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The Iron Duke
Ranked #8 of 16 Hove B&B and Inns
London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“An excellent find for a couple of night's stay whilst on business nearby”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2014

Firstly, the previous review is erroneous! I too stayed in a room with an oblique sea-view but rest assured there is no large well-known hotel chain building overlooking the Iron Duke - there is only the historic and beautiful St Andrew's Church and beyond that the art-deco Embassy Court building!

Fed up with the likes of cheap national chains I opted for this hotel and bar experience and what a pleasant surprise it was. A regency building but Room 3 had an en-suite double shower, flat screen television and a large comfortable double bed, as well as another single one. The room was clean and well-presented. Interestingly, downstairs there is a display showing the history of the building.

Check-in was a simple and efficient experience under the guidance of Kate. The bar is a traditional 'pub' with the usual selection of spirits and trendy 'alco-pops', as well as a selection of real ales - just 'up my street', as it were. Teas and coffees are also available. Bar staff, the two 'men in black' (James and Jake, I think), are friendly and helpful, as are the local regulars. Peter, the landlord, is a charming and friendly chappie. Food is available and follows a traditional 'English' theme - meat eaters, fish eaters and vegetarians all catered for - alas, I did not have time to actually eat there.

Brighton is a 'parking nightmare' as a result of the Green Party's policies. However, the Iron Duke is within walking distance of the city centre along Western Road or the sea front.

Next time I am on a business visit, I shall stay here again.

Room Tip: Room 3 - large en-suite with oblique sea view
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2014

We stayed here to use as a base for a family wedding in Brighton. We had looked at the reviews on tripadvisor and seen photos. Mixed reviews but then we thought - you can't please everyone. Booking this hotel was a big mistake and was a huge spoiler for what was otherwise a great family celebration.

We had travelled down from Aberdeen, and due to flight times arrived well before the alloted check in time. We phoned and the lovely barmaid on duty was kind enough to let us leave our bags as the rooms were still not ready. However on our return later in the afternoon the first thing we noticed was the old, deformed mattress on our bed. There was a huge dent in the middle and the mattress was also too long for the bed frame, so our feet were elevated! Adding to the discomfort was the creaking. Once in bed unless you laid perfectly still the creaks stopped anyone from sleeping! Other furniture in the room, and indeed throughout the hotel, was also broken. Not even the floor was flat in our room! (Room 4)

We were staying in a room with an "oblique sea view", but it was also overlooked by a large well-known chain hotel. The bathroom window had no privacy glass and a see-through voil (we looked from outside too!) so anyone in the hotel opposite could see us on the toilet or in the shower. We had to rectify this by hanging a blanket over the window.

The toilets also had the loudest flush and groaning pipes! We could hear numerous toilets flushing all night!

On arrival and check in we decided to freshen up, shower (after covering the window!) and head out into the town. Unfortunately the double room booked for 2 occupants only provided 1 towel. I went to the bar to ask for another towel and some shampoo (as only body wash was provided). The barman, whilst very polite and efficient, was very quickly outside our door with more body wash and bath mats!

Continental breakfast is disappointing. Cornflakes, bread, croissants, yoghurts and tea/coffee. Even a choice of cereal would have been a nice touch. It was a buffet so it was possible to fill up, but the cuttlery had not been cleaned very well and we had to rummage for a clean knife one morning.

Fire doors had been wedged open with fire extinguishers, and another of our family's rooms had all the windows siliconed shut as well as a broken fire-door lever. How many fire hazards does one need in a hotel?

The photos on the website through which we booked this hotel are very misleading. We paid £178 for two nights and left feeling very out-of-pocket, not to mention extremely tired after a very uncomfortable weekend and a long journey back to Aberdeen to look forward to.

Room Tip: Don't chose a room in this hotel - stay elsewhere!
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 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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Iron D, Owner at The Iron Duke, responded to this review, June 3, 2014
Thank you for your feedback and please accept my apologies as we clearly did not meet your expectations.

I have checked the mattress and have ordered a new one as the one that came with the bed is no longer fit for purpose. I have also tightened the screws on the bed frame. Had we known at the time I would have sorted that straight away. For some reason the booking came through as single occupancy which is why there was only one towel but I'm glad the staff on duty sorted that straight away for you.

We passed our last fire safety inspection with flying colours, when the housekeepers clean the rooms all doors are propped open along with windows to air the rooms, the only ones left open have Fire safety approved Dorguards which automatically close the doors on the fire alarm sounding. All rooms have smoke detectors and alarms with self closing fire doors with smoke and heat seals which meet current regulations.

