I was very worried about my visit to this hotel having read the reviews but have been pleasantly surprised about some aspects of my stay.....
Don't get me wrong, there is plenty to criticise: the communal areas are tired and the whole place could do with a face-lift. There are certainly some cleanliness issues regarding windows etc.... The food in the restaurant is mediocre at best and with so many people trying to squeeze into the dining room, there were some very grumpy individuals ! (And I don't mean the staff!). I've stayed in a lot of hotels and the other guests here seem more miserable than most ! There are a lot of coach parties and by the demeanour of them it would appear that this is not the most enjoyable way to travel! My room (134) had a street light right outside at the same level as my window so my room was illuminated all night ! It is a noisy road so it was not the quietest of places.
Parking is a huge ( and expensive!) issue as the nearest NCP costs £24 for 24 hours and you only get a 20% discount . The nearby meters are for 2 hours only.
However ....... My room was huge ! It was a family room but was enormous with high ceilings and lovely draped curtains complete with tie backs. The view was spectacular.... I could sit in bed and look out at the sea. What a treat. Yes the room could have done with a lick of paint, especially the skirting and ceiling,but it was spotless apart from the windows and even had a tiny balcony . There was plenty of extra bedding, tea and coffee, chairs and towels. That is a real bonus when there are 4 of you ! I know there are worse rooms in the hotel but ours was lovely. The staff were all friendly and polite. The building, whilst in dire need of refurbishment and redecoration, is a true example of old world splendour ... High ceilings, nooks and crannies and the vast communal areas give an idea of how this must have been back in the day .
As to the location, I cannot fault it. This us the reason we stayed here.... As my sister is disabled, so we needed to be walking distance from everything! The pier,beach, the Lanes, Seafront, Pavilion and museum are all on your doorstep so you can pop back and forth. It is ideally situated.
. Would I stay here again? Possibly if I could guarantee another great room. I most certainly would not have my dinner here .... We were so close to many other fabulous restaurants that I would rather have enjoyed them rather than face the queues and grumpiness of the other guests.
One last thing .... Not all rooms are wheelchair accessible and there are steps all over the place and only one lift so be prepared for a long wait!
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- 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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