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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, a 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: around 2 hours from London, 3 hours from Birmingham and 4 hours 15 minutes from Manchester. Parking costs £35 per night.
By train: London to Brighton takes around 1 hour. The station is a 15-minute walk or 5-minute taxi from the hotel. thetrainline.com
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
The official doormen and bellboys make the stay - it's like stepping back to Brighton's Regency heyday.
- On-site parking
- 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 Room, Classic Sea View, Deluxe Sea View, Feature Deluxe Sea View, King Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with Noble Isle toiletries, bathrobes, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, iron and ironing board, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
There's something so glam about having freshly shucked oysters and chilled Sussex fizz at the bar. You can't beat an afternoon tea in the glass-covered Victoria Terrace, with tiny sandwiches, posh cakes and fresh scones.
Cyan: all-day dining menu with small plates and sharing platters. Open daily from 12.30-9pm.
The Grill: modern British cuisine, seasonal ingredients. Open daily for dinner.
Victoria Bar & Lounge: cosy lounge and sea-facing terrace. Small plates and sandwiches. Afternoon tea served daily from £38.