The Old Ship Hotel
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- Continental Breakfast
- High-speed internet in room
- Microwave in room
- Refrigerator in room
- Free High-Speed Internet
TravelPod Member ReviewsHoward Johnson Florence/Cincinnati Area
A beautiful view from the third floor, it does get quite hot though and it's best to keep the curtains closed during the day to keep some of the heat out. The water flow in the shower wasn't great and it does get very noisy at night given how many pubs and bars are in the area. They do provide you with ear plugs though .. if that makes any difference to you.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Howard Johnson Florence/Cincinnati Area
My boyfriend and I stayed here last year. We paid about £150 for both us per night. That's alot of money to us, and we were so dissapointed.
The room was tiny, grubby and all in all not worth that kind of money.
Hmmmm....NOT a four star hotel! TRUST these bad reveiws!!
Ok so its fairly clean. bathroom is TINY, you had to breath in to close the door. Breakfast was good though, the hostess was lovely. no sea view rooms were available, our view was crap. curtains were falling off, paint peeling off the windows. kettle and trouser press were useful. Room was Far smaller than we were led to belive. ooh and we went to complain about our door which BROKE, wouldnt close, went to turn on the lamp- BROKEN, got to the phone to complain- BROKEN. the last night we had to move rooms. NO SLEEP the floor boards next door creaked SO loudly. oh and couldnt find it when we arrived, the front was COMPLETELY covered in scaffolding. WE stayed 3 nights mid october- do yourself a favour- dish out extra £150 and stay at the devere grand!!
Possibly the most over priced hotel I have ever stayed in. DO NOT fall for their superior room nonsense. Rooms were grotty, service was laughable. I filled in a comments card with all my details outlining how unhappy I was with my stay over 3 months ago and no one has got back to me.
I was led to believe this hotel was something special. In reality it was a bit like staying in a bad travel inn. The room was ok, but small and hot. The bar was overpriced. Breakfast was a joke, the food was poor and mostly unavailable, the toast hadn't seen the toaster and in reality was warm bread. For the price I won't be going back.
A little dissapointing
On arriving on the hottest day of the year we found there was no air conditioning,we were given a sea view room on the forth floor which was very small the bathroom was extremely tiny the room was unbearably hot,put together with the constant noise till 3.30am from revellers on the seafront,it made for a sleepless weekend,we therefore checked out after two nights because we couldn't stand anymore, parts of the hotel were also quite shabby. The food in redz brasserie and the breakfast that was served each morning was good .Final comment. although o.k i dont't think i would return if i did a larger room at the rear may be more bearable in November when it's cooler.
Paid over the odds for a "superior room" to treat my girlfriend for our anniversary. The room was small and grotty - hadn't been dusted in weeks. It did have a sea view - but the decor and furniture did not resemble any of lovely photos shown on the various websites. Service at breakfast was an absolute joke - waited 20 minutes for a coffee. The hot buffet had run out of practically everything and no one appeared to be in a hurry to sort it out. The second morning we were ignored by all waiting staff for 20 minutes so we left and paid for breakfast elsewhere. NOT WORTH THE MONEY!
Fun in Brighton!
The old ship has beutiful character, clean rooms, very freindly (and tollerant!) staff, and is situated about a five minute stroll from the Pier.We were probably the roudiest bunch of people you could imagine, but they let us keep drinking in the bar till well after 9am! The lady who looked after us was absolutely lovely, and the rest of the staff sat in for a drink after their shifts, which made the stay that much more pleasant. We will definately return, and recommend it to any large group of people (discounts available if you haggle!) who want to spend a weekend in Brighton - maybe a stag weekend or something. They close the doors at eleven then keep feeding you alcohol, as long as you can affford it. BTW the chippy next door does really nice chips!
Stayed at the Old Ship a few weeks ago and found the staff wonderful, everything seemed to work from arrival at the garage to check in.
Breakfast was very busy on the Sunday morning, but the staff worked well together and nothing seemed a problem to them.
