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“Don't book roon 'Catena'”
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Hotel du Vin
Ranked #12 of 44 Hotels in Brighton
Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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“Don't book roon 'Catena'”
Reviewed 22 April 2014

Once you find this hotel it is pleasant enough but bear in mind it is on a narrow one-way street with no parking. If it's raining make sure you drop your bags off first: closest parking is a brisk walk back. Our booking was 1-night b&b. The cost was £320. If the room would have been good then OK but it most definitely was not. Effectively the room under the stairs, 'Catena' is small, noisy and stuffy. It has one window and if you open it you get the noise from the courtyard (plus the smoke from any smokers) and the smell of cooking oil from the local chip shop! The staff were pleasant enough but they need training. Don't be fooled by the slick website.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Burbage, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 April 2014

Fantastic. It's the only place me and 'er indoors' will stay when we're in Brighton. First class service, a stunning collection of wines and cigars. We particularly like to have our tea in the bistro. Absolute recommend!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Gerrards Cross, United Kingdom
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83 reviews
31 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 17 April 2014 via mobile

This is a delightful hotel it has a real boutique feel to it that so many hotels aspire to create and fail.

Located close to the sea front in the lanes it also has a great location.

I stayed in a tower room. The rooms are well appointed and a good size. Bathrooms are well kitted out. Bed was very comfortable. Coffee machine mini bar etc all excellent. I even had a partial sea view!

Breakfast was excellent good selection and lovely setting. I had a cooked breakfast which was lovely.

So overall great stay. I didn't interact with the staff much but they seemed nice.

There is always one downside and for m e that was the room I had was high but at the front of the hotel and wasn't double glazed. So in the night I heard noisy revellers in the street below and in the morning it was sea gulls. My colleague stayed at a room at the back of the hotel and had neither of these issues.

So when I stay again I would ask for one of the rooms at the back.

Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
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switzerland
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77 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2014

Great hotel for a weekend retreat. Room very clean with a nice touch for details. Great Bathroom.
Location perfect for both going for a walk at the beach and for shopping tour. Staff really friendly and helpful. Parking is a 5 min walk away and if you leave the car for a few days can add to the overall cost.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2014

I stayed a single night in one of the dog friendly rooms. It came with dog bowl bed etc which is the type of nice touch you expect from hotel du Vin
Staff were helpful friendly and informative. Atmosphere in the bar was buzzing
Breakfast up to the normal very high standards of the group
Access to upstairs rooms can be a challenge for people with walking difficulties so book in the court yard
Location excellent for the sea front / Lanes

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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eastbourne
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Reviewed 15 April 2014 via mobile

My husband and I stayed for a night at the hotel du vin in their cristal suite for one night, we checked in early and left our bags, it was very smooth and staff were friendly and polite. We retuned later and were shown upstairs to our room, as explained to us there are no lifts as its a heritage building but there were plenty of staff who would be able to help with bags/ cases. The room was very large with an 8 foot bed, huge seating area, twin roll top baths in the room, massive twin shower wet room and separate toilet. Other than the baths the best part was the private roof terrace where you go sit and relax with a sea view we were lucky enough to have great weather so made the most of it. We had dinner booked in the bistro and couldn't fault the service or the food in any way, the food and wine is very expensive but that's what we were expecting, we finished our wine in the bar afterwards which was quite as it was a Sunday evening. I haven't given 5 stars even though we loved out stay because of a couple of small points, there are no robes or slippers in the room which was quite annoying as after relaxing in the baths they were needed and also that there was no bottled water provided other than in the mini bar. There was also no hotel directory with bistro / breakfast times or any other hotel info and the air conditioning was too noisy to use at night and the room was boiling being right in the roof. These are only small points and we would definitely return.

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bath
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23 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2014

Excellent staff, and location, the room was Ok but very expensive, and we had managed to get a reasonable price, full price might be prohibitive. A very different and better experience than a regular well known chain Hotel group, some excellent quirky styles.

  • Stayed April 2014, 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 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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