The De Vere Grand Brighton Hotel

, Brighton, United Kingdom
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The De Vere Grand Brighton Hotel

5 star

Rooms: 200

Kings Road - Brighton - England - BN1 2FW - United Kingdom Hotel Website | | 44 01273224300
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Reviews - The De Vere Grand Brighton Hotel

10/10
Everything was great
Submitted by: Katherine in 02/05/06
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
5 star hotel, five star treatment.Great views from sea view window nice decor, bathroom beautiful.
Breakfast in the morning was fantastic, an assortment of food that was out of this world.My children thought they had gone to heaven! Staff friendly, and very helpful.Worth every penny.
We enjoyed using the leisure facilities, swimming pool, gym, sauna, and jacuzzi.Can't wait to go back!
1/10
No stars
Submitted by: Mr Cooper in 15/07/05
  • Age Group: 26 - 30
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
We paid 5 star money for a 2 star hotel.
Tiny room with budget bathroom , no aircon , windows that opened 1 inch and a generator outside your window. £15 to park your car.
Rude and disinterested staff. One small working lift , servicing all guests and all floors. Had better breakfasts at motorway service stations. Avoid at all costs.

Historical Traveller Reviews of The De Vere Grand Brighton Hotel

Sentimental

from Astronomer
We come back to the Grand a couple of times a year for sentimental/romantic reasons. But it has slid rather since our first visits in the early 1990s and is now overpriced for what it offers. Make sure to have a seaview room, ideally with a balcony. The West Pier at sunset or in the moonlight is an evocative sight (if it's demolished we may cease to visit). Don't dine in the hotel restaurant - food and service aren't good and the "queue for it" arrangement at breakfast has become a scrum, especially when a lot of people are there taking advantage of special offer breaks. Room service breakfast can be a better bet although, like the sea view rooms, it comes at an extra cost. The pool is OK although it's in the basement and can feel a bit claustrophobic (and I'm not, usually).

Staff are always lovely, bars are perfectly pleasant although - apart from the glazed space at the front of the hotel - a bit dark with a panelled gents' club feel. Acceptable bar food - scones, sandwiches etc. - can happily fill odd gaps after beach walks or shopping marathons. There are lots of nice places for main meals elsewhere in Brighton.

Midweek and in school term time can be quite peaceful - however watch out for conferences and business guests. We used to give the Grand 10+ out of ten, nowadays somewhere between 4 and 6 - our memories supply the rest.

Lovely Weekend Break

from carriejane
I treated my friend to a stay over a weekend a the Grand in Brighton. It claims to be Brighton's only 5 star hotel but I have since found that if you're happy to do without a pool there are much better hotels in the area. It was very expensive (£520 for seaview room for the weekend). The deluxe rooms are even more expensive but they have a balcony. Breakfast was disappointing buffet style with rubbery scrambled eggs and greasy bacon. We opted for room service breakfast on the second morning (an extra £13) which was much better. Staff were helpful and concierge knew the area well and helped us out a lot. We ordered 2 glasses of wine on room service and it cost £13. We used the beauty spa and the facials and back massages were heavenly and used decleor products. The lift takes a long time to come for some strange reason. The floor creaks a lot as it is an old hotel but is very charming. We saw into the inland rooms while they were being serviced and they didn't look half as nice as the seaview rooms so it really is worth paying the extra. We had drinks at the bar in the evening. A lot of cigar smoking was going on as well as a very very old man playing the piano. The Midnight Blues nightclub next door was like a throwback to 1982 and had loads of mirror balls, personalised carpets, mirrors and neon everywhere. Champagne was £45 per bottle there, a glass of wine £4.25. There were a lot of local chavs there as well as elderly hotel guests. The hotel doors were locked after midnight and so you have to bang quite hard on the door to attract the night manager and show your key. They had turned down our covers on our beds which was a nice touch. The Independent newspaper comes free each day but you must pay for any other papers. The bathroom has a great shower but no shower caps so if you don't want to wet your hair you must have a bath or bring your own. They provided shampoo, conditioner, 2 types of soap, body lotion, cotton wool, tissues, sanitary bags, cotton buds, bath salts. There was also a fantastic large magnifying mirror which was great for putting on your make up. The mini bar was expensive £5.29 for a small bottle of wine. The room was warm but with the windows open all night it was just fine. There was an iron and ironing board in the room which is great if you're female! There was also a safe and loads of hangers, drawers and space for clothes. I would return again (if someone else was paying!).

Grand by name, Grand by nature!!

from A TripAdvisor Member
First of all, do not be put off the price of the rooms, this hotel is definitely worth it!!! Everything from the politeness and efficiency of the staff through to the big rooms and huge beds and the quality buffet breakfast. This place has history and an aura running through it which cannot be replicated in any other hotel in my opinion. It's also within easy walking of the Lanes and the big shopping centre as well as the being on the seafront. A stay in Brighton wouldn't be the same without a stay here. Without a shadow of a doubt the best hotel in Brighton.
Special mention to Roberto the porter for recommending a excellent Italian restaurant.

