We booked 2 x double rooms next door to each other for our friend's 30th birthday (rooms 3 + 4). The reviews on TripAdvisor had been brilliant and - we were happy to find - accurate. This place feels like a cross between a hostel (friendly, inclusive, easy, affordable) and a B+B (privacy, catered breakfast, excellent service).
It's very central and our room overlooked the Pavilion; we could get to the sea or to the shops/restaurants in literally 5 minutes. Our room was made up on our second day with fresh towels, coffee + teas and sweets on the bed - little touches like that make it feel like a B+B. There was also a CD player, kettle and hairdryer in the room.
Our room did smell a little - sadly, I imagine previous guests have ignored the "no smoking" signs - and as it overlooked the street, there is some traffic noise. The walls are thin. There's a shower and sink in the room - the shower was warm and adequate. You could also use the communal bathroom for the toilet and there's a separate communal toilet too.
Caroline was the main staff member who looked after us and was superb - friendly, professional, she went above and beyond and was very warm and helpful. (Thank you!!!)
We were very impressed by the vegan breakfast provision including soy milk, soy spread and soy yoghurt. A very healthy and abundant breakfast in a nice space. You can leave your bags while you go off exploring on your check-out day which is always nice.
We've previously stayed in boutique B+Bs in Brighton. Kipps is about half the price and very fit for purpose so we'd definitely come back and would recommend it if you want somewhere central, friendly, clean and affordable to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Kipps Backpackers Brighton We are a small friendly central hostel/backpackers situated opposite the Royal Pavillion/ Gardens and are close to all of Brighton's Main Attractions, including the Brighton Pier, Brighton Wheel The Beach, The Lanes, The Theatres/ Concert Venues and the Gay District. The Train Station and Bus Station are just a few minutes walk away. We offer a very friendly atmosphere, comfortable, budget accommodation with excellent facilities including a licensed bar. We also offer free Wi-Fi Internet throughout and 2x free internet PCs in our games room. Guests can also relax on our terrace or in our lounge area with XBOX/ Wii and Digital TV. We also offer a self catering kitchen. Our Accommodation is available to individuals and group reservations. We have a variety of room types, including - Private Rooms - Single/ Twins to Double Rooms TV, Radio/ CD player, Tea & Coffee making facilities, Shower and Wash basin. We also offer family rooms 3/4 Bedded Rooms. We also offer Dormitory Rooms for larger groups or individuals with ensuite facilities and free security lockers. We have free nightly events at the hostel including pasta nights, pizza nights and XBox Nights. A great way to meet other guests and the staff We look forward to welcoming you to vibrant Brighton and to Kipps Brighton. ... more less
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