Royal York Hotel

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41-43 Old Steine, Brighton & Hove, England

Royal York Hotel
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Royal York Hotel is ranked
#19 out of 134
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Our Royal York Hotel Review:

This stunning Regency property has been fully refurbished to offer guests the opulence of a bygone era, with all the comforts of a modern hotel. Situated in the heart of Brighton, the residence overlooks both the seafront and the Old Steine.

The Royal York Hotel first opened its doors to guests in 1819, and since then it has been visited by luminaries including Wilbur Wright and Charles Dickens. It is starting to show its age, so this in not the place for guests who may be easily annoyed by creaking floors and the like.

A pebble’s throw from Brighton’s famous beach promenade, the property is within easy walking distance of major attractions including the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, the iconic Royal Pavilion, the Sealife Centre and the pier. The Churchill Square Shopping Centre is also nearby.

Although the Royal York is not as large as some of the other properties which line the Kings Road, it offers 59 classically decorated, boutique style rooms as well as good size apartments and suites. All rooms are equipped with the usual amenities associated with a four-star hotel, such as mini bars, safes and satellite television. The rooms positioned at the back of the hotel suffer from noise disturbance due to local nightclubs, so it is worth asking for a room on one of the upper floors.

Max’s Grill serves guests with specialist grilled food and seafood dishes, all made with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. Customers can choose anything from a light lunch to a hearty three-course dinner, to be enjoyed in the restaurant’s fine surroundings. The hotel bar is the place to order an afternoon tea or even an evening cocktail.

Those who wish to unwind are welcome to do so in the hotel’s steam room and sauna, or to visit the treatment and beauty room for some well-deserved pampering. Business travellers are allowed to conduct meetings or seminars in four well-equipped function rooms. Being just an hour by train from the centre of London, as well as half-an-hour’s journey from Gatwick Airport, means that Brighton is the perfect location for international gatherings. Brighton Station is within walking distance of the Royal York Hotel.

Brighton has a reputation for being a place where people go to let loose. After dark, the nearby clubs come alive and there is always a party going on somewhere. The Royal York Hotel appears to have followed suite. Although remaining reverential to its historic past, a refurbishment has pulled it up to date and the owners have even decided to introduce karaoke rooms for guests who want to let their hair down.

Although the residence has a fine restaurant and bar, there are countless other venues to explore nearby, either during the day or after dark. Whether it is a pub serving local tankards of Sussex ale or a high class bar serving outrageous cocktails, Brighton has it all, and often within a short walk of the property. 

Those who choose to spend that little bit extra and stay at the Royal York Hotel are guaranteed a superb location and roomy accommodation, but this property falls down on the luxury side of things, with some rooms not providing the quiet night’s sleep one might expect from a four-star hotel.

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