Myself and 2 friends stayed at this hotel after a day at the races and a night out in Brighton in early August. In the past I have stayed at the Thistle and the Old Ship nearby. I chose this one as it was the cheapest I could find for a triple room including breakfast and was perfectly located (just over the road from the pier).
We checked in just after midday even though all the signs on the front desk stated that 3pm was the earliest time. Check-in staff were very pleasant and informed us that we had a sea view room which was a little bonus. To be honest, the view could be better if the windows were a little cleaner!
Our room was probably an expensive suite a few years ago. Now it is a large, clean enough room with 2 single beds and a pull-out sofa bed - ideal for us. The bathroom was a bit more modern than the rest of the room and was clean. If you wanted to stay in and watch tv and order room service, probably not the perfect hotel.
The bar was still open when we got back at around 1am so we stopped for a couple of drinks. It was pretty much deserted though - understandable for a Thursday night.
It was a warm night so we had the window open, which was a little bit noisy, but we all slept ok. The Gulls will wake you up in the morning though!
There is a large buffet breakfast including everything that you need for a full, cooked, English. Cold foods including cereals, fruit etc were also available as were juice, coffee and tea of course.
This hotel is not in the same league as some of the other hotels along the front towards the old West Pier but it is "cheap and cheerful" and is in a perfect location for exploring Brighton (Lanes, Pier, shops, restaurants and bars all within a few minutes walk).
I would recommend this hotel for 1 or 2 nights if you simply need a bed, shower and some breakfast.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Royal Albion Hotel in Brighton is a Regency Style Hotel built in 1826 which offers a warm and friendly environment in a premier position directly opposite Brighton Pier. So, if you are looking for a seafront hotel in Brighton, you won't get much closer than this. Facing the sea, it's right at the heart of the action. ... more less
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