My husband, who gets around in a wheelchair, and I stayed for 2 nights.
Firstly, I have to endorse the most frequently-made complaints about this hotel ( rooms are HOT, noisy, have sparse toiletries, one-dressing gown between two guests, and a steamy kettle amongst your clothes.)
As a wheelchair user though, you might run into greater inconveniences: (and you will get no warning beforehand from staff, as their disability awareness, like their social skills in general, are NOT great!)
The bumpy wooden decking between the car park and hotel - (quite a distance) wont suit everyone. We werent warned that due to refurbishment, there was no internal access between the hotel and cafe, so back down the lift - and outside onto that decking again! Followed by a steep push up the ramp into the cafe!
Rooms claiming to offer wheelchair access are of course, rare - so you may have to accept the Asda view, and the fact that the room is poky, as a bigger proportion has been given over to the bathroom. The toilet has a nice range of grab rails around it, but no accessible shower: so be warned, you need to be able to stand up and hop over the side of the bath (grab rail provided) if you want to remain clean. Not possible for my husband, but may be ok for others ...The sink isnt designed to get a wheelchair up close, so you might have to spit from some distance when cleaning your teeth!!
It stands to reason that if you are disabled, your husband/partner/wife wont want to share your bed!! So thats ok that no double beds provided!? (Actually, to be fair, they did push our twin beds together when I said we DID in fact want to sleep together! Not quite the same though, is it, no-one likes that gap in the middle!)
We did also find it quite difficult to converse with staff, who were mostly very young, and slightly startled - though beautiful to look at!
On the positive side, the food was GREAT, the decoration lovely, and the position on the marina hard to beat.
- 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:
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