I absolutely loooove holidays, don’t we all! I have been fortunate in the past to have been able to travel to a range of destinations both in the UK and further afield. Although travelling abroad is fun, since having had my children, I have now come to appreciate the more local holiday destinations that do not involve plane journeys considerably more. I was fortunate enough to go on a mini break to Brighton and stay at the Hilton Brighton Metropole there. I had stayed on a previous visit for a hen weekend but this time I had gone for a family break with my husband and eldest daughter. On arrival I remembered exactly how to get there even though it had been a few years. Fortunately, it was only about a 15 minute walk from the station even with a pushchair and suitcase.
On entering the room I immediately noticed that it was spotless, always a must although not always what you are given. My daughter was very impressed by the large bouncy bed!
The room size was good, large enough to swing a child in. It had all the necessities one might need with a good sized bathroom. You can get an idea of the size as my daughter was only about two and a half years old when we went.
We had a lovely view of the beach from our room and they even provided gorgeous weather, how fab!
For those that prefer a heated pool there was an indoor pool available to all visitors although those with children should be aware that there are specific times that the pool can be used by children and it is adviseable to check these in advance if you wish to plan your stay.
The staff in the hotel bar Bar 106 were very helpful and whipped us up some delicious cocktails during their happy hour, with mini umbrellas for the little one to play with. (when holidaying with kids even the little things can make all the difference and the umbrellas kept her distracted for quite a while which was great)
We also took the opportunity to dine in the Windsor Restaurant whilst on our visit. I was surprised at the number of people that were dining there that evening but I would also use that as an indicator for a good restaurant.
My husband chose the Chicken pate to start with which then sparked off a pate buying spree when we returned home from our break.
I opted for the grilled mediterranean salad with a balsamic dressing, healthy and full of flavour, I thoroughly enjoyed it and have made it on a number of occasions since.
For his main meal, my husband chose the steak. Perfectly cooked tender steak with a gorgeous mushroom sauce accompanied by roast potatoes that were nice and crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.
My main was the Cod with Risotto. Another healthy yet tasty meal, I was doing well. The fish was soft and flaky and the risotto was very flavoursome having been cooked with tomatoes.
We both had to have the hazelnut and chocolate dessert, well it would have been a sin not to. It was gorgeous and well worth the extra calories. Deliciously rich and creamy and if I wasn’t so full by then I would have considered sharing another slice.
The location of the hotel was great for the beach, you literally crossed the road and it was in front of you. There was a shopping area close by, to which the staff directed us called ‘The Lanes’ and apparently Brighton is famous for them. Riddled with coffee shops, restaurants, antique and jewellery shops and boutiques which kept us interested for ages.
Having thoroughly researched before we went, I discovered there was a very well recommended restaurant called ‘Riddle & Finns‘ that catered for seafood lovers. I was very excited about eating there and luckily we were able to find it amongst the narrow lanes. It does get very busy there as it is that good!
For the starters we decided to share a plate of the Monkfish Cheek Tempura and the Calamari. Both dishes were exceptional and there was no doubt as to why they had been so highly recommended. Next time I am in the area this is where I would choose to eat without a second thought.
For our main we both ordered the Grilled Lobster with Garlic and Herb Butter. I was in heaven, this was absolutely divine.
After our amazing meal we went for a walk along the pier and stayed and admired the views for a while. At the entrance to the Pier we bumped into Elvis (yes, apparently he is still alive and lives in Brighton) so we stopped to have a little dance as he sang all the old favourites.
We spent part of one of the days at ‘Sealife’, this was approximately 15 minutes from the hotel by foot. It was great to see my little girls’ face light up as she watched the different types of fish swim around the tanks and she was even able to stroke a star fish and a crab. The walk through tunnel was very impressive although I realised I had watched ‘Jaws’ on way too many occassions when I saw a shark swimming straight towards us.
I was really impressed by the location of The Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel as it was only a walk away from a childrens play area on the beach, the main shopping area, ‘The Lanes’, the restaurants, bars and also the attractions like the Pier and Sealife. It’s definately worth considering a stay for those planning on visiting Brighton and want to stay in a good hotel that is in a great location.