10 October 2011
Hotel Review: The New Madeira, Brighton
My three friends and I were greeted by a friendly receptionist who asked if we'd been out in Brighton before. When we said no, she gave us a map of the area after labelling it with shopping and nightlife hotspots.
We'd booked a quadruple room for £160 for night including breakfast, but were given the key to two twin rooms adjoined by a door. Well, actually, it was one twin room and one oblong, corridor-shaped space with two beds shoved top-to-tail along the wall. The bathroom was clean but tatty and an unpleasant musty smell pervaded throughout.
Appeased, we headed out to explore, returning a few hours later with a bottle of wine. Realising we had no corkscrew, I took it down to the bar where the tender was happy to open it for me and even offered to lend me some glasses.
After a late night on the town, we awoke the next morning feeling fragile and headed downstairs for breakfast. Ordering four fry-ups - three meat, one vegetarian - we helped ourselves to tea, coffee and juice. Cereal and yogurt were also available.
I really can't praise the breakfast enough. Sussex sausages, back bacon, crispy hash brown, baked beans, mushroom, fried egg and toast, all cooked perfectly and piping hot. Delicious!
I'd describe the New Madeira as an unpolished diamond. The tiny lift only holds two people and some of the rooms aren't great. But the location, service and food are fantastic and our second room was lovely.
I'd definitely recommend this hotel - in fact, we're alraedy planning our next stay.
The New Madeira Hotel
19-23 Marine Parade, Brighton BN2 1TL