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Big news from the Clock Out Check In team – we got engaged! I finally plucked up the courage to get down on one knee in one of our favourite places in the UK, Brighton. We had a fantastic weekend which we topped off by staying at The Grand on Brighton seafront. Here’s what we thought of our stay.

The Hotel

The Grand Brighton
The Grand Brighton

The Grand was the scene of an atrocious terrorist attack during the Conservative Party conference in 1984 by the IRA. The hotel was restored in the 1980s and has recently been renovated. The result is absolutely stunning – the hotel lives up to its name and offers a sense of grandeur from the moment you step through the door. The hotel itself is right on the seafront near the old West Pier over which most of the rooms have a stunning view. It has a beautiful bar and restaurant as well as a bright and spacious conservatory where they serve afternoon tea. We arrived slightly ahead of check-in and had a cocktail in the bar which we can highly recommend. There is also a spa which is currently closed for renovation but will reopen later this year.

The Room

The Grand Brighton

As we were celebrating I booked a deluxe sea view room for our stay. The room was by no means cheap but we were rewarded with a spectacular room and stunning seaside views. We had a huge bed and a separate seating area with a sofa and two armchairs. This room would be great for families as the sofa doubled up as a sofa bed. The hotel had kindly organised some bubbly and flowers for our special day as well which was a really nice touch. The bathroom was massive with his and hers sinks, a bath and a separate shower.

The food

The Grand Brighton

Breakfast at the hotel was good if not spectacular. I found the service to be a little slow and there are so many guests that it all feels a little impersonal. The breakfast room is a wedding venue which very much gave off the vibe of the morning after the night before and is a little rough around the edges. However, the food was excellent and the produce all seemed to be of a high quality. I really enjoyed the freshly baked pastries but for such a high end hotel there should have been more veggie and vegan options on the buffet – where were the Linda McCartney sausages?

In conclusion, a hotel full of grandeur and beautiful rooms but we would recommend heading out for breakfast as you can find better value elsewhere. Have you stayed at The Grand? What is your favourite hotel in Brighton? Let us know in the comments below.

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Alex is a solicitor at an international law firm based in London. He has always loved travelling and loves to eat like a local. His favourite destination is Peru where he spent a month travelling in 2009 with World Challenge.

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