Hilton Brighton Metropole

106-121 Kings Road, Brighton, East Sussex, England, BN1 2FU

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Hilton Brighton Metropole

By Emma Gregg, your Brighton expert

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#11 of 20
expert-rated hotels in Brighton
Expert overall rating:4.6 out of 5
Location:
5
5.0
Bedrooms:
4.8
4.8
Eating/drinking:
4.8
4.8
Public areas:
4.8
4.8
Leisure facilities:
4.5
4.5
Service:
4.8
4.8
Value for money:
4.6
4.6
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Mature travellers, Great views / scenery, Nightlife, People watching, Shopping, Special occasions

Best for The Beach - Expert review of Hilton Brighton Metropole

This hotel is right on the seafront, with stunning sea views to rival The Grand’s.

Situated just metres apart, the Hilton Brighton Metropole and The Grand Hotel should in theory be arch-competitors. In practice they’re both far too civilised for that, but when it first opened, back in 1890, the Metropole Hotel was considered shocking: not only was it larger than The Grand Hotel, it was also the first seafront building to be clad in red brick rather than white or cream stucco. Its architect, Alfred Waterhouse, also designed the Natural History Museum in London.

These days, most of the people who opt for the Metropole over The Grand do so simply because they’re fans of the Hilton brand, or because they’re taking part in a meeting or event here. With several impressive conference suites including a hall which can accommodate up to 1300 people, corporate events, weddings and other functions have long been the Metropole’s speciality. To me, the overall atmosphere doesn’t quite measure up to The Grand Hotel’s, but this is still a fine place to stay.

Location: 

Facing the beach between the piers, the Metropole is ideally situated for access to everything in the centre of town. There’s private and public parking nearby and the station is well under a mile away.

Bedrooms: 

The rooms vary a good deal in size and style. The spacious rooms and suites on the south side have plenty of character and make the most of the sea views, while those to the back of the building tend to be smaller, plainer and more functional, with a chain-hotel feel. Families can opt for triple or connecting rooms; a babysitting service is available on request.

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Public areas: 

Comfortable and smart.

Eating and drinking: 

The Windsor Restaurant serves contemporary European dishes in a splendid, high-ceilinged dining room with huge windows facing the sea, sparkling chandeliers and ornate period details. There’s also an informal terrace bar, where you can tuck into tapas and sangria.

Leisure facilities: 

The Metropole has the best fitness and wellness facilities of any Brighton hotel, with a gym, Jacuzzi, steam room, sauna, spa and a small but attractive indoor pool which hosts regular kids’ sessions.

Service: 

The staff are helpful and professional.

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Who stays there: 

Business travellers, conference attendees, wedding parties, families and tourists of all ages and nationalities.

Pros: 
Superb seafront location
Good facilities for functions
Cons: 
Many services and facilities incur additional charges
Some rooms are rather small and poor value

More information on Hilton Brighton Metropole:

Price from:
£57
Type:
Hotel
Address:
106-121 Kings Road, Brighton, East Sussex, England, BN1 2FU
Amenities:
Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Pets Allowed, Restaurant, Room Service, Swimming Pool
Neighbourhood:
Central Brighton

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