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Hotel du Vin
Ranked #12 of 43 Hotels in Brighton
Reviewed July 12, 2014

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.

  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 11, 2014

Rooms were very clean and beautifully decorated. Staff were outstanding and extremely amenable when we asked to switch rooms due to noise from a wedding. Hotel has been beautifully refurbished and quality is better than many 5 star hotels. Would highly recommend staying here. It is also cheaper than the local premier inn without the awful stag parties and hen nights!

Stayed: July 2014, traveled as a couple
Thank Mal L
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Reviewed July 7, 2014

We were staying elsewhere, but on Saturday decided we wanted a quiet lunchtime cocktail - I'd spotted the courtyard when we walked down Ship Street past the Hotel and thought that would be a great place - when we got there it was just a little windy / chilly so we went into the Bar - what a great choice - very comfortable chairs, loads of space, good staff, and great Margaritas. On Sunday early afternoon, we felt hungry, thought about going back to the Bar for drinks and nibbles, but ended up in the Restaurant for Sunday Brunch - so glad we did - great food and drinks, a buzzing atmosphere, great value, and lovely staff. And guess what, we ended up back in the evening for another couple of margaritas - a really nice way to finish our weekend.

  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank bigcheeser
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Reviewed July 7, 2014

We would like to thank the team at Hotel Du vin for looking after us all for the grand final in Brighton, we hosted not only the owners of the competition at the hotel but also the CEO of the Seychelles Tourist board and world marketing boss - both had flown into the UK that day for the show, and both said what an amazing hotel it was - a real gem in Brighton, friendly helpful polite staff, gorgeous rooms, and one of the best bars and restaurants the city has to offer, thank you again from us all at next hot model uk guys,

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled on business
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1  Thank simon-darcy-ab
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Reviewed July 2, 2014

A very nice boutique hotel just steps from the Brighton waterfront and a short walk from the main shopping and dining areas in the city. I arrived shortly before the check-in time and my room was not ready, however the staff were very helpful and rushed to prepare it very quickly. This gave me a chance to try some of the excellent food served in the courtyard restaurant. The hotel is very tastefully decorated, well maintained and managed. It was an enjoyable stay.

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled on business
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Thank Mish3al
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Reviewed June 30, 2014

A friend of mine is getting married later this year and as a 'stag' gift, I arranged for 4 of us to attend Hotel Du Vin's cocktail masterclass.

It was a fantastic day, starting with bacon butties and then a day of mastering Old Fashioneds, Martinis, Corpse Revivers and Bloody Marys. The cocktail making (and drinking) was broken up with a delicious 3-course lunch before we all came back together to create our own cocktail with a prize up for grabs!

It was great fun and represented great value for money with the food and the number of cocktails we managed to make. Would be a great day with friends or a corporate shindig with a valued client.

We also stayed in the hotel overnight and I was really pleased with the rooms. One had a lovely terrace on which we were able to enjoy the early evening sunshine.

All in all, the whole experience was fantastic. We were really looked after the service was first class. I will definitely stay here every time I return to Brighton.

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Ollie M
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Reviewed June 25, 2014

We had a wonderful overnight stay at HDV in Brighton. It was my partner's big birthday so I requested a room upgrade after booking. We stayed in the Sea View suite - Gosset - and it was worth every penny. Two gorgeous baths overlooking the sea, with a telescope for a closer look. It did feel very special - not an everyday stay. No problem with noise as we kept the windows closed. The front of house staff were very relaxed and friendly, no over formality or pretension at all. They were also very welcoming of our little border collie who stayed with us - she was given her own blanket and water bowl. Because we had meg with us, we weren't able to eat in the Bistro but the food in the attached Pub du Vin was lovely. We also spent far too much time drinking cocktails in the bar area - again very relaxed but with friendly, efficient service. Would definitely recommend this hotel for something special if you're planning to splash out a bit.

Room Tip: Definitely upgrade to a suite - you'll be offered this after you book (if you book directly with...
  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Gemma R
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Additional Information about Hotel du Vin

Address: Ship Street, Brighton BN1 1AD, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > East Sussex > Brighton and Hove > Brighton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Brighton
#5 Business Hotel in Brighton
#5 Luxury Hotel in Brighton
#8 Romantic Hotel in Brighton
Price Range: $143 - $420 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel du Vin 4*
Number of rooms: 49
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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