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“Hotel Una - an upmarket B&B”
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Hotel Una
Ranked #2 of 43 Hotels in Brighton
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 12 April 2009

My view is slightly different to that of the other reviewers. They rate this hotel as a quirky boutique hotel. My experience is of a modern and well run bed and breakfast. The reason for the difference is that I stayed in a (very) small single room - Henares. This is the hotel's smallest single room and is charged accordingly (£55/night). As such, this is very much of an upmarket B&B experience (rather than the bigger rooms which give you a boutique hotel experience - and are charged accordingly)

Room itself - small (no room to leave my suitcase on the floor), but clean (and I'm very fussy about cleanliness). Style is modern - so wooden floorboards, light room, but no view. Quite quiet as faced the rear. Carefully thought out with the limited space well used. For example, despite the small space, there is a small "airlock" or anteroom between the landing and the room; the doors are heavy and solid. This limits the noise from people going up and down the stairs, although it does make the room a little smaller. Definitely a worthwhile sacrifice - very thoughtful). Internet cable and access point in the room (free).

Breakfast was excellent (eggs benedict, scrambled eggs or cooked English breakfast with toast, some fresh fruit etc).

Startlingly helpful staff. The chap on the front desk was from Bulgaria, the girl from Italy. Nothing was too much trouble. They were friendly, helpful and approachable. I had presumed that they owned the hotel as they took such pride in the hotel. Actually, they're employed by the owners - a Bosnian architect and his wife (whom I read is an interior designer). Location is excellent in terms of being a tourist. There's a Guardian article on the hotel.

Only downside is that the location is so good for tourists that you have to pay for parking. In 2009, it costs £12.50 for 24 hours with sliding charges below that. You simply need to factor this into your costs. There's a loading space outside the hotel which you can use to drop off your bags.

We were very kindly shown around into some of the other rooms. The Quaile suite on the top floor is stunning. The two rooms in the basement (Aragon & Belise) were fun in that they have a sauna but I didn't like the limited natural light (they're in the basement). For sheer atmosphere, Danube and Eden were most striking - large VERY airy rooms with these floor to ceiling windows. The rooms are priced accordingly.

Overall, would go back.

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled with friends
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Thank Skizz
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Reviewed 10 April 2009

Lovely helpful staff on arrival and gave us some fab recommendations for restaurants during our stay.
OUr room, Gaula was probably smaller that we imagined but the bed was comfortable with a big TV and DVD player. v,quiet and peaceful
The bathroom had high spec fittings and molton brown toiletries but could do with a bit of limescale removal!

The bar made us some excellent cocktails and breakfast was great as well.

We can also recommend the gingerman restaurant about 5 mins walk away

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank coolxan
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Reviewed 10 April 2009

Just few words to confirm that the previous reviews about this hotel are totaly justified.
Great service, great location and great rooms.
There is a sense of detail and hospitality which gives you the desire to stay much longer and to come back ASAP.
The staff is very helpful, and all the items and amenities in the room are high standard quality (Molton Brown's samples in the bathroom).
We do recommend this place for a future stay in Brighton.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank Axel-Severine
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Reviewed 8 April 2009

Hotel Una is one of the greatest experiances i've had with my partner, we stayed in April 2008 aswell as a second trip in january 2009.
We checked into the hotel early as we had travelled from far, and the staff had our room ready for us. We first stayed in the room called Eden, which was lovely however my partner wished to change the room purely because she wanted to experiance the room next door which was Danube.
The staff were great about our choice and also showed us other rooms if we wished to change our minds.
we moved to the next room the following day. Breakfast served to your room, and if you wished to have extras they had no problem providing it for you.
Since it was our anniversary the next night, we enjoyed a lovely meal just down the road from regency sqaure at an italian restaurant, and came back to a bottle of champagne, strawberries and rose petals scattered all around the bedroom which the staff had done for us, as requested from myself.
We've also stayed the room Jubba, which was on our first trip in April 2008. We actually booked the room Flores, however a couple had cancelled their booking and the staff upgraded us to the room with no extra cost, the shower was a great treat!
This is absolutly a fabulous hotel, and i would reccomend it for a lovely romantic trip with your partner. Each room has its own personality, with the free standing baths and huge beds everything is more than perfect.

  • Stayed: January 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank LondonTiger14
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Reviewed 4 April 2009

I stayed at Hotel Una for 3 nights whilst on business in Brighton. The positive reviews on Tripadvisor were a major factor in my choice. I was pleased with the hotel, particularly as I was given an upgrade to a very spacious room with separate lounge area (Orinoco)on my arrival. The room was very comfortable and it is nice to see a hotel where each room is individually designed with it's own character rather than the bland identical hotel rooms you see so often. The view out over Regency Square and down to the sea was a big plus point too. The staff were excellent, very friendly and keen to help. They have a range of DVD's at reception that you are welcome to watch in your room at no charge. There is a good choice at breakfast and the food is of very good quality. There is no car parking at the hotel so I used the car park under Regency Square just over the road at a cost of £12.50 for 24 hours which I didn't think was too bad. The only negatives with the hotel were the lack of room service menu (only sandwiches available) and the finish in some places was a bit lacking - for example there were visible stains on the rug in my room, the shower over bath set up was a bit awkward and there was a damp patch on the wall in my room. However, this is an old building and it's charm and character were more important so I would definitely stay there again. Recommended.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled on business
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Thank barneyUk
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Reviewed 26 March 2009

We have now got into the habit of always checking TripAdvisor before we book any hotel due to the quality of the reviews. We are so pleased that this highlighted the Hotel Una and it fully lived up to the reviews. This was the first time we had stayed in a small hotel and it was such a refreshing change from the bland chain hotels we have used in the past.
We stayed in the Danube room, it was bright, airy, spotless and had a sea view. The staff could not have been more friendly and helpful.
A wonderful hotel that we will visit again.

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank SteveHampshire
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Reviewed 15 March 2009

We stayed at Hotel Una following Tripadvisor's recommendations - and everything was as the other reviews have said. The staff were great - recommending good places to eat and generally being very very helpful. Our room was Usk - with a lovely view of the sea. We will definitely go again.

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank Bertie
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Additional Information about Hotel Una

Address: 55-56 Regency Square, Brighton BN1 2FF, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > East Sussex > Brighton and Hove > Brighton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Brighton
#1 Luxury Hotel in Brighton
#1 Family Hotel in Brighton
#1 Romantic Hotel in Brighton
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Brighton
Price Range: £113 - £156 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Una 4*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Warm and friendly, elegant and fashionable, obsessive with detail. Classy Boutique hotel with the unique combination of contrasting textures, natural woods and contemporary artwork. Situated in Regency Square, with a great view of the West Pier, this chic and exclusive hotel offers you a selection of 20 individually designed en suite rooms including two luxury suites with private Sauna & Jacuzzi, an intimate bar, and an option of massages from a specialist physiotherapist. ... more   less 
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