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In the afternoon, Kyle had to go to camp, so we dropped him off at the weekend christian camp, there were tons of ten year old boys running around mental, and wee Holly packed a sad cause she was too young to stay over night. However after some pizza, loom banding, and going to see her daddy play in the pub seemed to cheer her up no end.
Still, after a busy day I am looking forward to bed.
... are as crazy for loom bands as everyone else, so we've been making bracelets for almost 3 days straight now. I even learned a new weaving technique! These seven year olds are way better than me.
The jet lag is still pretty strong though. When I said I was going to bed at 10 past six, the kids looked at me like I was messing with them. They were kind of surprised when I actually went to bed.
... we knew it we had arrived. Although I had tried to plan the trip for the day with the best forecasted weather, it was still quite overcast and there was a very cold wind. We didn't let this dampen our spirits however, and headed straight for the beach. We walked along the waterfront for a short distance until we found a 'chippie' (no, not a carpenter - that's what the English call their fish and chip shops, lol) that we liked the look of and whose seating was in ...
Goodbye London. Sad to leave you, but off for the next part of our adventure! After collecting the hire car (Upgraded to a fancy Volvo with GPS given I nearly had a stroke trying to navigate through Paris with the IPad) we headed out to Greenwich to see the Greenwich Meridian and Royal Observatory. When we did the Tower of London tour our friend the Yeoman Warder told us that the round tower of the Tower of London was the first Royal Observatory, which was ...
... adapted, like I've been here since forever :P I also realize that I don't have the same contact with people from home, since the excitement from the first days is gone and I don't have much else to tell you. I will be in touch soon though, I'm still curious how life is back home! <3
On tuesday we went bowling! Always fun! I usually isn't that good, but its mostly because I get so eager to win that I just mess everything up. Now, I didn't really care if I won or ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Lansdowne Place Hotel Brighton
Good but Noisy!
Stayed here for 1 night on a weekend. The hotel is well located for the seafront, but parking was a pain - no spaces left in their garage, so we had to park a fair distance from the hotel. I think this would be the same for most hotels in the area. On street parking is expensive!
All the staff we encountered were smart and very polite and the general decor in the lobby and bar was excellent.
Food and drink was fairly pricey. I think the breakfast was £14/pp. We had an excellent breakfast at one of the many cafes on the seafront for a lot less than that.
The room was clean and well appointed, with a comfortable double bed and clean bathroom. The one major problem we had, was with noise from the street. We stayed overlooking the front of the hotel on a Saturday night and there was a party going on in/outside one of the properties across the street, which went on for most of the night. Not the fault of the hotel - but for that reason alone, I wouldn't stay at this hotel in future, unless there was double glazing/aircon!
Not Quite ready
We stayed in the Landsdowne place hotel for 2 nights and had mixed views. Firstly the negative - On arrival we were told there was a £10 per night parking fee (which wasn't advertised anywhere on the web site). When we arrived in our bedroom it had scaffolding against the window and workmen walking passed out room. Whilst I appreciate hotels need to be decorated, they should have told us this on booking. The rooms service breakfast was incorrect both mornings and we were double charged for the pleasure. There was no menu, TV guide or phone guide in the room. To call reception I used my own mobile to dial in. On the positive side, it will be lovely when it is finished, the rooms were tastefully deocrated and very comfortable and the staff were polite.
Not very sumptuous
We stayed at the Lansdowne Place for a single night and that was enough. The hotel is being refitted 'Boutique' style but for the large part it is still antiquated and shabby. Our refitted room had a double bed squeezed in so tightly that you couldn't get to the other side without clambering over the top. The quality of the fixture and fittings didn't match the room rate, and in the race to be boutiquey, simple items like a pen and pad, a glass and a shaver power point had been omitted to keep it minimal I suppose.
Things may improve when they've finished the conversion but the hotel still has the character of an old Brighton empire hotel as opposed to a chic luxury place, which it seriously isn't.
The staff, whilst trying their best, were completely swamped by customers and it took us 40 minutes to check out, a personal record.
People of Lilliput
Whilst undergoing major refurbishment, I think that even the refurbished parts were not of a high standard. Our superior kingsize room was only kingsize to the King of Lilliput. The space between the end of the bed and the wall was probably 15 cms! You had to walk sideways in order to get to the other side of the bed - not possible if of a large size! Total area for actually doing anything was probably a couple of square metres. Given lack of room the was no room for a bedside table on that side. Phone didn't work so couldn't test 24 hr room service. Lift obviously powered by a couple of batteries. The decor of the restaurant and bar area is someone over powering - some of the largest chairs I have ever seen (perhaps I had become a person of Lilliput and had therefore shrunk? Not conducive to a quiet chat as you were a few feet from your companion on the other side. For £140 per night room only not good value at all. Would only stay again if trapped in Brighton.
Very nice but lacking finishing touches
First impression of the hotel is scruffy but it is undergoing major refurbishment. Once in the reception you tend to be impressed but not impressed somehow - the lift wasn't sure whether to work and although the carpet was brand new there were paint footprints on it!!
The room was fabulous but it is just such a pity that there were paint splatters on the wardrobe and the finishing touches left a lot to be desired. If I were the management I'd be thinking twice about the workmanship being employed.
Overall a great rate was offered and everything else in Brighton is fabulous!
when we arrived we did not have a key to the room as had been lost and no spare so we were let in by a porter. The room was more like a single with a double bed in it however, very compact. When returning later to the hotel after a night out, the key to the room was still lost and there was no one around to let us in... we waited in the bar for some time before finally being let in! We were offered a replacement room the following night (with a key) and this was at least twice as large but sadly looking out onto scaffolding, (refurbishement underway). The breakfast in the morning was very hit and miss, they were apparantly short staffed, some folks had waited over 40 minutes for some toast and there was a general lack of items on the breakfast buffet. All in all, it was a very unusual weekend, somewhat reminicant of Fawlty Towers!
Chill Out break at the Lansdowne
We spent a a recent weekend at the Lansdowne Place Hotel - formerly known as The Dudley Hotel.
It is undergoing renovations but all the rooms have been done which we're guessing from previous comments was much needed. Our room was lovely - loved the flat screen tv, want one for our bedroom at home. If you are planning on staying here, it is well worth eating in the restaurant. The wine list has a good selection of wines and champagne.
Parking can be a problem unless you can squeeze into the tiny underground carpark for a fee of £5 per day. The gentleman on reception was helpful concerning this and offered to have our car moved into the carpark once a space became available. Unfortunately his associate wasn't so helpful. We were made to feel that simple requests were an inconvenience. Apart from that we enjoyed our stay and would consider staying here again in future.
Nice stay, good location
I stayed at the Dudley after booking a 2 nihgt stay on the internet. The location is great - far enough away from the centre so there is no noise but close enough to walk in (10 minutes to the pier). The staff are friendly and charming. There is a car park (bonus!!) and the food is great.
I will so be back!!
This hotel is in need of refurbishment. It is clean, but it is shabby.
A real gem in beautiful Brighton.
My husband and I have been regular and extremely satisfied guests at the Dudley for over 25 years...and we always look forward with keen anticipation to our next visit to England and of course, to our favourite hotel..The Dudley in beautiful Brighton.The hotel is close to the sea front, the rooms are very well appointed, the restaurant is to be recommended, and the staff are always so courteous and friendly and very helpful.We have been so fortunate to have discovered The Dudley all those years ago and we know you will be delighted too.We have many magical memories of our numerous visits.
Doug and Angela Quick