I went to a 3 day conference with work at this hotel and paid the very high room rate. It was a conference, after all, what do you expect? Still, it was STEEP.
Check in was easy and friendly but then, I was late so there was no queue. I heard from others that check in got a bit difficult, but for me, it was smooth as a nail.
The room had the most exquisite view; you could almost forgive all the tattiness around the edges because when you looked out the window, it's as if the sea reaches your room. The hotel is right there in the centre of things, 10 second cross of the main sea front road to the beach, 10 minute walk to the pier, with bars, shell shops, surf schools, basketball courts and pebble displays right there. It's like someone took the southbank and moved it to the coast.
The sky is bigger in Brighton than elsewhere, as you know.
The thing with the hotel is, it's so big, no one person could ever know it. There's stains, there's lingering odours, there's corridors with no sign that go nowhere, there are vast empty ball rooms, stairs with no end, it's like the sky outside, brought in. You could clean it constantly and never reach the end. I liked that about it, care was taken, not enough for sure, but one gets the feeling that you could devote a lifetime to cleaning this place and never manage it. I would suggest that management maybe hire a couple more people to just keep it looking nice, a lick of paint here, a new carpet there, that kind of thing. At least create the impression you're trying to keep it looking worth £215 a night.
My room was small, my bed even smaller (which I appreciate is necessarily the case) with a good bathroom. I didn't use the pool. Somehow it seemed churlish under that sky. Breakfast was excellent, though I got farmed off into a sort of subsidiary holding breakfast pattern which felt a bit weird. Was I not attired appropriately to join others? Must I face segregation? Was it my last TripAdvisor review? Still I moved and no-one even so much as frowned (ha! I wish they had! Imagine the scene!) and the food was very good so I will let them off.
Since in the end I only stayed one night (I messed them about with booking and cancelling and stuff and they handled that fantastically) I don't have much more to say.
It's a pretty good Hilton in one of the most sublime places there is.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set on the vibrant Brighton seafront, Hilton Brighton Metropole perfectly captures the character of this much-loved city while retaining Victorian elegance and charm. From our stylish dining venues to the modern health club facilities, we provide the perfect base from which to explore Brighton's culture and diversity. Even with contemporary touches throughout the hotel, the heritage and character of over 125 years of history shines brightly through. Just an hour from London, our hotel is within walking distance of all that Brighton has to offer. Within minutes you could be strolling down the historic, winding alleyways of The Lanes, discovering a myriad of colourful boutiques, cafes or bars. The iconic Brighton Pavilion, famous pebbly beach, Brighton Pier, Sealife Centre and varied water sports are all close by, while the fabulous new British Airways i360 is right on our doorstep. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel Brighton
- Brighton Metropole