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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Du Vin Brighton
- Du Vin Hotel
- Hotel Du Vin Brighton