I booked the Imperial for one night last minute since it was the only hotel with space offering a reasonable rate.
I was very happy with it, was perfectly adequate given the cost and what I was expecting. It was clean, and not too hot despite being a fairly warm day (having a reasonably sized window that opened fully helped - no child lock like you find on some hotels meaning you can only open the window a few centimetres). You could also just about see the sea front although it was a room on the side towards the back of the hotel.
I found the room quiet although I was out until 11pm and up early the next morning. I did notice however the doors do tend to bang closed rather loudly, even if you try to be careful, and the hallways floors also seem to creek a bit when you walk on them.
Staff were always friendly and helpful.
In terms of downsides, if I was being picky I might mention (as do other reviewers and the hotel has responded they are working on it) that although the room was clean, it was showing its age in term of a little peeling wallpaper and rotting window frame. Not sure if its too difficult on the upper floors but a tip I would give the hotel for improvement would be to clean the windows (although you do not really see out with the netting anyway). The shower was the type connected to bath taps and was fine but not as powerful as some others I have seen. The TV did seem a bit unreliable with "no signal" randomly popping up on certain channels although with the hills I would suspect it might be a widespread issue in Brighton.
Overall however I was happy with it since I was not there to critique the decor, or watch TV. May come back in the future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Imperial Hotel in Brighton & Hove mixes tradition and function with a light, fresh airiness. Its ideal position – at the end of the broadest of avenues – with its uncluttered outlook by the sea, is situated alongside Hove Promenade and The Lawns. This functional, exceptionally good value hotel is of the Regency period; its high ceilings and spacious bar and lounge are noticeable, as is its still, calm ambiance. The Imperial provides an excellent level of customer service and its conference facilities, coupled with a smart bar and an attractive restaurant, make it an equally popular venue for a variety of functions. Ample Parking is available on the street and surrounding areas using our low cost residential permit scheme at just £6.00 per day. We also offer spaces on a 'first come first served basis' on our hard standing area at £15 per day. The Imperial Hotel is the perfect choice whether you are visiting for pleasure or business! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Imperial Hotel Brighton