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“It was fine, not great... just...fine” 4 of 5 bubbles
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The Oriental
Ranked #11 of 98 Brighton B&B and Inns
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“It was fine, not great... just...fine”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2010

I think the photos should be treated with caution on the website, as the rooms look deceptively roomy in them, you couldn't really swing a cat in the rooms. The room we had was tastefully decorated but was starting to look tired and could do with a new lick of paint. The showers the website rave about weren't anything special- (the bathroom is literally a box room- so much so the sink is in your bedroom.)
Good points- the breakfast was tasty and had a good vegi option. The location was amazing, and literally 7 minute walk to Brighton Centre (which was why we came to Brighton for the night.)
But looking at it as a whole, not entirely sure it could quite justify the 90 quid price tag that came with it.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2010

This property is without a doubt one of the most unpleasant places I have stayed in my life and could not recommend this to anyone.

Walking towards the property on arrival, it was clear that although it is within 150 metres of the seafront, it is not in a pleasant residential street but a very run down road full of bedsits which is a hot spot for the homeless to congregate. This place feels more like a backpackers hostel than a boutique establishment and at best could be described as a run down B&B in need of a refurbishment and a very good clean. The whole place has been developed on the cheap so the power sockets wobble when you plug things in, the headboards are coming away from the wall and the bathroom door doesn't shut fully.

As soon as we walked in we were hit by an unpleasant smell of drains. The bedroom itself was fine in terms of size but only had one sash window in the bedroom which was painted shut and therefore the room had no ventilation. The toilet hadn't been cleaned and was spattered with excrement. The spa bath has 3 tiled steps to climb up to which are nothing short of a health and safety hazard.

We were charged £160 to stay in this place for 1 night. Do not stay here - Brighton has so much more to offer than this place.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Thank rocketinsch
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DoctorOriental, Owner at The Oriental, responded to this review, September 8, 2010
Readers should draw their own conclusion from this review as it seems so different to others. Clearly the Oriental was not to this guest's taste and we regret that they did not enjoy their stay. For the record
- Oriental Place is a grade II* listed terrace built in the 1830's with some beautiful features and some colourful characters living on the street reflecting Brighton as a whole.
- We are not aware of any smell of drains.
- The room in question does not have wobbly sockets, but bear in mind the plaster in which it lies dates back to 1830.
- the headboard is firmly fixed to the wall but is not flush to the wall to allow for the fixings behind.
- the sliding glass bathroom door does close properly.
- the windows in this and every room open. However they are quite large and thus heavy so we have fitted handles to the window in case any guests experience problems in the future. There are 2 further windows in the bathroom of this room providing ventilation.
- All the rooms are cleaned thoroughly prior to guests arrival and we would be very surprised if the toilet had not been cleaned properly as alleged but very much regret this if indeed this was the case.
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32 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2010

The Oriental is what I would expect from a boutique hotel - original artwork on the walls, lovely carpets, quirky furniture, excellent finish!

The hotel is on a quiet street just off the seafront. Walk down the hill to the seaside or up the hill to the shopping streets. It's located on the Hove side of Brighton city centre, which makes it easy to see all the beautiful regency-style buildings. We arrived into Brighton on train and walked to the hotel, although in hindsight we should have got a taxi.

The owner was very helpful before and during our stay. She recommended some places to eat and drink and she gave us a map and pointed out what to see and do. The hotel was full, yet she managed to give every couple the same level of attention.

We'd love to stay at the oriental again.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank NWPDWR
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2010

I found this Guest House very misleading! Website and reviews looked great! This guest house certainly up sells itself. Everything is up sold by describing it as boutique, luxury, Italian etc.

From walking into the guest house everything looked dated with very poor paint work. Our room the Luxury Boutique twin room (room 1) was scuffed, small and of very bad quality. Both headboards were coming off the wall, toilet looked like it might have been an airing cupboard once - shower described as wall in shower and italian curved sink was v poor. Shower flooded the floor as curtain didnt reach floor, heated towel rail was in the shower cubile and taps to shower were loose. solid wooden floor was coming apart and in the toilet was packed in with rolled toilet roll. Toilet had stains on floor and up walls, also looked like the toilet bowl hadnt had a great clean. Carpet in room was coming up and didnt look too clean!

