Yesterday my Mum and I were kindly invited to the newly opened Harbour Hotel in Brighton, at the bottom of West Street. I arrived with no expectations and was ready for a dull, boring and sterile hotel ( it had previously been a coffee republic and a run down hostel). I’m pleased to say I was very surprised how beautiful and creative it was.
Walking in, you’re greeted by a welcoming bar with unique furniture, British-influenced prints and a snazzy bar full of nice drinks. It’s a very chilled area that would be amazing for pre-dinner cocktails or a date night!
The lovely Charlotte from the hotel showed us around and we got to see the spa, some sea view rooms, the function room and the restaurant. Let’s start with the spa- I couldn’t’ believe my eyes when I saw it. The reception part was pretty and calming but nothing too special? However, you look down the corridor and see a few treatment rooms. We were lead down and it felt like taking a trip to Wonderland. The stairs were winding down so much into the secret underground relaxation zone. ( Below sea level- so cool!)
On to the rooms. We saw two sea-view rooms that were both different in colour scheme and decor style. I liked the pink room with the amazing seat near the window. Each room has a massive queen size bed, comfy sheets, modern furniture and a very well stocked minibar. The window seat in the blue room was also so lovely, very suited with the harbour/nautical theme.
The afternoon tea was one of the best I’ve had for the simple reason that it wasn’t TOO much. I find some afternoon teas way too heavy and sickly. The savoury portion consisted of salmon, egg and chicken finger sandwiches. There was also cheese scones, which I’ve never had before, completed with bacon jam.
The sweet section was lovely. Beautifully homemade scones with thick cream and sweet jam! There were rich brownies, eclairs and the most delicious frangipane raspberry concoction.
I loved the whole vibe of the hotel and I will be returning for some drinks or another lovely afternoon tea! They’ve just opened one in Chichester and I can’t wait to have a look when I move there in September. If you’re looking for somewhere new to try in Brighton- give it a go. I’d love to spend an evening in one of the beautiful rooms, with complimentary gin and sherry. Thank you for reading!