Just returned from a week at Royal Albion. If you have any mobility problems at all, this hotel is not for you. On arrival, we were left to drag our luggage up the five steps at the front door, through a crowd of young people, smoking and drinking as there was a wedding on. We could not use the lounge that evening as it was taken over by the wedding party.
We had to ask for assistance to get our cases up to our room. The only lift is tiny, holds five people, without cases, and the queue was horrendous as we were a coach party of about forty people, many disabled. One woman was in an electric buggy which almost took the lift to itself. There is no toilet on the ground floor, which is where the dining room, bar and lounge are situated. The nearest toilet is down a steep flight of stairs to the basement, or the lift, if you could get in, to floor -1, then a lonely walk through a series of corridors. We used to end up going up to our room for the toilet, and more often than not, staying in for the evening. The food was passable, nice breakfast, but buffet service, which was not much good to anyone who had a walking stick, or other mobility aid.
Dinner was self service as well, and much of a sameness about it. Luckily my husband carried the hot soup to our table, and I managed my own plate. I felt sorry for couples where they were both disabled, and there were plenty of them.
Entertainment was one night a week only, another two nights we had bingo and a quiz. The hotel itself was antiquated, we had a huge chunk out of the rim of the bath where someone had tried to prise the bath front off, leavin a dangerously jagged edge.
We had a wonderful view of the pier, and the big wheel, and the location was handy enough for the town centre. That is the only good thing I can say about the Royal Albion.
We will certainly not be back. There was another wedding due the day we were leaving. I feel sorry for the next coach party which were due in.
- 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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- Also Known As:
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