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Sunday, 6 September 2015

Regency Hotel Brighton, UK

Regency Hotel, Brighton UK

A review

The bay window on the ground floor is the breakfast room, so you have a nice view of the square and sea. The red bedroom window is the one to the left on the 2nd floor.

Price

Brighton during the summer months is a popular destination and the price of accommodation reflects that. This particular hotel was a lower/middle of the range cost for a hotel, a B & B would have been cheaper but I was only staying one night and the location was convenient.

Location


Terrific location in Regency Square, the beach was at the opposite end of the square, there was parking (for a fee) directly opposite the hotel. (The entrance to the public carpark under the square.) A side street from the hotel took you to a road that had a variety of restaurants and some convenience stores for snacks. Going up that road away from the sea, you reached a main road with a supermarket and a Subway.

In the other direction, the hotel was a 5 minute walk from the main tourist parts of Brighton, the Pavillion, The Lanes and the Pier. I had a car and the hotel was easy to find (and I don't have a GPS!) from others I heard it's about a 15 minute walk from Brighton train station. Brighton itself is about 20 minutes away from Gatwick airport if you're driving. (Longer in heavier traffic!)

Facilities

It's an old hotel with individual rooms decorated in individual styles. I loved the room I was in and deliberately chose it when booking. It was a small double room but fine when only staying one night.


As soon as I saw a picture of it I fell in love with the 'over the top' nature of this red bordello style room!

 It had a 'compact' bathroom, in which one had to make various accommodations according to the signs. Old plumbing meant before stepping into the shower, you had to run the hot water in the basin to draw hot water into the room from basement boiler. Once hot water in basin, turn off tap, turn on shower taps! It all appealed to me in the quirky nature of the hotel. 


The whole hotel was furnished in an eclectic style, there was a guest lounge in overstuffed Victorian decor. The hotels offers family rooms so had triples and quadruples and I noticed at breakfast there were a few family groups staying.

Breakfast was included in the price and there was ample variety. The wifi was free and worked well.

It's an old historic building so there was no elevator, important to know if you're on the 3rd or 4th floor having to haul luggage up narrow staircases. The red bedroom is on the 2nd floor but with arriving in the evening and leaving the next morning after breakfast, I just brought a day bag in and left the rest of the luggage in the car.

Optional Extras

It fitted my desire to stay in old buildings, this one dated back to 1807. The room had an honesty goodies basket, pay as you left. One of the rooms you could stay in a 4 poster bed and the front rooms had a view of the square and the sea beyond.


View from the room window, Regency Square to the sea. Sadly they were redeveloping West Pier so I had the 'construction site' view!

For a short stay in Brighton this hotel was terrific, ticked all the boxes from convenient location to interesting place to stay.


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