Having just got back from Brighton I got to see the Metropole Hotel which I can still say is one of the nicest hotels I have stayed in. It is on the sea front and sits next to the Grand Hotel and Conference Centre so is ideal for conference goers. The Grand next door is considered to be the best hotel in Brighton but the Metropole must run it a very close second.
Checking in was easy even though there were quite a few others checking in at the same time. The staff were all efficient more than friendly but I was soon in my room.
The hotel may be expensive but for our needs it was ideal as there was no need to get taxis around Brighton and it was nice to spoil ourselves. Everywhere is elegantly decorated and there were no signs of wear and tear. The large staircases are so wide that half a dozen people could come down in line and there are always plenty of staff around in case you need anything.
Eating at the Metropole
We don't eat in our own hotel very often, so I can only really mention the breakfast. There is everything that you could want in the morning. Tea or coffee and toast is brought to the table while you can go around a number of counters and have a selection of cereals, a continental section with bread, cheese and ham, or a full English breakfast including a vegetarian option. Eggs are freshly cooked at another counter - obviously hardboiled are already done- but the Chef will do scrambled, poached or an omelette. At the next counter there is fish and this will be cooked to order. With buffet style it is much easier to get what you want rather than having someone else serve you.
Although we did not eat in the hotel we looked at the menu and the evening meals can be European or British and on Sunday they provide a full Sunday lunch. In the dining room I could imagine Edwardian families sitting in their elegant home with a chandelier above them and looking out at the rolling sea. Drinks are a big part of the meal and there is a good choice of Champagne, wine and cocktails.
Drinking At The Metropole
There are a couple of bars - The Waterhouse Bar and the Terrace - and most of the time they are probably big enough, but at conference time it is difficult to get served and find a seat so we found it best to go to one of the local pubs. It is expensive to drink here but with a captive audience there does not seem to be any inclination to drop the prices.
Choice of Rooms
There are a number of different types of room and it does not matter if you are a single traveller, couple or family there are rooms to suit you and while the singles are not the biggest I have stayed in they are comfortable and plenty big enough for the few hours I was in them. The bed was really comfortable and I found it easy to move around the room as the furniture was not bulky and oppressive like in some older hotels.
The basic double room has all you would expect from a top hotel and there is Wi-Fi, a hairdryer, toiletries, coffee making facilities and I was able to borrow an iron and board. A table and chair meant that I could read and work in comfort rather than sitting on the bed with the laptop. I was told that with a suite you also get a living room and a bigger bathroom and although I find the basic double rooms big enough for a working stay it would be worth considering a suite for a holiday. A bonus for me was that although I had booked a single room I was given a double.
There is also a Health Club but I only went there the first time. There are cardio machines, weights and a pool along with a steam room so everything was covered. Not many people were using them, but during the summer season this may be different. I must admit I only used the pool - it had been a long day and I am sticking to that story - and then the steam room.
The hotel is just a couple of minutes' walk away from the shops, restaurants and bars. If you want to get the normal sort of souvenir that you expect from a seaside town, then it is just a five minute walk along the road and the rock shops abound.
If you at thinking of staying at a 4 star hotel in Brighton, then this hotel is a great place to consider. The address is Kings Road, East Sussex, Brighton BN1 2FU, United Kingdom and the phone number 44-1273-775-432
Smoking is allowed in a few rooms but this is something that I think is likely to change soon. Pets are allowed but there is a fee for anything other than Assistance dogs. There is a size limit so if you have a very big dog - more than 75 lbs. then it will not be allowed.
There is parking associated with the hotel and the web site says that the cost to park is £16 per night but I was not charged so whether this was an oversight or change of policy I don't know.
Three years ago I paid £130 a night bedand breakfast but this will have been elevated due to it being conference week and I have recently seen it as low as £79.