Myself and my partner were unfortunate enough to stay here over the past weekend. We picked the hotel as it has a great location next to the pier, the nightlife and the shops. However, that's all this hotel has going for it.
Upon arrival we were greeted unenthusiastically by the foreign receptionist who first couldn't find our booking, then once found she tried to charge us for the booking again even though it was paid through booking.com. It turned out that our room wasn't ready (we arrived at 13:45 on a Saturday afternoon, you'd expect the room to be cleaned prior to this time if check-out for the previous holidaymakers was 10am!). Therefore we had to check our bags into the store room - the man responsible for this wasn't best pleased that he had to make the effort to do some work.
The room we stayed in was a suite with jacuzzi bath. There was nothing "suite" like about this room. Stuck in an early 1970's time warp, the furniture and decor vastly dated and shoddy.
The bar and seating areas on the ground floor are damp (there are visible leaks from the ceiling and walls with buckets strategically placed to collect the water). Once again, the whole place is very dated and grotty looking.
All this comes at a price too, a standard double or twin room in £70 per night! Shocking when you take into account the state of the hotel.
I'd suggest gutting the whole building, sacking the rude staff and starting all over again!
- 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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