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A beautiful sunny autumn day in England deserves a beach side day trip!
A group of 6 expat Aussies; Abby, Amanda, Brad, Josh, Kate and I made our way on the coach to the sea for the day. Meandering the lane ways and markets, sitting on the pebble beaches and for the crazy others, jumping in the 10degree ocean for a swim!
The day wouldn't be complete without a trip to the funfair on the pier and an off licence session in the park! What a perfect Sunday!
... through London and past Gatwick Airport to the Sussex coast, thousands of others in the south of England were doing something very similar. By the time we arrived, the world and his wife were sitting in deckchairs on the beach licking ice-creams.
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How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Seattle Hotel Brighton
As a Brighton resident, I have not had cause to stay in the Hotel, but have eaten in their restaurant - the Cafe Paradiso. I have always found the food great- the atmosphere lively (funky and chill) and service friendly. I have taken my staff for Breakfast, I've taken my CEO for lunch and had several really enjoyable dinners with my husband. If you like Fish the selection is great and the food from the wood oven is delicious. Views of the harbour are nice. The only problem with this venue is the location- not much else in the Marina, so you can spend a lot of money on taxis into the City. However lots of new bars are opening.
Hotel seattle - as over rated as it gets, a total disgrace
i thought it was a disgrace to the hotel industry. the staff were very rude just chucking the food in your face when you were in the restaurant. The staff's behaviour towards me was unacceptable and were not helpful to me in the slightest. I found that the facilites were of a poor standard and no way did this hotel meet my needs and expectations.
Pay the extra and stay at Hotel du Vin
We stayed at the Hotel Barcelona in Exeter previously and had a fantastic time. Consequently when we couldn't get two nights in the Hotel du Vin in January we had no worries about checking in at the Alias Seattle. We even paid the extra for a sea-view figuring we might as well as we would be in the marina. Things didn't bode well when we drove down to the Marina and saw what resembled a 80s style travel inn perched on top of a shopping precinct but we were confident the interior would make up for it. Admittedly the decor is impressive but there were plenty of things that disappointed. The heating in the hotel was so high it was oppressive. We could turn down the heating in our room (set to 32 degrees celsius on our arrival) but could do nothing about the public areas. Our seaview turned out to be just 1/2 a balcony which you accessed by moving the furniture. Still, it's probably better than the view of Asda you get if you stay the other side of the hotel. We gave up waiting for a drink in the upstairs bar after 20 minutes of watching 3 bartenders trying to make one cocktail (one pouring, one reading the instructions and the other one watching). The hotel information file noted that the hotel had an arrangement with a local car firm for discount cab fare to the city centre - oh, did I mention the hotel is a ten minute drive from town - but when the cab arrived we were informed by the driver that this arrangement had ceased about a year ago. All in all I can't say it's worth the Â£125 per night. You're better off spending the extra Â£10.00 and staying at the Hotel du Vin as we did the next night. The two are simply incomparable.
The view is of Asda fancy that?
My husband and I stayed at the Seattle on the recommendation of the recent reviews on this web site. The hotel was possibly the worst I have ever stayed in. It was certainly the worst view. A recent reviewer suggested a balcony in a king room so we booked one and the view we had was of the 1970s concrete harbour wall the cheaper rooms look over asda and the rest of the shopping centre which was not exactly bluewater........ more like Uckfield high street. Not recommended in any way everything continued to disappoint.
What a view
Last week we decided to get out of the land locked Midlands and head for the sea. Brighton was our destination and we booked a room at the hotel in the Marina, even though its situated just out of the town centre it is still close enough to still feel part of the action. All through our stay the staff were unbelievably friendly and all seemed to be having a good time, which makes a nice change from the sour faced workers at most hotels. The room was fantastic, you can lie in bed in the morning with the balcony doors open and hear the sails flapping against the masts - it's amazing. Take my advice and allow yourself some extra time in the morning to stand under the giant shower head....I didn't want to get out. However all this was overshadowed by the views of the sunset from the room, no where in Brighton have I ever seen a sunset look so impressive, it made the trip to the marina worthwhile. Whilst at the hotel we decided to try the hotel restaurant, CafÃ© Paradiso. We found it to be a bargain for the quality of food, would definitely recommend the lobster. The decor is really different (especially considering the rest of the marina) and it's so nice to walk into a decent restaurant that is also unpretentious. Am dying to stay at the other Alias hotels now.
A breath of fresh air for Brighton
It's about time Brighton gave us a funky hotel like Alias Seattle! With a lot more to it than guest bedrooms, it gives local residents like myself the chance to get out of the town centre and enjoy a delicious meal with excellent sea views, a drink in the laid-back marine-style saloon (amazing sofas!) or one of the fantastic evening cocktails (I want the recipes..) being concocted in the upstairs Black & White bar.
The Seattle is also a great place for social events - having attended a recent Spanish guitar & tapas evening, their new year dinner & dance, and simply taken friends down ad hoc, I'd definitely say this is a great new addition to Brighton's social scene. Family staying there have vouched for the high standard rooms - and I hear the breakfast bento boxes are not to be missed! Looking forward to my next trip and thanks to all the staff for continually providing such great service.
