Stayed at the property for one night whilst in Brighton / Hove with friends. Firstly, bar and restaurant downstairs was a nice place to have a drink with classic leather button-back comfy sofas. Deco in the hotel lobby is from another generation but probably in keeping with the era of the property.
However, for the price,(circa £140 - Room Only), our room was certainly not value for money. It was situated towards the back of the property and, although relatively clean, was woefully tired looking. Walls were an industrial white colour, none of the very dated (and falling-apart) windows closed properly (meaning big gaps and lots of noise from outside). Additionally, there was scaffolding blocking one of the windows (which also didn't close/lock) meaning we didn't feel the room was particularly secure. Fixtures and fittings felt like they were from the 1970s - including the bed, (which was uncomfortable and noisy). Walls seemed very thin as we could hear all the conversations from the rooms around us. Re the bathroom, the toilet didn't feel like it was mounted properly to the floor / wall properly and the shower was very weak. There were also signs of damp in places.
Beside the rooms, one other thing to note was the car-park access is quite narrow (not a fault of the hotel - just a design restriction due to buildings on both side being quite close together). Once in the gravel car park (although free) there was limited space available so you might need to arrive early to guarantee a space. We did not use the WiFi so were unable to comment on this (although it was free).
Location wise, the hotel seems quite well-placed with some small shops, restaurants and cafes nearby, the beach a 5 minute stroll and the main Brighton streets are 5 minutes away in a taxi.
In conclusion, whilst it is appreciated that Brighton / Hove are not particularly cheap places to stay, from experience, there are much better establishments in the locality. If we had paid half of the room-rate we had paid, there would be less of an issue, especially with consideration to the condition of our specific room. (Maybe others were better - but it's impossible to know).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- More than a hotel; The Courtlands is an iconic piece of Hove's history, stretched contentedly along a prestigious tree-lined avenue within a short walk of the famous promenade and shingle seafront. Quietly grand by nature, this is understated splendour and restful style, with friendly and professional service. We offer comfortable accommodation with style; each of our sixty-three en suite rooms are different – some traditional, with an eclectic mix of beautiful and authentic antique furniture, some contemporary with chic and minimal style – whether old or new, each room has complimentary wifi... ... more less
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