I find it interesting when people write these reviews slating the Hotel they stayed in. My thoughts have always been the more money that you spend the more right you have to complain. In this instance I spent less money than an average cab fare and therefore got exactly what I expected, a large Victorian Youth Hostel.
First the positives. The price. Myself and six work colleagues decided to have a cheap night by the sea side on a Tuesday night. I managed to negotiate three rooms for an average of £18 per person per night including breakfast, a bargain. The hotel is almost opposite the Pier and in walking distance of the Lanes for Restaurants and Bars. The room was spacious with clean bedding and towels and except for a few suspect floor stains and old decor was perfectly acceptable.
Booking in was a pain, one member of staff for a queue of five people. This took about twenty minutes but when I got to the front all of my paperwork was ready and the actual process took 5 minutes. The Hotel itself was once very Grand but now like all Seaside Hotels is very very tired and populated by Labourers, Old People Parties and Stag Groups. It has a small bar which looks over the front which was pleasant enough and prices were reasonable.
Breakfast was extremely busy and badly run but it was a Hot Buffet and when you grabbed a plate you could sit anywhere (we sat in the bar area). Checking out was simple enough and overall it was an acceptable stay.
Yes the Hotel was poor and I would never stay somewhere like this if I was with my wife or family but for what we wanted it for, it was fine. A real shame that a once beautiful hotel is now just an elaborate Youth Hostel.
- 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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