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“A bit of a let-down”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel du Vin

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Hotel du Vin
Ranked #10 of 44 Hotels in Brighton
Certificate of Excellence
Oxford, England
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“A bit of a let-down”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2013

Having stayed at HdV in Cambridge I was somehow hoping for more at the Brighton branch than it actually delivered. There is nothing very wrong with anything here, but I got the distinct impression the brand has run out of steam - just about every small hotel and B&B markets itself as 'boutique' these days, and if HdV and Malmaison led the way 15 years ago then perhaps they have been overtaken. Certainly there is nothing very imaginative about the decor or fittings.
Location is great, close to the seafront and the Lanes, and the building itself an interesting mix of old and new. Our ground floor room facing the courtyard (Catena) had all the usual bits and pieces (iPod dock, coffee machine, big TV etc) but rather poorly laid out, short on storage and noisy, with the courtyard and stairs outside the room contributing to this. The corridor outside the room seems to act as a dumping ground for housekeeping during the day, lined with sacks of clean and dirty linen and detritus from room-service well into the afternoon on the days we stayed.
Basics in the room are all good - linen, towels and toiletries are of good quality, and high levels of cleanliness in evidence. Breakfast is great - lovely cooked dishes and a buffet of fruit, juice, pastries, but dinner on our first night was less impressive.
So - a mixed bag, nothing terrible to report, but perhaps not as smart as might be hoped.

Room Tip: 'Catena' probably not the room to go for if you have a choice.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2013

What at treat! Arrived on Saturday to a wonderful welcome - 2 hours before check-in after a long drive, but was given my key immediately. I had a top floor room in an adjoining block, sadly no lift, but not the end of the world. The room was cosy and welcoming with top end products, and a slipper bath in the bedroom (:@). The bathroom was roomy with a large walk-in shower and we were provided with robes and lovely soft towels.

The bar area and restaurant were very welcoming and busy, and we enjoyed a wonderful Californian Viognier (£38) perched at the bar. We didn't dine at the hotel, but I enjoyed a delicious prawn and crayfish starter in the bar (£8.50) - I also loved the fact that the entire menu was available via room service.

The staff here could not have been more warm or helpful - although they were busy, they took time to be courteous, and seemed genuinely interested in their guests.

I felt the room was a little steep at £145 (room only) plus £10 for overnight parking, but overall, a lovely experience and I would certainly stay here again.

Room Tip: If you have heavy luggage or are infirm then request a ground floor room.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2013

We stayed here after a 36 hour journey from Australia, it was the perfect way to recover. Perfectly situated in Brighton, close to the lanes and bars / pubs and a stones throw from the beach. Very classy rooms, amazing bathroom with roll top bath and incredible shower facility, amazing bed. The hotel has a nice jazz bar and an excellent breakfast. The biggest compliment that I can pay the Hotel du Vin is that after two nights we checked in to the De Vere Grand Hotel as part of a wedding party and actually checked back in to the du Vin after the wedding as opposed to extending our stay at the Grand. A word of warning, it's a little bit of a maze inside, lots of tight corridors and plenty of stairs, we got lost a couple of times just trying to get out, or to find out room!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2013

Good size room for a small wedding ceremony/reception. Beautiful crystal glass chandelier. Food was excellent. Staff were friendly. Nice pub attached and restaurant looked lovely. Great location. Didnt stay there as rooms seemed very expensive but i think thats just the way it is in Brighton. Would visit again.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Benfleet, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2013

We stayed @ Hotel du Vin to celebrate a friends birthday & found the hotel to be excellently situated to enjoy Brighton It is just off the seafront & close to The Lanes, the restaurants & bars.
It offers quality food & wines & has a pub next door,Pub du Vin.
parking is a problem but the hotel does offer a voucher to get a discount at one of the over priced car parks.
My friend hosted a drinks party in the gallery area of the hotel which also hosts many wedding receptions.
All in all a very pleasant stay.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2013

The price sets it out as a high-end Boutique but I'm not sure it can be justified. Location is great, just off the beachfront. Other positives are the bar/pub on the ground floor and the restaurant which we didn't eat in but looked very cosy. Our room was a trek and a half through fire doors and small sets of stairs, very small indeed and one that certainly did not justify the price tag. We were thinking of grabbing a £79 room at the Jury's Inn by the station but forked out another £50 to make it that bit more special - I wish we hadn't as it simply wasn't worth the money, Hotel du Vin simply fails to differentiate itself from the upper-budget tier of hotels. The phone in our room wasn't working, there was only one tissue left in the bedside tissue box and the view from our room was of a slate roof. I've been to many boutique hotels in my time and this most certainly is not one, it's just a converted old pub. Try Drakes down the road.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Berlin, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2013

I stayed here with my family. Thank you for the charming experience. Location, staff, services are outstanding! It is close to the shore and the downtown. Sunday lunch was awesome. Brighton is a beautiful city and this is a nice hotel. Definitely recommended.

Have a good day.
Tom

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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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 Luxury Hotel in Brighton
#4 Family 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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