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“Great room, great food, Fantastic Seaviews” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Malmaison Brighton

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Malmaison Brighton
Ranked #13 of 44 Hotels in Brighton
Certificate of Excellence
Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
Level Contributor
1 review
“Great room, great food, Fantastic Seaviews”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2008

After trawling the internet for a decent hotel in Brighton and wanting a seaview but without the hussle and bussle of the main centre of Brighton and the high prices near the Pier, my boyfriend and I chose Alias Hotel Seattle and couldn't have been happier with our choice. We booked through Laterooms.com

Parking is complimentary in the multi story car park, 2 minute walk away via the marina walkway and there is a bag drop off area on the road level with front road entrance if preferred.

The entrance is so funky with mood lighting and chill out music playing. You arrive at the lifts first that take you up to reception which is a huge open space with cool video imaging projected onto the back wall of the reception, very light and spacious with a comfy seating area.

We were lucky enough to be upgraded from a basic double room to a double room with seaview which is right over the Brighton Marina and looking on to the sea, just beautiful especially as the sun was out when we arrived!!

The corridor to all the bedrooms reminded us of a walkway of an old fashioned ship.

Entrance to our room was via a security chip pass key, that worked first time, now not many hotels can claim that one. The room was very clean, modern furniture, white bedlinen and well fitted bathroom. The bathroom toiletries were in keeping with the whole image and added a great touch. The towels were clean and fluffy and complimentary bath robes were included.

The bed felt bigger than our double bed at home and so was a treat for us to have that extra space and was very comfortable with plumped up pillows.

The only negative was the wardrobe/hanging space which was somewhat intriguing. It was a hanging rail and hooks right above the TV with hangers that you couldn't remove from the rail for security reasons and meaning some items would be trailing on the TV so I guess this isn't ideal for a long duration but just ok for our 1 night stay.

The flatscreen TV was particularly pleasing to my boyfriend who got to keep up to date with all the coverage of the Olympics on the Saturday morning of our stay.

We went down to breakfast in the restaurant and got an enviable table again looking over the marina and no doubt with the sun out it made it all the more appealing. The choice of breakfast was too much to make a hasty decision so after great debate we had 1 full english and 1 salmon & scrambled eggs preceeded by the continental breakfast. I wish I'd had my camera with me as my salmon and scrambled eggs looked stunning and too good to eat and believe me it was YUM. The cereals, fruit, toast, pastries and juices were endless and stunningly presented. Next time I'll be trying the poached egg, ham on muffins as this looked devine and not forgetting all the lovely pastries when the diet has been parked.

With it being out of town, yes you need to get a taxi in to Brighton but for us it was ideal as we preferred to sleep over out of town and then just taxi it into town. We of course made sure we strolled on the Pier and walked on the pebbled beach before we had to head home.

All in all a fab one night stay at this hotel with service from all the team who made our stay a most pleasurable one. I would have no hesitation in recommended it.

  • Liked — The cleanliness, the great service, views over the marina, yummy breakfast
  • Disliked — Lack of wardrobe space, but we were only there for 1 night.
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Sheffield
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6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2008

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.

  • Liked — Lovely bar (B&W), calm, spacious decor - great food
  • Disliked — Felt like a second-class guest as a wheelchair user - paid the same as everyone else though!
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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West Essex
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30 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2008

I cannot make my mind up with this hotel. It potentailly could deliver so much but somehow did not live up to its potential. We booked directly with the hotel and got a much better rate on a sea view room than the best Internet Deal with a £40 pound voucher for the restaurant.

Arrival and check in was good but the car park is a short walk away from the hotel and we got wet as it was raining hard. The room was spacious and open and with minimal furniture. Beds were good. My doubts startes when we heard the sound of construction work . The restauarant is being up dated and is promised to be finished by the end of July. Until it is don't expect a lay in as the work started at 7.30 am durring the week.

On close inspection the balcony outside had the remains of someones old takeway on it. It was never cleared during our stay. Our room opened up straight onto the harbour and if you like people watching would be great. Not so great though if it is hot and you want a quite night ,as the marina is very lively to early in the morning. The lounge area was superb and the service fautless. The restaurant had a limited menu but the food was cooked well and the service fautless.

One tip is ask for a non interconnecting room as the soundproofing in these rooms is not very good. Allright if you have considerate neighbours which we did not.

At the rate we paid it was not bad but I would have expected more if I had paid top price.

  • Liked — Modern decor and furniture
  • Disliked — The Micro television
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank gilbernuk
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Dublin
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8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2008

I have just returned from an overnight stay in the Alias Seattle Hotel. My boyfriend found the hotel through lastminute.com at a very reasonable price which included a full breakfast in the lovely Cafe Paradiso. We were allocated a room with a view of the Marina which was really pretty. I really liked the quirky outlay and decor of both the hotel and the room. My only one slight issue was the heat of the room and there was only one small fan for air conditioning which didn't really suffice. However other than that I really enjoyed my stay here and would definitely return again. The hotel is in a great location and there is a great choice of restaurants surrounding the hotel.

