My partner and I made a last minute mid-week trip to Sea Spray in March. We stayed in the Little Venice suite for the first night and swapped to Eden suite for the second night. We paid a slightly reduced rate for both rooms, as we only booked the day we arrived.
Little Venice was large and clean; with a balcony that had a nice view down to the sea, the pier and the Brighton Wheel. There were also two metal chairs on the balcony if you fancied sitting outside.
King size bed was very comfortable; clean, crisp linens and plenty of pillows. Bathroom was well laid out and the shower was very good. Got hot quickly, was powerful and was a big walk-in enclosure rather than over bath - something I always like in a hotel bathroom.
Overall I thought the room was right for the price we paid and I'd very happily stay again.
Eden room has a lounge with sofa and flatscreen TV, separate breakfast area (as you get breakfast delivered to your room included in price for this suite), bedroom with large mirrored-front wardrobe and a little flatscreen tv and en-suite bathroom.
There's also the garden with hot tub, which is obviously the main feature of this suite. Hot tub was absolutely heavenly, especially as we went in it on a cold evening accompanied by a couple of glasses of champagne (which we bought ourselves from Sainsburys just down the road) :)
Only downside to the stay was that the bed and bathroom in Eden really didn't hit the mark for the cost of the room.
The bed seemed to be a small double and was very uncomfortable. My boyfriend and I had a much interrupted night's sleep.
The bathroom was unfortunately also quite poor. It was cold and old fashioned, the hot water was heated on demand by a noisy boiler and there was a half size bath with shower over and a nasty plastic shower curtain which didn’t go the entire way around the bath.
The shower head was too high up the wall for this arrangement and the spray coming out of it was very fine and pointed more around the bathroom and through the inevitable gaps in the shower curtain than down onto the person trying to have the shower.
This resulted in a seriously flooded bathroom and not very clean guests. We both still felt grubby after our showers, which is not ideal when you've spent the previous evening in the hot tub with its required chemicals. The hot water also ran out before I finished my shower, and my partner had to wait a while for more hot water before he could shower.
It's a real shame, because if you put together the quality of the bed and bathroom in Little Venice and Eden's facilities you'd have a stunning room that was well worth the asking rate.
Breakfast both days was excellent. Tasty, good-quality produce and all nicely cooked. Eggs Benedict and Full English both very well executed. We were cheeky when we stayed in Eden and asked for extra items to accompany our eggs Benedict, which we were given. This was very much appreciated.
Service was great for the whole trip. Polite, quick and efficient. Staff also happily provided champagne flutes, ice bucket and ice and extra plates and cutlery while we were in the Eden suite. Although it’s worth noting that reception is only staffed until 9pm.
Parking permits were explained clearly to us and we found it no trouble to park nearby the hotel, although might be a different story on weekends or in high season.
The Sea Spray is in a great location for the beach/pier area and also only a 10 minute or so walk into the centre of town.
Overall it was a good stay, and I would recommend the Little Venice suite. But I would only stay in Eden again if the bathroom was remodelled and there was a bigger, better bed.
I think I tend to agree with people who’ve pointed out it’s more of a new style B&B than it is a hotel. So if you’re looking for somewhere with a 24hr reception, room service etc this is probably not the place for you.
But I don’t want to be too critical as the service throughout the stay was good, and you get a sense that the management really care and want their guests to have an enjoyable time.
I certainly had a nice time, it's just a pity the last memory to take away is feeling a bit grubby because the bathroom wasn't up to scratch.
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