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Marine View Hotel Brighton
Ranked #59 of 95 Brighton B&B and Inns
Reviewed 18 August 2013

This was a one night break using two single rooms for me and my daughter mid-week. This was booked via booking.com which describes this as a 3* family run hotel, friendly, home-cooked breakfast, excellent location. This is rather different to the official website which gives an AA star rating of 4* and talks about all the rooms in the same way - mostly en-suite or with private bathroom, luxurious toiletries provided, wonderful views of the Pier and the sea etc etc. I am glad I looked at the booking.com website or I would have been disappointed. We paid £110 for the 2 rooms for one night, so £55 per night. We stayed in room 4 and room 5.

Room 4 was on the first floor, very small and to be honest disappointing - extremely basic - I do mean extremely basic. A small sink tucked in the corner which was difficult to use, one thin curtain that drew across the whole window, a single bed, folding director's chair, very small and cheap wardrobe with old fashioned TV perched on top. All the usual channels and some others provided via plug in box - perfectly adequate. Leaning out the window you could indeed see the Pier and the sea. I was extremely surprised to find that I would need to use a bathroom at the other end of the corridor.

Room 5 was on the third floor and much nicer. Larger, same single bed and bedside table, wicker tub chair, a shower in the room in the corner, sink and the toilet for the floor was right next door. There was also a hair dryer supplied in that room. The 'view' however was not of the sea, but over the back of other properties. Both rooms had a nice tray of different teas and biscuits - very nice, but the supply of luxury toiletries turned out to be hair and body wash and hand wash in room 5 - perfectly fine, but only hand wash in room 4. I borrowed my daughter's stuff for my shower and hair wash in the evening! Not really as advertised.

The rooms and all areas of the 'hotel' we saw were spotlessly clean.

On arrival the staff could not have been friendlier or more accommodating and this continued right through to check out.

Breakfast rules are strict mid week - between 8 and 9 only - but everything was freshly cooked to order and I have had far worse breakfasts at some supposedly 5* London hotels - bacon was thick and nice and dry, sausages were firm and meaty, eggs were a nice consistency and actually had flavour. Brown or white toast as ordered, tea or coffee. In addition you can help yourself to as much juice, yoghurt, cereal etc as you like - I had a yoghurt as well (greedy pig!) and it was very thick and delicious, not a cheap and nasty one.

Location is absolutely brilliant - 5mins from the pier, 5 - 10 (if that) from the Lanes - only took us about half hour gentle walk from the train station. Loads of places to eat and drink nearby. Staff were quite happy to keep our bags for us in the morning when we went to the Pavilion (less than 10 mins walk).

Free WiFi was available throughout.

So in short, the pluses are:

Fantastic location
Clean
Breakfast
Friendly staff

The downsides:

Bathroom facilities
Very dated and tired decor
Can be a bit noisy, every door opening or shutting can be heard and the walls are thin.

Do not think on this as booking a hotel, and most certainly not a 4* - 3* B&B is probably fair enough. I dithered between 3 and 4 stars for this review, but when I sat back and thought again about what I had paid and what the accommodation actually was, I think 4 is fair enough.

The photos provided are not in any way to show offense (as can often be the case on here!), but to show how the place really was.

We would, on balance, stay again. I have rated this as a solo stay as we were not a family party as such.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled solo
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Thank justinelaws
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Reviewed 8 August 2013

We booked in on the spur of the moment and paid £70 for one nights b&b. The room was spotlessly clean, but a bit 'tired'. It had everything we needed including hairdryer, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, biscuits etc. The en suite was tiny, but again, had everything we needed. We had the basement room which was down a steep flight of stairs and had one tiny step down into the room, which I managed to trip over on the way up to breakfast, and ended up with a huge bruise on my knee!! So if booking, and you have limited mobility it may be worth checking where your room is.
The breakfast was lovely and served by a lovely lady who really went out of her way to be helpful, as did the man who owned the b&b.
This was exactly what it said on the tin. B&B, clean, with helpful and friendly staff. I wouldnt want to stay there for any length of time as being in the basement the room was quite dark and a bit noisy at times, but for a night or two away it was great. Thank you.

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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank potterylot
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Reviewed 4 August 2013

Have stayed at Marine View for a number of years on way to Antique Fair,it's small,quiet,clean,
always friendly and a home from home with a very convenient location for eateries,seafront etc
Richard always friendly and accommodating for an early start.For a good Thai meal try
Sawadee short walk away

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled on business
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Thank John R
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Reviewed 2 August 2013

We felt very welcome and had an enjoyable stay with very friendly staff and great breakfast. We even got a map from the hotel thus we could find everything in the town centre. Few minutes walk from beach to shops and restaurants. The room was clean and tidy, and everything that we needed was available, would stay again. Although the room was a bit thin-walled.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Carolina B
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

Made very welcome and had a lovely stay in massively convenient location and enjoyed great breakfasts every morning! Very friendly proprietor and staff. East walk to the pier and central locations, Steine Gardens directly outside the hotel did not present nuisance but did give some interest to the view!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled on business
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Thank LuckBeerLady
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Reviewed 24 July 2013

Would stay again, excellent staff and enjoyable stay, perfect as a base to explore. The rooms are basic but everything you need is available, the room was clean and comfy and a few minutes from beach and a short walk to shops bars and restaurants. Very friendly and helpful staff x

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Thank Writehanded
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Reviewed 23 July 2013

We decided we didn't want to stay at home so popped into Brighton and stayed at the Marine View Hotel. Booked via another site which was simple and painless. As we had to travel we missed the telephone call from the owner to check all was ok as we were arriving quite late. Pleasant welcome and the room was clean and tidy. Nice and secure premises and location could not have been better.

All facilities available and the breakfast was excellent. Whilst only a brief stay we were made to feel very welcome and overall a very pleasant experience.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank James W
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Additional Information about Marine View Hotel Brighton

Address: 24 New Steine, Brighton BN2 1PD, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > East Sussex > Brighton and Hove > Brighton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #59 of 95 B&Bs / Inns in Brighton
Price Range: £40 - £119 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Marine View Hotel Brighton 4*
Number of rooms: 11
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