There’s something about staying in a hotel that I just love so much, maybe it’s the mini shampoo bottles, or how fluffy the pillows are compared to mine at home. Anyway, I’m easily pleased, so when The Mercure Brighton Hotel invited me down to see their recent renovations – I couldn’t say no! This was especially welcomed as when I come back to visit Sam in Brighton I have to stay in an all-male student house, and yep, it’s as gross as you can imagine… Sorry boys!
I had seen some of the new interiors on Instagram and had been lusting over the gorgeous deep blue velvet that seems to be a theme across the hotel. The renovations and hotel interiors have been undertaken by local Hove based interior designer, Helen Hooper. It’s safe to say she’s done a wonderful job of recognising Brighton and Hove’s vibrant history and reflecting this throughout the rooms and across the building.
The first thing I have to point out is the statement bed! There was that beautiful blue velvet I had been hoping for… I’d be crazy not to mention just how comfortable the bed was (and how big too!)
The decor was simple and contemporary with lots of little quirks that all related to the fact we were in Brighton (and Hove, see cushion…) which I loved so much. The sideboard, alongside the artwork on the wall, was all Brighton/seaside themed, which we thought brought so much personality to the room. As far as I’ve seen from online and other images, every room has different artwork!
We were so happy to get a sea facing room with a view of the bandstand and the west pier just outside of the window. Our room had two huge floor to ceiling windows that let all of the light in and made the room feel fresh and clear. I loved that with the windows open you could hear the waves crashing on the beach outside and a low mumble of city noise. Although the hotel is located on the main promenade in Brighton, we had no issue with noise overnight and both slept so well!
The bathroom too was beautiful, fully equipped with a beautiful high-quality shower system all those mini products that I love so much! Overall, the room was complete with a desk, Nespresso machine, bathrobes, fluffy towels, slippers and all the added extras you would expect to find.
Bar & Dining
We had a wonderful experience dining at The Mercure Hotel. Again, the beautiful interiors make it a lovely place to sit and enjoy a cocktail or even a coffee with a view of city life going on outside.
We ate our evening meal at their restaurant; The Goulty. There was plenty to chose from on the menu but we opted for the mezze board to start and we both enjoyed steak for our main course. Our delicious food was accompanied by a few cocktails, all strong – just how we like them!
The one thing we would have said about this area as it was very quiet and could have benefitted from some background music, although I have been informed this is something that they will be getting this sorted soon.
For breakfast choices, there was a full continental breakfast (my favourite) and also a buffet of cooked breakfast items (Sam’s favourite) so we were both kept happy!
The lounge has been transformed into a gallery showcasing finest work from local artists. The deep blue colour scheme is complemented with bright oranges and greens to create a reception area that is bound to impress.
We really enjoyed our stay here – the staff were helpful and friendly. We had a wonderful nights sleep – even the seagulls didn’t manage to wake us up! Plus the location is perfect for everything you could want to do in Brighton. Thanks again to The Mercure Hotel Brighton for looking after us. Book your stay here.
*This was a gifted stay but all images and opinions are my own.