just won’t find in modern boutique hotels. We have made a promise to ourselves to come back and have some more ‘us’ time as soon as we are able. Until now we didn’t realise quite how much we needed it and to be honest now I wouldn’t go anywhere else. I’d rather one night here than two somewhere else.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This is a truly remarkable hotel. An iconic Victorian building, it stands centre stage on the vibrant Brighton seafront and is a local landmark. Magnificent, imposing and the epitome of luxury. This is The Grand, Brighton. Following a recent extensive refurbishment, The Grand experience is one you will never forget. It's in the splendour of the 123 step sweeping staircase, the exquisite textures in the bedrooms, the delectable cuisine in GB1 restaurant and the sumptuous surroundings of The Spa at The Grand. It's in the stunning seaviews and the warmth with which you are welcomed. It's in its innate sense of style. The magnificent Grand is a popular location for films and television shows. Coronation Street, Eastenders and Only Fools and Horses have all shot episodes in the hotel. For the complete Brighton experience, it has to be The Grand, Brighton. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The De Vere Grand Brighton Hotel Brighton
- De Vere Grand Brighton
- De Vere Grand Hotel Brighton
- Brighton Grand Hotel