Brighton's Grand Hotel 'won't be five-star'

GRAND VISION: Andrew Mosley

GRAND VISION: Andrew Mosley

First published in News by , Chief reporter

The new boss of The Grand in Brighton has revealed he will not be trying to win back the hotel’s five star status.

Andrew Mosley, general manager of the De Vere hotel, said that plans for a multimillion pound refurbishment had been shelved and they had no immediate intention of trying to win back the coveted AA stars.

Mr Mosley, who has just taken the top job, told The Argus his priority was to bring the iconic hotel back to the people of the city.

He said: “Ratings are provided by the AA and it is a process you can choose to subscribe to.

“At the moment we have chosen to have an unclassified rating, but we still believe we are working in a top end four star, towards five-star environment.

“Going forward we will continue to improve that standard, but we haven’t taken the decision to become reclassified.

“I don’t think that even if we had major refurbishment we would be particularly concerned about the rating. The physical plaque is not top of my priorities.”

It leaves The Grand in Eastbourne as the only hotel in Sussex with the AA’s highest rating.

The Grand in Brighton lost its five-star classification when a £25 million refurbishment was due to begin in 2008 as the AA does not rate hotels undergoing work.

The multi-million pound refit was postponed when the recession hit, causing Mr Mosley’s predecessor Michael Knox-Johnston to cut 30 jobs.

Mr Mosley said there were no immediate plans to resume the work, but promised there were no redundancies on the cards.

He said: “We are still planning to spend money on the property.

“This is still a beautiful hotel to come into and soak up the atmosphere, but if it had some money spent on it it could be better."

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4:59pm Fri 21 May 10

Betty Blue says...

Having been a regular user of The Grand Hotel for the past twenty year, I have witnessed this historical hotel deteriorate over the years. When Richard Baker was the general manager it was a delight to take family and friends to dinner there. Since the departure of Mr Baker, the restaurant is no better than any eating house in Preston Street.
It is sad to see, the hotel which was known all over the world is no-more than any second rate establishment in our City.
Having been a regular user of The Grand Hotel for the past twenty year, I have witnessed this historical hotel deteriorate over the years. When Richard Baker was the general manager it was a delight to take family and friends to dinner there. Since the departure of Mr Baker, the restaurant is no better than any eating house in Preston Street. It is sad to see, the hotel which was known all over the world is no-more than any second rate establishment in our City. Betty Blue
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6:04pm Fri 21 May 10

Brightonscouse2 says...

I worked at The Grand when Mr Baker was GM. He never missed a detail and was always on the ball, even if it did seem a bit harsh at the time.
I've not been in there lately so couldn't comment on what it's like now.
I worked at The Grand when Mr Baker was GM. He never missed a detail and was always on the ball, even if it did seem a bit harsh at the time. I've not been in there lately so couldn't comment on what it's like now. Brightonscouse2
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7:44pm Fri 21 May 10

Hector66 says...

I was dumb enough to stay there last summer. It was quite the worst experience I've had in a hotel for a long time. It's wasn't two-star, let alone four or five. It was so bad I moved out after two days. I would urge everyone NOT to stay there, it was that bad. In particular it seemed the staff didn't know how to treat guests and our room delapidated and our balcony filthy. The dinner someone had spilled on the balcony was still there, congealed along with cigarette butts.
I was dumb enough to stay there last summer. It was quite the worst experience I've had in a hotel for a long time. It's wasn't two-star, let alone four or five. It was so bad I moved out after two days. I would urge everyone NOT to stay there, it was that bad. In particular it seemed the staff didn't know how to treat guests and our room delapidated and our balcony filthy. The dinner someone had spilled on the balcony was still there, congealed along with cigarette butts. Hector66
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10:27pm Fri 21 May 10

PeteBrighton says...

South Lodge at Lower Beeding, also in Sussex is 5 star. Get your research more accurate please Argus. (Argus 0 star.)
South Lodge at Lower Beeding, also in Sussex is 5 star. Get your research more accurate please Argus. (Argus 0 star.) PeteBrighton
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11:20am Sat 22 May 10

TheInsider says...

This is why the travel site Tripadvisor.co.uk is so useful.
Photographs and reviews by travellers about almost every hotel in the world.
Now hotels can't get away with just showing you a photo of their best room on their website.
Always review a hotel before booking.
This is why the travel site Tripadvisor.co.uk is so useful. Photographs and reviews by travellers about almost every hotel in the world. Now hotels can't get away with just showing you a photo of their best room on their website. Always review a hotel before booking. TheInsider
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10:57am Sun 23 May 10

Britt Read says...

PeteBrighton wrote:
South Lodge at Lower Beeding, also in Sussex is 5 star. Get your research more accurate please Argus. (Argus 0 star.)
HAHAHA Argus and research in the same sentence with accurate too...su funny.......if you had just put 'facts' in you would have hit the jackpot
[quote][p][bold]PeteBrighton[/bold] wrote: South Lodge at Lower Beeding, also in Sussex is 5 star. Get your research more accurate please Argus. (Argus 0 star.)[/p][/quote]HAHAHA Argus and research in the same sentence with accurate too...su funny.......if you had just put 'facts' in you would have hit the jackpot Britt Read
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