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If it was good enough for JFK- it is certainly ok by me
The De Vere Grand Hotel (Brighton)
Member Name: Trishajs
The De Vere Grand Hotel (Brighton)
Advantages: On the seafront
Disadvantages: Leisire Centre not open at the time of writing
I have just come back from a couple of days in Brighton, trying to take advantage of the brief show of summer sunshine.
As usual I went online and spent a not inconsiderable amount of time trying to find the best deal. I was very happy to be able to book this seafront 5 star hotel for bed and breakfast for £105 each for two nights especially as that included £25 towards dinner on the first night.
The hotel certainly takes after it's name and stands on the seafront looking majestic and superior. It was an easy walk from the station and an easy walk to anywhere else we visited in Brighton, with the exception of Brighton Marina- but in fairness, any hotel that was convenient for the Marina, would not be convenient for anywhere else in Brighton Centre.
There was a big party booking in as we arrived and I was impressed, that the concierge came and having checked our names against the booking register, relieved us of our luggage and took it to our room. Once the large party had left, check in was quick and easy.
As we moved from reception we saw the central staircase which rose thru the entire hotel and was without any doubt an amazing sight to behold.
There was a bar to the left and a very comfortable lounge area.
Our room was on the first floor and was very large, it contained two beds, a dresser, a desk, a television cupboard, a fridge, a wardrobe, tea and coffee making facilities, complimentary water, an iron with ironing board, trouser press, hairdryer, a table and two very comfortable armchairs. We made the mistake of trying the beds, a mistake because they were so comfy we didn't want to move.
It was very clean and elegantly decorated.
The bathroom had plenty of towels, a flannel each and dressing gowns.
The shower head was huge and there were plenty of L'occitane toiletries.
Later that night we ate dinner in the hotel at a table overlooking the sea and it was a very well prepared and enjoyable meal- neither of us drink and we are both vegetarians, and our bill came just within the dinner allowance- if you did eat more expensive items and drank alcohol, the £25 per head allowance would need topping up.
Breakfast the following morning was all you could wish for from a buffet breakfast- I am not going to list all that was available here- but if it is a breakfast dish- it is available.
The leisure centre at the hotel is under refurbishment, but there is still a small gym available on the first floor.
There is internet access in your room, but we used the complimentary business centre for the little we needed to do.
Now a downside was that our room, would have overlooked what we think were air-conditioning units - or at least it would have been our view had the windows not been glazed over. Now I am guessing that is one of the reasons we got such a good deal for a 5 star room and service. Neither of us had any problem with this, as in the morning we were busy getting ready and at night we drew the beautiful curtains - so what the windows looked like was of no concern.
The staff were very good and they did their best to accommodate my food intolerances- one grumble here being that I didn't have any bread, I was told I had only let them know a few days before my visit that I needed yeast free bread and their food order had already been placed and they couldn't find any in the local shops-now I would have thought a five star chef would be able to bake a loaf of bread.
But all in all a great place to stay on trip to Brighton.
Summary: Affordable Luxury
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