Thistle Brighton

Address: Kings Road, Brighton, East Sussex, England, BN1 2GS, United Kingdom | 4 star hotel
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This 4 star hotel, located on Kings Road, Brighton, is near Brighton Pier - Undercliff Walk, The Penny Arcade Museum, Visitor Information Centre, and Dieppe Market.
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      Historical Traveler Reviews Thistle Brighton

      Great Sea View


      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.

      The atrium is very light and airy with good aircon as it was a very hot weekend this was very welcome. The breakfast area has a view of the sea and despite the hotel being very busy didn't feel crowded.

      Our room was spacious and had a fantastic sea view with the hotel situated between the two piers it provided great people watching opportunities!

      A few concerns though, the bed spread was dirty and it took a couple of calls and several hours for a clean one to arrive; the fridge had been turned off at some point and so appeared broken and was mouldy this took longer to rectify; we left an item in our room and despite 4 phone calls to the hotel and several promises that they would call back we still do not know if the item has been found.

      Breakfast provides a large number of choices although because it is buffet style the hot breakfast was little more than warm. The quality of the baked goods seemed a little poor and toasting your own bread is not 4 star quality in my view. Good choice of fruit and yoghurts.

      Staff were generally smiling and friendly but concerns seemed to take a long time to resolve.

      The sea view is great but I wouldn't rush to stay at the Thistle again.

      A Memory...


      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.

      The Bedrooms were very nice decorated and clean. View from the room, overlooking the pier and the majestic front of Brighton. Our bedroom had a Jacuzzi double bath tab and very spacious bedroom. We had the VIP package that included bathrobes some special toiletries, Champaign and chocolates. My wife loved it.

      I had only one problem wile I was in Brighton Thistle Hotel. My wife didn't want to go home.

      Special thanks to all of the team that made our weekend a memory.

      If you have a chance for a photo in the lobby ask the Greek (very polite), for local information any of the porters and night life you will need the "What's on" magazine from reception.

      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.

      Nothing less than disgusting


      Having stayed the night I take this opportunity to let you know about the problems with this room and the top floor in general.· The roof leaks in to room 432, the corridors and atrium. · The room atmosphere is dry and oppressive and no windows to open. · The ceiling is blistered and water is dripping in to the room. · The carpets are stained in the room. · The chain to the room door is hanging off and if fixed is still unusable. · The bathroom extractor is unusable. · The W.C. seat is loose. · The grout joints are mildewed. · The bathroom mirror is dirty. · The blanket on the bed is dirty. · There is wall paper paste now discolouring on both the party door and the window frame. · 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. · The hot breakfast was cold not even cool!I now think having given you a full appraisal of my stay the room rate of £134.00 was only appropriate for a room in class 1 working condition not a dirty leaking and ill maintained room.

      Saving Grace!


      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!!!

      There's no point whinging about these and that when you know, for a fact, that you can transfer anyway, unless you're having a tight budget! Josh

      You Dare?


      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 longa s you could find a spot in the garage). GOOD LUCK!

      A Great Weeknd Break


      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.

      Our room was a beautiful Seaview the large windows and a great view of

      both the piers in Brighton. Its a shame one is nearly falling down, and

      looks ravaged by the elements. Our room again was air conditioned and

      felt cool when we entered. On Friday we ate in the hotel restaurant

      which again was good and service professional. After a trip out to see

      the sights after dinner we returned to probably the most refreshing

      hotel bar I have been in in a long time, no old velvet couches and

      chairs here but a modern cocktail bar with great music and stylish

      surroundings. We retired to our room Friday and awoke Saturday to more

      excellent weather for our morning stroll, followed by a good breakfast.

      We were out most of Saturday but when we returned were greeted in the

      lounge by friendly staff and had some drinks. Checked out Sunday

      morning after a great weekend, the staff, service and the hotel have

      been great.



      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.

      TripAdvisor Reviews Thistle Brighton

      4.00 of 5 stars Excellent

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