Last minute decision was made to stay here and to be on site for a wedding we were attending so got a standard room for a "reasonable" rate the day before.
As others have mentioned, there is no parking here, but there is a layby directly outside for dropping things off. The nearest car park (NCP) is a 10 minute walk away, and with the discount the hotel gives you it is £20.20 per night (should be £25).
Anyway, check in was great, our room was ready early given the weather outside and the check in clerk took us up to the room and showed us its facilities. The room was nice and spacious, plenty of storage space and equipped with everything you could need, hairdryer, iron, safe, umbrella etc.
There was a Nespresso machine in the room though we didnt use this. The bathroom had underfloor heating which was lovely, and the best part has to be the large round rain shower head - could have stayed in there all day!
View wise, well, we could see the sea if we looked out of the window and turned our heads to the right so I guess you could call that a sea view!
The wedding catering and staff were excellent and everything seemed to go without a hitch. The hotel has charm and is very quirky with plenty of places to go if you want a change of scenery, such as the courtyard, either of the two bars, the bistro looked nice though of course we didnt have need to use it, and the wedding room was a good size for the 90 or so guests which attended.
Overall it was a good stay. Why not 5 stars? For the prices charged you expect the room to be perfect. If i'm being picky, ours was not perfect. The bed-sheet had black marks on it as if it hadn't been washed (it had been, but looked otherwise), the air con rattled when on (though the hotel did try and fix this but to no avail as maintenance had gone home), some of the white painted walls in the room looked a bit grubby, some surfaces (such as the TV stand) were covered in dust and although some may find to their taste, both pillows on the bed were incredibly soft - I couldn't find any others in the room (most hotels have hard and soft).
However, these are minor things, and overall we enjoyed our stay. Would go back there again, though I think next time we may go for a superior room or a suite. The free hotel wi-fi was excellent as well, and accessible from everywhere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel du Vin Brighton is situated in the Lanes conservation area, a pebbles' throw from the seafront. Its 49 bedrooms are housed in a collection of eccentric Gothic revival and mock Tudor buildings erected, appropriately by a wine merchant on the site of an old inn. Among many interesting features are a heavily carved staircase and bizarre gargoyles, while the original double-height hall now houses the wine bar and Laroche tasting room. The perfect venue for a picturesque wedding or party is the impressively large and airy Dome room. For the best tankered of local ale, Pub du Vin is one of Brighton city center's treasures with its classic pub dining. Out with the Brighton hotel is the wonder and inspiring town itself, with quaint streets dotted with fabulous shops, and of course the famous pier and promenade. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Du Vin Brighton
- Du Vin Hotel
- Hotel Du Vin Brighton