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.
- 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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