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Hotel Nineteen Hotel 0 star
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19 Broad Street Brighton, United Kingdom -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

We should all be thankful that Nineteen's owner, Mark, took the decision to get out of the rat race in the mid-Naughties, or else this intimate guesthouse may never have entered the Brighton accommodation scene. Full of touches not found elsewhere in the city, it is the ideal place to spend a lazy, romantic weekend home from home. You'll want for nothing during your stay as your every possible need has been taken care of - a luxury that you'll quickly get used to and be in danger of yearning once back home. Although primarily a favourite amongst those in their 20s and 30s, couples of all ages are welcome at Nineteen.

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    Location 9.68 /10

    Nineteen is nestled in amongst the terraced housing of Broad Street just off the seafront, a few minutes' walk from Brighton Pier. The town centre, as well as the North Laines and South Lanes, is easily accessible by foot. Trains from the station, a 15 minute walk or five minute taxi ride away, serve Gatwick airport (30 mins) and London (50 mins on fast train). If you are arriving by car let Mark know in advance and he can arrange a 24-hour on-street parking permit (£8). Alternatively, there are several public car parks in the area, but these are further away and more costly.

    Accommodation 8.20 /10

    Nineteen offers eight bedrooms in four different categories spread over as many floors. The standard rooms, which have a very generous square footage, are, like all other rooms, essentially white and are furnished with a wooden floor, double bed with high quality cotton linen, table and chairs with complimentary water and fruit and bedside tables and lamps. There are of course originals pieces of art from the hotel's collection and amenities include flatscreen television with freeview, DVD/CD player and bathrobes and slippers. You'll also find extra touches such as room mist, ear plugs (for those rooms at the front of the hotel) and the wifi code on a piece of paper all by your bed. The bathroom has a shower unit, hairdryer and boasts both Molton Brown and LUSH toiletries. King rooms offer a little extra comfort with both leather and designer armchairs, a small stereo, umbrella and a headboard that lights up at night. For even more space opt for the superior king with its leather couches, giant lamp fittings and tub (complete with rubber ducks!). The feature room of the hotel is the courtyard, which, while not the biggest, has the luxury of a hot tub just outside in a small outdoor area. It is filled with fresh water for each guest and can be set to whichever temperature you desire. The room itself has similar amenities to the other rooms plus an iPod docking station. None of the rooms have air conditioning due to the building being listed, but you'll find fans in your cupboard, together with extra bedding and anti-allergy pillows.

    Overview 7.45 /10

    The Nineteen doesn't do reception check-ins - that's too formal. Instead, after you are greeted at the door and brought inside, you'll be taken directly to your room where all the paperwork will be settled. You'll notice on the way to your room the art on the walls which is from Mark's personal collection and which is mostly local work with some international pieces thrown in. The hotel is equipped with wifi and is complimentary, although if you don't have your laptop with you Mark will happily lend you one of his. Similarly, if you fancy a quiet night in, feel free to borrow a book or a DVD from the collection in the ground floor hallway, but please remember to place it back when you are finished. If you need anything at all to make your stay at Nineteen that extra special, be it flowers, in-room treatments or restaurant reservations, this can be arranged for no extra cost. Nineteen is a no smoking property, however if you do feel the need for a cigarette then help yourself to a cushion from just behind the front door which you can place on the doorstep while you puff away. The hotel is kept immaculately from top to bottom and you'll find a delightful, helpful and above all (rightfully) proud owner in Mark.

    Food and drink

    Breakfast is served in your room at the Nineteen. Each weekday morning, until 11am, a continental breakfast is brought to guests in their room, while at weekends, for no extra cost, they are treated to a bucks fizz or bloody mary to accompany their breakfast. A complimentary newspaper is also provided. Guests are free to wander into the hotel's fully equipped kitchen whenever they want and help themselves to tea and coffee or to borrow crockery for a take away. It is this aspect of the hotel above all, the right to roam as you please, which sums up the philosophy of Nineteen and is what gives Mark the greatest pleasure of all, that is, watching guests saunter down in their fluffy robes and rummage around in the fridge for their milk!

    To know

    Nineteen occupies a 200-year old Regency townhouse and was bought as a going concern four and a half years ago by owner Mark. In order to create a guesthouse in which he would like to stay himself, the Belfaster brought in the designer who worked on Tom Ford's London pad to make some changes to the former property. Being a guesthouse there is not a 24-hour staff presence on site, although someone will be available for you to contact should there be any problems.

    Equipment

    • Internet access

    advantage

    • Attention to detail
    • Room decoration
    • Self-service kitchen
    • No kids
    • Champagne breakfasts at weekends
    • Relaxe atmosphere

    disadvantages

    • No kids
    • No breakfast room

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