Hilton Brighton Metropole
Travel Blogs from Brighton
This morning, our luggage was packed and placed outside our room. Then down to the restaurant for another traditional English breakfast. We boarded our coach, and travelled down the road to Canterbury.
The old village is surrounded by its original wall. We walked cobblestone and winding streets to the cathedral. The streets were lined by …
We arrived in Brighton late yesterday afternoon and checked in to the Hilton hotel; across the road the West Pier (well what is left of what was once the beautiful West Pier). On our trip from Dover to Brighton yesterday afternoon the weather report was saying that today was going to be wet, so we decided to do as much looking around as we could.< …
Good old Brighton. Whilst living in London and Milton Keynes we visited Brighton for the day or weekend. We would stroll along the sea front visit Brighton Pier and play air hockey, 10p & 2p fall downs and play house of the dead video game. We would look at the ruins of the west pier and discuss the fact it hasn't been restored and really …
... then Julie came along and bet their rock stacking record which won her an
ice cream (16 rocks stacked on top of each other in case you were wondering). We
all got ice creams and headed back after a big day at the beach. Who would have
thought that 18 degrees was hot, you could sunbake in a thermal, and rock
castles instead of sand castles counts as beach fun. How things have changed.
Next week Nick will be writing from the city of de love.
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How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Hilton Brighton Metropole
Dreadful Customer Service
Stayed at the Metropole twice in summer 2004. The customer service was consistently dreadful. Waited ages to be served, staff chatting to each other and ignoring customers. Shame as the room itself was very nice.
Excellent place to stay
Stayed for 2 nights (Nov 30th and Dec 1st 2004). Huge comfortable room with sea view and balcony. There was a special "deal" to include 2 nights accommodation with breakfast and dinner one of the nights which was an excellent package. Clean, comfortable with all facilities and friendly staff who were most anxious to help. Would happily stay there again
Excellent Hotel, great price and was offered a free upgrade to a sea view room! Very nice room, spacious and a great view. Would recommend to anyone, great location too.
The Metropole is the slightly less swanky of the two imposing edifices dominating Brighton seafront (the Grand being the other). It is a solid Victorian monstrosity in red brick and multicoloured marble, with miles of corridors and a wide range of rooms of varying comfort and size.
We ended up staying here as hotels that we were originally interested in were fully booked. I must admit that we did expect to be faced with a bland beige faceless place and we were pleasantly surprised. The desk staff were courteous and efficient and the hotel lobby pretty impressive. Whilst our room-one of the cheapest-wasn't too inspiringly styled, it was very large and had everything we needed. The location was good-right on the seafront and a stroll to most places of interest. Breakfast wasn't includede and at 13.50 a little steeply priced for us, but there were some great places to eat in the nearby lanes.
I booked the Metropole for just one night prior to relocating from London to Brighton and opted for a double deluxe seaview room. The hotel is an impressive red brick Victorian building and more than holds its own located as it is next door to the De Vere Grand. However the interior is somewhat less impressive. The lobby is fine but the decor of the hallways and staircases is disappointing - painted as they are in colours more suited to local government offices! My refurbished room was only partly finished with new carpet, curtains and freshly painted walls. The bed and other furniture seemed dated and the inclusion of just one armchair in the seating area was a little mean. I asked to view alternative rooms as the room I was allocated did not appear as deluxe as I had hoped. I was shown two suites but they were both very dated with worn out furnishings. Also none of the french windows out onto the balconies closed properly - not a good idea on a wet and rainy April day. I opted to stay put. Overall I would currently rate this hotel as average but improving and I would certainly be interested in returning to the hotel once the refurbishment programme is complete.
Perfect at the right price
We enjoyed our weekend break at this hotel. This was mainly due to the fact that we only paid £50 a night. The hotel is rather grand from the outside and the lobby is very impressive. Our room was quite small but clean and adequate for our needs. What do you expect for £50? We had a slight problem with the bill - we were overcharged by £200 but this was soon sorted out by the friendly, helpful staff. Another disappointment was that Steamers nightclub was closed but we passed a happy couple of hours in the hotel bar. On the whole a very pleasant weekend. I would definitely stay there again if I could get a similar deal.
Could be really nice
Stayed there for a weekend and was disappointed in many ways. The hotel front desk staff had a pretty rotten attitude throughout our stay but luckily I only HAD to deal with them three times in the 2 days. The hotel is somewhat "shabby" in appearance. It was obviously once grand but is really showing its age. Room was "motel quality" but we did have new noiseproof balcony doors which kept the outside noise to a minimum.
I would stay there again only if the price was right.
Beautiful view of Brighton Beach
The hotel is larger than most I frequent. I usually prefer more charming hotels. However, this hotel is truly elegant and worth the extra money. I loved the three days I spent there.