We are not going on a 'proper' holiday this summer and instead decided to have a few nights in different places so we get a few mini holidays. With the children off for seven weeks this year we thought it would be a good idea to break it up a bit.
We decided Brighton would be one of our destinations as it had something to offer all of us, the marina, the lanes and the atmosphere for my husband and I and the funfair, sea life centre and beach for the children.
Our budget is pretty tight and we couldn't really spend more than £80 per night.
I searched the internet for B&B's and guest houses although most could not offer one family room and we would have had to book two rooms taking us over our £80 limit, then I came across The Royal Albion Hotel, it looked very grand over looking the sea and opposite the pier so I had a look at the prices to see if a family room would be cheaper than booking two rooms at a bed and breakfast. I was totally shocked to find that not only was it cheaper than booking two rooms, it was cheaper than booking one !!!
For a family room with sea views including breakfast it cost £67, giving us some change for some fish and chips ;-)
The booking process -
Booking was very easy, I booked online via their website where you can search dates and availability.
When you put in your requirements, it will offer you a list of available rooms and their corresponding prices.
Just pick the one you want and enter your details and that's it you have booked it. I received an email immediately with all the booking details on.
On arrival -
The Hotel is very big and in an absolute perfect location for all of Brighton's attractions, beach and nightlife.
It looks like it could do with a lick of paint and a few repair jobs but it is a very old building so these things are to be expected.
Check in was very simple, after all the normal formalities we were given our room key and told the times of breakfast.
The staff were friendly and seemed happy to welcome us.
The room -
Well the room wasn't as grand as the hotel that's for sure, it was a smallish room with two double beds and a small desk by the window. With a colour TV and telephone.
The bathroom was tiny with a shower, toilet and sink.
It could have done with a bit of a re vamp, the paint work was a little bit grubby and the ceiling slightly off colour but it was very clean and all the furniture was in good repair.
It was ample for what we needed and fantastic value for the money we paid.
The breakfast was served in a large dining area overlooking the sea.
There were cereals, yogurt, fruit, toast and a selection of jams. There was also the traditional English option with a good selection of items to chose from.
I think this is a perfect base whilst visiting Brighton, you couldn't get a better location for all attractions. I wouldn't recommend this hotel if you stay in the room a lot of the time as although suitable for a one night stay to rest our heads at the end of the day, I doubt they would be comfortable or spacious enough to stay long term.
I stayed at The Royal Albion in Brighton back in February of this year. We love going down to Brighton and had a long weekend off work together so thought we'd have a look to see if we could get a cheap couple of nights. I went on Travelsupermarket.com which showed us this hotel through lastminute.com at £86 for two nights (Sun & Mon) including breakfast and a free bottle of wine, and knowing it's location we booked straight away. My boyfriend had stayed here a few years ago so we knew we weren't going to be getting luxury, but as long as it's clean I'm happy.
The hotel has 186 bedrooms from single rooms to family rooms, and mini-suites for business guests. It has smoking and non-smoking rooms and disabled friendly ones too. It is a regency style building and could look very grand but it needs a bit of a touch up on the outside.
The location of this hotel is right opposite the main pier on the roundabout, so you just have stroll across the street to the pier and about a 10 minute walk to the shops, Lanes and Pavilion. We knew in advance from walking past (and most hotels in Brighton have no parking) that there was no car park, so we rang up and asked them if they had an agreement with any of the NCP's. They did with the Russell Road NCP which is a good 10 minute walk away, but only £9 for 24 hour so this is good value. They give you a ticket when you check out that you insert after your original one, so when we put our 1st ticket in the machine wanted £45 but after the second one only £21, which is a great saving. There are a few pay & display parking spaces outside but it is £6 for 2 hours, so very pricey.
We arrived at the hotel at 3pm and there was no queue at reception and a friendly receptionist. We checked in quickly, and got given a voucher to use at the bar for our free bottle of wine. We were on the second floor so took the small lift (could squeeze four in) up and wandered down the corridor to our room. The room looked like it has been recently done up. The wallpaper looked fresh and the ceiling like it had had a coat of paint. There was a huge sash window which looked out over the park. There was a double bed, not particularly comfortable, a wardrobe, dresser, TV and tea & coffee making facilities. The bathroom had a bath with shower in it but it didn't look like that had been updated as the grout was yellow/black and a big damp patch in the ceiling above the showerhead. It was clean though and the bath filled up super fast.
