Having read some mixed reviews it was with some trepidation that we booked the hotel Seattle. Our concerns were not helped by the less than spectacular approach to the hotel front and as we drove between an asda supermarket and petrol station we had a truly blink and you'll miss it moment as we almost drove straight past the entrance to the hotel. We parked up at the drop off point and looked around. The entrance is one door width set between a couple of shops and again does not inspire confidence.
However, as it transipires, this uninspiring approach is down to the fact that the front door of the hotel is really at the back. Through the front door is a nautical themed entrance hallway that is quirky and yet relaxing, a feeling maintained throughout the hotel.
The reception is a large open room with a grand, modern glass reception desk large seating areas and retro furniture and has doors leading to the main bar and the restaurant. The latter has a definite nautical theme again and serves high quality food at very reasonable prices. It is a pleasant place to sit and eat and has the most pleasing cosmopolitan views over Brighton Harbour. It has an inside and outside seating area, the staff are friendly and helpful and have a relaxed yet professional demeanour.
The room we had was on the third floor and over looked the rear of the building, a not unpleasant view. The top floor theme is black and white but in truth barring the tv, speakers, bin and coffee it is white. This does give the room a slightly sterile feel but has an added bonus of showing up any unclean surfaces and I can honestly say it was the cleanest hotel I have ever stayed in, not even a scuff mark could be found on the skirting boards. It had an enormous super kingsize bed which was comfortable, fresh and gave me a great nights sleep. The bathroom is large with fantastic toiletries, a wonderful rainforest shower and 2 sinks.
These qualities would have been enough but the hotel has a great trump card. The bar is one of the nicest places to relax and have a drink I have ever had the pleasure of visiting. Furnished with ultra retro furniture and volume perfect background music, the bar is set out in sections each with a unique style, this gives the feeling that you are sitting in privacy rather than in the middle of a communal bar.
The only two criticisms I would have of the hotel are that it is a bit further out from brighton town than would be ideal and the wicker chairs provided in the rooms are impractical and deeply uncomfortable. I have also noted some comments about noise from nightclubs, I did not hear a thing but this was possibly down to us staying in a room on the back of the hotel and would advise anyone looking for a quieter room to ask for the back of the hotel rather than the front. I did not see a nightclub however there are a number of late night bars that border the harbour and I could quite imagine people being out to late drinking and talking over the weekend.
All in all I have to say that the hotel is a family friendly, well staffed and tastefully decorated hotel. I would not hesitate to go back the next time I am in Brighton and cannot thank the hotel and staff highly enough for giving us a wonderfully relaxing short break. 9/10
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Malmaison Brighton, a contemporary hotel with a big personality on Brighton Marina waterfront. Uniquely located to offer the best views of Brighton Marina. Close enough to make the best of Brighton's vibrant life but also somewhere where you can enjoy a more relaxed environment with great hospitality, fresh & local produce menus & something a little more unique. Seattle is a hotel to explore, sit back and enjoy the day in the lounge, as the boats come and go, or perhaps it will be the retro pop art that will attract you or relax on our terrace and enjoy the buzz of our restaurant during the evening. Our team are a big part of what makes the Seattle experience so unique. You'll find them friendly, welcoming and never shy to help. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Seattle Hotel Brighton
- Brighton Hotel Seattle
- Alias Hotel Seattle