I stayed for 2 nights in The Oriental Room which was described as a 'compact double'. I was one my own which was just as well. The room was small with a double bed - little storage space and very short of 'room to walk 'space. I had booked the treats package which included breakfast in the room but there was nowhere to eat it other than in bed and it would have been impossible to sit upright in bed and uncomfortable to eat it. The wine and other treats in the package were fine but I strongly recommend that if you are above small in stature, have any sort of luggage - go for a bigger room. This is really a marginally bigger single room with a small double bed. The ensuite shower room was acceptable if a bit cramped but I have experienced worse. There is no view from this room which was explained when I asked when booking but the outlook is desperate.
The breakfast served in the dining room was excellent, freshly cooked, and well presented.
The staff are helpful and polite (even if it did take a couple of attempts to get a coffee for one order correct!
My stay was badly disrupted by dreadful weather which resulted in me having to spend more time the hotel than I had planned which didnt help. Obviously not the hotel's fault , but the reception being closed at 9pm is not helpful when you are soaked to the skin and trying to find somewhere to dry your clothes other than radiators. To be fair there is an emergency number (someone's mobile) but I am not sure they would have regarded a soaking wet guest as an emergency.
Location is very good with plenty of restaurants within a short walking distance. Bus service is good and the main bus route is close by.
All in all, I was expecting more from the image presented on the website, which is very informative and helpful. Everything that is on offer is available, it is just not quite as good as it is presented.
The reviews of the majority of guests are very good and, I am sure valid and did help me choose this venue. However, having now stayed there, this 'hotel', sadly doesn't feature highly for me. The prices may be comparable to others in this part of Brighton, but the Oriental Room and this 'hotel' ranks with me as a B&B with drapes.
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