In March 2014 my now husband and I decided to go on a long weekend away. We didn't have a preference on where we went and looked on booking.com for a last minute deal 2 weeks before going. It was on booking.com that we came across Queen Hotel and Spa in Brighton. The hotel had great reviews and the idea of there being a Spa sounded lovely.
Price - at that time we paid £180 for a 3 night weekend trip. This was a bargain. We have looked at going back this year but the price is currently £580 for 3 nights so it is worth looking out for a bargain if one comes up again. The price we paid back in 2014 included breakfast and on arrival we paid an additional £10 per night for a room with a sea view.
Location - ideal location in Brighton. We travelled by train and the hotel was around a 10 minute stroll from the train station. Queens Hotel and Spa is right on the sea front and it is well worth paying a little extra for the sea view. This hotel is also perfectly positioned for the Brighton Wheel, Brighton Pier and the shopping.
The room - the room we stayed in was lovely. The bed was incredibly comfortable and the room was very spacious. The decor was classic, fairly neutral and just to my taste.
The staff - generally all of the staff when we stayed were friendly and helpful. The service at breakfast and he hind the bar was professional. One member of the reception staff we found incredibly helpful whereas one of the other receptionist spoke very poor English making it difficult for us to understand her.
Food and drink - the breakfast was delicious although the tea and coffee at breakfast was disappointing each day and too weak for our tastes. We only had breakfast in the hotel and so cannot commend on the other meals available but we did look at the menu and found it a bit small.
Spa facilities - the only spa facility I used was the swimming pool. The pool itself was small but very clean and nice. The changing rooms however were freezing and could definitely do with some sprucing up.
Overall I really liked Queens Hotel and Spa in Brighton. I would recommend it to anyone because of the ideal location and comfortable surroundings. I'm just keeping my eye out for another good deal.
Having stayed at The Queen's Hotel a few years back and a little more recently, I can certainly notice the changes from their refurbishment. As you walk through the door, the hotel oozes a serene style which makes you forget you're actually right in the middle of the hustle and bustle. Close to the Pier, on the main seafront road and just around the corner from a newly-popular area of bars, you would expect a different-feeling hotel!
The rooms can be as cheap as the Travelodge in Brighton, if you do your research of course, yet it's a world away! The rooms have kept the elegance they had before, except are more simple and contemporary now. The deep baths and big, very comfortable beds remain.
Breakfast is a vast choice and served over a good range of time to accomodate everybody. The leisure centre has also been redone since my last visit, now a sauna, pool, gym and steam room, although I'm not exactly sure what was there before. The pool, whilst not the biggest, is perfect temperature and looks like ones you see in top 5star hotels.