I stayed for two nights and hated every minute. The parking was £23 per night, even as a resident. Handing my car keys to the valet was worrying considering if he damaged my car I was uninsured. I entered the hotel and checked in and was told second floor by reception. What they should have given me was a tour guide or a map and told me that once I got to the second floor via the lift, I'd have to navigate more stairs to get to my room anyway.
I opened the door to find the tiniest room I've ever seen in a four star hotel. The bathroom was that disgusting I actually shut the door when I got in there. The room was freezing cold and serviced only by a small radiator that was covered by the curtain so was near useless. I walked out of the room to warmth in the corridors which I thought was utterly ridiculous. I asked to be moved and was asked to return in half an hour??
I returned to my freezing cold room and decided to have a shower to warm up. Big mistake.
The water took a full five minutes to heat up to a warm enough temperature to get in. The floor was like an ice block and was only serviced by a tiny heated towel rail that was utterly unsuited to the size of the room too. I would say I had a quiet room apart from the tiny half width door that creaked everytime anyone passed through and past my door. If that was a quiet room I'd rather take my chances in a noisy one.
The only positive comment I can make about this hotel is the bed was comfortable and the breakfast was good. I had it delivered to my room so I could stay in bed as long as possible due to the temperature of the room. I've stayed in many luxury hotels in my time and even a few nights in a budget one and my honest opinion is- never again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The four-star Old Ship Hotel is a historic Georgian hotel with 154 bedrooms, 49 of which overlook Brighton's famous beach, that also has chargeable onsite parking for up to 50 cars. Just a 5-minute walk from Brighton Pier, The Lanes and the city's bars and restaurants, previous guests have included an array of royalty, aristocracy, artists and musicians, such as Charles II & Paganini. Enjoy classic British dishes in the Steak-on-Sea Restaurant, or private dining in the 400-year-old cellars, and drinks on the Al Fresco Bar Terrace on the promenade, before heading out for top-class entertainment in the theatres and clubs. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Old Ship Hotel Brighton
- Barcelo Brighton