Adresse: Kings Road
Brighton / BN1 2GS „
Myself and my partner decided that we fancied a break away in the New Year and started trawling the internet to look for a bargain. On Groupon, we found an offer they were doing where you could stay in the Thistle Hotel in Brighton. The offer was for two people sharing either a double or twin room. We have an eleven month old daughter who comes pretty much everywhere with us so before we bought the offer through Groupon, I called the hotel to ask if my daughter would be included in the offer because she was still an infant. We were informed that because she was under two, she was allowed to be included in the offer.
As mentioned above, we booked the hotel stay through Groupon so once we had done this; Groupon sent us the voucher code to use. Once we had this, booking with the Thistle hotel was incredibly easy. We simply went to the website http://www.thistle.com/en/hotels/united_kingdom/brighton, chose the date we wanted to stay, along with the room options and entered the voucher code. Upon doing so, our reservation was complete. We booked a double room for myself, my partner and out eleven month old daughter. We also requested a travel cot at the time of booking.
We paid £69 for a double room and that rate included breakfast in the morning. I thought that price was very reasonable considering the hotel is a 4 star and it has a prime location right on the seafront and about a five minute walk from the famous Brighton Pier. Please note that we did book the hotel stay through Groupon which means that we probably got it cheaper than you would if you booked directly with the hotel.
Finding The Hotel
Finding the Thistle Hotel in Brighton was incredibly easy. We popped the postcode in the SatNav but to be honest, I think it is virtually impossible to miss the hotel. It is located right on Brighton sea front, a stones throw away from Brighton Pier. Upon arrival we were let into the car park via a barrier and proceeded to park the car. There is a car park around the side of the hotel and the Thistle have their own section of this which is available to guests for a slightly discounted rate. In order to access this car park, you need to enter through the entrance at the front of the hotel, rather than at the side.
The main reason we booked this hotel was because it was a great offer but I have to say, I don't think we could have done any better as far as location was concerned. As I mentioned earlier, it is within walking distance of Brighton Pier and is also only a five minute walk from Brighton Sea Life Centre. The back of the hotel overlooks the famous Brighton Lanes so if you are looking for somewhere to base yourself while you explore Brighton, you wouldn't go far wrong booking a stay here.
The checking in process was very quick and efficient. I handed the receptionist my paperwork confirming our booking and she expertly checked us in. She gave us directions to our room and gave up the times of breakfast the next morning.
The room was lovely, nice and spacious and decorated in a tasteful and classic manner with a blue and white theme. The bedding was very clean and fresh and the bed was absolutely massive, probably about seven feet across.
Also in the room there was a desk complete with TV and internet facilities. There was a quadruple wardrobe plenty big enough for all our stuff and more.
The bathroom was bright and clean and of a good size with a half size bath and a rather nice over the bath shower. There was a large mirror over a vanity unit which contained complimentary toiletries.
The hotel also provided a travel cot for our daughter Molly.
As part of our room rate, we were also allowed to use the hotel facilities such as the gym, swimming pool, sauna and steam room. Our daughter is a real water baby so we decided to make use of the swimming pool while we were there. The changing rooms were lovely and clean and we were given a key to a locker by the hotel staff. The pool was lovely and warm although a little on the small side but perfectly adequate for our needs.
We had breakfast included in the price of our stay which we certainly took full advantage of in the morning. Upon arriving at the restaurant, we were seated by a member of staff and told to help ourselves to breakfast and tea and coffee would be served by the waiters. Breakfast was truly amazing! We could help ourselves to a full English including scrambled eggs, fried eggs, bacon, sausages, hash brown, fried bread, beans, mushrooms and tomato. The food tasted as if it has literally been cooked two seconds before which was great as I find that sometimes buffet style breakfasts can end up a bit stale. Along the front of the counter where you helped yourself to the full English breakfast, you could also order fresh omelettes from the chefs there which was a lovely option to have. As well as the above, you also had a choice of cereals, croissants, toast with various toppings and there was also a selection of cheeses and meats to pick from. Tea and coffee was served by the waiters and you could also help yourself to fresh fruit juices. In case you hadn't gathered, I thoroughly enjoyed breakfast and would go so far as to say that it was the best breakfast I have ever had at a hotel.
In summary I would highly recommend a stay at this hotel. I thought we got a really good deal with only paying £69 for the three of us and the fact that that rate also included breakfast made it even better. The room was lovely, spacious and clean. One slight grumble I have is that in the middle of the night (when my daughter woke up due to her new teeth giving her trouble) we noticed there was a massive gap in the mattress of the travel cot. We called down to reception and within five minutes a member of staff has bought a new mattress to our room. So although this really didn't cause us much of a problem at all, I thought I would mention it. Another grumble I have is that disabled access (or indeed access for pushchairs) was a bit of a pain because the main entrance door is a turnstile fashion and my daughter's pushchair was too big to get through it. Next to the door is an automatic normal door but this didn't work on any of the times we tried to use it and we had to ask a member of staff to come and let us in / out which was a bit of a pain.
I think this hotel is in a brilliant location as you can easily get to all the main attractions in Brighton from here. The breakfast was amazing and the fact that you get use of the spa facilities in the hotel was a lovely added bonus.
Another thing to note is that car parking costs £20 for 24 hours if you take advantage of the hotel car park. You also get a 25% discount on all food and drinks inside the hotel should you wish to eat and drink there. I had a wonderful time at this hotel and would definitely recommend it to anyone else visiting Brighton.
Right on the Brighton Sea front this is a very typical Thistle Hotel. Clean, helpful staff, traditional décor but its not shabby. The location is good is you are here to sample the nightlife and shopping as its less than a five minute walk for both.
The rooms are pretty standard. Double bed usual furniture, clean and simple. Bathroom is the same too.
Breakfast was great but because its ordered rather than a buffet style you do wait a while. Ok if you are not in a hurry but if you are here on business and have a tight schedule leave an extra 20 minutes for contingency.
The hotel can be quite expensive (£140 per night for a double room ) but as with many other Brighton hotels you can get quite a good deal and pay around £80 per night including breakfast. I would say if you can stay for less than £100 its worth the money if not its not worth the money.