Superb and groovy
I've visited Brighton on a number of occasions and stayed at a few widely ranging hotels, some of which I'd rather forget to be honest! I was recommended The Seattle by a friend and I'm glad I have such great taste in friend's. The staff were more than helpful on arrival - and throughout our stay - and very smiley which was a nice bonus to the 'starch' receptionists I've come across in other hotels. The whole place has a funky but relaxed style which makes you feel that you're staying somewhere other than just a 'hotel'. I particularly liked the mannequins in various states of attire! The room was modern and stylish yet not overly so, some of the best sleep I've had in a while! The views over the marina were awesome, especially the sunsets. We ate in the restaurant a couple of times and walked away full and contented, and the staff were very helpful to boot. Overall I'd recommend the Seattle to anyone, especially if you want more special than just a hotel. Give it a try, you'll love it!
Over-priced and Over-rated
I booked myself and my wife a nights stay at the Seattle as an anniversary present. When we got there the staff seemed rather aloof and a bit snobby to be honest. The decor is fun but the whole atmosphere is one of "we're all very trendy, look at us" and not one of focusing on the basics, such as friendly customer service. The room was okay, clean and tidy, but looks like a page right out of the Ikea catalogue. We had a problem with the tv which we had to ask Reception three times for somebody to help us with and it just seemed like too much hassle to them. The breakfast, for the price, was disappointing to say the least. I'd expect a lot more for the money. We could have booked another night in a different hotel for the amount that we paid for it. All in all, if you like being looked down on and prefer style over standards, give it a go, otherwise stay well clear.
Fair value for brighton but dont eat at Cafe Paradiso
We stayed at the Seattle as a last minute pick me up after our car had broken down, and had to collect a car the following morning from a rental office in Brighton. We called reservations at 1900hrs on a Saturday night and were amazed to get a room to be honest. We had a room with a marina view rather than the "Asda" view but not the King room which is a bit more superior. We were very pleased with the aesthetics of the place its fun nautical and rather camp, the staff being very casually dressed takes a wee bit of getting used to but thats fine. No problems with the room itself compact but attractive and clean, the bathroom again small but fine with a decent shower Matsui dvd/tv combis are also a bit of an asset to the room so where are the disapponitments you may ask. well.... numero uno- The balcony we had was a communal one so you could pop out onto the balcony and peer in the windows of at least a dozen of rooms(we made sure the curtains were tightly drawn) the idea of this I think is that its used as a sun lounging area but it does concern me froma privacy and security aspect.
Numero dos- Cafe Paradiso(the hotels restaurant) We are regular visitors to the Marina and had considered eating here as it looks pretty good ,chandeliers, exposed air conditioning, on view kitchen with wood fired oven ( i think!) but the general consensus in the area is that it is very disappointing but I do like to make my own opinion.
The menu itself is meditteranean with nothing really unusual popping up My wife had a Pastry tart for starters she cant remember what it was filled with but the pastry was what she remembered because it was obviously microwaved you know how pastry goes when it is microwaved all soggy and then really hard when it cools down I had a prawn cocktail which looked uninspiring tasted of virtually nothing and was served with virtually stale bread. Mains were just ok calves liver for me and chicken for her neither really got us excited but the thing which did was the amount of people complaining around us particularly about items which appeared in the description of a course but didnt exist when presented to you at least 1 couple walked out mid way through their meal service was really awful,arrogant and downright rude to the people complaining and totally uninterested with us for instance asking "how was that?" whilst looking in the opposite direction they just didnt care and the campness in there was verging on sexual harassment!! Avoid like the plague...the only place worth considering eating at whilst in the marina is the casino which is pretty good but you do need to be a member or be a guest of one. Finally back to the seattle hotel and numero tres... We opted for the' breakfast on the hoof' I think thats what they described it as. It consisted of a paper carrier with a polystyrene cup of tea (no string attached to the bag, just a loose tea bag which must have been brewing for 6-7 mins at least) an orange juice in a polystyrene container a nice fresh croissant with cheese and ham wrapped in a blue serviette and a sweet pastry ( an apple strudel ) which was also wrapped in a blue serviette but because the pastry was so sticky it was impossible to completely remove the serviette from the pastry it was really really disappointing but we had to choose from the japanese style bento in a box which just didnt appeal, breakfast in that horrid restaurant or this so we just couldn't win. overall then stay at the seattle if ur relaxed, dont expect too much, are under 40 or if ur a bit of an oldest swinger in town and u cant get anywhere better and From past experience Brighton is not exactly a haven for really good hotels and NO i haven't tried Hotel du Vin out yet!!!
A Cruise for New Year
Stayed at the hotel over the New Year and found it to be excellent. The rooms were designed to be like that found on a boat and it works well.
My partner appreciated the dual-sinks and the marina view (King Room), and I loved the huge shower heads with decent pressure.
Parking is fine as you use the nearby (3 mins) multi-story which is free and it's got 24 hour security. I felt a little nervous leaving my Mercedes there but it was there next day fine! There is also a walkway from the car park over to the hotel.
The Marina itself has changed a huge amount. There are loads of bars, restaurants, a cinema, health club and so on - you don't have to go to Brighton if you don't want. Brighton itself is about a 30 minute walk or a short taxi ride away.
Overall, a really nice hotel with attentive service and a funky design.