The Grand, Brighton, East Sussex
A stately Regency-era matriarch overlooking Brighton beach and promenade, The Grand Hotel now offers a wealth of seaside-chic rooms and suites and modern dining along with plenty of old-school glamour.
Rooms available from £68 per night
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The hotel is next door to the Brighton Centre - the city's premier events and conference space - and is a mere hop and skip over the road from the beach. The Victorian Lanes is a few minutes in one direction, while the BA i360 observation tower lies in the opposite direction.
In a prime position overlooking Brighton seafront, the hotel is set back slightly from the busy Kingsway thoroughfare.
By car: over 2 hours from London and Oxford, and 3 hours from Bristol. On-site parking costs £35 per night.
By train: trains from London Victoria and London Bridge take around an hour. The station is a 15-minute walk (or 5-minute taxi) from the hotel. Book trains to Brighton.
CHARACTER & STYLE
Originally built in 1864, this grande dame was brought bang up to date with a full refurbishment in 2013. Gilt and mahogany remain, however, the Victoria Bar and Lounge has been refreshed with a palette of baby blue, taupe and cream. Contemporary bedrooms boast a New England beach house-meets-English seaside vibe.
She's had her ups and downs over the last 150 years. She lost her fifth star in 2008 and is now a solid four-star property. The staff are friendly and professional, and the concierge are your best bet for securing hard-to-get dinner reservations in town. Sadly, the spa is undergoing refurbishment and is closed.
- Free Wi-Fi
Rooms and suites are decorated in a nautical palette of pale blues, greens and taupes. Bathrooms are pretty standard with simple tubs and over-bath showers. Book a superior room for a roll-top bath and telescope to capture the sea views.
Room types: Classic, Classic Sea View, Deluxe Sea View, Feature Deluxe Sea View, King Suites
Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with Noble Isle toiletries, TV, luxury bathrobes, tea and coffee-making facilities, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
Cyan is a vision in blue velvet and is an opulent setting. Dishes include lobster mac 'n' cheese, cod with lardo and cockles, and Sussex charcuterie - plus local fizz. You can't beat an afternoon tea in the glass-covered Victoria Terrace.
Cyan: all-day dining, small plates and sharing platters. Open daily, 12.30-9pm.
The Grill: modern British cuisine, open daily for dinner.
Victoria Terrace: lounge and terrace. Afternoon tea served daily from £38.
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