Review: Sleepless in (the Hotel) Seattle

IMG_1282Well not quite sleepless but I didn’t have a particularly restful night. Here’s why.

The hotel: Modern ‘boutique’ hotel on the Brighton Marina
The room I stayed in: 110 on first floor overlooking sea. Good news: great view. Bad news: the sun streams in making the bedroom very hot. No air conditioning and with the full length window opening onto a large shared balcony it didn’t feel safe to leave it open all night.
The bed: Good – king size though very deep, squishy mattress topper made it too soft for me
Bedding: Crisp white cotton sheets. Synthetic duvet. Slightly saggy pillows. Brownie points though for full-size fluffy bath towels
Noise: High as had to keep fan on all night to stay cool. The odd seagull though you can’t really complain about that in Brighton. Suspect outside balcony could be noisy if there were rowdy revellers next door
Light: A combination of a see-through curtains and a white blind so not totally blocked out.
Clean?: Curtains could do with a bit of a spring clean.
Bathroom: En-suite – with a bath and a power shower. Hurray!

Other reasons to stay
* Eating breakfast outside in the sun overlooking the Marina though current construction works makes that a bit noisy
* Free fast wifi
* Classy bathroom toiletries

Downsides?
* Hanging space but no wardrobe – you wouldn’t want to stay for more than a couple of nights
* No safe
* Poor reception on TV
* Despite the description of rooms having a ‘workable desk area’ the low-slung wicker chair was far too low to work at the desk – it’s obviously not designed for the business traveller
* The area: The Marina is clearly aiming at a ‘resort’ feel, with palm trees covered with fairy lights but there weren’t many people around, even in on a warm July night. A number of the shops including Calvin Klein had closed. A casino, a Subway next door and an Asda down the road gave it quite a downmarket feel. Promotion of ‘swinging 40s tea dances’ suggests it may be struggling to attract the clientele it’s aiming at.

Cost: I stayed on a Tuesday night at a corporate rate of £95 a night including breakfast. Normal rate seems to be more like £155 midweek, around £200 at weekends when the minimum stay is 2 nights

Would I go again?: No. It’s too far from the city centre in a part of town that’s definitely seen better days. But I’m probably not its target audience. If I wanted a weekend’s getaway to enjoy Brighton’s nightlife it would probably be fine. I suspect you could get a cheap winter break.

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