From taking the stairs down it looked like there were rooms overlooking the pier with little balconies which would be nice to stay in, but also if we'd been just a couple of rooms further down our corridor we would've have a view of a building so I think we did OK.
Breakfast was served between 8 and 10am and we got down there about 9.30am both mornings. It was busy but we easily got a table. It was a buffet style with sausages, bacon, beans, tomatoes, fried potatoes and bread and scrambled egg. There were croissants and cereal and fruit also, but we both had the fry up. It was hot and I had no complaints and even at 9.45am they were replacing some of the hot stuff so it all seemed fairly fresh. There was juice in jugs and coffee and tea in jugs on tables at either end of the room. They also had herbal teas available to make yourself. Perhaps the only fault was that the toast wasn't freshly made and was sitting in the buffet, so it was just really warm bread.
On the second day we came back in the afternoon, after a stroll up the pier and claimed out free bottle of wine! We sat in the lounge area, which had huge windows overlooking the pier and just people watched for a while. We were really lucky with the weather and with the huge windows the room was really hot but it is a great view. The bottle was a screw top so you could have taken the bottle to your room if you'd wished. There were also free newspapers in this room to either read there or you could take away.
On the last day we had to check out at 11am, which was again very quick. We just handed over our room key and got the parking ticket.
Would I stay here again? I have stayed at a few different hotels and B&B's in Brighton and I would stay here again if I got it a good price. It is a great location and an easy walk to everywhere you want to reach and the few staff I had contact with were polite and friendly. The hotel and room were clean if maybe in need of updating. If you are just after somewhere to rest your head for a couple of nights then I couldn't complain at all.
Introduction to the hotel:
The Royal Albion Hotel was built in 1826 and is situated in a fantastic location opposite Brighton pier. It is a three star hotel and has 186 guest rooms offering views of Brighton beach or the town centre.
My experience of the hotel:
I spent one night in the hotel in January of this year and for a three star hotel I was quite impressed. I and my girlfriend booked a double room for £55 and it was a spacious room with a four poster bed, couch, satellite television, fridge, tea and coffee making facilities and a lovely modern bathroom with a Jacuzzi bath. When we checked in the hotel staff asked us if we would like to upgrade to a room with a Jacuzzi batch for £10, we said no, but were a bit intrigued to find one anyways - they had obviously given our room away and were trying to get the extra £10 out of us which was a bit cheeky.
The ideal location of the hotel meant we could nip out into Brighton town centre whenever we wanted to do a spot of shopping in the famous 'Brighton lanes' or to grab a bite to eat from one of the many restaurants scattered about. We had not paid for dinner at the hotel and so ate at a restaurant called Fat Leo's in the evening which offered good Italian food for a decent price. After dinner we returned to the hotel at about half past nine and had a few drinks in the hotels Pavilion Bar which offered a wide range of drinks at a reasonable price.
The next morning we woke up early and went down for breakfast in Jenny's Restaurant, a full English breakfast was available and a number of different fruit juices including tea and coffee. The breakfast was lovely and the hotel staff bright and cheery, delivering a great service with a smile. The only downside was that the tables were a bit too close together, but this wasn't that big a problem.
I have read a number of reviews about the Royal Albion and some have been not to complentary about it, complaing the décor was very dated and their stay was quite unpleasant. I however disagree with these views and thought the hotel to be perfectly adequate for a stay in Brighton. The location was excellent, the room nice and the food on offer was splendid. I would certainly recommend it and will be staying there again on my next trip to the south coast. The only problem with the hotel was that it doesn't have its own car park which would be a problem for elderly guests as it's a ten minute walk to the nearest car park and the parking is quite expensive, however this is a minor issue really. For a three star hotel I was very impressed by the Royal Albion.
Bars and Restaurants in the hotel:
Jenny's Restaurant - serves a large selection of food for breakfast, lunch and dinner and has a nice view facing the pier and the beach.
Pavilion Bar - again looks over the beach and serves a selection of drinks at a reasonable price.
