We arrived at the Albion with high hopes. We checked in easily and headed for the room. The first thing upon opening the door was the overwhelming smell of smoke, upon reporting this to reception we were told that is probably coming up from the floor below that is a smoking floor!!!!
We went out for our meal and returned to a room that was hotter than an oven. Air con did not work. We reported to reception who sent up a desk fan!!! The window open and the fan made no difference and sleeping was impossible. The bathroom was dirty and the carpet mouldy, the bed had no bottom sheet and the mattress incredibly stained (yes I have photographic evidence!).
We were moved the next day (while we were out trying to enjoy the rest of Brighton on no sleep). Upon entering the *new* room, there was an overpowering damp smell, but at least it wasn't so hot you couldn't breathe! It was still VERY warm though (this was February to put things into context), so we cracked the window the 2" it would open and tried to put on the air con. Again - it didn't work. Hardly surprised us to be honest! But still, we got some sleep - I mean, the outside noise cannot be helped by the hotel. Upon awaking bright (?) and early the next day, I tried to use the shower ..... which plain and simply DID NOT WORK! I had to laugh - this was a treat for my birthday and had become some kind of disastrous farce!!!
Niggles: food was substandard (breakfast only, wasn't risking anything else!), wifi did not work even on ground floor as claimed, decor and furniture in need of upgrade, damp everywhere not just bedrooms.
I shall stick to what I know next time. Very very disappointed. Very poor. (took me this long to get over it!)
- 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:
- Royal Albion Hotel-Brighton Hotel Brighton