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Reviews - Smart Sea View Brighton

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9-12 ST. CATHERINES TERRACE , HOVE, BN3 2RZ
Located within walking distance from Hove train station and with rooms offering spectacular views of Brighton’s famous beaches. We are Brighton’s newest and most modern hostel.

We offer a variety of rooms from Private hotel rooms to great value for money large hostel dormitories allowing us to offer a variety of services to cater any need.

Smart Sea View offers various facilities for our guests , TV room or our 24 hour internet cafe and free WiFi service.

-The hotel reserves the right to charge credit cards prior to arrival.

-Please note that a surcharge applies for card payments made at the property.

-At check-in,each guest have to pay £10 deposit in CASH,refundable at check-out.

-The hotel reserves the right to charge credit cards prior to arrival.

-At least 1 photo ID is required at check-in(passport,ID Card,Driving License).

-Please note that a surcharge applies for card payments made at the property.

-At check-in,each guest have to pay £10 deposit in CASH,refundable at check-out.

-Breakfast is served from 8:00AM to 9:30AM.
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49% recommended this accommodation to a friend 53% would stay again
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Brilliant value for money
Decent location, good food, very clean. The only fault was that they lost out deposit money but was soon recalled. Very clean and the private bedrooms were lovely! Going back definitely!

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K Leigh

From UK
Who stayed in February 2014

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Thank goodness that's over!
Some places you stay in, you have to be grateful for, simply because you’ll be able to knock one more place of the List Of Places One Can Stay. It was really not to be repeated.
To be fair, I have stayed in worse places. But not by a great degree, I hasten to add.
We paid up front over LateRooms, because it was £10 cheaper than the Travel Lodge down the road. Arriving around six p.m., the guys on the front desk looked as if they were still going through college and while polite, had a very ‘Not all that bothered’ attitude about them. We got our key given to us (modern key systems, which surprised me as the building itself is rather rickety once you get inside) and with it came our meal ticket for the morning’s breakfast, which surprised me. Was this measure to guard against people getting a free meal after walking off the street? We had booked a twin room as there were no doubles left, but that wasn’t an issue, so we were already planning pushing the two single beds together.
The room itself, aside from a small if rather modern-decked-out bathroom (again, things not quite matching a surprising me, though I was definitely grateful for a proper bathroom!), hadn’t been updated in style, wall-paper or double glazing (as in, there isn’t any and the window was open, presumably to help erase the smell of whoever might have been there before) since 1970s, and the water we made our tea in from the kettle had a suspicious greasiness to it. It probably came from the same era. We soon discovered everything had a (thankfully thin) layer of grease to it in the place.
The shower was very powerful, but the bath didn’t have any taps. There was no shower curtain or guard, so the water had a tendency to go everywhere unless one was very careful. The bath was actually more of a glorified shower stand, as there were no plugs with which to have a bath.
It was a Saturday night and by seven when we left to go out, there was a large crowd of young men hanging about, using the part of the hotel that is much more hostel-like, with bunk beds in dorm rooms galore, and between which, they shared a public shower between what might have been five, ten or twenty of them on the first floor. I hasten to add I didn’t properly investigate and find out how many showers there were in this part, so there might have been more than there appeared to be, but as we went up to our room, a chap, naked besides a white towel around his vitals, was marching into this shower area.
The beds themselves had incredibly flat pillows, and the mattress was about as hard as a futon, or has he put, ‘felt more like sleeping on a table with a sheet on it’. I have the luxury of being a heavy sleeper, but the other half had a rather restless night with the mattress AND the noise, spilling over from the clubland of down the road in Brighton to here in Hove as people on a budget made their way back out of the main city.
The overall atmosphere of the place was very much Stopover on a Clubbing Night Out, which I imagine must be much quieter on a School-Night. There was a lot of shouting back and forth out in the street below throughout pretty much the entire night– which one could hear rather clearly through the aforementioned very thin, almost-impossible-to-properly-close window. I can’t complain of being cold despite this, I must say. I put the fact that things didn’t kick off more on our floor down to a mixture of there not being that many dorm rooms on our floor from what I could tell AND that those going into Brighton might mostly go a little further in. Brighton certainly does have a very big nightlife scene, it would seem.
We almost went out for breakfast in the morning, because we followed the signs for it along the stairs and corridors and literally, at first sight, it appeared to be a choice between toast and cereal. Not exactly inspiring. Or edible, when you’re wheat intolerant! However, the mister had the possession of mind to ask at the desk, whereon we were informed that there was another room which was especially for people with private rooms (that was us), where we got a little more variety – yoghurt pots, sausages, scrambled egg, croissants, and some squash. It was nice enough, but there was still that strange, unnameable grease of the travelling clubber that clung to our food. Also, we’d have never known that a bigger selection was available to us because we stayed in a private room, as it was so badly sign-posted. The lady who stood behind the counter at breakfast didn’t seem to understand much English at all. At the risk of sounding overly-privileged, the question of whether there was herbal tea was met with a top up of regular tea into her little visible dispenser.
The parking was on-road around the area, and was fairly reasonable, but every day was paid, which we thought rather unfair, especially on a Sunday when we would have been leaving the hotel at around ten anyway, and we still would have had to pay for the extra hour in the morning.
And what is meant by ‘Smart Sea view’ should actually be ‘Partial Sea view’. In the morning, we were finally able to see it - behind the large set of buildings opposite. The building itself IS sea-front, but that does not mean it is ON the sea-front. Thank goodness we did NOT go there for the view.
As a place to literally bunk down for the night, fair enough, but I’m really not sure this place deserves to be thought of as a hotel, as opposed to a hostel, not by a long shot. Suffice it to say that while there is no ongoing trauma associated with it, we shan’t be returning.

Reviewed by
Alexandra Wolfe

From UK
Who stayed in February 2014

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Very Good
Helpful staff, breakfast was nice ..generally very good stay.

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Abbas M

From UK
Who stayed in December 2013

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Very clean but basic
Room very clean, warm and plenty of hot water. Breakfast basic but good. Staff friendly. If all you want is a room for the night and a small cooked breakfast this is the place.

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L Boon

From UK
Who stayed in November 2013

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Very noisey till early hours of morning 05.00. + by other costomers

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j wingrove

From Herne Bay, UK
Who stayed in November 2013

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Does what is says on the tin
Good, no nonsense room, powerful shower, sea view. Would use again but it is quite basic.

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Andy Goodman

From Marlborough, England
Who stayed in November 2013

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To loud
The room we stayed in was on the ground floor and most of the night there were people shouting and banging about. Plus drunk men falling over in the hall. And the cost was not much cheaper than travel lodge

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T Hart

From UK
Who stayed in October 2013

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The Manager refused to speak with us.
When attempting to complain the manager refused to speak with us. Do not use this hotel chain.

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T Harding

From England
Who stayed in September 2013

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Not the best place to stay. Very over priced room was a poor quality the shower had hot water but no cold. The full english breakfast was very poor too with only three items on it.good side the bed sheets were clean.

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nathan n

From Dover, UK
Who stayed in September 2013

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Ok
Room was ok, except we had issues with our lights not working properly. However, after two complaints it was dealt with and staff were very friendly. Food was not great, but service was good.
Not as close to train station as we hoped, but we did use brighton station which might be why it was so far to walk to b&b.

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S Smith

From Gillingham, UK
Who stayed in September 2013

Couple

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