Old Ship Hotel Brighton

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31-38 Kings Road, Brighton & Hove, England

Old Ship Hotel Brighton
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Our Old Ship Hotel Brighton Review:

Famous for being one of the most historic hotels in Brighton, the Old Ship Hotel Brighton is situated overlooking the seafront, close to the iconic pier. The residence has 154 elegantly decorated guest rooms, the majority of which offer superb views over the seafront.

Although part of the property dates back to 1559, the rooms all have a modern feel and feature amenities including private bathrooms, satellite television and drink-making equipment. In winter, the rooms can feel chilly, so it’s worth timing your stay for a time when the cool draughts of this heritage property won’t bother you.

Local attractions include Brighton Marina, one of the largest marinas in Europe. Here, up to 2,000 yachts are usually moored, while the area features a number of entertainments, bars, restaurants and shops. The Royal Pavilion, once the playground of George IV when he was the Prince Regent, is situated less than a mile from the Old Ship, as are the attractions of Brighton Pier.

As well as access to the many restaurants serving cuisine from around the globe that Brighton has to offer, the Old Ship offers fine dining at its Location 3 Restaurant. Wine connoisseurs will enjoy spending time perusing the extensive wine list in the recently renovated cellar. When the weather is fine, guests are invited to dine al fresco, overlooking the seafront and the promenade.

Visitors who enjoy history might like to learn that the Old Ship Hotel Brighton was the venue for events such as the 1819 Prince Regent’s Ball, the 1831 violin recital by Paganini and the 1841 celebrations which marked the opening of the new railway line linking Brighton to London.

Since these historical events, the hotel has added modern amenities including meeting and function rooms. Up to 300 delegates can be accommodated and state-of-the-art conference equipment is supplied. Weddings are also catered for as well as civil partnerships and other intimate occasions.

The Lanes, a short stroll from the Old Ship’s lobby, is packed with intriguing antique shops and boutiques. Because of the hotel’s position opposite the water, guests might also like to get involved with activities organised at the beach, such as sailing, windsurfing and canoeing, although it is probably best to visit during the summer if these activities are on your agenda. 

Other nearby Brighton attractions include the city’s racecourse, which provides an ideal setting for events as well as some of the best views of the sea in the area. The nearby South Downs can easily be reached by car for glorious countryside walks and picnics. But simply passing the time on the promenade with its plethora of distractions is reason enough to book a stay here.

The Old Ship Hotel Brighton supplies an old seafaring atmosphere and more, and is the ideal getaway for the mature guest seeking something a little bit special, be it for a night or a couple of weeks. If the traditional style of the place doesn’t appeal, then this good value property may not be your best choice in this city which is fast seeing sleek, modern counterparts to the Old Ship emerge.


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