The Grand Hotel Brighton is an iconic building which stands proudly on the East Sussex city's seafront. Formerly part of the De Vere group, the traditional Victorian hotel is one of the most memorable and familiar of the many hotels lining Brighton’s sea-facing King’s Road. Grand by name, grand by nature; there is an air of elegance and longevity that graces this popular grande dame.The impressive hotel boasts fantastic views from its sea-facing bedrooms and its restaurant. A multi-million pound refurbishment was completed in July 2013 which makes it the place to stay on Brighton's seafront.
Originally constructed for the upper classes visiting the south coast, the Grand Hotel Brighton was built in 1864, the masterful design of architect John Whichord Jr. Built on what was formerly a battery house, the hotel was powered by Whichord's reputation and its intriguing modern additions. It was home to several advanced engineering feats of the time that entranced its visitors, such as a hydraulically powered Vertical Omnibus lift; the first of its kind to be used in the UK outside of London.
Infamously, tragedy struck in 1984 when the IRA bombed the Grand Hotel Brighton on the eve of the Conservative party conference, which was due to be held next door at the Brighton Centre. Although the bomb targeted then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, she escaped unscathed. Sadly, five others lost their lives in the bombing. Typically defiant, Thatcher opened the conference the next morning on time. Thatcher later attended the re-opening of The Grand two years later in 1986. The hotel has since worked to retain its iconic seaside status. Owing to its illustrious position, the Grand Hotel Brighton has appeared on many television programmes over the years. For example, in 1992, the Trotter family visited the hotel in an episode of Only Fools and Horses.
All 201 bedrooms at the Grand Hotel Brighton have been beautifully renovated as part of the multi-million pound refurbishment of the whole hotel which was completed in July 2013.
All rooms feature:
- LCD flat screen TV with satellite channels
- Direct dial telephone and message retrieval system
- Bath and shower
- Complimentary tea and coffee making facilities
- Iron and ironing board
- Luxury bathrobes
- Complimentary high speed Wi-Fi
Classic Twin and Double rooms
Classic rooms have been sympathetically renovated and include luxuries such as Egyptian bed linen and fine toiletries. You can choose from inland facing rooms or, for an additional premium, sea-view rooms
Classic Deluxe Sea-View rooms
Spacious and stylish rooms, classic deluxe rooms boast fantastic views of the sea. These rooms have king size beds and a separate seating area and many even have French windows that open onto private balconies.
Grand Collection rooms
Grand Collection rooms come with all the extras that will help make your stay extra special including Smart Theatre TV which connects to your phone or tablet, wireless Bose soundlink, Starbucks Verisimo TM coffee machine, Newby of London tea infusions and ESPA toiletries. They come in inland facing and sea-view options.
Feature Deluxe Sea-View Rooms
Feature Deluxe rooms are elegant and luxurious, offering individual design features such as feature bathtubs and walk-in showers. The rooms have sumptous king size beds and a separate seating area as well as sea views.
The King Suite
Located on the seventh floor of the hotel, the King Suite is the epitome of luxury with stunning sea views and fabulous decor for a once-in-a-lifetime stay. The suite is set on two floors and has a king bedroom, a separate lounge/dining area, a bath and walk-in shower and a separate toilet on the upper floor.
GB1 is the new seafood restaurant and bar that fits in perfectly with its vibrant seaside setting, allowing diners to feast on the freshest local fish from the south coast which is caught daily. The restaurant features a striking champagne and oyster bar and guests can enjoy watching their meal being prepared right in front of their eyes. While fish is the speciality here, guests can also sample other meats from the grill along with classic Sussex favourites. A plentiful and delicious breakfast is also served here which will set you up for a day exploring all the delights that Brighton has to offer.
Breakfast is served on Mondays to Fridays from 7am to 10am and on Saturdays until 10.30am. On Sundays breakfast starts at 8am and goes through until 11am.
Lunch service is available from 12.30 to 2.30 Monday to Friday and on Saturday all day from 12.30. Classic Sunday lunch is served between 1pm and 4pm.
Dinner is served every day between the hours of 5pm and 10pm.
The newly refurbished Victoria Lounge Bar and Terrace is the prefect vantage point to look out over the seafront while you enjoy a drink or a fabulous Sussex cream tea. If you're just looking for a quick bite to eat, enjoy a sandwich or a toastie before you carry on with your day.
The Grand Hotel Brighton is a great place for any type of event with facilities which can accommodate between six and 800 guests. All the newly refurbished meeting rooms are beautifully decorated and boast state-of-the-art equipment.
The largest room is the sea-facing impressive Empress Suite which can accommodate 900 guests theatre style. It is an extremely flexible space as it can break into four separate soundproofed sections. From the lovely oak-panelled Regent Room and the former ballroom (now know as the Albert Suite) right down to the three George rooms which are perfect for small board meetings there really is something for every occasion.
The Day Delegate package includes the following:
- Hire of the main meeting room
- LCD projector, screen and two flipcharts
- Three servings of tea and coffee to include mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack
- 2 course lunch or working buffet lunch
- Complimentary Wi-Fi access in the meeting rooms and public areas
- Still and sparkling mineral water
- Stationery box, pads and pens
The 24 hour rate includes the following:
- Everything included in the Day Delegate rate
- Three course evening meal
- Overnight accommodation
- Full English buffet breakfast
Function Room Capacities
Name of room
|Charlotte & South Empress||210||350||-||160||180||-||250|
|Charlotte, North & South Empress||360||500||-||250||250||-||400|
|Alexandra & Empress||308||400||-||220||200||-||350|
|North Empress & Alexandra||252||350||-||200||200||-||300|
|North Empress Room||120||186||45||84||90||36||150|
When you feel the need for a little pampering, the luxury spa at the Grand provides an oasis of calm and relaxation away from the bustling city. The exclusive spa has eight treatments rooms including a couples suite, perfect for a romantic break away from it all. The professional team offer the latest therapies and there is even a detoxifying sauna and steam room. After your treatment lie back in the relaxation area or enjoy a healthy bite to eat in the Spa cafe. Bliss!
If you've over-indulged in the GB1 restaurant, or just fancy keeping up your fitness regime, there is a fully equipped gym on the first floor of the hotel.
The vibrant city of Brighton has plenty to occupy visitors. It combines all the delights of a seaside town with eye-catching sights such as the unmistakeable Royal Pavilion with its domes and minarets, the Palace Pier with its fairground rides and plenty of great shopping. Brighton's main shopping area, Chruchill Square, is just a five minute walk from the Grand and the quaint streets that form the Lanes are definitely worth a visit.
By air: The nearest airport is Gatwick International, just a 40 minutes' drive away
By rail: The nearest mainline station is Brighton Station, just a short taxi drive or a fifteen minute walk away.
By car: Limited and chargeable on-site car parking is available for 47 cars. Additional parking is available at the NCP car park in Russell Road which is situated directly behind the hotel and has over 500 spaces.