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... bought 2 pairs of shorts and a swim suit. The swim suit is awesome because it has in built shorts, so comfy!
We lunched in a tiny restaurant that winds its way up three floors in poky little corners, with almost no room to move. It was a buffet with all sorts of foods, and most of the time I wasn't even sure what I was eating, for example one of the dishes looked like chicken but tasted like fruit, but ...
... warren. Endless white tunnels and left turns. Finally made it out and home to my uncle's place.
Rested up for most of the morning until it was time for the kids to come home from school, and after some episodes of Arthur (Holly's favourite) then it was time for a visit by my grandparents and a family friend. The best part was getting to dole out early christmas presents! Turns out ...
Today was the first day on our trip to England. We left yesterday around 3 to head to Calais, France to stay over night in order to catch the ferry to Dover early this morning. The ferry ride was about an hour and 15 minutes long and was very smooth. As we went across the English Channel, the time zone changed so we got to England quite early. The cliffs of Dover are ...
... tiny cups with ice-cream and a little plastic spoon to eat it. I was quite amused by the fact that they sold ice-cream in the theatre, so I asked the woman from EF, Helen, why they sell ice-cream in the theatre. She simply responded "Why not?". So we ate our ice-cream, soothed our sore throats (we are a few) and felt very pleased with ourselves!
After that, I've just been ill. I actually started feeling ill on monday, but I thought that I'm going to be "well" until ...
... a fortified manor house that had served as an outpost for the invading French army many many moons ago. It is always fun to explore something like a castle seeing as we really don't have anything that old at home. It was then back to Cardiff, where we had some food and a cider down at Cardiff Bay, a jumping little marine side bar and restaurant district before heading back to the hostel to sort out our next travel plans before bed.
And then it was our final ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Grand Brighton
I stayed at the grand hotel in brighton i thougth that it wsas an excellent place. It was a lively, welcoming place but quite and away from the hustle and bustle of main brighton, but then it is not a long walk a way to get into brighton. I really enjoyed my stay and would recomened.
We stayed at the Grand last week and after reading some of these reviews, I was a bit apprehensive - but my doubts soon quickly disappeared as soon as we drove up to the front of the hotel! The building was fantastic and I felt like a film star entering the building and my room was stunning - very plush and luxurious. Breakfast was truly grand - so much to choose from and so delicious! Great hotel, great surroundings, friendly staff and ideal location - what more could you ask for?
A Grand Experience!
I spent a weekend with my boyfriend at The Grand, Brighton, and I can truly say what a "grand" experience! From the moment we arrived we were impressed by the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff. The inside of the hotel as you walk in is stunning and beautifully decorated. Our room was one of the nicest I have ever stayed in, so spacious and so comfortable. My boyfriend stays at a lot of luxury hotels through his work and he had to admit this was up there with the best in Europe! The food in the restaurant was just exquisite and again we were extremely well looked after by the staff. Top marks for real 5 star treatment. We thoroughly recommend. We will certainly be going back.
Grand, just Grand!
Last week my partner treated me to a surprise, romantic weekend in Brighton, and to my absolute delight he had booked a stay at The Grand.
The whole experience was fantastic! The moment we walked in the door the staff were friendly and accomodating. Our room was like something from a Hollywood movie, the food in the restaurant was delicious and the service impeccable. The only problem we had all weekend was the rain - still, with a hotel like The Grand you almost don't want to go outside anyway!! Highly recommended.
Grand Hotel is brighton alternative to faulty towers!!
stayed last weekend, over priced, cold food, waited ages for room service, room was **** to be honest, night staff were rude, efficent check in, check out very busy, brekfast staff OVER WORKED and bloody rude. cold eggs not nice, bacon was volger! you might of given me a cold bit of meat. light bulb went out in the room it took staff 4 and a half hours to put in new bulb, bathroom very nice but had to run water for at least 10 mins to get hot. 5 stars more like a 2 star hotel to me, overall not very impressed. hotel mangers not doing their jobs like they should be, over heard a argument in the reception, when asking for direction to the cinemas. the grand hotel, more like and dead cheap b&b. sorry about the bad review but it was a horrible weekend, and one last point sort out the managment, maybe they need more customer service traning because they are snotty, ignorant rude, inpolite, staff need a good going over. so do the rooms!! mould on the bathroom walls, not very nice to look at. but thanks for a crap weekend, and adding more stress to my life, i will never be coming back to your **** hole of a hotel..
