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Close to the pier, this modern hotel occupies two Regency town houses on the seafront. It is owned by Andy Shearer; Richard Hayes manages, with ‘courteous, helpful’ staff. Bedrooms vary in size: some can be small. Most have views of the water; ‘if you feel adventurous’, four attic rooms have a large balcony accessed by climbing out the window. ‘We enjoyed the atmosphere in the bar.’ In the ‘smart’ basement restaurant, the chef, Andy Vitez, serves ‘some seriously good cooking’, including interesting vegetarian options. Lounge/bar, restaurant, meeting room. Free Wi-Fi. Civil wedding licence. Background music. Children welcomed. Limited on-site parking. 20 bedrooms. Room only £120–£360. Breakfast £6–£12.50, set dinner £32.50–£60.
  • On top form. Expensive bur exquisite. As good as it was eight years ago w hen I last went there. Their restaurant is the best Brighton

    David Berry, 19/08/2016

  • The staff are courteous and helpful. Standards are high. Our small bedroom had a big bed and an enormous bath which took a long time to fill. The lavatory was in the wet room: we had to remove towels, etc so they would not become soaked. We thought the designee was impractical. On a cold night the heating was inadequate. We enjoyed the atmosphere in the small bar and the busy basement restaurant where the cooking was excellent. Breakfast was also good.

    J.T., 11/02/2013

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The Volks Railway
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43–44 Marine Parade, BRIGHTON Sussex England BN2 1PE


01273 696934

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This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night's stay

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