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The Grand, Brighton, East Sussex
The Grand Hotel has pride of place on Brighton seafront, with sweeping views across the English Channel. Built in 1864, she's had some hefty cosmetic work in the past few years, but still looks good for her age. Top-hatted doormen welcome all guests, while a grand staircase spirals through seven floors of plush rooms and suites. On the ground floor is Cyan, the new and modern restaurant which serves small plates and sharing platters, plus a fancy champagne bar. As the grande dame of Brighton, it appeals to a real mix, from upper class gentry who've been visiting for nearly 150 years to millennials Instagramming their afternoon tea in the Victoria Bar.
Waking up to Brighton's best view, and with easy access to the sea, is very hard to beat.
The hotel is on the seafront, a short walk from Brighton's famous pier, the Royal Pavilion and the popular shopping district The Lanes.
By car: Brighton is around 2 hours' drive from London and 45 minutes from Gatwick Airport. There is limited on-site parking available at the hotel, costing £35 per night.
By train: London Bridge and London Victoria to Brighton takes around 1 hour. The station is a 15-minute walk or 5-minute taxi from the hotel. thetrainline.com
By coach: Coaches run everyday from London, once an hour. A stop-off point is located 10 minutes' walk from the hotel.
Style & Character
The Grand has long attracted the more mature guest, but in recent years it's appealing to a younger audience. We love the theatre of it; doormen in top hats, the sweeping spiral staircase - it's a special place to stay.
Service & Facilities
We love the official doormen and bellboys that make a stay like stepping back to Brighton's Regency heyday.
- Pets allowed
- Free Wi-Fi
Deluxe Sea View rooms, decorated in breezy blues and creams, have a balcony with knock-out views along the coast.
Classic Single, Classic Rooms, Classic Sea View, Deluxe Sea View, Feature Deluxe Sea View, King Suites
Facilities include: ensuite with bath and shower, Noble Isle toiletries, air-con, iron, hairdryer, Egyptian cotton bed linen, TV with Freeview, free Wi-Fi, luxury bathrobes, tea and coffee facilities
Food & Drink
There's something so glamorous about having freshly shucked oysters and chilled Sussex fizz at the bar. You can't beat a full-service afternoon tea in the glass-covered Victoria Terrace either, with tiny sandwiches, posh cakes and fresh scones.
Cyan: seasonal set lunch, local seafood, all-day dining menu, sharing platters, Sunday roasts. Mains from £11. Open daily from 12.30-9pm.
The Victoria Terrace: afternoon tea, street food, sandwiches, seafood, cocktails. Larger plates from £13. Open 9am-11pm.