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Amy Adejokun Section editor

Brightonwave is a smart and stylish bed and breakfast with an envious location, which goes to prove that all good things come in small packages. A quiet and laid back property, owned and run by a couple with the very same qualities, it offers the perfect retreat for a weekend away from the city or indeed a base from which to explore all that 'London by the sea' has to offer. You'll be looked after very well here and we would recommend this property highly to couples or friends looking for a certain degree of luxury at a reasonable price.

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    Location 8.23 /10

    Brightonwave is located on Madeira Place, a road leading off the seafront road, Marine Parade. It is seconds away from Brighton Pier and just a few minutes' walk from the major attractions of Brighton such as the Pavilion, The Lanes, North Laine and a host of restaurants, bars and shops. Trains from the station, a 20 minute walk or 10 minute taxi ride away, serve Gatwick airport (30 mins) and London (50 mins on fast train). If you are arriving by car there is pay and display parking (£1.50 per hour, maximum two hours). Alternatively you can buy a parking voucher at reception for £5 allowing you to park in a pay and display space for up to 24 hours on Madeira Drive. There is also an NCP car park close by costing £12 per day.

    Accommodation 7.95 /10

    The hotel offers eight well appointed, comfortable rooms, all of which are decorated in good taste and are at little risk of becoming demoded any time soon. Half of these rooms are standard, or double, rooms and are reasonable in size, although if you have a lot of luggage or need space to work, you might want to consider a larger room. They feature regular sized beds dressed in fine quality linen with a plaid at the foot of the bed complimenting the colour of its suede headboard and cushions. On the mini bed side shelves you'll find a clock radio and lamp and just above two tall mirrors. Amenities include complimentary water and chocolates, tea and coffee facilities, television and a CD/DVD player. The nicely tiled bathroom, which uses the same tones as in the bedroom, has a regular shower cubicle, Gilchrist & Soames toiletries and hairdryer. The two king, or twin, rooms boast, as the name suggests, a larger bed which is again immaculately dressed and offers a lot more space which is partly filled with a table and chairs in the bay window with oblique sea view, a wardrobe and longer desk. Extra comforts include a larger flatscreen television, iPod clock radio, Strathclyde bottled water and a full length mirror taking up one entire wall. The two best rooms each have a couple of special features, the first with a balcony and four-poster bed and the second with a small garden patio and a whirlpool in the bathroom. All the rooms are in perfect condition and have no signs of wear and tear. They also offer extras such as bathrobe and slippers and ottomans at the foot of the bed. There is no a/c in the hotel but fans can be provided if necessary.

    Overview 7.45 /10

    You'll get an idea of the character of the hotel simply from the colour of the building's exterior, a dark shade of lilac complimenting its cream and pistachio neighbours. There is no real reception as such, but you'll be greeted at the door and brought into the front room which serves as a lounge come breakfast room. The parquet-floored lounge features a chunky sofa in front of a stained glass window between on one side the fireplace with its mountain of information on local attractions and on the other the free-for-use laptop and printer. The art work on the walls, showcasing local talent for the most part, is rotated on a regular basis and is for sale to the public with the hotel taking no fee or commission. There is more of this art work around the hotel, along the corridors and in all the rooms, also for sale. Treated like their own home, the hotel is kept spotlessly by the owners and has a warm, familiar atmosphere. Feel free to pop downstairs and choose a DVD from the collection to play in your room, but remember to put it back when you're done as another guest may have had their eye on it before you!

    Food and drink 6.95 /10

    Breakfast is served in the front room of the hotel on simple black tables placed between a suede banquette against the wall and black and silver chairs on the other side. A continental offering of cereals, muesli, fruit and breads comes before the cooked breakfasts including full English, veggie and pancakes. Richard and Simon and happy to cater for special diets, but in order for them to do so, please indicate your requirements upon reservation. You can order a simpler breakfast to your room and if you require a late breakfast please advise as early as possible.

    To know

    The B&B is owned and run by Richard and his partner Simon and was opened seven years ago. The property is entirely non-smoking and pets are not allowed.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Internet access

    advantage

    • A quiet location
    • Personable owners
    • Quality of décor/furnishings
    • Art work

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