More about Alias Hotel Seattle
Strange tranquility at the waters edge(troubled by a karma chameleon)
Faced with the prospect of visiting Brighton at short notice , we were looking for somewhere different to stay.
We couldn't get in the Hotel Du Vin or Drakes at short notice and so plumped for the little known Alias Hotel Seattle at Brighton Harbour because of good overall reviews of the place reported in trip advisor. We also liked the idea of sea views without having to look across a busy road and the hotel's own promise of "strange tranquility."
When I rang the day before to make a reservation, a "new employee" took our call and advised that he could not make a booking for us. However , if I gave him a contact number , he would have someone ring me immediately. Being used to "call centre" Britain and resigned to never hearing from the hotel again, I was not hopeful and continued scanning trip advisor for another choice of hotel. Impressively, within 3 minutes "Charlotte" rang me back , advised that there was one king size sea view room available and quickly took the details from this willing punter.
When we got to Brighton marina the next day we were pleased to find free parking and an easy, pleasant, boardwalk to the hotel. The only misgiving being that this place is so discreet that it's not that easy to know how the lifts in the unattended lobby actually get you to reception. Once there we found immensely dressed down staff looking busy behind a glass counter and a quietly spoken girl (at one stage I had to lip read !) politely checked us in and gave instructions to get to our room.
The room was great. It was clean, everything worked and the bed and linens super comfortable. The decor, to me , appeared equally dressed down in a sort of stylish "2001 Space odyssey meets the ghost of the original IKEA " sort of way.
It overlooked the harbour as promised and resounded from the noise of clanking boats chandlery and muted discussions in surrounding restaurants. Looking out from our panoramic balcony , we were directly above a cool , chilled out bar called Karma. (Strange tranquility as promised !)
There is a really nice cocktail bar in the hotel , the public areas and lounge have a relaxing sixties retro ambiance , think thunderbirds on acid and you will have some idea of the vibe.
Everything went great through the evening as the local eateries, which we could hear from our open balcony doors, got livelier and livelier. We went out to central Brighton, to Havana restaurant, for a delicious meal.
After a great night out , we got back, about 11.30pm, ready for a nice relaxing sleep . We were surprised to find, however, that the nearby Karma bar had transformed itself into a nightclub ! Our room by now was vibrating with "base". The staff explained that the Karma bar had just started this unlicensed behaviour and they would gladly move us to a quieter, inner facing, room.
Next morning we returned to our original room and the hotel kindly made a discount for our troubles. Checkout was swift , polite and efficient.
My verdict then is that this place is really good. The friendly staff are probably just a little too horizontal for their own good ( a uniform, or even name badges would highlight who is staff and who is not). A little bit more information on reservation and check in ( how to get to the hotel, what's included in the deal) and more on site signage would really improve the experience and most of all someone needs to ensure that the local bars don't become nighclubs.
If you want a strange tranquil room at the Alias, keep away from bad karma !
Fun and Style
We recently spent our Wedding Anniversary weekend here and had a great stay.We've stayed at other Alias hotels, and Seattle is as quirky and fun as the others.
The large sea view room had a magnificent view of the Marina ,with the gentle hubub of cafe life drifting up to us as we lounged in our brightly coloured modern plastic chairs on the huge terrace.
The cocktail bar was slick but friendly, the restaurant good, and a Wedding group, a family party as well as couples all slotted in well to the 'cool' ambienceof the hotel.
The shopping precinct to the rear of the hotel is uninspiring, but the Marina itself is lively, and central Brighton is a short bus or taxi ride away.
There doesn't seem much point going to the seaside and not having a sea view,and we were glad we paid extra for one.
Good for Kids !!
Second stay at the hotel...first time with our Children.
The hotel were attentive and the interconnecting rooms worked a treat.All the back up items were there on arrival ie,cots/put up beds/nappies/mats etc...
Sea view rooms were as ever excellent.The Chef came out and took our kids orders for breakfasts !
Informal wear for the staff is refreshing and projects a relaxed mindset while still getting the job done.
We shall return.
Me and my husband and another couple stayed in september 2005, we had a great time, me and my husband stayed for two nights, the rooms was lovely modern and clean big king size bed, balcony looking out on to the marina. We had a meal on our second night in the seatle restaurant which was surperb, staff friendly nothing to much for them to do. It a very modern hotel , very layed back. we had a lovely chinese on the first night we was there just opposite the seattle. would deffiently recommend this hotel.
new years eve flop!
On arrival,we were suprised by the casualness of reception and staff, and very nearly walked past by mistake! Bless the receptionist, who could hardly understand me,she was fresh over from italy. The room although very over priced, was immaculate, trendy , high standard.Although no mini bar/hair dryer/toiletries. As it was new years eve we went up to the coctail bar but were told it shut at 10pm!! They told us all to go downstairs to the other bar however it was all dinner service for guest who'd already booked this extra! Even when we asked the staff what we were meant to do/go on new years eve...nothing!! They even refused us the 'free' glass of champers at the restuarant claiming to non diners it was £6 a glass! FAINTS.... what part of £130 per night didnt they get? A complete let down if I'm honest, no info regarding hidden small print, beware!!
Stylish but friendly
My firend and I stayed here for a weekend in 2005. We had a lovely time, the staff were extremely helpful, the room was stylish but comfy and it was great location. A little distance from Brighton centre but had bars and restaurants near by. We had a fab meal in the hotel restaurant and the bar is also lovely. Would recommend it as somewhere to stay for a weekend break in Brighton.
Stylish but over priced
My husband & I stayed at the Seattle for a weekend break. We chose a 'King Roon' with inland view as part of their 'Alias the Weekend' package.
