My mother (73yrs) and I booked a coach trip and stay in Brighton we arrived on Monday afternoon and left on Friday Morning the cost was £209 and included return coach journey, two coach trips, breakfast and evening meal, and 4 night stay in the Albion. The coach parked at the Hotel, The manager Mohammed greeted us on the coach, told us meal times and hotel info, gave us our room keys (a card) and told us our suitcases would be brought to our rooms. I had read these reviews before i arrived and was a little worried. Generally I don't holiday in england and prefer to back pack around Asia, so maybe I'm used to less comfort but to be honest I couldn't fault this hotel, yes it is a bit faded and it is an old building, the main road on the sea front is very busy and the building gets dirty quickly which makes it difficult to keep the large sea view windows clean. (They were cleaned during our stay), the restaurant is a little small, there is only one lift and the toilets are a bit of a trek from the bar but it is a three star hotel not 5 star and you get what you pay for. On the plus side, it is very central, there are beautiful views over the sea, I loved the food tasty, well cooked, plentiful with lots of choice it wasn't haute cuisine but probably the best hotel buffet style food I've had, Vodka and a diet coke was £3.45 which although dearer than my local is average city prices. My mother requested a room on the first floor at the back of the building (she thought it would be too noisy on the front) and thats exactly what we got. We were lucky enough to have the two hottest days of the year and the room was a bit stuffy for my mother, we requested a fan and received it in under ten minutes. The room was large, old but clean, the shower was lovely, although I was told the water was cold before 7am (I was on holiday so I didn't try that.) My mother had the address of some relatives she wished to visit in Brighton but had forgot the phone number. The girls on reception went to great lengths to find it for her. In fact I really cannot agree with any of the complaints against the staff. They are a multicultural bunch but the nicest hotel staff I have ever come across, nothing was too much trouble for them and they were always friendly and polite (I noticed on one of the reviews before i went someone complaining that the socket switches were very dirty and I did notice a very grubby pair of switches in the bar area so I asked a young polish girl to clean them and she did immediately chatting away to me, she then checked all the rest) The night manager Mike was lovely. The lights in the bar fused one evening and he couldn't get them back on so he sent everyone in the lounge and provided a waiter service for drinks. I would definitely stay there again. I don't know what the general prices are, we were on a package so it was very reasonable, I wouldn't pay more than £60 a night but then I wouldn't pay more than that anywhere and I would be happy with a lot less than the Albion had to offer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Royal Albion Hotel in Brighton is a Regency Style Hotel built in 1826 which offers a warm and friendly environment in a premier position directly opposite Brighton Pier. So, if you are looking for a seafront hotel in Brighton, you won't get much closer than this. Facing the sea, it's right at the heart of the action. ... more less
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