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“Potentially lovely hotel but too many disadvantages”
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Hotel du Vin
Ranked #11 of 44 Hotels in Brighton
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“Potentially lovely hotel but too many disadvantages”
Reviewed 25 February 2013

The hotel has a lovely atmosphere, great bar and restaurant and the staff were lovely, polite and helpful. However for the price, more expensive than a London hotel of the same calibre, it was lacking in several areas. The hotel is up a lane and is not on the beach front. This meant that the sea view suite was a glimpse of sea between the end of the 2 buildings on the end of the street. We felt a bit conned by this as had paid handsomely for a sea view. Also, the hotel is surrounded by bars, restaurants and clubs and being a light sleeper, I was awoken every 15 minutes from 11pm until 5am by drunken revellers passing by on the street below. This fact alone meant that I would not visit the hotel again. If you are a light sleeper, this is not the place for you. There are only 2 floors to the hotel and the top floor is a loft suite so unless you book this, you are one floor above street level. The room was lovely and the 2 roll top baths in the bedroom rather novel. However, the bathroom floor had not been cleaned.

The Bistro however was excellent, though pricey and we enjoyed both dinner and breakfast there.The service was attentive and the sommelier very knowledgeable and gracious.

Room Tip: There is only one floor of rooms, all on the second floor. The 3rd floor is a loft suite. Street noi...
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Reviewed 25 February 2013

The hotel is a really bustling place to be at the weekend - the bar area is in the heart of the hotel and it really is a lovely place to have pre dinner cocktails or kick back and relax in the comfy sofas. The bar staff are top notch too - previous visits have always been consistent.

I stayed here for a Friday night, paying for the standard room with the intention of not spending much time in it. Check-in was SLOW! To be honest we did arrive dead on 3pm but the chaos seemed to be more related to people checking out - not that we were offered a late checkout.
I'd say it took a good twenty minutes of standing around before we were processed.

Our room was compact but had good amenities, fresh milk for the tea, kettle and teabags (no biscuits but a stocked out mini bar) also a nespresso machine with capsules and great iPod dock (not for iPhone 5)! Comfy beds, great selection of magazines and underfloor heating made it the perfect pitstop.

We ate in their bistro restaurant with friends - choosing not to order starters is a big no no here as we were made very aware our wait for main courses would be a minimum of an hour. The food was lovely and the atmosphere great. I just think for the price, whilst the food was definately worth it - struggling to order drinks or get the waiters attention became very frustrating. Management need more waiters at the weekend.

It's also worth noting it's a dog friendly hotel - both in the bar area and the rooms. We had a lovely albeit short stay. Fab location - I'll be returning!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 25 February 2013

Stayed using a special Valentine's deal for a 4 course dinner with overnight stay. Room was on the small side but very well appointed. The coffee machine was a great extra, was lovely to have a decent coffee while having a bubble bath!
The dinner was good as always and staff were attentive and flexible especially when we were too hungry to wait for our reservation at 8:30pm and asked to be moved to 7pm.
The room was a bit noisy - we must have been near a generator but given what we paid (£175 for 2 people with 4 course dinner - drinks inc glass of champagne and overnight stay) I don't think I can grumble. Will just ask not to have that room on future stays. We didn't stay for breakfast which at £15 pp is a bit steep but opted to explore the North Laines.

Room Tip: Avoid 'Rother Valley' we found it a bit noisy - must have been near a generator. Otherwise a...
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Hitchin, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 February 2013

Having a one year old little boy, it is difficult to find quality time with your partner let alone find a hotel that makes your one night away completely relaxing and worth every penny.

Having stayed in Hotel du Vin, Brighton, twice before the place seemed like the obvious choice for our quick getaway. It's the first hotel I have ever stayed in where I would be happy to spend the entire time in its vicinity; relaxing in the smouldering cocktail bar before heading off to dinner and then bed. The staff are relaxed, in fact the whole hotel oozes chilledoutness.

For this stay we opted for a really grand room - Cristal. And, boy-oh-boy, did it deliver. It was a loft suite complete with the biggest walk-in shower I have ever seen, private roof terrace and Bang and Olufsen sound system. If all this (and the 8ft. bed and twin bath tubs) wasn't enough then the pinball machine would widen the eyes of any guest. Looming large in the corner of the room, its presence reminded me of that scene from the film 'Big' (you remember that apartment....? The trampolining, the space, the fun....?) Its addition lent a somewhat quirky quality to a room full of delight. We loved it.

Thank you, Hotel du Vin, Brighton. You never fail to deliver and we'll see you again soon.

Room Tip: If you have the cash to splash, then stay in Cristal.
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 February 2013

We just spent a night here during the half-term break and had such a lovely time our 4 year old cried when we left! The staff on reception were very accommodating and utterly lovely with the children. We had a super suite with such quirky details in the decor, it didn't feel like part of a chain. Breakfast was delicious, the service was excellent and we all ate far too much. We loved the bar area - it was so relaxing to have coffee and cake there after a walk along the seafront and it morphed into a fun place for cocktails and was absolutely buzzing by the time we left. We all had a lovely stay and will now look hard for excuses to go back.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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County Laois, Ireland
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Reviewed 24 February 2013

We were checked in immediatly by a very friendly gentleman.
There is no lift so this could prove a problem as there are quite a few steps to climb.
Our Junior Suite was more than comfortabe.we had to close windows for a while around midnight as drunken female revelleres made a lot of noise, but it did not last long.
We have stayed about 4 times at this hotel after trying many others in Brighton.
Perhaps more staff neeeded in the bar as we had to wait too long to be served.but the barman was very apologetic .
Its still our favouite as there is a personal feel about the place

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 24 February 2013 via mobile

Stayed over the weekend on the dine and stay package. Good rate, but it's only a £15.50 credit in restaurant. Hotel nice with good location. Checkin slow, staff seem flustered and doing too much at once, left for a longtime after being checked in for key, girl just walked off and didn't stay anything! Dinner was very slow and only had one course, we waited for nearly an hour for food after half hour wait to take order. Went to pub next door, which is also nice but again service so so, bar man rated himself a little too much! Comfortable sleep but it's central location does make for a little noisy night, but no more than expected. Check out again very slow, helpful staff but over stretched and under trained. Good hotel, let down by service

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Property: Hotel du Vin
Address: Ship Street, Brighton BN1 1AD, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > East Sussex > Brighton and Hove > Brighton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Brighton
#5 Luxury Hotel in Brighton
#5 Business Hotel in Brighton
#8 Romantic Hotel in Brighton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel du Vin 4*
Number of rooms: 49
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel du Vin Brighton is situated in the Lanes conservation area, a pebbles' throw from the seafront. Its 49 bedrooms are housed in a collection of eccentric Gothic revival and mock Tudor buildings erected, appropriately by a wine merchant on the site of an old inn. Among many interesting features are a heavily carved staircase and bizarre gargoyles, while the original double-height hall now houses the wine bar and Laroche tasting room. The perfect venue for a picturesque wedding or party is the impressively large and airy Dome room. For the best tankered of local ale, Pub du Vin is one of Brighton city center's treasures with its classic pub dining. Out with the Brighton hotel is the wonder and inspiring town itself, with quaint streets dotted with fabulous shops, and of course the famous pier and promenade. ... more   less 
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