The bedroom was small and L shaped - marks on walls, poor furniture and poor lay out - not good for 95 quid!

Oh bathroom shaving mirror was on the wall upside down and was from ikea - mirror in room was also falling apart. Everything here was ikea which there is nothing wrong with but certainly think boutique is over doing the descriptions!

Neighbourhood - quite scary! approached by a guy who was quite scary lived next door but one - few strange people walking around too! Lots of rough looking bedsits

Hotel was fine for a cheaper stay but dont believe pics or boutique listings! Not worth 90 per night - more like 50!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank willnewman
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2010

Stayed here for the first two nights of our honeymoon, and it started us off perfectly! Lovely room - compact, but with a large bed and big windows which we could open to air the room and access the small balcony. Bathroom was a pleasure - clean, double-sinked, great shower, and Jacuzzi bath.

Good access to the centre of town for restaurants and drinks. We particularly enjoyed the Sabai Thai restaurant, and there were a good few ale pubs around the town.

Breakfast was very tasty, although the seating wasn't overly comfortable, and it seemed like the one staff member working was struggling when everyone came down at a similar time one morning. Car parking wasn't cheap (although we understand this is a Brighton phenomenon), but the hotel-recommended private car park was secure, round the corner and had a helpful guy running it (even got a hand-drawn map to negotiate us out of the one-way system!)

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ChubbsyKent
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Dubai
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24 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2010

Centrally located near the seafront in Brighton, walking distance to all the main eateries and landmarks. Nice little hotel with deceptively spacious rooms . The ensuite bathroom (Room 8) was one of the best I've seen for a hotel of this price and size. The management had gone to a lot of trouble to get the details right. The staff were very helpful and friendly and made us feel welcome. There is no lift in the hotel so I wouldn't recommend for young families with prams or elderly people who can't climb stairs. Also quite noisy due to the clientele across the road at the Caledonian Bar and also some of the locals living in the street. Ask for a rear facing room if you are a light sleeper.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Tezza287
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lincoln
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2010

This boutique hotel was a gem, we love small hotels when travelling with a lively 6 year old as they are often more tolerant! It is quirky but that is a plus and not your typical sterile atmosphereless place. Steph was lovely and helpful and guided us to the best tapas in Brighton and she was not wrong. James was fab and a good ambassador for the hotel even given his young age . The Room (4) was brilliant with a geat bed and bathroom and a super balcony to watch the world go by and view the sea, yes there was some noise outside but nothing worth writing about (we were all young once!). We will definately be returning to Brighton and this little haven will be home during those times.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: The Oriental
Address: 9 oriental Place, Brighton BN1 2LJ, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > East Sussex > Brighton and Hove > Brighton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 98 B&Bs / Inns in Brighton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — The Oriental 4*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Oriental is one of the original Brighton Boutique hotels, understated yet bursting with character. This 4* Highly Commended Grade II Listed Regency guesthouse has a refreshing view on design and service. Recommended by Time Out, Lonely Planet & The Guardian and the Sunday Times Travel Magazine put The Oriental in the World's 100 Best City Hotels for £100 or less. Thoughtfully unpretentious and resonantly Brighton, the Oriental is like visiting the home of one of your friends; relaxed and unfussy, with the trimmings of a lifestyle hotel plus the friendly charm of a bed and breakfast. With parking on the next square, the beach within 50 yards and both the city centre and Brighton Centre less than 10 minutes walk away, what else would you want from the city which boasts a cosmopolitan crowd, award winning restaurants, Royal Pavilion, Brighton Pier, festivals, and much more? Whether you want a weekend break, midweek holiday, or a retreat from or venue for your business meeting; we have the ambiance, 'know-how' and personable team to make your stay a special one. ... more   less 
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