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9 Oriental Pl, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 2LJ, Royaume-Uni Brighton, United Kingdom -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

One of our favourite hotels in Brighton, the Oriental is a fun, modern, homely property with great rooms, a quiet location and a modern décor. The B&B has been completely renovated in recent years and the results are a real success. Catherine and Nathalie who own and run the hotel will make you feel incredibly welcome and at home, so much so that it will be difficult to tear yourself away at the end of your stay. A great hotel for couples and friends down for the weekend, although probably not the ideal place for a family stay (children are welcome however). Also recommended for those who like art, the hotel being full of local works.

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    Location 6.85 /10

    The Oriental is tucked away off the seafront at the top of Oriental Place, on the corner with Sillwood Street, just up from the Neo hotel. Although slightly out from the centre of town, on the way to Hove, all the major attractions (the Pavilion, The Lanes, North Laines, Brighton Pier) are within 10-15 minutes on foot. 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). The hotel does not have its own car park, but there is on-street metered parking available outside or public car parks in the vicinity.

    Accommodation 7.95 /10

    The number nine must have some special significance in Brighton as the Oriental is yet another B&B with this number of rooms. Each of the rooms falls into one of five categories and is decorated uniquely. The smallest of the rooms, the single, is a bright, cosy little room with soft carpet, a padded violet headboard and small desk and chair. It has sufficient space for storage while amenities include flatscreen television and DVD player, bottled water and tea and coffee facilities and there is a fantastic photo of 1970s Denver on the wall. The bathroom features a shower cubicle and L'Occitane toiletries. The luxury doubles, of which there are two, are also very bright, and have the same features as the single room just with more space and a double bed. One of them has a hardwood floor and light olive green linen curtains, while the other has a sloping ceiling and designer armchair in cream. They each have a sink within in the room and the bathrooms have large walk in monsoon showers. The larger version of this room, the large luxury double, boasts more space, making it a better option for a lengthier stay. The superior double rooms, which are of a size you could only dream of finding at this price in London, offer many extra comforts such as chaises longue, faux leather desks, floor to ceiling windows with oblique sea views, a variety of funky lamps and an a tin covered Indian wardrobe. The bathrooms are extremely loud, with glass panels covering blocks of colour, while the bath has a monsoon shower and jets, a double vanity and smart fittings. The largest room in the hotel is the suite, which has a separate living area with corner couch and coffee table and in the bedroom a marvelous crocodile leather trunk and desk. None of the rooms have air conditioning but you will find fans in each. Similarly, in order to store your valuables safely, you'll have to entrust them to Catherine and Nathalie as there are no safes in the room. Also absent from the rooms are iron and ironing boards (on request) and telephones, although if you want to make a quick local call from reception there's no problem. All rooms do have though a memory foam bed, meaning you'll have a perfect night's sleep (we guarantee).

    Overview 7.95 /10

    From the outside, the Oriental stands out due to its violet coloured front door flanked by little potted bushes and the window boxes of razor edged plants and pebbles. Inside three things will grab you right away: first is the colour of the walls, a slight variety of the shade in which the front door is painted, second is the artwork on either side of the hall and third, if you look up, is the light fitting made entirely from those plastic cable ties that are easy to put on but impossible get remove with a pair of scissors. After having been greeted by either Catherine or Nathalie at the entrance, you'll be invited into the breakfast room come bar come reception area where you'll be given your key and fob and whisked up to one of the delightful rooms. On the way up you'll notice the current art exhibition, the first one the hotel has hosted, which is of pop art prints by a local artist, each one for sale. The next planned exhibition is of French festival prints. The hotel is immaculately kept, showing no sign of wear and tear, and is painted in bright, bold colours, giving personality to corridors that in many hotels are left bare. Before or during your stay the hotel can arrange for a number of special treats such as massages and treatments, champagne, flowers, chocolates and intimacy kits. The hotel is also available for hire as a meeting venue for up to nine people. Dogs and children are allowed at the hotel, although smoking is strictly forbidden. Complimentary wifi is available throughout the hotel.

    Food and drink 7.20 /10

    The hotel's excellent breakfast is served in the lounge at the front of the hotel on mosaic topped round tables placed in front of the red suede banquette which wraps around one end of the room. On the mantelpiece of the fireplace are flowering plants and a nargilah pipe, while down below, framed by fairy lights are magazines, cards, boards games etc, as if Father Christmas has passed by recently. Both continental and hot options are available for breakfast and whether you choose the regular full English or veggie option, or any combination of the two, the hearty portions will certainly fill you up till lunch, maybe even dinner. By night, the lounge becomes a bar, with resident shaker Kris whips up cocktails and other dinks in an intimate and laid back setting, including the hotel's special, Oriental Pearl, with lemon vodka, lychee and ginner. The bar is open all week to residents and for three nights a week for non-residents.

    To know

    The grade II listed Georgian property in which the hotel is housed has always been known as the Oriental. 15 years ago or so it was a B&B but was then converted into an underground club, the Brighton Belle, frequented by the likes of Fatboy Slim and Boy George. Catherine and Nathalie bought the Oriental three back in 2007 and did the interiors themselves with a little outside help. The reason for the plethora of artwork in the hotel is due its association with the art world, being a former hangout for artists. During our visit an exhibition by Patrick O'Donnell donated 10% of the proceeds of the sale of his works to the Terence Higgins Trust. For the times when the couple is not present at the hotel, you will be able to let yourself in as you please by using the key fob on the keychain of your room key.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Spa

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    • Sports equipment

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    • Animals allowed
    • Non-smoking rooms

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    • Décor
    • Location
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    • Room size
    • Art work

    disadvantages

    • Slightly out of centre

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