|Waterhouse Terrace (all photos taken from the Hilton website)|
It's time for the third instalment in my Hotel Wishlist series! Now that Spring seems to have finally made an appearance (or at least, the daffodils have), I thought it'd be appropriate to choose a hotel in a sunny, seaside destination.. and so, say hello to the Hilton Brighton Metropole! The hotel was recently brought to my attention after hearing a relative's positive recount of their stay there. The first thing to note is that it's predominantly a conference hotel, however considering my relatives were visiting Brighton for rock sticks and seawater, it would seem the hotel accommodates a wide variety of guests.
|Double Deluxe with Sea View and Balcony|
|Hilton Brighton Metropole Suite|
The qualities of staying at business hotels include both feeling secure in your surroundings and aware of what is available to you, because there's nothing worse than checking into a hotel and finding that some of your favourite comforts and amenities aren't available. Having said that, you can never predict a good view with any hotel, which only pushes the Hilton Brighton Metropole higher up my Hotel Wishlist - I just hope I'm not the only one imagining standing on that suite's balcony with a glass of ice water, admiring the view!
|The Salt Room|
As well as having access to beautiful views from the sea-facing hotel rooms, it seems you can also view the West Pier from the Waterhouse Terrace. The West Pier was actually destroyed by fire in 1975 (opened in 1866) and so although you'd be looking at the remains of what once was, it still makes for a very interesting view. I remember seeing the skeletal frame of that pier for the first time when I was very young and relating it to a crab - but if you'd rather see it in it's previous former glory, there are plenty of photos available online!
With regard to 'things to do', the hotel is situated in Brighton and so the options are pretty much endless. There's the famous Royal Pavilion, an exotic palace in the centre of Brighton that boasts a remarkably flamboyant interior (with a self-guided audio tour), the 'The Lanes' for shopping and/or tearooms and then of course there's the substantial Brighton Pier! However, another reason I'm featuring this hotel in my Hotel Wishlist series is because of the on-site hairdressing facility and Beauty Rooms; professional therapists offer a wide range of Thalgo facial and body treatments, as well as complementary therapies such as Indian Head Massage and Reflexology!
|Cove Hair - located in the Hilton Brighton Metropole|
|The Beauty Rooms - located in the Hilton Brighton Metropole|
All in all, the Hilton Brighton Metropole is definitely worthy of being on my Hotel Wishlist and I'll be sure to stay there next time I visit Brighton. There is one thing that's been playing on my mind though.. why are no obvious photos of the hotel bathrooms made available on their website?