Grand Hotel - an impressive building
The Grand Hotel is an impressive building, both inside and out.
Unfortunately, the architecture was the most impressive part of my experience. The rest of my visit was the same as visiting any other 'chain' of hotels, with impersonal (although polite) staff and a standard room that could have been in almost any hotel in the UK.
11 out of 10 for De Vere Grand, Brighton
Having been treated to a surprise party and overnight stay at the De Vere Grand just before Christmas, I give Brighton's most famous hotel 11 out of 10!Was it the staff? Without exception friendly and helpful. The food? Scrumptious and plentiful. The accommodation? Luxurious and comfortable. All of these - and a magical ambience that defies description.There may be newer, funkier, more futuristic hotels but surely none can match the warmth, style and, for want of a better word, 'substance' that makes The Grand a benchmark against which others should be judged. Highly recommended.
Do not go here!
I booked this hotel assuming that a five * rating must meen that it was guaranteed to be of a high standard. I was put in such a bad room that I insisted to be moved as the noise from a generator next to my bedroom window was so loud the panes of glass were rattling. The second room I was moved to wasn't much better but as it was late we decided to take it as there were few other options available to us. I found the hotel to be in bad repair, the staff to be friendly but I was sure they were part timers as they all seem to have borrowed there outsized uniforms. I complained the next day only to receive a cream tea as compensation not bad for £240 and was then charged a further £14 for my car which has been parked by them over night. I will never stay in another de vere hotel if you paid me, what an utter pile of crap.AND THEY CALL IT ''THE GRAND''????? I paid £240 for one night + breakfast.
Last week I took my girlfriend on a surprise visit to the Grand in brighton and it really was something else.
As with most hotels, they have a 15:00 check in policy and we were a little early. No problem at all however, they parked our car and took our luggage while we went to do some shopping. Reception called our mobile just before 14:00 to tell us our room was ready - great service.
The room itself was something else. I have stayed in 5 star hotels all over the world but I have never had a room like this. I had opted for the deluxe sea-view double room and the money it cost (£380 for the room for one night including £30 allowance each for dinner) was very well spent. The room was vast, more like a small suite, with a sitting area (three arm chairs and a settee) and a superbly appointed bathroom.
The view from the seventh floor was incredible - personally I could have sat for hours just watching the world go by but I don't think my partner would have approved!
After a shower etc. we want back into Brighton itself and enjoyed lunch and a few drinks in the beach bars which are no more than 200 yards from the hotel before coming back for dinner. This too was really impressive! The restaurant is quite formal - jacket or tie are required for gentlmen but the location and the ambience would make one feel under dressed and uncomfortable any other way. The food was served perfectly and the sea bass I ate was as good as I have had anywhere.
Wine was reasonably priced for an establishment like this and our waitress was helpful without being pushy as some often are. There was no rush for us to finish and we stayed and enjoyed the Saturday night dinner dance (this takes place every week) before retiring to the conservatory for a last drink.
This truly is a magnificent venue and I would recommend it to anyone looking for that "special night out"!
Why couldnt they do this first?
My wife and I stayed at the Grand for 4 nights in July 02. My parents live in Brighton and we didnt want to be cramped in their small guest bedroom with our luggage, so I called The Grand and made a booking. At the time of booking I made it clear that I was looking for space for two adults and suitcases etc. When we arrived it was midnight UK time as the transport from Heathrow had let us down:( We checked in and were given our key. When we got to our room we found we couldnt swing a cat in there. My wife and I were bumping into each other and it really was very tiny. We were tired so lumped it and went to bed as it was by then about 2.30 am to our bodies.
Next day I saw reception and explained my disappointment. I also said this is a single room and they said no it isnt. I asked then why it only had one bathrobe and slippers, and shortage of towels then? I was told they were all like this and was shown about 5 more. All were equally pokey and though they may have had an extra inch here or there, each lost it somewhere else. Eventually I said I may as well check out then as at least my parents place was free if the same size. Then miraculously we were shown "one more we can show you". This was in the rebuilt bit and voila what a difference. A decent sized room for the same price and we were much happier. Apart from this I would say our stay was generally good, (restaurant food good - if a bit pricey, but service a bit iffy) so I only wish they hadnt tried it on and spoiled our first night and wasted my time packing and unpacking the next day.
A nice hotel and the grand old lady of Brighton seafront, but next time De Vere please deliver what you promised at the time of booking.