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Royal Albion Hotel-Brighton
Ranked #40 of 44 Hotels in Brighton
Horsham, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
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“Tired and tatty hotel”
Reviewed 30 March 2014

My wife and I had a weekend break down in Brighton and we chose this hotels for its location and sea front aspect. I paid a little extra to get a room with a view and we had a nice view of the pier. The hotel itself is very shabby and tired looking, it looks like it was last decorated in the 1970's and they have torn and beaten furniture in the hall ways leading up to the rooms. Rooms are accessible by a tiny lift or staircase and when its busy and the lift is being constantly called, its quicker to use the stairs, The rooms are fairly big, which is what you'd expect from a Victorian built hotel. The room was clean, but drab and one that encourages you to get out and about town, which I guess is a good thing. Its plus side, is the location, its by the coach station and behind the lanes, so once out, your straight in to the bars and restaurant area of the Lanes, its also handy for a stroll on the pier. The rooms are also not very sound proof and you will hear all the night time revelers as they shout and make typical reveler noises :) but then you dont go to Brighton for a rest :) I doubt I would stay at the Royal again.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 March 2014

We stayed at this hotel for 3 nights in March what a shocking hotel. The place needs a face lift and the plaster is falling off the walls in the stairways. We had a small room on the 4th room which had wallpaper peeling of the walls. When we took a shower the steam set the smoke alarm off. We did get moved to a bigger room after complaining
The food was terrible, no taste from it whatsoever and the vegetables were cooked to an inch of their lives. We had paid for bed and breakfast with evening dinner. Dinner was supposed to be from 7.00pm to 10pm but on the first night we were not allowed to eat in the dining room until 8.30pm as there were 2 coach parties that had to be fed first??? when we asked for a bottle of wine for dinner we were told to go and fetch it from the bar ourselves.

The old saying you pay for what you get comes into play here never again

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 March 2014

By no means do I try to be posh but this hotel even made me feel terribly out of place! It was shoddy and very poor, it reminded me of the old closed theatres of Manchester with it's peeling carpets and crumbling plaster, it was poor value for money and that doesn't include a breakfast with the room!! I ended up driving and paying at the local harvester pub as it was £10 per person for a unedible lookng breakfast. To make things worse the parking situation is diabolical at my new car came home with extra dints as it was abused by drunks on the front.... Expect to pay around £200 for a poor room no breakfast and no parking, if you do find parking it's 4hrs for £10 everywhere!!!! A great weekend let down by the hotel.

  • Stayed March 2014
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Reviewed 30 March 2014 via mobile

Disgusted by my stay so far and have to stay another night!bed small and uncomfortable and 1 pillow,cracks all over ceiling,fags all outside front,odd staff,looked like it needed to start again,the only thing this hotel has going for it is location but I recommended loosing the royal in the name as nothing royal about this place!

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2014

Stayed here for a night in March 2014 - my boss paid as we were at a conference so wasn't sure what to expect. It wasn't perfect - but it was tidy, reasonably quiet -- and apart from the fact there was no wifi or cellphone reception in the basement rooms - everything was pretty reasonable. I'm staying there again next week for a training course so will hopefully not be in a basement room again!

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 March 2014 via mobile

So far I have been constantly expecting Basil Fawlty to appear!! My wife just leant back on her chair and the back was broken, fell through it, it was only by luck she didn't hit the floor! Told the waitress and she did the right thing, take the chair away, only to put it to another table!!
She then directed the next couple to the same table she'd just out the broken chair to!!
Unbelievable!!
We had to tell the old chap (in his 60's) not to sit on it!!
The hotel is falling apart I'm sure, paper peeling off, a hole in the bathroom door that has been half filled, Stevie Wonder could have done a better job of the decorating and maintenance. Everywhere you look you see things that have been neglected or they just can't be bothered.
A hotel in this location should be amazing, it has so much potential, the staff don't help either, they don't.........help or offer to help, still waiting for the jug if water we asked for 90 minutes ago (guess we'll do without it) we had to chase a waiter down to find out how to order wine with our meal, silly me, we had to go to the bar to get it!
Now there's a woman doing karaoke in the bar (sorry she's the entertainment for the night!)
Can't wait for breakfast!!!

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2014

Just spent a long weekend at this hotel in Brighton. Great rates, beautiful large room, good service and fabulous sea views. Even the in room tea and coffee was really generous Our room looked directly over the pier, what more could you ask of a seaside stay.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Royal Albion Hotel-Brighton
Address: 35 Old Steine, Brighton BN1 1NT, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > East Sussex > Brighton and Hove > Brighton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#20 On the Beach Hotel in Brighton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Royal Albion Hotel-Brighton 3*
Number of rooms: 208
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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