THE GRAND HO­TEL

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Eng­land’s only re­main­ing 5* sea­side ho­tel, pur­pose built in 1875 to cope with the Vic­to­rian frenzy for the health-giv­ing prop­er­ties of the coastal wind and waves, is thriv­ing, splen­didly adapt­ing to the ex­pec­ta­tions of vis­i­tors, of all ages, in the new mil­len­nium. In the early, pre-mo­tor­car years, ac­cess by car­riage was at the rear of the build­ing with ex­ten­sive gar­dens at the front, over which the finest rooms and suites looked to the ex­panse of the English Chan­nel. Re­tail shops now oc­cupy the coach-houses and sta­bles, and much of the gar­den pro­vides res­i­dents’ park­ing, but the glazed and pol­ished ma­hogany re­cep­tion area, rem­i­nis­cent of a tra­di­tional bank­ing­hall, re­main as an eerie echo of the past. Ar­chi­tec­turally, The Grand is firmly rooted in that past, brass, mar­ble, lofty ceil­ings and ev­ery­thing you could wish for. The acous­ti­cally per­fect lounge from which BBC made their leg­endary ‘Palm Court Orches­tra’ broad­casts re­mains, but now ac­com­mo­dates guests in sump­tu­ous com­fort, en­joy­ing their af­ter­noon teas. The gue­strooms are uni­formly wel­com­ing and sat­is­fy­ing in fur­nish­ing, quiet­ness and style and many share the most amaz­ing, un­bro­ken seav­iew. Show­ing an ad­mirable sense of keep­ing pace with moder­nity, there are the now ex­pected ad­di­tional fea­tures of a first-class ho­tel, the spa, gym­na­sium, ther­apy rooms and in­door and out­door swim­ming pools. The Mirabelle, for stylish fine-din­ing, and The Gar­den Room, less for­mal and more tra­di­tional, of­fer a choice of ex­cel­lent din­ing op­tions (with early sit­tings, in their own restau­rant, for chil­dren) and the metic­u­lous at­ten­tion to guests’ com­fort am­ply re­in­forces the quintessen­tially English at­mos­phere. The Grand Brighton 97-99 King's Road, Brighton, East Sus­sex, BN1 2FW grandeast­bourne.com

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