The bedrooms were comfortable and clean. I just loved the character of the Old Ship and would definitely recommend it!!
Sometimes good, Sometimes Bad...
Stayed at this Hotel twice this year...
The first time I went by myself and found the hotel to be enjoyable, clean, well equipped, friendly staff, good bar open late and fairy a reasonable restaurant attached. Only grumble I had was no air-con, and being unable to open the window as it was screwed down, with a little sticker saying "contact reception to open window" (for a screwdriver nodoubt) was annoying after it getting very hot one night. But par that, I was happy and intended to use the hotel again, mainly due to the convient location...
The second time I went with a friend, after a somewhat tiresome 8 hour journey we arrived at 10pm (had phoned the hotel to notify them of us being late) to find "there are no rooms left".. after getting somewhat annoyed (had booked 2 months in advance as it was a known busy weekend) a slightly timid duty manager was despatched to give us free tea and a discount off our stay of about £20.. woohoo.. after 30 minutes they had managed to "find" a room for us. The room wasn't superbly clean, toilet roll rammed in the key holes, chewing gum on the walls etc.. but we were in no mood to complain more.
The next morning we had breakfast, which was good with a nice selection, except for the fact that the tea/coffee took 20 minutes and four "excuse me's" to arrive... after which we were informed we would have to pack and move rooms as the one we were in was booked for someone else... great, waited around the hotel room for several hours waiting for the new room, eventually gave up and left our luggage in the fateful hands of the cleaning staff and went out...
...on our return we happened to bump into the couple that where staying in the room we had vacated, the woman was considerably, to put it mildly, annoyed and I can only assume they were having the same treatment as us. The lift we were in that ground to halt didn't help.
.. all went well from that point, until we spent the night out and tried to get back in the hotel around 4:30am.. to be greeted by an irate gray haired old woman who pronounced "we don't let people in who ring the doorbell more than once"... resisting throwing a brick through the window we were let in after some chosen words to "I'm just doing my job"... after some more chosen words of crap service, she pronounced she doesn't represent the hotel, she just opens the door.. but she could represent the hotel and lock us out.. more chosen words of limited vocab were spoken and we went to bed.
...on checking out, which took 45 minutes, we had to ask for the discount, as they had "forgot".
Basically, after all that, and the wide, varied, cheaper and better choice in Brighton, the Old Ship can crash and "sink" for all I care.
Brighton's Own Fawlty Towers
I specifically chose this hotel as it sounded absolutely lovely and I was treating my mum to a night in Brighton to see a show for her 60th Birthday and I wanted it to be special. I booked a superior room with a sea view for £158 for the night which included complimentary breakfast. On arrival we checked in and went to our room. Mum pulled back the bedclothes and was horrified to see a dirty bottom sheet and creases which indicated the bed had been slept in. I phoned reception who sent a lady from housekeeping to change the bed. Neither one apologised!! The window frames and sills had paint peeling off them and the ceiling above the shower looked as if it would fall in at any minute. We returned to the hotel at 10.45pm and went to bed. It was hard to sleep as the taxi rank right underneath our window was frequented throughout the night by people who felt the need to shout and swear. (I apreciate that the hotel cannot help it that a taxi rank is there but a warning about the noise would have been useful, so we could have chosen a different room or hotel!) We set the TV to wake us at 8.30am however this was not needed as someone delivering complimentary papers to each room dropped them outside each room and woke us up. This was just as well as a fuse had blown and therefore in the morning we had no TV, hairdrier, kettle or lamps!! The manager, Brett, who was extremely helpful, explained that it would possibly take until lunch time to sort it out. We paid an extra £6 to have breakfast delivered to the room but unfortunately whoever made the breakfast gave me a piece of burnt black pudding instead of bacon. We were given a 25% reduction on our bill and told to contact the manager next time we were in Brighton but nothing would possess me to use this hotel again. Very disappointing.
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