When you pay £13 for a bed in Brighton (Hove) on a Saturday night, you can't really expect very much, but we somehow still managed to leave feeling stiffed.
The sea view ain't a sea view (there are quite a few shops and flats in the way), but that didn't really matter anyway since you couldn't see anything from our basement-level 20-bed dorm. The manager on duty when we arrived seemed to take exception to everything we said, and enjoyed telling us that a number of surprising fees were included in the small print. We found out from a different manager that the only deposit required was for room keys (£10 each), but he was unable to explain this to us and seemed to be making up reasons as he went along. We had already tried to change our booking from 6 beds to 5 the previous day, but had been denied because we had only given 23 hours notice instead of the mandatory 24. There is a 10% surcharge if you want to pay by card on arrival.
The dorm was a little crowded but the beds were comfortable at least. 'En suite' bathrooms don't really mean much when you're sharing it with 19 other people, and while the showers were nice, they have a bit of a mold problem due to lack of ventilation. There was a lot of noise (and cigarette smoke) from the streets, a very creaky staircase above, and a bright green light on the ceiling which we weren't able to turn off. The sleepers in the other room were bathed in the glow of the bathroom lights every time someone used it during the night.
The 'continental' breakfast in the morning was literally just toast, cornflakes, and orange squash. Yeh, it was free, but it actually made the place feel like more of a rip-off, not less. We left and got a fry-up.
Overall: this place is extremely cheaply run, and it shows. Every expense has been spared. If you only want a bed to sleep in (and don't mind the 30 minute walk from the town centre), then go for it. If you're expecting anything more, you will be disappointed.
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