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Hotel Queens Hotel 2 star
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

Occupying an envious position on the Brighton seafront, this hotel, which is on a historical sight, is one of the most rounded hotels in the city. Its rooms are simple but spacious and correct, it has a decent restaurant and bar and some of the finest sports and wellbeing facilities in Brighton. Somewhere between your basic bed and breakfast and boutique hotel, Queens is a perfect choice for all types of traveller, suitable for couples, friends and families. Make sure you consider it when choosing your hotel.

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    Location 7.5 /10

    The Queens hotel is situated at the point where Kings Road becomes Grand Junction Road on the seafront, right by the Thistle hotel. It is just steps away from the boutiques of The Lanes and North Laine while Brighton Pier is only a few minutes' walk down the front. 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, you will find several public car parks in the area, including one on Black Lion Street, which charges £23 for 24 hours.

    Accommodation 7.70 /10

    The Queens offers several categories of room, although most are decorated in a similar style and the only features which change are the size and the views. The standard rooms are of a very generous size (the smallest is 270ft²) and half face the sea, with the other half looking onto the streets next to the hotel. They feature a double bed dressed in simple white sheets with a brown padded leather headboard behind. The furniture consists of basic black wooden cabinetry such as the desk with flatscreen television, bedside table units with lamps and leather armchairs. The amenities also fairly standard and include tea and coffee facilities, iron and ironing board, safe, hanging space and a small fridge. Each room has a feature wall covered with a wallpaper which brings a bit of life into otherwise sober rooms. There are some rooms which have not been refurbished and which still feature the old fashioned commodes and have no feature wall, although this is likely to have changed by now. Bathrooms are a little sparse and some have tubs which have signs of rust on the outside, but they are very clean and offer spa therapy toiletries and hairdryer. The executive rooms, some of which boast floor to ceiling windows, offer the same amenities although are bigger and therefore suitable for longer stays. The refurbished ones feature colour photos of urban Brighton scenes. The family suites will suit those travelling with kids or as part of a small group as the separate living area has a pull out couch suitable for two people as well as its own television. As well as offering even more space, the Tower suite's bathroom has a larger bathroom with corner jacuzzi bath and double vanity. Some of the rooms, even the refurbished ones, are starting to show signs of wear and tear but all are clean and comfortable, even if they are not the height of design and originality.

    Overview 7.95 /10

    You'll be first greeted at the hotel not by one of the members of staff but by a pane of glass splitting the lobby in two with a welcome message scrawled across it. To the left is the wood panelled reception desk (frustratingly unmanned at times) flanked by bird of paradise plants and replica dial telephones. Aside from the Chesterfield couches and armchairs, the fish tank and the mock antique commode with flowers, the space is rather featureless and the feature wallpaper in some walls hangs uneasily with the rest of the more classic décor. If you carry on through the lobby and go out the other end you'll come to the hotel's fitness centre and spa. The Lanes Club, open to both residents and outsiders, is the biggest in any hotel in Brighton. Open from 6.30am until 10pm, it has a good number of decent cardio and weighs machines, a swimming pool, sauna, steam room and stand up solarium. Personal training is available upon request. The Pretty People Salon, open seven days a week (by appointment only on Mondays), offers full range of treatments including massages, facials, manicures and pedicures, waxing and hair styling with packages also available. The hotel's corridors and public areas are nicely kept and are clean and easily negotiable although there is not much in the way of decoration. There is both a business centre and complimentary wifi throughout the hotel for those who would like to work although there is no smoking in the hotel apart from in some fourth floor rooms. Kids are very welcome at the Queens, and dogs are allowed under exceptional circumstances, at the discretion of the management.

    Food and drink

    The no.1 bar and bistro is where guests will enjoy breakfast and can choose to snack or dine later on in the day. It would be a lie to say that the room had much character but it is painted in warm colours and has a smart parquet floor and tall leather chairs. Around the walls are black and white photos from yesteryear Brighton. Between the hours of 7am and 10am (8am and 11am on the weekends) guests can tuck into an English breakfast or variations of, as well as a continental breakfast offering of cereals, toast, juice, tea and the like. Snacks such as potato wedges, chicken wings, sandwiches, salads and platters are available between noon and 5pm, while in the evening simple dishes like steaks, veggie kebabs and fish and chips are served until 9.30pm. There is a kids menu available and the wine list features a few wines from both the new and old worlds. For an authentic English experience, why not have an afternoon tea in the sun lounge, a room just off the lobby, where you can equally sit and relax with a book or a glass of wine throughout the day.

    To know

    There has been a hotel on this spot since 1908 and the format has not changed during those 100 or so years. In the late 18th century, it was here that Sake Dean Mohammed, the man who introduced swimming in the sea to the UK, established the Mohammed Vapour Spa & Baths. The Queens is a privately owned hotel and is part of the Lowy Group who also own The Kings hotel, the Best Western and UMI.

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    • Some signs of wear and tear

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