I stayed here on business and don't really know what to make of the place! I write this review in the context of having paid £150 for a double room with marina view.
Brighton Marina isn't the easiest of places to navigate, the signage is small and the entrance to the hotel is between Subway and an empty unit, but I had been advised to look out for Subway and found the hotel without problem. I parked in the 20 minutes unloading bay and checked in. Reception is on the third floor, and is workstations on a long glass bench, modern in keeping with the rest of the hotel.
Having dumped my luggage I then had to move the car, I think you can get in the car park at the side (by McDonalds) but this wasn't obvious so I ended up driving in a loop and coming back the way I originally entered the marina. A colleague ended up making a much bigger detour so it might be worth just checking where to go before you set off! There were plenty of spaces in the car park and a walkway from level 6 takes you to the restaurants and other entrance to the hotel. It's not exactly a problem, but is is time consuming and a bit inconvenient.
At the time I arrived there was a very strong smell of garlic and pizza which I assumed was coming from Pizza Express next to the hotel.
You can walk from the hotel into Brighton which takes about half an hour. Once again the route isn't especially obvious to start with, and it is ok but I certainly wouldn't describe it as scenic! (Think concrete, weeds, unkempt...) However it does save any hassle parking and the associated costs.
The room was exactly as the website shows, modern in a basic way. There are blackout blinds and a voile curtain, but light seeps around the blinds so at this time of the year the room is light very early. It would be easy to have a blackout lining behind the voile curtain. For £150 dark is good!
The marina view was spoilt a bit by the work in the marina, not the hotel's fault, ordinarily perhaps a 'nice' view, but Torquay or Brixham marina it isn't!
The main issue is that the hotel rooms are over the various restaurants in the marina, so if you have the window or door open you get the smells of cooking and smoking as well as the noise from diners. I can imagine on a summers day this might be a problem. Fortunately my room had air con so I shut the windows and used that.
Breakfast was served on the terrace and I did find this a pleasant experience. The service was good and the food cooked to order was good quality. From my experience I don't really think anyone could complain about selection or quality of the food.
Overall I can find reasons to like and dislike this hotel. Check your facts before you book, understand the challenges and decide if they will bother you. I wouldn't want to put people off booking, but for £150, no leisure facilities and inadequate curtains I don't think it would be my first choice in the future.
- 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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