We initially chose the Japanese room and phoned up to book that and asked about which other rooms were available and which one they recommended, we were offered a discount on a bigger, supposedly better room, the Balcony Room. Upon arrival, we were very disappointed in this room. It was dark, awful carpet, four poster bed with carvings on it and everything was in need of a good dusting.The telly had poor reception, although we were told someone would see to it the next day. The potpourri and dried flower arrangements were dusty and it wouldn't have took much to change them. The "Roman" style bathroom had a Jacuzzi bath, but the decor wasn't that nice really. The taps wobbled and the loo seat wouldn't stay up. It was all quite depressing.
We couldn't face a night there, so asked if we could change. We were lucky in that we were given a guided tour of the available rooms and could pick which one we liked. We chose the Japanese Room. This was quite nice, if a bit tired in places. There is nowhere to put your suitcases, so we moved the table for drinks and used that. The bed was stylish, but a bit cramped around the edges. The jacuzzi bath with powerful shower attachment was great. Nice fluffy white towels, fresh every day. There was a kettle and tea/coffee supplies, a hairdryer and even an iron and ironing board in the wardrobe. The room had brilliant sea views.
The 3 public computers were impossible to use, but we were offered the use of an alternative faster computer behind reception if we needed it.
Shame the general feeling of the hotel is that it needs a makeover, but at 3 stars, it's about right.
The breakfast was terrific. Brilliant location near the old West Pier. Not too far from shops and amenities. We found the hotel staff to be pleasant and helpful.
All in all, a nice few days.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on the seafront opposite Brighton's historic West Pier, The Granville is a boutique hotel with 24 eclectic bespoke rooms, individually themed from Minimalist to Art Deco, Japanese and Gothic.The Granville Hotel is just a 5-minute walk from shops, restaurants and on the doorstep of many clubs. The rooms have a luxurious bathroom, some with a spa bath or corner bath. Many of the bedrooms have a superb view across the coastline.All of the rooms are furnished with a TV and DVD/CD player. Complimentary broadband wireless internet access is available in all rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Granville Hotel Brighton