Sun Terrace - for sunnier days in the summer, has chairs and sun beds to sit on and get a nice tan.
Attractions just a few minutes away:
Hove cricket ground, home of Sussex CC
The withdean stadium, home of Brighton FC
The 'Lanes' shopping
Hove museum and art gallery
Brighton toy and model museum
Sometimes I travel quite a bit in my job, often enduring ofter night stays which I don't particularly like on my own. Majority of the time having my accommodation booked for me by my assistant she know's I won't slum it anywhere, however I aren't looking for something terribly expensive.
I was attending a Natural Health Trade Show in Brighton, basically to do a little networking, the good thing about this trip was it was at the weekend so its easier to take someone with me instead of being bored in my hotel room alone or wandering the streets of somewhere I aren't too familiar with to pass the time of day away.
I was booked into the Royal Albion Hotel in Brighton. After six hours driving to Brighton, the first thing that you want to do is check in and have a little relax. However upon arrival at the Royal Albion, we found that there was no parking at the hotel and had to park at a nearby NCP carpark, which was at least 15 minutes walk away. We were only in Brighton for two days, however I always seem to pack for two weeks plus all my paperwork that I had with, it was hard work lugging it from the car to the hotel.
First impressions to look at the hotel was its very old and doesn't look to clean to me, however forgive me for saying that, after entering the hotel I did realise that that was purely down to the location, directly on the sea front opposite Brighton's Main Pier and with passing by traffic I can understand why the windows were a little bit, well quite a lot grubby.
Entering the hotel, it did have a very homely feel to it. Nice thick carpet with squeeky floorboards which I do like in old buildings, lots of dark oaks wooden panels that gave it that antique effect. The reception staff were very friendly and checking in was very easy. All done and dusted within two minutes and off to our room we went.
There were two lift in the hotel and they were never particular busy, that is one of my pet hates when staying somewhere having to wait for the lift - I find it so annoying. When arriving to the floor we were on, again the decor in the corridors was a little outdated but the building itself I funf was very warm all around which was comforting.
I wasn't sure what sort of room I had been booked into, and at the end of the day, I just wanted to put my feet up, but whenever I get to the door when in a hotel, I am always a little apprensive about what is on the other side, call me a fussy bugger, but that is just the way I am. Walking into the room, the only thing I could say was it dark and a little dingy from the small passageway. Directly in front of me was a bed with very little room around it and a very tiny window. As I walked further into the room and turned around I saw a staricase which walking up it took me into a small living room with a sky light which then let the light in. It had leather sofa's, small coffee table and quite a large television. Downstair's trhere was also another television for watching TV i bed, dressing table and tea and coffee making facilities.
Walking towards to bathroom, I was amazed by the size of the actual bathroom, it was quite big, very well lit, with toilet, sink and a huge bath which in actual fact was a jacuzzi bath and that made my day. I love a good bubble bath and soaking in that tub was just fantastic.
The bar in the hotel was of a large size, at the particular time we were there, it wasn't peak time so the hotel was pretty quiet and to get served at the bar was very easy. The bar was well stocked and had everything you could want and also offered a few unique items like Baileys served in Chocolate shot glasses which made my eyes light up.
I must admit when going to bed, with the rooms being a little dark, I did have a great nights sleep. The bed was very comfortable, the pillows to my satisfaction as thats another thing I am a little fussy about.
Breakfast to be honest was better the first morning than the second morning. We were up a little earlier the first morning as I was attending my Trade Show. There wasn't a great deal to choose from, various cereals and a buffet cart which just the basic hot food. Tea and Coffee and Juices were self service too, however they were just in plastic jugs the kind you get when attending conferences and you ad to go around several jugs to find one that actually had something in it. The staff weren't very quick in cleaing tables, topping the coffee up and also replenishing the buffet cart.
After a successful weekend, all in all, not the best hotel I have ever stayed in but I wouldn't complain if I found myself booked in it again. There are a lot better hotels in Brighton, however there are also a lot worse.
Unfortunately I aren't too sure how much this accommodation was for the two nights for a double room. I would have thought in the region of £75 for this time of year was quite adequate but at the end of the day it wasn't me paying. LOL