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Staying at the Thistle hotel, great location right across the road from the pier. Didn't arrive til late afternoon so had a very quick walk around (trying to dodge the piles of rubbish.....) and then met up for a drink before tea. Went to an old pub, The Druids Head, built 1510. Then we found a Thai restaurant for tea. Today we were up early to …
... people out of the way, and I manage to slide through the door on the left as it was closing. I guess when this was happening the guy was yelling down the stairs "It's the wrong train! Not this train!!!". So I'm yelling at Nicola to get in the train, as I see her standing outside facing the closed doors with her hand straight out stuck between the door. Everyone inside starts trying to get the door open as she's yelling to me to get off the ...
... here at Wetherspoons until the gate gets called at 9:00.... a problem of travelling on your own has already occured. Booking food to a table and someone else booking food to that table a minute after you because you both believed the table was free...oops
I need to pinch myself, a spontaneous decision to pack up my life and move abroad is reality now. See you on the other side.
As I write this post, I'm sipping on a glass of white wine on my way to Amsterdam. I just needed to throw that in because I'm loving the perks of one hour "international" flights. :) Anyway, back to our time in London. The city successfully won me over with all of it's magicalness. Apparently London is obsessed with Christmas as I am. They are already taking restaurant reservations and whipping out the ...
... still felt energetic so decided to walk to the "other" pier, in Eastbourne. Walked down to the front and along the promenade to the pier to again walk through the arcades and carnies to the end. There were a number of long line fishermen at the end of the pier and we watched them haul up multiple fish on one line. The evening ended with hugs all around as Brian and Jan would be gone by the time we got rolling. A wonderful visit to ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Thistle Brighton
We stayed at the Thistle over Pride weekend. The location was great as it was possible to watch the parade from our sea view room if we had wanted to.
From the first moment that I entered the building with my wife we were welcomed in a very warm and friendly atmosphere. The staff was remarkable and always with a smile on their face. The check in was very professional and covered all the questions that we had. They offered us a table on the beautiful restaurant that was located on the higher level of the first floor overseeing the sea front. One of the Porters old and professional offered to carry our luggage to our room wile we could have a look around. I would like to note that the public areas were spotless.
First Class Hotel
The staff were friendly, service and facilities were excellent. Was worried having read some of the other reviews. However, I would recommend.
Having stayed the night I take this opportunity to let you know about the problems with this room and the top floor in general.Â· The roof leaks in to room 432, the corridors and atrium. Â· The room atmosphere is dry and oppressive and no windows to open. Â· The ceiling is blistered and water is dripping in to the room. Â· The carpets are stained in the room. Â· The chain to the room door is hanging off and if fixed is still unusable. Â· The bathroom extractor is unusable. Â· The W.C. seat is loose. Â· The grout joints are mildewed. Â· The bathroom mirror is dirty. Â· The blanket on the bed is dirty. Â· There is wall paper paste now discolouring on both the party door and the window frame. Â· The right-hand bed light switch operates only the left light and the only right bed light-switch is to the left of the bed on the three gang master switch. The wires may be crossed. Â· The hot breakfast was cold not even cool!I now think having given you a full appraisal of my stay the room rate of Â£134.00 was only appropriate for a room in class 1 working condition not a dirty leaking and ill maintained room.
Upon reading reviews here, I just can't believe that someone would recommend the Royal Albion. God! The reason why my partner and I went to Brighton is to celebrate his 21st birthday...however, after booking 3 nights in the Albion, we have decided to leave straight away and transfer to Thistle. We stayed in Royal Albion just a little more than 10 minutes, I can't stand the place! Thus, Thistle has been our saving grace, though the receptionist (think he's Chinese) is very unwelcoming. I dunno if that's their culture. However, since it was the peak season, much of the rooms have been occupied, leaving us with a smoking room. Still no regrets, transferring straight away. Just a piece of advice...IF you dislike/hate a hotel, LEAVE straight away!!!
GENERAL IMPRESSION: The Hotel had to be more than decent something like 15 yrs ago, but definitely needs refurbishing and lots of manteanance from the property. The hall is the best part of the Hotel but rooms are pretty old and poorly kept. Air conditioning non working or poorly working. Sport club and sauna are laughable. Carpets both in the room and corridor are old and dirty. Room service unexhistant with dirty plates and glasses left in the corridors for 24 hrs or so (ENJOY IT!). ROOM: I had a seaview room whose windows have been filled by **** from the seagulls flying all around the building and never cleaned since ages. So it was good to enter in an old room, with dirty carpet, airconditioning not working or alternatively freezing, and watch the Brighton sea thru the **** of the seagulls on the windows. BATHROOM.The flush of the bathroom - poorly kept as the rest - was like a I world war English gun: it needed 10 minutes to reload. So if you use to press the flush more than once when u go to toilette ... DONT DO THAT ... you're gonna stay in there waiting for the flush to "reload" before getting out in the room to contemplate the seagull **** on your windows! By default bidet is a continental gizmo whose use has never been fully understood beyond the Channel. Shower dirty as the rest. The hotel has a 4 level garage underground but its only partly available to guests and its a perpetual race to find a spot. I had to leave the car twice outside of it and ive been regularly fined by local police. RECEPTION:Just an episode. When i asked assistance to reception manager for a flat tyre - a young guy brown haired something like 18 yrs old but unexplicably appointed "manager" - ive been poorly treated and had less cooperation. And please note its a mild way to make it. I suppose that hotel staff is payed for what they worth and that explains a lot. The point is that i would be ashamed to work in a place like that. Id say its all been very British, considering that on weekends the hotel was fully booked by local people running to Brighton to enjoy the beach and the local cuisine (which is definitely fish and chips).RESTAURANT: I didnt dare to try the restaurant ... but the fact that it was presented as a fine example of Anglo-French cuisine simply made me shiver. Try the Hotel ONLY if you have a lot of sense of humour, endless patience and you can accept to stay in a lurid place just because you have a clean bathroom, a perfectly working shower and a bidet waiting for you at home. Otherwise you dont waste 130 £ daily for such an experience (of course the parking was extra and it was 7 £ per day ...as longa s you could find a spot in the garage). GOOD LUCK!
Upon arriving in Brighton on Friday, with the heat outside, we were greeted with a cool breeze of air conditioning as we entered the impressive atrium.
Just come back from a weekend at the Thistle. The room was in an appalling state of disrepair, the shower curtain had mould on it and all this for £175 a night. I strongly recommend you DO NOT stay here. Try the Albion up the seafront instead.
Stay Away From This Property
I knew we were in trouble the moment we walked into this hotel. The lobby carpet was threadbare and gum was stuck to it. What can I say. First of all the air conditioning is non existent, the halls were full of room service trays (all the time) the furniture was broken down with stain dripping down the front, the wallpaper was ripped from the walls. It was just horrible and the people that work there know it, they were busy all day and night with complaints. The fire alarm went off at 3 am. we did get 200 pounds off the bill but it still wasn't worth it. Please don't stay here, you'll regret it.
Don't stay here
This is a shabby hotel - service poor and facilities basic. A room servce tray was left in the corridor near to our room for over 24 hours & then we had to ask for it to be removed,Room was uncomfortable and cold.