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Hotel The Kings Hotel 3 star
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139-141 Kings Road Brighton, United Kingdom -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

While The Kings Hotel is certainly not fit for a monarch, it is however, a comfortable, unfussy property which should meet most basic needs of the leisure or business traveller. The rooms themselves are nothing to write home about, although they are clean and many have a sea view (and one of the burnt West Pier too). The hotel lacks the services of many of the others on the front and is not necessarily cheaper so it is difficult to point to a distinct advantage. If you are a family or group of friends looking to bring the cost of your stay down by sharing a room, or if you are not turned on by the sophisticated design available in other properties, then consider The Kings. Otherwise, you may want to look elsewhere.

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    Location 6.86 /10

    The Kings has a prime location on the seafront, along King's Road, albeit slightly out from the very centre of Brighton. Within five minutes on foot you can reach the commercial shopping centre of the town, while another five to ten minutes will see you right on top of the biggest attractions such as the Pavilion, The Lanes, North Laine and a bit further on, Brighton Pier. Trains from the station, a 15-20 minute walk or 10 minute taxi ride away, serve Gatwick airport (30 mins) and London (50 mins on fast train). The hotel does have a private car park, but there is a charge for this and works on a first come, first served basis. Alternatively there is an NCP car park under the close by Regency Square.

    Accommodation 7.45 /10

    The hotel's 90 rooms are spread over its five floors. There are for the most part basic rooms with little imagination having gone into the décor, although some have been renovated and are much sharper and brighter. The standard rooms, all of which should be renovated by the end of 2010, are painted white with one side being covered in a feature wallpaper of an ivory base and a white floral motif on top. The bed is dressed in simple white sheets, while the headboard is in a grey velour-type material. The seating is upholstered in red leather and there is also a desk and wardrobe for storage. Amenities include complimentary water, tea and coffee facilities, flatscreen television and trouser press. Despite having been renovated and therefore looking fresher, there is still a lack of effort in terms of decoration or embellishment, which is a shame, as flowers, a few pictures and a plaid or vase here and there would make a world of difference. The bathrooms are tiled simply in white and have a bathtub and toiletries in holders attached to the wall. Some rooms at the front of the hotel and therefore with a sea view, have wooden four-poster beds, but no extra amenities. Similarly, family rooms do not enjoy any extra amenities, just more space and an extra single bed in addition to the regular double. The largest room, the honeymoon suite, while very bright and having a sea view and small (inaccessible) balcony, is rather tired, with furniture which has seen better days and walls which could do with a lick of paint. The main bedroom features a four-poster bed, at the foot of which are three red leather armchairs and a coffee table. Opposite, at the bay window is the flatscreen television, while over to one side is a desk over which looms a lamp stand. There are a few extra amenities such as an iPod docking station and a long open hanging space with a butler and fan. There is a separate room with two single beds for kids or guests while the bathroom, tiled nicely in brown, has a bathtub with sleek fittings and a monsoon shower, but very basic toiletries.

    Overview 6.95 /10

    Although one single property today, you can see distinctly the three former separate Regency residences that have been converted into The Kings, which stand on the corner of King's Road and Oriental Place. There are a series of square picnic benches outside and from the first floor balcony fly the flags of six countries. The low ceilinged lobby holds nothing of note, with just a black leather couch and potted plant to the right and the reception desk to the left. This latter is manned by a willing, but slightly dim young staff, dressed in black to match the motif on the wallpaper which stretches from behind the welcome desk right back and around the bar area, beyond the lobby. Getting to your room here is simpler than in many other properties due to the presence of a lift. What is not so welcoming, however, is the musty smell of the corridors, although it has to be said that they are clean and tidy, as is the rest of the hotel's public areas. If you've brought your laptop with you then you'll be able to take advantage of the complimentary wifi throughout the hotel, otherwise there is a computer free for your consultation at reception. During the summer months an internal courtyard and patio is open to guests where drinks from the bar can be enjoyed.

    Food and drink

    Breakfast is served in Pebbles, the hotel's restaurant. Again, the space is nothing exceptional although an effort has been made by putting up some jazzy wallpaper. The simple tables and leather chairs a little battered, while there is a television to stare at if you can't get a seat by the window overlooking the sea. As well as a continental breakfast including juice, hot drinks, fruit, yoghurt and cereals, you can order a hot breakfast of full English, kippers, haddock and eggs. Serving time is between 7am and 9.30am or 8am and 10.30am on weekends. K-bar is located beyond the lobby and is a simple pub like bar with beer on tap, a list of cocktails and wine and toasted sandwiches served throughout the day. At least here there are some attractive black and white photos of Brighton and its beach.

    To know

    The Kings Hotel is a privately owned hotel and is part of the Lowy Group who also own The Best Western, Queens Hotel and umi. It has been operational for over 100 years and was originally three private Regency residences. Weddings and other events and celebrations can be catered for at the hotel, with a maximum capacity of 100 guests.

    Equipment

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

      beauty salon, sauna, Turkish bath, spa

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      fitness, gym, sports, mountain bike

    • Animals allowed
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • Seafront location
    • Private car park (chargeable)
    • Patio

    disadvantages

    • Musty smell in corridors
    • Some rooms show wear and tear

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