Staycation, noun, INFORMAL:
a holiday spent in one’s home country rather than abroad, or one spent at home and involving day trips to local attractions.
On bank holiday Monday, I trotted down to the seafront to check into The Mercure Brighton Seafront Hotel. A Grade 2 listed, 4-star hotel plonked right on the beach. For me, the location was perfect. It overlooked the promenade and the bandstand, without having the view of the i360. There’s something really special about staying in a hotel in your home town and it makes you view the city in a brand new way. My Mum actually came to visit me for dinner and we spend ages on the balcony just realising how lucky we are to live in such a vibrant and beautiful place.
Words can’t describe how happy I was to see I got a sea facing room. The view was spectacular and the floor to ceiling windows only helped. I’m obsessed with the classic Hove interiors: Tall ceilings, Regency style details and simple wall colours. The bed was the main selling point of the bedroom, it was massive and so comfortable (how cool is that cushion as well). The room was also complete with a desk, wardrobe and armchair; what more could you want?
The bathroom was my favourite part of the room and I could have spent the whole time in there. The tiles really reminded me of the infamous Ludlow Hotel in New York. The light in this room was unbelievable and made for the most relaxing stay. The windows let in so much light and allowed you to people watch whilst you shower (no one can see in, I tested it.) Speaking of the shower, the waterfall made for such a luxurious experience.
Also, the window in the bathroom opened and I managed to sneak out on to the balcony to catch some rays. I also enjoyed my morning coffee here which was so nice. There’s something very special about sitting on a private balcony, just after sunrise and watching the day begin.
The room came with everything you need for a comfortable stay. There was a Nespresso coffee machine, tea, biscuits (which came home with me). There were all the toiletries a girl could need including a sewing kit and toothbrush. it even had 2 robes and 2 pairs of slippers which did not leave my body. The hotel doesn’t have a gym or pool or anything but when staying in a city, I don’t find this highly necessary. It has all you need for a one night stay: a nice lobby, good sized breakfast room, and a pretty bar/restaurant. I do think they could make more of their outside space, which is currently just a car park.
I had dinner at the hotel to see what it had to offer. The room it was in was cute but was giving me more bar vibes as opposed to a hotel restaurant. It was completely empty with no music, which was slightly awkward. I think they could benefit from creating a more welcoming atmosphere. The menu was small and easy, perfect for a quick bite to eat. I decided to go for the french onion soup with a side of truffle fries. Mum had the prawn cocktail. In all honesty, the food was very average. The service was amazing and I can imagine it being a lovely place for a cocktail if they put some music on. There was absolutely nothing wrong with the food and it would be great for an easy option if you’re staying there. I just think if you’re staying in Brighton, get out there and try one of the amazing restaurants.
The breakfast, however, was perfect. The cooked options were done by an order which I liked as it reduced waste. The buffet included mini pastries, cereal, toast and juice. I went for a build your own veggie breakfast and some pastries and it was lovely! Again, it would have been lovely for some outside space to enjoy it but I can’t complain about the layout of the building now!
I really enjoyed my stay here. Whether you’re visiting Brighton and want to wake up to a stunning view or you’re from Brighton and want to sneak away for a night- Look into this place. The staff were so attentive and welcoming and there was everything I needed. I had one of the best nights sleeps I’ve had in ages- so dark, quiet and cosy. I would love to return one day but with a friend or date as the rooms are just too good for me to enjoy alone. Thanks so much for Mercure Hotel for looking after me! You can book your nights stay here.