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25-26 New Steine, Brighton, East Sussex BN2 1PD, Royaume-Uni Brighton, United Kingdom -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

A jolly little hotel on one of the nicer seafront garden squares, sea spray is the ideal weekend break base for both couples and families. With 16 individually themed rooms of different sizes, you are sure to find one that suits your personality and requirements. Although it is not as luxury in terms of décor and amenities as some of its competitors, it does offer relatively good value and unless you are particularly demanding you'll find everything you need here. Its handy location and high-spirited staff make of sea spray a pleasant place to be and is definitely one to consider for a leisurely break of up to a week or so.

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    Location 9.97 /10

    sea spray is situated along one side of New Steine, a pretty garden square along the Brighton seafront off of Marine Parade, a popular sunbathing spot for locals and tourists alike. It is slightly out of the centre of the city, towards the Kemptown area, however you are only a 10 minute walk from everything worth seeing (The Lanes, North Laine, Pavilion, commercial centre, Brighton Pier?). 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 then see reception for a parking voucher allowing you to park in local residents' bays at a reduced cost.

    Accommodation 7.70 /10

    Although there are no two rooms the same at sea spray, there are several categories of room which vary in size, amenities and view. The basic room is the compact double and compact it is indeed. You would not want to stay here for more than a couple of nights and if you have a lot of luggage you may want to go for a larger room. They are however extremely well conceived rooms in terms of decoration and theme. Marrakech for example has a regular double bed (which takes up most of the room) dressed in a beautiful Moroccan-style striped throw and cushions and has an exquisite hand-painted folding screen as a headboard. To one side of the bed is a black and white checkered-topped cabinet with tea pot while on the other side you'll find a nargilah. Other North African features include the mirror and wall light, while there is also tea and coffee facilities, wine, minibar, flatscreen television and DVD player. The immaculate bathrooms, tiled in terracotta style slabs, have shower cubicles and Kinu toiletries. Other rooms in the same category include the Indian Summer and Oriental. The luxury double rooms are of a similar size and equally tastefully appointed. The walls of the Geisha room for example display Japanese fans, geta and paintings, while on and around the bed are Japanese cushions and cabinets respectively and behind the door you'll find a kimono. Also in the luxury double category, the bordering-on-kitsch Elvis room complete with full costume (suit plus wig and glasses), guitar, gold discs and other memorabilia relating the King. While the decoration is fairly sober, the outrageousness of the accessories makes it a must for rock and roll fans. Opulence and Indulgence are two examples of a superior suite. The former is not quite as flamboyant as the name suggests, featuring gold and rose gold plaid and cushions, mirrored bedside tables and wall lights with black glass drops, while the latter is more faithful to its name boasting a furry bed throw, red feather lampshades and the ubiquitous Starck chair. Little Venice, still in the same category has a four poster bed, Venetian mask and, like the other suites, a lot more space, partly filled with a chaise longue. The hotel offers two penthouse suites, both American-themed. One is the Manhattan which is a lift-like apartment and has an iPod docking station, a whirlpool bath and many reminders of where this room gets its inspiration such as the Statue of Liberty mural, Breakfast at Tiffany's poster and replica Empire State Building. The other penthouse, the New York boasts a leather bed and a Le Corbusier couch in a separate seating area. Note that none of the rooms have a safe - any valuables you wish to keep safe can be given to reception. One nice touch is the chocolates placed on the pillow every night.

    Overview 7.45 /10

    As is the case with so many a Brighton B&B, sea spray is housed in a Regency town property whose exterior has been kept shining white. After having been greeted at the door, you'll be taken to that rarest of bed and breakfast facilities, the reception. The front room of the hotel is split into two halves with the welcome desk at the rear and a lounge area in front. In the former you'll find a bucket of champagne on the counter to remind guests that they can order drinks (stored in a mini fridge just to one side) at any time from reception, as well as a cabinet full of DVD and videos which you are invited to borrow as long as you place them back in their place so that other guests can make use of them. The latter features a table and chairs at the bay window, a display cabinet with personalised sea spray souvenirs and local artwork for sale upon the walls. The whole space is decked in a Paul Smithesque multi-coloured carpet and is kept spotlessly. In a room behind the reception area, which is soon to be turned into a bar, is a treatment space in which you can enjoy several types of massage, a clairvoyant and healing session and, if you are feeling adventurous, botox and dermal fillers. The hotel does not have its own gym, so passes for a seafront fitness centre are available at reception for the special rate of £5 per day. The rest of the property is nicely furnished and well maintained although getting your big cases up the narrow stairs may pose a slight problem for those less mobile (staff are on hand to help of course). Regrettably the hotel cannot accept animals and is a smoke-free zone.

    Food and drink 7.20 /10

    The hotel's breakfast room is located just off the lounge area in front of reception and has the same multi-coloured striped carpet, with wallpaper which looks to date from the last decade (in terms of its style, not state). Partly covering up this latter are stunning photos of Brighton and its West Pier (the burnt one!) on stretched canvases which are for sale. Simple dark wood chairs and tables, enough for about 20 covers, are dispersed around the room with one table placed in the bay window. You can start your breakfast with a continental offering of cereals, yoghurt or fruit along with juice and hot drinks and then follow this up with either a full of vegetarian English breakfast or eggs cooked as you like with different accompaniments. The service is efficient and friendly and the quality of the food high. For the rest of the day guests are free to come here or to the lounge for a drink however you'll have to wait a little longer for the bar to open where the reception now lies.

    To know

    The hotel offers a good range of extra services including catering for business lunches and dinners, meetings and conferences and other events. In order to make your weekend or short break that extra bit special, the staff can arrange for such things as flowers in the room, chocolates, champagne and balloons. Also available is the picnic hamper, perfect for al fresco eating on the beach, the deluxe love hamper, an intimacy kit for a saucy night at the hotel, and any other service that you may need to complement your stay.

    Equipment

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

      wellness, beauty salon, sauna, massage

    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • Originality of décor
    • Location
    • Treatment room

    disadvantages

    • Small size of some rooms

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