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Hotel Best Western Brighton Hotel 3 star
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

The advantage of staying at a Best Western is that you can expect a certain level of quality which the brand prides itself on. Let's not pretend that this is the finest hotel in Brighton, as it isn't by a long shot and doesn't try to be. However, if you are looking for good value hotel which you can trust and which will meet the needs of most travellers then you'll find it here. Decent refurbished rooms, a seafront location and strong on events, the Best Western is one to consider for couples, friends or families on a budget preferring function over style.

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    Location 6.48 /10

    The Best Western is located right on the seafront along Kings Road, however it is towards the Hove end of the town meaning that the main attractions and transport links are that little bit further away. Trains from the station, a 20 minute walk or 10-15 minute taxi ride away, serve Gatwick airport (30 mins) and London (50 mins on fast train). There is a car park just in front of the hotel which operates on a first come first served basis with a charge of £15 per night. Alternatively, there are several public car parks in the area, but these are further away and may be more costly.

    Accommodation 6.95 /10

    All of the 55 rooms at the hotel have been recently refurbished and although they remain fairly basic in the décor and amenities they are in reasonable shape, and, aside from the single rooms, offer ample space for stays of a week or so. As seems to be the theme in several hotels, the standard rooms, like all the others in the hotel, have been livened up with floral wallpaper behind the bed with the rest of the décor fitting in well. Beige carpets are complimented by the similar coloured plaid and cushions on the bed, upon which you'll find your towels. There is a simple desk and mirror opposite the bed and next to this are the tea and coffee facilities on a small drawer unit. Amenities in the room consist of a flatscreen television mounted on the wall, a hairdryer, alarm clock radio and telephone on the bedside table. Some of the standard rooms also have a table and chairs and there are a few with sea view. Unfortunately no effort has been made to brighten up the room with pictures or flowers or the like. The bathroom, a basic one, tiled entirely in white, has a regular shower cubicle and liquid soap fixed into holders. Family rooms with a double and a single bed are available, although try and get one on the first, second or third floors as the one we saw below had a view onto the filthy courtyard. The honeymoon suite has no extra amenities, but the room is much larger and has a king double bed.

    Overview 6.95 /10

    The Best Western is simple to find, standing alone along the seafront, its six international flags flapping in the sea breeze. The hard floored lobby, which is flanked on one side by the breakfast room and on the other by the bar, contains a piano for use at weddings only and a PC in the corner free for guests' use without charge. The reception, partly obscured by a flight of stairs at the back of the lobby, is where you'll be met by one of the pleasant young foreign members of staff for an easy check in. Access to the rooms is quick and easy and there is a lift up to all floors for those with heavy baggage. The public areas of the hotel, which are a non-smoking zone, are perhaps starting to show small signs of wear and tear but are generally in good condition and are kept clean and tidy. The hotel doesn't have any sport or wellness facilities of its own. Complimentary wifi is available throughout the property.

    Food and drink

    The breakfast room just off reception is a bright, airy space with sea views from every table thanks to the large bay windows around two sides. The room is split into two by a wall which has been knocked through and double doors put in, next to which every morning you can help yourself to a complementary glass of sparkling wine. The restaurant can hold up to 60 guests and is made up of modestly laid tables of two or four each with tall leather chairs. There is a buffet for cereals and bread and you can then choose one of several options for your main breakfast including pancakes, fruit salad, fish or English breakfast (vegetarian option available). If you require more than one of these a supplement of £4.95 will apply. Breakfast is served between 7am and 9.30am on weekdays and between 8am and 10.30am at weekends. The hotel's relatively smart bar, on the opposite side of the lobby, is open 24 hours and serves sandwiches throughout the day.

    To know

    The Best Western is a privately owned hotel and is part of the Lowy Group who also own The Kings hotel, Queens hotel and UMI. This property is a very popular venue for weddings and so is often fairly busy at weekends when large parties hire out much of the hotel. For weddings in the summer months, a mock lawn is laid out in front of the hotel on the car park meaning that for several hours no parking spaces are available.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      beauty salon, sauna, Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      gym, sports

    • Animals allowed
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • You know what to expect
    • Sea views
    • Onsite parking
    • Experience in events

    disadvantages

    • Slightly out of town centre
    • No lunch/dinner service
    • Some unsightly interior views

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