The Prince Regent is about midway along the top of Regency Square which itself runs off Marine Parade, opposite the former West Pier. The front rooms have sea views. It's a 15 to 20 minute walk from the hotel to Brighton Pier and most of the entertainment centres.
As this was my first Brighton hotel stay, I have nothing to compare it with in the £30 a night range, less than a block from the seafront. It's a narrow, Grade II listed building (old, quaint, quirky is almost a given) so I sort of knew what to expect: a small room up some narrow, wooden, creaky stairs. But the whole place is carpeted, so extremely quiet and cosy.
As others have said, the manager/receptionist Ellen is a gem. Polite, friendly and informed about everything. Check-in was quick and efficient. Checkout was simply leaving the key at the desk.
The decor in the rooms is somewhat gaudy, but everything was clean and the double bed comfortable. There is WiFi, TV and a hot drink making set supplied. There was space in the stocked small fridge for a pint of fresh milk and cold drinks I bought around the corner in a street full of all types of restaurant and there are a few pubs nearby too.
The bathroom is small (there are strict limitations on altering these 250-year-old buildings structurally) with a basin, toilet and the smallest shower cubicle I have ever seen. But plenty of hot water. By the second day I had worked out a technique for showering! Better a small ensuite than sharing bathrooms and toilets as is the case with many places of this type.
There is no restaurant, but a £5 coupon gets you a full English breakfast (a la carte menu too) at the Regency Restaurant on the corner, Brighton's famous (75 year) oldest fish restaurant. Excellent fish and chips and other food served too.
The 'rules' of the house for the Prince Regent are simple. Between 9pm and 9am the front door is locked but the key is attached to the room card keyring and guests can come and go at any time.
Regarding car parking, the secure Regency Square NCP (underground) immediately in front of the hotel costs £10 overnight, but the hotel offers £5 parking if you ask for it.
All in all, I was very comfortable in this rather quaint old hotel and would happily stay there again.
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- Also Known As:
- Regent Hotel Prince
- Regent Hotel Brighton
- Brighton Regent
- Regent Brighton