I wanted a last minute hotel room to cheer up my partner with a night in Brighton so I didn't really have time to do as much research as I usually would into my choice of hotel.
I was attracted by the Sea Spray website, and I wanted to pamper my partner a bit so I went for a b&b/dinner package in the Venetian Suite with some other added extras. I was not comfortable with the £115 price of this but I decided it was worth paying for a bit of luxury sometimes.
Upon arrival the check-in staff were friendly and helpful, and the room was pleasant and clean, although I thought the Venetian theme was a bit lacking (a couple of masks on the wall). From one side of the bed it was possible to see the sea.
I didn't get a feeling of boutique luxury though, and I got a bit of a sense of stinginess (e.g a bottle of wine with price tag attached, not much choice or quantity of tea, the bare minimum of toiletries). In a 'boutique' hotel I would have looked forward to fluffy slippers, dressing gowns and maybe some nice nuts or chocolates. Rather than a boutique hotel I'd say this was a nicer than average b&b, and my disappointment at the value for money is behind my rating of only average.
We had a problem with the television not picking up some channels, and in this the owner was very attentive and quick to sort out the issue, so we were pleased about that.
I was disappointed not to have a bathtub, as I like to spoil myself in a bubble bath when I'm in a hotel. I was given the password for free wi-fi, but couldn't get it to work on my phone. The room came with a DVD player, so we chose a DVD from the small library in reception.
We had vouchers for a nearby brasserie as I had booked the b&b/dinner package. The brasserie was lovely, and the meal was delicious with generous portions (we managed fine with the limited menu) and thankfully the vegetarian option was to my taste.) However, I was nonplussed to discover that I would have saved a couple of pounds by just walking in off the street rather than going as a pre-paid guest of the hotel. I had expected the deal to save me a bit of money on dinner, and so I felt a bit shortchanged.
The room was not as quiet as hoped. The people upstairs sounded like elephants as they walked around their room, and we could hear another guest's extractor fan from a nearby room all night.
We had the option of breakfast in bed, which was a nice touch (guests not on the package deal would have to pay an extra £5 for this service). However, we were not provided with trays, so actually attempting to have breakfast in bed would have been disastrous. Instead, we spent five minutes rearranging the furniture and placing the breakfast items on two flimsy plastic tables which were not really up to the job of holding any weight, before we could tuck in to our meal. The breakfast was tasty and filling, and kept us going for hours. As leisure guests we were in no real hurry, but we had already been awake and hungry (and with no teabags or milk left for a cup of tea) for 1 1/2 hours by the time our breakfast came at 09:00 and it would have been nice to have it earlier.
Overall we had a pleasant stay in Brighton, and I am very grateful to the staff for their politeness and attentiveness. However, I would have felt delighted with the hotel if I had paid £30 less than my £115 per night.
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