The room was certainly spacious and very modern in style and the bed was very comfortable. However it was still fairly basic - limited toiletries, only 1 bath robe between the 2 of us, no biscuits with the the tea/coffee (!!) and a very basic TV on which we couldn't event get terrestial TV (BBC2) let alone freeview or sky channels.
We were expecting with the style of the hotel that we would get 'all mod cons' - eg plasma flat screen TV or such like but maybe we were expecting too much!
We dined in the hotel restaurant on the first night. It was a nice atmosphere with efficient service and the food was pretty good too. Breakfast was also taken in the same restaurant and this was lovely - good healthy choices plus cooked breakfast if you wanted it.
Overall we thought it was a comfortable hotel, very stylish - the public areas are light and airy but we did feel it was overpriced and a little too clinical and characterless for us.
For a weekend base in Brighton though it would be a great choice if you are just looking for somewhere comfortable to lay your head - as long as you had a car as it is too far out of the town to walk. However, there is free parking at the Marina which is a bonus.
Good but could do better
This hotel gets it right in so many ways, only to let itself down in others. The previous reviewer has described the look and atmosphere perfectly. It’s a matter of taste: if you loathe IKEA and all its works you’ll probably feel the same about the rooms here, but we loved them, although – details count – the only hanging space for clothes in the room was right over the kettle, and the TV more cut-price Comet than IKEA.
The hotel’s location is fabulous, right on the Marina with great views out to sea (make sure you get a sea-facing room). We liked the fact that the staff were in jeans rather than the usual, phoney ‘corporate casual’ look; and thought the upstairs bar and lobby bar were lovely, although both had the sour tang of smoke. That’s not the hotel’s fault of course, but somehow here by the sea, with fresh air all around, it seemed to matter more. In that respect, roll on 2007 and the smoking ban.
Our biggest gripe was catering. Café Paradiso is a very attractive dining space; the staff were fine, but the food just didn’t cut it. Thin, strange-tasting sauces, odd combinations of food. It seemed as if the chef was trying hard, without being that talented to start with. Cruel, I know, but then the place isn’t cheap and it should stand head and shoulders above the other places to eat at the Marina, and on this showing it doesn’t. Likewise at breakfast, where we opted for the celebrated Bento boxes –a nice funky touch. Unfortunately the contents were cold and rubbery.
So all in all, could do better – and I hope it does. The problem is, when you’re located this far out of town you have to get everything right to compensate for not being in the centre (some might argue that the Seattle’s location is a plus, not a minus, but that doesn’t excuse lousy food). We’ll certainly give it another go, but I hope they’ve got their act together when we do.
Nice idea, but not for the money
Seems such a good idea, build a hotel in the marina - make it 'boutique' style, fill it with cool staff and a fantastic cocktail bar at the top, attract the trendy people to the outskirts of Brighton.
Unfortunately whilst they have achieved the above, there are some basic issues which means that whilst it is very cool, it's not worth the money.
- great views of the marina and nice layout inside
- lovely staff, perhaps too relaxed for some but very smiley and helpful
- big rooms and balconies
- great cocktails from the B&W bar (won numerous awards)
What's not so good..
- basic rooms (even when you choose a 'king size') - it's just like living in an Ikea 'room set'. The furnishings probably cost them a fortune, but they still are just 'posh' basic Ikea style. No decent TV/channels, no mini-bar, lovely, but limited/rationed toiletries, the hanging rail is stuck in the middle of the wall above the kettle.
- balcony is huge, but communal with other rooms - you have this worry that someone is going to wander past whilst you are getting dressed/undressed
- no A/C in the room, which meant the decision of leaving the large opening windows open, which open onto the communal balcony. Apparently some rooms do have A/C and the rest are due to get it installed at the end of the year (2006).
The biggest problem for us was the "Karma Bar" below our room - Thursday night is now Salsa night which meant noise/vibration from below until past midnight. Whilst the marina has a nice 'buzz' from the numerous restaurants/bars throughout the day/evening, this was just too much. The Karma Bar is not owned by the hotel - so it must be a bit of a nightmare for them.
We paid full rate of £145 per night for a King Size Sea View room. We did complain about the Karma Bar and they immediately reduced the rate by half for the second night. This made our two night room price become £220 - far more what this hotel is probably worth compared to other 'boutique' hotels in town.
A real shame, all they need to do is up the quality of the room fittings, add A/C, put some dividers onto the balcony and sort out the music issue with the bar below and this would be a really nice hotel. But until then, we won't be back.
tries too hard
the rooms were ok- comfy big bed, nice shower but very small and bare think city inn westminster-i.e nice but small.
I had to tune my own TV in!! asked specifically at check in if they had a particular channel only to find they didnt-was told that someone would fix it- 2 hours later i decided to fix it myself!
Its very difficult to see who is staff as they dont wear uniforms and look a bit like students in jeans wandering around the place.
The lunnch menu was awful- 1st I was brought a salmon sandwich after ordering roasted veg-it tasted bland with no sauces or condiments-my partner agreed.
The reception desk is weird its a very low table with strange retro plastic rocking chairs-problem is that the chairs look dubious to sit on so customer is forced to stand up looking over the receptionist-gave me the feel of a student travel agents- think STA.
Do not-DO NOT- order the bento breakfast if you are hungry-a freezing cold box of dried up ham, rock hard on the edges and undercooked in the middle pancakes and a stale old muffin does not a good breakfast make!! Who would enjoy cold pancakes!!!
However on the plus side we were refunded for our breakfast because we complained-
Overall -nice rooms, bad food, staff too casual,-couldn't get in the B&W room our whole stay it had paperwork scattered all over the floor and was being used for some business event.
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