First thing's first - despite the name, this is a hotel or B&B, not a motel! That's in its favour. So, too, are the quirky touches such as the white board in the hall for guests to leave comments, the blackboard with the weather forecasts, and the original artwork throughout the place. Great breakfast, served in your room or the breakfast room (who wouldn't want it in bed?) and I must say it's a quiet place to stay.
It's not perfection, though (few hotels in Brighton are). I'm going to be picky because to read the reviews, you'd think this place was beyond improvement. There's big play about the 'award winning breakfast' and it IS good, but concentrated orange juice lets it down. So does the fact you have to decide the night before (by 10pm) exactly what you'll eat and what time you'll eat it and where. I stayed in a double room as a single occupant, but to be honest I'd have had a very different experience had we been staying as a couple - it was very small for a double - and a very tight shower room with no room in the shower for someone of a larger frame. However, it was immaculate, the bed clothes were crisp and pure white, and the shower pressure quite good (a good test of a hotel I think!).
One other small criticism. When i called to book, the owner said they were ina restaurant and would call me back, which they did but I missed the call so had to call them back again. I said I'd be checking in around 5.30 but that's when they feed their children so I might need to let myself in so when nearby perhaps I could call for an update. A text arrived on the morning with further instructions and when I called 10 minutes away, was told my key was on the back of the door! All this is fine, but hoteliers need to realise the work needs to be on them not the guest. I found this messing around all a bit fussy and irritating on an already busy day. Is it really too much to ask that the hotelier is there to let you in and check you're happy with the room?
So yes, it's a good hotel and a step above many local rivals (especially in this part of Brighton). For the money, it's a good deal but it suits someone of a chilled disposition, not someone who rates service above some other considerations. I'd stay again, it does give the impression of being a hobby rather than a lifestyle.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on pretty Russell Square, smack bang in the centre of it all, you will be 2 min. walk from the main shopping centre, Brighton's fantastic beach, car parks, The Lanes, Hove and The Brighton Centre for gigs and conferences. All our rooms are en suite (en suites refurbished in May 2008), with clean fresh bed linen, fluffy white towels, tea and coffee making facilities with fresh milk. Free view and Wi-Fi are in all rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Motel Schmotel Hotel Brighton