We had booked to go to the Theatre Royal on the Saturday night and at the last minute decided to make a weekend of it so booked to stay at the Old Ship. My cursor was hovering over my default 'Room only' selection when I noticed that bed and breakfast was £15/night *less*. I'm not sure if that was a mistake or an oversight but naturally went for that option.
I did some research on parking before leaving home; I initially thought the hotel's rate of £23/day to be almost extortion but the current Brighton & Hove council is fairly anti-car (or anti-parking at any rate!) as their charges can be £3.50/hour or more. I dropped my partner and our bags at the door of the hotel and drove to the (free) parking in residential streets near Preston Park station which is £2.50 for the 4-minute ride back into Brighton. We splashed out on a taxi back to the car which was less than a tenner so we were still quids in.
When I arrived at the hotel the security guard asked for my room key and as I hadn't yet checked in led me to reception. Unlike some other reviewers I found the presence of security to be reassuring considering the hotel is right on the sea front and so close to Brighton's restaurants, bars and clubs. The receptionist was genuinely welcoming and friendly and I was soon on my way to my second floor room.
I was really impressed by the size of the room, the bathroom was nearly as big as some hotel rooms I've stayed in! There was a built-on wardrobe, a dressing table, plenty of storage and even 2 irons and ironing boards (although the last bit seemed a little excessive!) There was no air conditioning but the ceiling fan seemed to do a pretty good job. The bed was very comfortable and we had a good night's sleep both nights.
Breakfast was a joyous occasion, the maître d’ was really friendly and welcoming and showed us to our table via the large buffet. She also remembered us the next day. There's a wide choice of food served right through until 11am at the weekend: I have quite a large appetite but couldn't manage lunch on either day.
The only evidence of the ongoing refurbishment we noticed were some cable reels and the smell of fresh paint in one of the corridors: neither of these things detracted from our stay in any way. The hotel is a definite departure from the homogeneity of many hotel chains, and has a great deal to recommend it. I'm sure we'll be back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The four-star Old Ship Hotel is a historic Georgian hotel with 154 bedrooms, 49 of which overlook Brighton's famous beach, that also has chargeable onsite parking for up to 50 cars. Just a 5-minute walk from Brighton Pier, The Lanes and the city's bars and restaurants, previous guests have included an array of royalty, aristocracy, artists and musicians, such as Charles II & Paganini. Enjoy classic British dishes in the Steak-on-Sea Restaurant, or private dining in the 400-year-old cellars, and drinks on the Al Fresco Bar Terrace on the promenade, before heading out for top-class entertainment in the theatres and clubs. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Old Ship Hotel Brighton
- Barcelo Brighton