not that grand

from A TripAdvisor Member
The reception and staff were lovely, though the conceirge parked the car for us we did not realise we would be charged extra for this.
When we got their we went in our room, the room was very old fashioned and stunk of fags, the room was very dark and the view was of a wall and so we had no natural daylight, when booking the room i did request a sea view room not inland. I upgraded us to a sea view room, this costs an extra #30 per night but was a lot better - marble bathroom and king size bed with a gorgeous sea view.
We had dinner in the hotel, great food but very expensive, the breakfast was poor, everybody fighting for food and was quite cold. I have stayed at the grand de vere in southampton and found this hotel gorgeous, its a shame the one in brighton does not have the same standards, it is very over priced and does not meet the standards a five star hotels should!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dreadful

from Spencer10Suffolk
This hotel is trading on its past reputation. It is overpriced and very far from Grand. I was put into 2 two truly awful rooms until at the third attempt I managed to secure a good room, albeit at a substantial premium. However, the effort that took was enormous. Most of the rooms are shabby. There are some good rooms but beware they are at the premium price. Avoid the standard rooms. The breakfast is terrible and the service is laughable. Some of our European and US visitors were not impressed and I cannot blame them. I think it really shows the lack of competition in Brighton that they can consistently get away with this. The only thing that is good about this hotel is the building itself. I would avoid.

Lovely hotel!

from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed overnight on business at the Grand in June 2004, and loved every minute of it. It's a beautiful building, and my sea-view room was wonderful. I couldn't wait to get up to my room after my meetings (although I did have a couple of drinks in the bar with colleagues; as the spirit measures are doubles the prices are quite reasonable), and spent a wonderfully relaxing evening unwinding. I also treated myself to breakfast from room service in the morning: eating my toast while gazing out on the sea and the two pavillions was a pleasure I'll always cherish. The room service charge was also lower than at most other lesser hotels I've stayed at.

I absolutely loved this hotel, and will be back!

Bit of a lottery but worth it for the best rooms

from A TripAdvisor Member
A number of our family stayed at the Grand this summer 2004 for a wedding so we got to see quite a few rooms. Some of them are excellent (620, 520, 420 etc) being spacious and with lovely balconies overlooking the sea. They are expensive at around £275 but worth it. Some of the others at the back of the hotel which are much cheaper are less good value since the rooms are smaller and darker and the decor more tired. It's a big hotel and perhaps they concentrate on the big seaview rooms. Some of our relatives staying on the floors nearer the road thought that it was quite noisy through the night. I read that one person on Tripadvisor commented that £50 or £60 would be reasonable for a room at the Grand - Brighton is expensive to stay in and the B&Bs charge about £70-80 per night anyway. One major advantage is that the Grand lets you stay for one night whereas all the B&Bs seem to insist on 2 night stays. Breakfast was very good.

If you're prepared to fork out for the better rooms the Grand is great - if not (and you can stay two nights) you might be better looking at somewhere cheaper like Hotel Du Vin rather than stay in one of the inland facing rooms.

Great weekend break

from A TripAdvisor Member
My husband suprised me with a special break to Brighton for my birthday and the extra surprise was that we were staying at The Grand. I had a great time, lovely room, great service and friendly staff who were always smiling and polite.
Breakfast was delicious and very filling too.
There's lots to do in Brighton and the concierge are wonderful in helping with suggestions and providing maps, great for tourists like myself!

S FAR FROM GRAND!

from A TripAdvisor Member
My husband, our toddler and myself stayed at the Grand at the end of July 2004. We've stayed at many five star hotels around the world and were disappointed with how shoddy this was. We arrived around two hours early and hoped that we might be permitted a room. But the receptionist said it wasn't ready, but that she would give me a call when it was. The call didn't come so we went back at the correct time and were shown to the room. It wasn't very big and smelled vaguely of cigarettes. It was extremely dimly lit and there was very little natural day light because of the surrounding buildings. It overlooked a car park.

We realised that the so called "king size" bed was two single beds zipped together. When I complained we were all moved to another room, but when we got there there was only a double bed. I was then shown three other rooms which all stank of cigarettes and were much smaller. They all had zipped-together beds too. So after all that fiasco we ended up back where we had started.

I spoke to some staff while we were there and they told me it was an awful place to work.

There was a loud noise all night like a generator. There were patches on the wall of the room where wood had been screwed onto the wall, presumably to cover over holes where there had been electrical fittings. One of the electric sockets was out of the Iron Age, I think this could pose a Health and Safety risk for young children who enjoy putting their fingers in socket holes.

The decor in the room was very old fashioned (but not in a tasteful way). The leisure facilities were fine, the pool was very small but warm. Breakfast was not bad at all with a good choice of buffet items and lots of staff around to bring extra toast and coffee if requested.

I was very disappointed though, and I don't think this grand old dame of a hotel deserves five stars and I certainly don't feel that £140 for a small, dim, smelly room was good value either. Comparing it with many other places I've stayed, both cheap and expensive, I would say £50 to £60 would be a reasonable price. My advice is to shop elsewhere in Brighton for a hotel. The Grand is nice for afternoon tea or breakfast but not to stay at.

Superb!

from A TripAdvisor Member
My partner and I stayed at this superb hotel for the weekend recently. We treated ourselves to a seaview room which was amazing - fantastic views of the seafront! We even enjoyed a glass of wine on our balcony as it was a warm evening.
On the second night we had dinner in the King's Restaurant, where there was the weekly dinner and dance - the food was delicious (I recommend the sea bass)
Brighton itself is a great city - lots of shops and sightseeing and the Grand is ideally located and the staff are so helpful.
Fantastic service, great location and wonderful food!

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  • Address: Kings Road - Brighton - England - BN1 2FW - United Kingdom
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