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Hotel Seattle Hotel 4 star
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Brighton Marina, East Sussex BN2 5WA, Royaume-Uni Brighton, United Kingdom -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

Without a shadow of doubt, this is one of the finest hotels in Brighton. To be perfectly frank, we can't really think of anything negative at all to say about the hotel! Even its one obvious default, being far from the town centre, for us is in fact a distinct plus as instead you are right on the marina, a much quieter area of Brighton, with a touch of glamour in the yachts that are moored here. The boutique style rooms are beautifully appointed, décor of the hotel is second to none and the restaurant is one of the best we experienced. What's more, this is one of the only really family-friendly properties in Brighton with several features devised especially for kids. For a slightly different, yet just as special, Brighton experience, you have absolutely to consider the Seattle, one of our favourites.

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    Location 5.5 /10

    The Seattle is the only hotel situated down at Brighton Marina Village. On one side of the hotel, the marina side, is a beautiful boardwalk with a host of chain restaurants which, although pale in comparison to what the hotel itself has to offer in terms of food, nonetheless have an enviable position. The other side holds noting of real interest, just a supermarket and petrol station and a few other shops. Although a fair way from the centre of town (15 minute bus ride or 10 minute taxi journey), it is easy to access and the area itself is much calmer and the views just as good. Trains from the station, a 10-15 minute taxi ride away, serve Gatwick airport (30 mins) and London (50 mins on fast train). For those arriving by car, there is a free car park just next to the hotel while a drop off point just in front of the hotel eases the transition of luggage.

    Accommodation 8.20 /10

    The hotel is perfectly sized with 71 bedrooms spread over just two large floors. There are four main categories, each with the option of an interior or marina view. The décor is extremely elegant and pure and the rooms strike a perfect balance between British and Italian design. The most basic room is the twin which features two single beds dressed in crisp white linen and light tan bed skirts, a shade clearer than the carpet. The furniture consists of sleek bedside tables topped with marble, a small wall-mounted desk complete with designer chair, fan, tea and coffee facilities and lamp and another drawer unit with the flatscreen television on top. The hanging space, which is open has both shelving and rails while you'll also find an internet access point, iPod docking station (in the marina view rooms only) and a low wooden table perfect for breakfast. The bathrooms, all of which have a double vanity, are absolutely spotless although some have slight signs of wear and tear (as opposed to the perfectly maintained rooms). They also boast bathtubs with monsoon showers, tall heated towel rails and feel good formula toiletries. The only regret is the relatively small size of the room at 160ft². The double rooms are almost identical, aside, obviously, from the sleeping arrangements and the fact that the marine view rooms on the second floor have access to a spacious shared balcony. The king rooms are not much different, the only advantage being the extra space allowing a fold up bed to be installed for one child. The biggest room, the large king, has a sofa bed in a seating area at the foot of the bed.

    Overview 8.45 /10

    It is not immediately obvious where the hotel's entrance is however every taxi driver will know exactly where it is. To access the reception you'll have to take either the lift or the stairs just to the left. The lobby is a very pleasant introduction to the hotel with the reception desk to the left, with its huge iMac screens and stylish armchairs, and a seating area to the left featuring leather couches, a marble-based lamp which cranes over the settee and hangs above the glass coffee table and an intriguing world clock on the wall (unfortunately now defunct due to over-curious guests poking at it). Off of the check-in area is a long, wide corridor featuring furniture from some of the group's other hotels such as wooden framed armchairs with leather seats, grand coffee tables also in wood and at the end, a marvelous console and mirror. The whole area is brought to life with plants and some fantastic artwork from a local gallery. Further artwork can be seen in the first floor hallways of the hotel where vintage international film posters have been framed and put on display giving a cult kind of feel to the corridors. There is though also a marine theme to the corridors with the cherry wood panels forming a hull shape which is at once so simple and so effective and not at all tacky as many marine themes tend to be. In the hallways right outside the rooms there is spotlighting along the wainscoting, also giving a cruise ship element to the space. One of the hotel's biggest assets is its staff, sporting custom made uniforms. Everyone we came across from the girls at reception, to the guest services people to the bar and restaurant waiting team was delightful and made the Seattle experience memorable. Unfortunately the hotel doesn't have its own fitness and wellbeing facilities, however passes for the nearby David Lloyd centre are available from reception at £15 each. While these is no business centre here, if you have a laptop you can connect free of charge to the wifi throughout the hotel.

    Food and drink 8.45 /10

    The Restaurant at Seattle and Bar at Seattle enjoys one of the finest, if not the finest, setting for an eatery in Brighton. The stunning room, with hardwood floors, curtains hanging from the walls and a couple of tall elegant white leather banquets, is luminous and airy and is dotted with impeccably laid white-topped tables surrounded by deep 1970s style armchairs. There are two rows of tables the other side of a dividing wall right next to the floor-to-ceiling windows with a view on to the marina, while there is also the possibility of sitting outside on the decked terrace. Breakfast, served between 7am and 10am (8am and 10.30am on the weekend) consists of either a continental offering of jot drinks, juices, pastries, fruit, meats and cheeses, or a cooked option with full English or eggs the way you like. The lunch and dinner menu is identical which is no bad thing as it means your evening meal will be every bit as delicious as your daytime repast. Chef David Edward who has trained with the likes of Gordon Ramsay, Marco Pierre White, Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall and Gary Rhodes will seduce you every bit as much as did our delightful Geordie waitress with the way in which he uses the locally sourced ingredients. Some highlights of the menu, which does change every so often, include the scallops to start, the Seattle Fish pie for mains and the apple and pear crumble to finish. However it's the bangers and mash which are at the centre of the menu with 80 varieties of sausage available from the Brighton Sausage Company. For kids there is a simple menu on which all items are only £2.50 and the wine list features a relatively wide range of wines from around the world, chosen with as much care as the dishes' ingredients. The separate bar area, where every cluster of seating has a different chair and table, is decorated with black and white images of The Beatles as well as a few stylised shots of Jimi Hendrix. Dotted around the room are some funky lamps but none funkier than the atom-like chandelier on the ceiling. This is the place to come for snacks and nibbles throughout the day (including a quick breakfast) and for some of the best cocktails in town made by award-winning barmen. Easily one of the best restaurant/bar destinations in Brighton.

    To know

    Part of the Swire group which owns among others, Cathay Pacific, the Seattle hotel has been open since 2003 and occupies a building originally destined for a Holiday Inn. Thank goodness they pulled out as otherwise the Seattle may not have seen the light of day! The hotel offers weekend package deals as well as activity bags for kids of different ages -ask at reception for more details. They also cater of course for business meetings and events as well as private weddings and parties.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      spa

    • Sports equipment

      sports

    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • Marina location
    • Décor/design
    • Restaurant/bar
    • Staff

    disadvantages

    • Distance from main tourist attractions

    Traveller Reviews

    • Overall Score 8.00/10
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