The building itself is 200 years and all rooms have an opening window. Number 4 has a large bay window with an opening sash and the remaining windows in the bay are non opening but not sealed with silicone.

I have ordered some frosting for the shower room window to replace the net curtain although there isnt a hotel near us just a church opposite and a block of flats some distance away along the seafront.

Once again please accept my apologies as it is important to us that our guests enjoy their stay. We do from time to time get things wrong but we do encourage both negative and positive feedback in order for us to be able to improve our service.

All the best.

Peter
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5 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2014

Good location as right by the sea front and only a 15min walk into centre of town, walking up the other end to western road there's plenty of buses also - the info regarding buses inside the room booklet was very useful for someone who rarely visits the city!
Staff were very friendly and welcoming, the room was clean and tidy, only slight complaint would be the window which was rather old 'slide' type single glazed which rattled from the wind (it was extremely windy this weekend to be fair!) however it also let in a bit of a gust when closed and can imagine this wouldn't be too pleasant during winter etc - could also easily hear people walking about in nearby rooms as if they were in my room itself, would imagine this is just because it's a very old building so can't be helped I presume.
Shared toilet/shower facilities were up to a good standard and very clean; also glad I was able to leave my luggage free of charge after checking out as it gave me an extra day to enjoy the city!

Didn't eat or drink in the bar so can't comment on that, but looked welcoming :)

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Mike M
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pl1970, Owner at The Iron Duke, responded to this review, May 20, 2014
Hi Mike,

thank you for your feedback and we are glad you enjoyed your stay. Over time the Victorian sash windows can loosen slightly and rattle in high winds. This isn't helpful when you're trying to sleep and we've now had that one fixed. We look forward to welcoming you back next time you visit Brighton.

All the best.

Peter
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2014

Short walk from the sea and central Brighton - friendly helpful staff.

Lovely, nicely furnished room with a sea view and en suite bathroom for a lot less than other accommodation in the area.

Great value - happy to recommend - way better value than most I have tried in Brighton

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Charlie K
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2014

The room was adequate for a short (one night) stay - bed comfortable, lighting pretty poor in the room and it was very hot during the night. I did not have an en suite room and the toilet just down the corridor could have been cleaner and the door did not lock properly. Facilities generally not that great. Breakfast in the morning was nothing to write home about but the staff were very pleasant and helpful.

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank grib123
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2014 via mobile

I was looking forward to visiting The Iron Duke, having heard good things, but was let down. The food was good, when it eventually arrived, but the length of time waiting wasn't worth it! We were a group of 14 who had booked weeks in advance, so they had plenty of warning we were comin. My starter never turned up, one of my fellow diners had his main arrive with everone else's starter, and another diner and my mains only turned up at least 10 minutes after the rest of the group had finished their meals. In fact, one of our group ordered mussels but received beef, they redid his meal and even he had finished before our meals arrived! Drinks were overpriced too. I enjoyed the food, but I won't be rushing back.

Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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Thank TiggALE
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pl1970, Owner at The Iron Duke, responded to this review, April 3, 2014
Thank you for your feedback.Please accept my apologies for the service you received on this occasion as I know you're group has eaten with us several times and enjoy the food. We have put measures in place to ensure that orders from large groups are dealt with more efficiently in future.
With regard to drink prices it is difficult to comment as I don't know what you were drinking. We have pitched our draught beer prices slightly lower than most of our local competitors and offer double up for an extra pound on premium spirits. Our wine is obtained from a local supplier and pitched slightly lower than the prices charged by our competitors.
Thank you once again for taking the time to write a review. We look forward to seeing you again.

Peter
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Sussex
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89 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2014 via mobile

Visited with friends. We had the living social voucher. The Thai food was acceptable. The barn man was friendly.
The location is good for exploring bars in the West brighton / East Hove area. Also close to the seafront. Pub is also a hotel, so I assume it would be lively in peak season

Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Property: The Iron Duke
Address: 3 Waterloo Street, Hove BN3 1AQ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > East Sussex > Brighton and Hove > Hove
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 16 B&Bs / Inns in Hove
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Iron Duke 2.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Iron Duke is in an enviable location just across the road from the beach and walking distance from the City Centre and the Brighton Centre. We have ten rooms including some with en-suites and views towards the sea. We also have rooms with shared facilities for those on a budget. All rooms come with tea and coffee making facilities and televisions. Guests have 24 hour access to the building with your own key to the hotel entrance. ... more   less 
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The Iron Duke Hove, Brighton And Hove, UK

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