Review: DoubleTree by Hilton Metropole Brighton, Sussex, UK

When the red-brick Metropole opened in 1890, such was its allure that special trains were laid on to deliver guests to the 700 room hotel. Sir Winston Churchill enjoyed pheasant and chocolate gateau in the restaurant in 1947, whilst later on Princess Margaret, Margot Fonteyn, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor all checked-in.

Now, after a £26m refurbishment, the DoubleTree by Hilton Metropole Brighton is back to its refined best. Tasteful Victorian elegance blends with contemporary comfort: air-conditioning, wall-mounted large screen TVs and bedside plugs for charging phones.

Twenty-first century expectations of space mean that those 700 rooms have been reduced to just 321 rooms, all a pebble’s throw from the beech.

Constructed from red-brick and terracotta, with wrought iron balconies, the hotel was designed by leading Victorian architect Alfred Waterhouse. His portfolio, often Neo-Gothic in tone but also eclectic, included London’s Natural History Museum.

The welcome

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