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Hotel Una Hotel 0 star
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: 55-56 Regency Square, Brighton BN1 2FF, Royaume-Uni Brighton, United Kingdom -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

This gem of a hotel, made up mainly of suites, is one of the finest in Brighton. Despite being housed, like many an establishment in this town, in a Regency building, the space and facilities of the rooms are incredible. Add to these top notch accommodations a great location, a husband-wife team and their staff who ooze passion for what they do and some tasteful décor and you have what TripAdvisor contributors crown the number one hotel in the town, and quite frankly it is difficult to argue. Strongly recommended for all types of traveller, for any length of stay. Particularly charming for couples looking for a romantic weekend getaway.

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    Location 7.8 /10

    Una has an envious location on Regency Square, opposite the Pelirocco and close to Artist Residence, with the West Pier (the burnt one!) in sight too. It is just a few minutes' walk from the centre of town and the main shopping streets, with Preston Road's plethora of restaurants the next street over. The North Laines and South Lanes are a little further away but still accessible on foot. 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 beneath the square.

    Accommodation 8.45 /10

    The hotel's 19 rooms are divided into several categories, each with their own idiosyncrasies and none two decorated in the same manner. They have been named after rivers of the world such as Danube, Rhine and Kodori. The smallest, most basic rooms are the singles which are designed for just one night's stay and have regular bed, hanging space, tea and coffee facilities and a flatscreen television mounted on the wall. The bathrooms are nicely finished and the sink and shower unit have shiny chrome fittings and soap and shampoo in holders. The three double rooms are much bigger and a lot more effort has been put into decorating them. Each one features some of Zoran's handiwork in the doorframes or cabinetry, while they also have large, thick contemporary rugs, beds with either wrought iron or leather ends and a series of attractive prints on the white washed walls. The seating comes in the form of stylish leather or soft armchairs and have flatscreen televisions, DVD players and some funky light fittings. One room, Vedea, has exposed brickwork which lends a warm feeling to the space. The bathrooms are just as sleek as the rooms with their large white or black tiles, stylish sinks and Molton Brown products. One room has got a great star-shaped shower head while another boasts a deep soaking tub. The large doubles, bigger still, are delightfully appointed each with their own 'objets' and tasteful upholstery. Flores has a unique raised living area integrated in the room while Gaula its own private patio complete with garden furniture. Lossie, one of two superior doubles, features a low leather bed and a soaking tub in the room, while the second, Orinoco, has oblique sea views and more of Zoran's masterful solid oak cabinetry. There are a total of eight luxury rooms including Aragon, whose room has a fun rug made from the ends of neck ties as well as its own private sauna and whirlpool, and Wista with its enormous sofa, large flatscreen television and hifi. The hotel's 'pièce de résistance' is Quaile, the duplex room, which not only has a living area, dining table and kitchen, but upstairs has a home cinema with 3D screen, reclining chairs with cup holders and a PS3. The bedroom boasts a low orange leather bed with a deep soaking tub at its foot. This is without doubt one of the finest rooms in Brighton, perfect for that ultimate lazy weekend!

    Overview 8.45 /10

    On a slight slope on one side of one of the nicer seafront squares in Brighton, the Una takes up what used to be two Regency houses. The front door, at the top of several black and white checkered steps are two small, round trees while a slightly bare palm tree also rises to the height of the columns that flank the door. You'll notice as you pass through the front door that the building's original revolving doors have been kept, although they are no longer in use. The front hall is rather rustic with a lot of Zoran's bare wood handiwork such as door frames and swiveling front desk taking prominence. Whoever you are greeted by you'll be guaranteed a warm welcome while getting to your room has been made simpler with the installation (by none other than Zoran) of a lift, which jolts as it arrives at the desired floor. Wandering around the hotel you may well hear or come across some work going on in one of the rooms or in the corridor, all part of the process of creating what, in the eyes of Zoran and Jelena is the perfect Brighton hotel. This aside, the hotel is well maintained and clean and in good condition (mainly because nothing rests untouched for very long if Zoran has anything to do with it). There is complimentary wifi throughout the hotel and a DVD library from which guests may borrow films to play in their rooms.

    Food and drink 7.45 /10

    In what would have been the two front rooms if the houses which have now been merged into Una, you'll find to the right the breakfast room (which also extends into the back room) and to the left the bar/lounge. The former is very bright and airy and has large planks of untreated wood on the ground, huge contemporary canvases done by two local girls and original cream leather banquettes hugging the walls. There is a good continental spread at breakfast, which takes place between the hours of 7.30am and 10am (8am and 10.30am on weekends) while the cooked breakfast is hearty, but sadly not one of the tastiest we had during our stay in Brighton (our waitress was a little cold too). Over on the other side of the lobby in the lounge, you'll find large tan leather armchairs arranged around little wooden tables with blocks, which could serve as either seats or tables, nestled under them. Tucked behind the speakers either side of the bay window are two bare tree trunks while elsewhere in the room are plenty of small objects collected over the years by the couple. At the back of the room is the black marble bar with Una logo, behind which works the much-moved Koko, the Bulgarian barman who is passionate about cocktails. During the evenings there is a limited room service, however there are plans in the pipeline for a restaurant in the near future.

    To know

    The hotel has been open for almost four years now having been a guest house before hand. Zoran and Jelena, the Eastern European couple who own and run the hotel spent one and a half years renovating the bolt hole with Zoran having done much of the work himself (and he continues to do so today, always experimenting with new looks and ideas). A trained architect, he was part of the team that conceived the London Eye and his passion for what he does is both highly palpable and contagious. His wife, the alluring Jelena is equally enthusiastic and hard-working and it is this conviction (shared also by their staff) which for us makes this such a great place.

    Equipment

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

      beauty salon

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Non-smoking rooms

    advantage

    • Location
    • Staff
    • Size of rooms
    • Décor

    disadvantages

    • Often work going on
    • Some rooms rough around the edges

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