It couldn’t be more central. Situated on the edge of the historic Lanes, a few steps from the seafront, there’s a huge choice of shops, bars, restaurants on the doorstep, and the Brighton Centre is only a couple of streets away.
Decorated in subtle tones of wood, stone and slate, the rooms are designed to soothe you into a state of peaceful relaxation after an evening’s wining and dining. Some rooms have sea views and luxurious roll-top baths at the foot of the bed; the Crystal Suite tops this by providing two. The cosiest rooms are next door to the main building, over the Pub du Vin at 7 Ship Street.
The grand entrance opens onto a smartly designed interior, with artful lighting, exposed brick and striking architectural features such as a massive wooden staircase and carved gargoyles.
Eating and drinking
The Hotel du Vin bar is a key feature – stylish and atmospheric, it prides itself on its knowledgeable and glamorous staff and its fine selection of wines, Champagnes and cocktails. Wine tasting events are held here from time to time. The Hotel du Vin bistro restaurant is decent, though not quite as good as it would like you to think. At the Pub du Vin, you can sample local ales, served in traditional pewter tankards.
Staff are generally pleasant and efficient, though their standards have been known to slip from time to time.
Who stays there
Business travellers, weekenders and ardent fans of the Hotel du Vin chain.
Although the standard room rates are rather high, seasonal special offers for bed, breakfast and dinner with wine can be great value. The hotel doesn’t have a car park, but guests are offered a 25% discount on the cost of parking at the NCP car park on Russell Road, five minutes’ walk away. There’s a charge for WiFi.
- Business travellers
- Mature travellers
- Special occasions
Pros & Cons
- Great bar
- Very central
- At full price, it’s rather expensive
- Although it's close to the seafront, many rooms don't have a sea view