Thursday, 4 April 2013

Motel Schmotel - Brighton

So as I mentioned in my Brighton post we were looking for a nice little place that had parking in the center. This wasn't as easy as it sounded but then we found Motel Schmotel, the name instantly drew me in, it seemed quirky and fun - and that's exactly what it was.  Checking it out on tripadvisor really sealed the deal, check it out for yourself if you're thinking of staying there.

It on Russel Square which is literally about two streets away from the shopping center, not that you'd know - it's lovely and quiet when you head to bed. We got there a little early which was great as we got parked out front which they gave us permits for, we were too early for check in so they kept out bags and put them in our room for when we got back which was lovely. So we went shopping :)

We stayed in room 4 which slept 3, a double and a single and it even had its own little balcony! It's a shame it's so cold at the moment so we didn't get to use it but I can imagine it's lovely in summer, or even spring to be honest! The room was a good size in my opinion, some reports say the rooms are tiny and I guess if it's a double it could be smaller but ours was quite big really so can only go on that. Perfect for us.

The decor was really nice and fresh, light walls, big mirrors and a few quirky features and prints. The 'pleasure' one did make me laugh as a mother and daughter staying together, but very Brighton so how could you not laugh.

Every room has its own bathroom, small but who cares, no shared bathrooms is always a plus and nicely decorated too. You can't see the shower in this picture but it's just to the right. Every room also has it's own flatscreen TV and there's free wifi, you really couldn't complain.

One of the bits I loved the most was the welcome book in the room. It had all of the information you need about breakfast, the local area, where to go, where to eat, if you need anything etc and a bit about them. The restaurant recommendation part was the best, we found an amazing restaurant, that I'll write about later and they were spot on with their reviews.

Motel Schmotel pride themselves on being green, organic and local as possible so all of the food is as local as possible and you get more than just the normal option a greasy fry up. Their full English, which we chose came with egg, thick cut bacon (yum), Sussex sausage, homefries, roasted tomato and chili relish (seriously, they need to sell this by the BOTTLE) and toast. My only tiniest suggestion would be that the butter that came with it wasn't so cold as it was hard to spread - and that is literally the only thing. It was really filling, but without making you feel sick and not a spot of grease in sight. I do hear though, if you pick the boiled eggs that they draw faces on them! I love this!

You get a good size fridge in your room with a good bottle of milk and also water which was a nice touch, and forget the rubbish shortbread you normally get in hotels for your tea - here you get Penguin bars...PENGUINS!! And to top it off you get a little piece of mint rock on your pillow with Motel Schmotel written through it. All of the dated aspects of hotels and B&Bs you think of are banished here and replaced with something just that little bit different.

I really couldn't recommend this place enough if you're thinking of staying in Brighton 5/5 from me!

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