Review: Umi Hotel Brighton

30 05 2013

Umi Hotel

The Umi Hotel in Brighton is a three star establishment right on the seafront. I was concerned on arrival as it was not much to look at from the outside but I was pleasantly surprised when we went in.

On arrival – one hour before the check in time – no attempt whatsoever was made to to even check to see if our rooms were ready. Whilst we had no expectation that our rooms would be available early; it is unusual for hotels not to at least check the system.

We were shown to a storage space for our luggage to enable us to go out for lunch rather than spending the hour in the lobby. On our return check in was efficient and there was good natured banter from the friendly and polite staff. Having booked our two rooms seperately we were on very different rates and it would have been nice to see some effort to reduce the difference in price.

The hotel was clean and comfortable and appeared to be well maintained. The rooms were suitable for our needs during our two night stay although a little on the small side. I would not however, recommend this particular hotel for a longer stay.

The shower was adequate although very low for the tallest member of our party and the hair and body wash provided was dreadful. Although a hair dryer – that I can only assume dates back to the 70’s – was provided it was not particularly powerful so it is advisable to bring your own.

The location was perfect. It was right on the seafront (we were however offered an upgrade to a seaview for £10 per night that we declined), and a short walk to the Pavillion, beach, pier and sealife center and the shops on the Lanes.

We had paid for breakfast as part of our booking and it was a theatrical experience in the lavish operatic design of the dining room complete with theatre boxes drapped with red velvet curtains and  ornate art work. It was a little cramped and not to everyone’s taste but I loved it. It was exactly what I expect from a breakfast buffet service with a selection of fruit juices, tea and coffee, cereal, toast, yogurt and cooked options including: bacon, sausage, mushrooms, scrambled eggs, beans and tomato.

There was no parking available on site but the hotel did offer a 50% discount at the NCP multi-story just over the road.

All in all it was a great choice of hotel that suited our needs on this occassion.

 

 

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