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Hotel Snooze Hotel 4 star
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25 St. Georges Terrace BRIGHTON BN2 1JJ Brighton, United Kingdom -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

We love Snooze precisely because it is the antithesis to almost every other hotel in Brighton: the most unlikely of owners, a complete disregard for uniformity and a décor policy of 'why pay for it when you can get it out a skip for free'. Don't get us wrong, this is not some type of squat for the down and out, but rather an incredibly funky, well conceived guest house with great rooms, a hearty breakfast and a quiet location and some unique touches thrown in. What's more, it is one of the most homely places you'll find in Brighton and you'll be made to feel very welcome whether you're a couple, a group of friends of a small family. The ideal place to be for a fun weekend on the south coast.

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    Location 6.8 /10

    Snooze is tucked away several streets back from the seafront in a residential area of Kemptown. It is not the closest hotel to the town centre, but it is calm and quiet and still within walking distance of Brighton's main attractions. The Pier is a 10 minute stroll away, while the Pavilion, The Lanes and North Laine are another five minutes on and the Marina, in the opposite direction, could be reached in about 20 minutes. Trains from the station, a 25 minute walk or 10-15 taxi ride away, serve Gatwick airport (30 mins) and London (50 mins on fast train). If you arrive by car, vouchers priced at £5 per day can be purchased at reception for parking outside the hotel or alternatively in the surrounding streets you can find metered parking at £4.50 per day.

    Accommodation 6.70 /10

    Snooze offers six rooms, each with their own distinctive character as well as two new 70s style suites on the top floor. There is no category system here aside from the distinction between the guest rooms and suites, although guests may want to choose their room according to the different themes of the rooms. Every room is equipped with tea and coffee facilities, digital radio, hanging space and vintage or antique seating in some form or another. A nice touch is the love hearts and lollipop left on each bad with the towels every night. None of the rooms have a telephone while ironing boards can be taken from under the stairs provided you place them back once you've finished and valuables can be left with Tony or Paul. Room 1 is described as 'up market flea market' and the walls are adorned with vintage metal advertisements for various products and service from drinks to hairdressers to motorcycles, picked up by the owners from markets over the years. The hanging space is open and comprises two vertical chains with hangers attached to them at intervals. Two red Chesterfield armchairs are placed in front of the window and the television is placed on a rustic-looking cabinet. Room 2 is decorated with wallpaper from the 1970s nailed to which are three ducks placed in such a way as to make them look as if they are flying off up into the sky. The main features of this room are the book swap scheme, the collection of clocks above the fireplace and the retro sofa in brown corduroy. Rooms 4's (no, we didn't make a mistake, there is no Room 3) wallpaper is something akin to a Delftware motif, while here the main features are the stamp collage above the bed, the floral ceramic sink within the room and the armchair upholstered in a turquoise leaf print velvet. Rooms 5 smacks of the 1960s with loud orange, yellow and brown wallpaper, tiger print plaid and an old school locker unit which serves as a wardrobe. Room 6 plays on tones of red and has black and white female nudes above the bed, framed in gold. The final room, number 7, is a colour clash with a blue fireplace, a pink swing-door wardrobe and walls painted in red, orange and pink. The room also has a collection of old adverts from around Asia. The two new suites at the top of the hotel are themed 1970s. One features a Neapolitan stripe pattern on chocolate brown walls and a low bed whose base has been covered by the carpet that lies on the floor. Its bathroom is tiled in small black mosaics and has a shower cubicle and shiny fittings. The other has the same format, but its colour scheme is black and white and is slightly more refined in terms of its décor. Each has extra amenities such as iPod docking station, DVD player and bathrobes.

    Overview 7.45 /10

    The black and white checkered staircase takes you up to Snooze's front door above which is the hotel's name and logo, a simple red heart. Upon entering you'd be forgiven that you had entered someone's private home as the hallway is typically British with red carpet and a raised floral pattern running along the inferior half of the walls. Up above is a very strange light fitting which seems to have been made from long, narrow foam tubes and another example of which is found up on the landing of the first floor. All the way up the stairs are displayed record jackets from the likes of Aretha Franklin and De La Soul, while halfway up is a set of double doors leading out onto a small decked terrace, looking over a little garden, where guests are free to smoke (the property is 100% non-smoking). The reception desk is what seems to be a silver Art Deco sideboard and laptop, which stands in the breakfast room come lounge, a kind of treasure trove of the weird and wonderful (see 'Food and Drink' below). The property is kept clean and tidy and if there are any signs of wear and tear those are probably desired as the object in question my well have been salvaged from a car boot sale of the like. The hotel welcomes children, although pets cannot be accepted. There is complimentary wifi available throughout the hotel, but not business centre. Needless to say that Snooze doesn't have a fitness centre or wellness facilities, although Tony and Paul will be able to point you in the right direction if you do require these types of services.

    Food and drink 7.20 /10

    The breakfast room come lounge at snooze is a treasure trove of random objects of bygone years. Divided into two halves, the front is given over to the morning meal whose continental part is laid out either side of a non-working fireplace, to the left on a bright orange buffet and to the right on two wooden shelves, above which are two further shelves displaying old glass bottles and bread tins. Above the fireplace is a giant blackboard with the options for hot breakfast scrawled on in chalk which consist of English breakfast (big portion, good ingredients), a veggie option (also very tasty and filling), eggs the way you want and crumpets. Several tables are laid out in the middle of the room, none of whose chairs, crockery or cutlery match. At the other end of the room is a small space to relax with a Chesterfield sofa and an old red cinema seat. There are countless other bits and bobs in every corner, but too many to list here.

    To know

    There has been a B&B in this terraced house for 35 years, but it has been in the hands of the present owners for four. For want of funds, Snooze, which has been the trading name for two and a half years only, was refurbished and decorated in several phases, using almost entirely objects and materials from flea and antique markets, skips and eBay. Running a guest house is not the first occupation that you'd associate with the owners Tony, a former IT recruitment consultant from London, and Paul, an ex-design teacher from Sheffield, however the resulting style and attitude that comes from having no hospitality experience is somewhat refreshing. And it seems that others agree, with a host of awards under their belt from the AA and The Sunday Times, among others. As for the name of the guest house, there is no particular explanation, just an idea of Paul's wife which everyone happened to agree on!

    Equipment

    • Internet access

    advantage

    • Quiet location
    • Laid back owners/atmosphere
    • Originality of décor
    • Breakfast

    disadvantages

    • No television/phones in room
    • Slightly out of town centre

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