Ten years ago, as a privately owned and managed hotel the Old Ship was among Brighton's nicest old hotels.
No longer, Puma Hotels have failed to do it proud, and you could see the signs of lack of care and attention from the moment of walking in. The brass housing the lift buttons can't have been cleaned in a month, if ever.
We didn't ask for or need a sea-view room, but the room we had (302) left a lot to be desired. Chipped paint. No plug provided in the basin beside the lavavatory. Lots of rubbish lying in full view at the bottom of one of the staircases leading down to the Gents' (and this was nothing to do with the supposed on-going "refurbishment." What appeared to be bloodstains inside the door to our bathroom. And the bedroom so stuffed with furniture that my wife and I needed a traffic-light system to function together in the same room.)
But, a comfy bed and dinner was better than expected. Breakfast just a passable buffet affair with machines for the customers to make their own coffee and toast.
Sadly we don't see ourselves returning to the Old Ship and we'll make a special point of avoiding Puma Hotels in the future.
- 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