  • Liked — The lovely views of the marina and proximity to amenities
  • Disliked — The lack of air conditioning
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank andreasmyth78
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Cumbria
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29 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2008

The hotel is right on the marina with many restaurants and bars surrounding it.

The interior is very modern and contempory. Our room was very clean and very comfortable with an excellent power shower.

Parking is free but across the marina in a multi storey.

Breakfast was good and included in the very reasonable price. The staff were very helpful.

We were only there one night but I would use this hotel again.

  • Liked — Handy bars and restaurants
  • Disliked — parking away from hotel
  • Stayed April 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank Tourer22
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Godalming, Surrey
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2008

OK - I admit it, I'm a sentimental mug.

Back in May 2003 when the Seattle had only been open a few months, I took my fiance to this hotel for a surprise weekend break and proposed to her. She said 'yes' and since then we've returned every year and even spent part of our honeymoon here. However, this year for the first time we're not going to go. In fact we don't intend to go back again.

First visit, we put the dodgy service, tiny TVs, broken toilet seats etc down to teething problems. The following years we've probably been too blinded by romance and nostalgia to notice the disinterested staff, the threadbare towels, the filthy windows, the noisy nightclub, the roasting hot rooms (in May!!!) etc. However, now enough is enough - especially when I realised I was beginning to dread our annual visit rather than excitedly anticipate it.

This hotel seems to have absolutely no concept of customer service (a couple of exceptions which I'll come to in a moment) and is making no commitment whatsoever to improvements. I'm fed up of fighting with the tiny TV set remote control and wishing I'd packed need binoculars to watch it. The rooms aren't cheap so why do I have to put up with stains on the carpet, walls and windows. I appreciate that this is a seaside hotel but the windows are always filthy.

Another thing which gets on my nerves is the room assignment - you can pay for a King Room with marina view but it's luck of the draw as to whether you get a dark room with a pokey half balcony or a light room with a double balcony. Even when I've been assured that we've been assigned one of the double balcony rooms we've checked in and found ourself in one of the dingy, half balcony rooms.

Cafe Paradiso (attached to hotel) is excellent for an evening meal but the breakfast is badly cooked and my wife scolded herself with a cafetiere which had the wrong sized plunger inserted. No apologies from the staff of course - too busy posing.

Service exceptions - the Black and White bar manager (Simeon?) who made a real effort to look after us last year and mixed some astonishing cocktails. Also one of the Cafe Paradiso staff who actually remembered us from a previous year and made a real effort to look after my wife (who's a vegan).

For sentimental reasons I'll keep checking on Trip Advisor to see if things are improving because one day I'd love to return. It has a fantastic location and with an intelligent management team, some minor modifications and some well trained service personnel if could be amazing.

  • Liked — Views of the marina
  • Disliked — Comfort, facilities, cleanliness
  • Stayed May 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Kent
Level Contributor
45 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2008

Having read several reviews on this hotel I was prepared for it. We did everything right, booked well in advance, made sure we had a balcony room overlooking the harbour, but it still did not prepare me for one of the strangest hotel rooms I have ever stayed in !! On a plus side , the room and bathroom were of a good size, and spotlessly clean, with large fluffy towels, and one bathrobe, presumably we shared it!!!!
I really did not like the open plan bedroom with no cupboard space at all, just a rail set over the tea and coffee making facilities, great if you want to get creases out of your clothes , because the steam from the kettle would be directly below, not great planning!!!! You also need very good eyesight to see the miniscule, dated T.V..!!! One would have expected a flatscreen on the wall to fit in with clean lines of the room, but this model was awful. There was no minibar, again in a hotel of this calibre one would have expected one as standard.
The bed was large, and on the whole ,comfortable with ample pillows.
We had breakfast included in our price, and again this was not great. We were late down [10am on a Sunday] and had to wait some time for it to arrive, my husband left most of his full breakfast as it was overcooked , I had smoked salmon and scrambled eggs which was ok , but not great..
Overall, this is an OK hotel, very overpriced, and I would not put it at the top of my list of places to stay in Brighton

Stayed April 2008
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Property: Malmaison Brighton
Address: Waterfront, Brighton BN2 5WA, England (Formerly Hotel Seattle)
Region: United Kingdom > England > East Sussex > Brighton and Hove > Brighton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Luxury Hotel in Brighton
#9 Family Hotel in Brighton
#10 Business Hotel in Brighton
#11 Romantic Hotel in Brighton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Malmaison Brighton 4*
Number of rooms: 71
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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