On a recent trip to Brighton myself and my best friend decided that it would be much better for us to stay the night in order to get through our mini to-do list whilst there. In an effort to save money on accommodation to increase the budget for a night out (a long time deserved by both!) we decided to scour LateRooms managed to get a great deal on a twin room at Strawberry Fields Bed & Breakfast.
The place was exactly how it was described on the website and I could not agree more with some of the reviews from Late Rooms, take a look:
All of the above ratings were found on LateRooms
I am not saying by far that all the ratings were good, however from the service that we received it is only fair to pick the ones that portray my thoughts and feelings.
Now down to the nitty-gritty – let us pick apart the stay!
According to Google Maps it is approximately a 5-10 minute walk to the town centre dependent on how brisk you intend to walk of course. Close to a few bars on the seafront and easy enough to get back from when tipsy. From the town centre a taxi is approximately £6 which is not too bad considering the extortionate prices to travel around London these days. As we had plans to visit the Royal Pavilion and Brighton Museum to see the Biba Exhibition it was nice that both were so close to get to and from considering their prominent location in the town centre.
Welcomed by a lovely lady who goes by the name of Anna, after booking and prior to arrival myself and Anna exchanged a few emails where she pointed out the exact location of Strawberry Fields and answered my questions regarding transport from the station to the accommodation. All of the information passed over was sent in a professional yet friendly manner and got straight to the point. So at the front door – Anna welcomed us both and shook our hands. Took us upstairs to the reception desk – I have to admit I was slightly taken aback by this as I have never really seen a reception desk up stairs before unless walking up from a car park. Anyway it didn’t really matter as Anna was efficient in finding my booking on their system and even changed our room so we didn’t have to walk up so many flights of stairs. Our room was a couple of stairs up from the reception desk and easily accessible from the entrance. We were given our keys (one of which would let us in the front door at night) and then asked to choose from the Breakfast menu what we would like the next day and at what time. Anna made a point of letting us know that the heating would remain on during our stay and if we needed to adjust the temperature just to turn the knob up or down according to personal preference.
As booked we entered a room with two single beds and a bathroom which was quite small but very practical. A power shower in a sealed cubicle (that did not leak – very happy with this!), sink and toilet and a very powerful extractor fan. The decor of Strawberries continued from the front door throughout the room. Both beds had simple white duvet sheets (so soft!) and adorned with red fleece blankets and a strawberry cuddle pillow. The bed was incredibly comfortable and clean as expected. Moving over to the chest of draws there was a cute mock suitcase that when opened contained a couple of mugs for tea and plenty of supplies for reading our books in bed!
The windows were easy to open and the blinds were quite simple to use. As mentioned before we had a chest of drawers and a double door wardrobe for storage with two chairs and a LCD television that we seldom used. On the beds as you can see below there were two towels laid out with some Strawberry scented shower gel – this was much appreciated as I managed to forget my shower gel. The one thing I would say should be improved is the size of the towels as neither of us are extra small and found it trying to have such a small towel coming out of the shower. It would be appropriate for drying hair but not much else. Catherine managed to make a little Marilyn Monroe makeshift out of the two towels in order to cover her private parts – this made us chuckle.
The Morning After:
Waking up at around 8:30am after only four hours sleep in a bed that was so comfortable I did not want to leave I got hungry and thirsty. We ordered breakfast at 9am and it was delivered exactly on time. When I came out the bathroom to my breakfast in bed I had to let out a little chuckle at the thought that it looked like we had just been served at an American diner – very sweet! The food was exactly as expected, hot and tasty with juice and a piece of fruit to compliment it.
For me there was a Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Bagel with Cranberry Juice and for Catherine a Bacon Baguette and Orange Juice. Both breakfasts were much appreciated after far too many drinks the night before. After getting ourselves ready for departure we still had to visit the Biba exhibition as it was neglected the previous day. We were able to leave our bags and coats at the reception desk and take a walk as long as we were back to collect them around 2pm.
For a LateRooms rating Strawberry Fields would get:
Customer Service: 6/6 – Extremely friendly, professional yet not overly formal – very welcoming
Hotel Cleanliness: 5/6 – The blinds were dirty
Quality of Room: – 4/6 – On the small side but just for one night it is perfect
Value for Money: – 5/6 – I would expect the room to be slightly cheaper but was happy nonetheless
Quality of Food: – 6/6 – Thoroughly enjoyed my breakfast and just the right size portion
Family Friendly: – I cannot rate this as I did not use this with a family however would say it is not as there are a lot of stairs and no lifts. Also with the reception being upstairs it is not ideal.
Take a look and let me know what you think and if you intend to stay even better!
- Brighton getaway (chithanhlearnstoblog.wordpress.com)
- Visiting Brighton, England (taxilondoncab.com)
- Visiting Brighton Will Take You Back in Time to Victorian England (taxilondoncab.com)