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“was a fun experience” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Smart Sea View
London, England, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“was a fun experience”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2013

myself and a friend traveled to Brighton for few days and was recommend this hostel for what reason i dont know why location was not central at all and it had no redeeming characters so to speak. but what did make up for our experience were the people staying in the hostel. we stayed in the 20 bed mixed dorm, and were the only two females which i have to say bothered me a bit at first. Most of the men in the room were Spanish workers. (which my friend loved as she is from Ecuador and Spanish is her mother tongue) We were invited out with a group of young men who lived at the hostel for extended periods they made up for the whole trip genuine gentlemen, who saved this hostel and whole trip for us.
The hostel its self wasn't very clean not enough storage or plugs in such big rooms i had to sit in the corridor to charge my phone and i was soon told i wasn't to sit there. Breakfast was one loaf of bread and one box of cereal this wouldn't even cover the room i was in.
if you are looking for a cheap bed not fussy with location and a long walk and maybe a slice of toast in the morning this hostel is for you.
Wouldn't recommend the hostel it's self but the people that stay there seem very friendly.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2013

Smart Sea View does the job if you're going to be out and about, but be warned that some of the staff are incredibly rude! One of the receptionists smirked away as he informed us that we had cancelled a bed 8 minutes too late to make a 48hr cancellation policy (despite the website noting a 24hr cancellation period) and I wouldn't expect any help regarding places to park nearby. Our dorm room only had 2 plugs for 12 people and 2 of my friends were locked into the luggage room. Despite the customer service we did have a great time in Brighton and if you're looking for somewhere cheapish it's alright, just try to avoid the staff!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2013 via mobile

After booking a room then reading the reviews I was a bit dubious about the stay. I booked a private twin room with en suite bathroom and was very pleasantly surprised when we arrived! Because the hotel is partly a hostel I thought we wouldn't have much included. Bedroom was clean and had all the facilities in it! Beds were extremely comfy. Had small towels in the room. Breakfast in the morning was basic but we didn't expect to have breakfast included in the price. Overall very happy with our experience and would go back again!

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank m155emz
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Berlin, Berlin, Germany
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2013

When you pay £13 for a bed in Brighton (Hove) on a Saturday night, you can't really expect very much, but we somehow still managed to leave feeling stiffed.

The sea view ain't a sea view (there are quite a few shops and flats in the way), but that didn't really matter anyway since you couldn't see anything from our basement-level 20-bed dorm. The manager on duty when we arrived seemed to take exception to everything we said, and enjoyed telling us that a number of surprising fees were included in the small print. We found out from a different manager that the only deposit required was for room keys (£10 each), but he was unable to explain this to us and seemed to be making up reasons as he went along. We had already tried to change our booking from 6 beds to 5 the previous day, but had been denied because we had only given 23 hours notice instead of the mandatory 24. There is a 10% surcharge if you want to pay by card on arrival.

The dorm was a little crowded but the beds were comfortable at least. 'En suite' bathrooms don't really mean much when you're sharing it with 19 other people, and while the showers were nice, they have a bit of a mold problem due to lack of ventilation. There was a lot of noise (and cigarette smoke) from the streets, a very creaky staircase above, and a bright green light on the ceiling which we weren't able to turn off. The sleepers in the other room were bathed in the glow of the bathroom lights every time someone used it during the night.

The 'continental' breakfast in the morning was literally just toast, cornflakes, and orange squash. Yeh, it was free, but it actually made the place feel like more of a rip-off, not less. We left and got a fry-up.

Overall: this place is extremely cheaply run, and it shows. Every expense has been spared. If you only want a bed to sleep in (and don't mind the 30 minute walk from the town centre), then go for it. If you're expecting anything more, you will be disappointed.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2013 via mobile

When you're paying £30 a head for a seaview hotel in Brighton in the height of summer you know what you're going to get. We had a 14 bed dorm which looked like a prison cell. But where else would an entire stag do share one room? There was no toilet seat and we ran out of toilet paper. Whilst we were getting ready it started raining in our room as someone upstairs was incapable of using a bath. The manager immediately came in and sorted out the problem and offered us a partial refund and room exchange which we were impressed with but declined to accept. The shower was ridiculously low to the point where a vertically challenged individual would even struggle to stand up under it. Would definately stay there again for a lads weekend but seriously. If you're looking for a romantic weekend break.... Stay well away from this establishment.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Kieron2013
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Swindon, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2013

Be open minded if staying here as not the Hilton. the room wasn't what I had ordered so make sure if you book to either ring the Sea view and clarify what you are booking. else you will be sharing with other people.
but we were moved to a different room with on suite.
all rooms are basic and facilities, but for the cost and being a hostel it was expected.
definitely suggest ear plugs eye mask. which I did take and had a good night sleep, as
lots of young people having fun, and being a listed building walls are thin, as they cant make to many changes as it is dated and could do with a re vamp which would make it better as the building is lovely.
you can come and go as much as you want.
Breakfast was edible but basic again but you could have as much as you like make sure your the first down at 8 as gets busy.
water was hot but again maybe wake early, four of us had a separate shower and still was hot.
There was no parking at hostel, but on road parking around the corner cost of £5 for 11 hours. bring money as they charge extra using cards. but you get the deposit back on door card, if not lost.
positives near the sea front 1.7 miles walk to Brighton lots of buses, lovely walk by the sea.
have fun be happy its what you make of it in the end. remember its basic and cheap.but I felt safe there.
we went 12th August weather was glorious which helped.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank JoanneMcgowan
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Swindon, England, United Kingdom
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2013

we stayed here on Monday 12/8/13, well to start with my friend booked it and stated she wanted a room with 2 x bunk beds, but when the voucher came it said what we wanted but also the small print stating (in very small words) that it would be in a shared dorm, my friend e mailed and phoned a few times stating what we had ordered was important due to my daughter already suffering from stress and anxiety, but this fell on deaf ears.
When we arrived we said this again but the man on reception insisted all was ok, when we got into the room we discovered there was already 2 other people in the room with their stuff all over the room, we went to the toilet that was along the corridor with NO hand washing in or around the toilet , so we had to go back to the room to wash our hands, we went out for a long walk and talked things through to decide we would go back to the hostel and get our things and then go down and check out, but the man on reception said we could upgrade for an extra £76, my friend kept saying she had booked a 4 berth dorm to which he said they didn't do rooms like that, so we stood firm and said we were going until he offered us a 4 berth room with en suite at no extra cost, this room was ok so we decided to stay but didn't realise how thin the walls were where we had a group of younger people partying in the room next door, they finally went out at around 11 but got woke by them again at 3.30 when they came back. The parking you need to pay for at £5 for 11 hours. and the breakfast was very very basic, Jugs of squash (not even a cheap fruit juice) then cornflakes or cornflakes for cereal (no variety) and white bread for toast (it doesn't cost much to buy brown bread and would of been nice to have something other than jam to go on, so a very basic breakfast)

Room Tip: take ear plugs and anti bac wipes to make it a bit easier.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Julie O
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Property: Smart Sea View
Address: 9-12 St. Catherines Terrace, Brighton BN3 2RZ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > East Sussex > Brighton and Hove > Brighton
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 24 Specialty Lodging in Brighton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Smart Sea View 2*
Number of rooms: 235
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