Booked this guest house because all other accomodation full for the Brighton marathon. Arrived on the Friday with wife and daughter to encourage son who was running; first had to call to say we were coming (though the booking said an e-mail would be sent for us to advise when we would be arriving, and this info had already been given). On arrival by taxi, we found road works going on right in front of the guest house with almost no direct access.
On entry, the smell was indescribeable: stuffy dirt with a layer of disinfectant spray, and residual smoke, dog and beer. A somewhat inebriated unkempt middle-aged couple were in the process of departing as we arrived.
We asked to see the family room: the beds were old and their bases in disrepair, the windows leaked rainwater, the bedcover undersurface had ingrained dirt, there were no bedcovers, the shower was so small you could hardly turn round inside, and the carpet looked shabby and sad.
The impression was so bleak that my wife and daughter decided they could not stay there. Because Brighton was very full on account of being the marathon weekend, it took a while to find alternative suitable accomodation.
The owner refused to accept any criticisms of his premises, and even argued vehemently that the carpet in the bedroom was new. (Whether true or not, it decidedly needed replacing!) The owner gave no confidence in his establishment, appearing as shabby as his own property, and only agreed to lift the cost of one night's booking. His comment was, well "you get what you pay for".
I do not recommend anyone to stay here, ever! It does not warrant a three star appellation.
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