Neither Janie nor I had been to Brighton for as long as we could remember. Meanwhile Sidney and Joan had recently moved down there (Hove actually) so we arranged a long weekend/short trip to the south coast.
I booked us in a lovely looking boutique hotel, the Hotel Una, much praised on Trip Advisor, including (as is now that site’s Facebook-linked wont) a rave review from Mike Jones, my old geography teacher from Alleyn’s. He should know, I thought, so I messaged him:
There is a first time for everything and for the first time on Trip Advisor I was shown a “review by a friend” for Hotel Una in Brighton. Janie and I are going for a couple of days in September, amongst other things to visit a cousin of mine who has recently retired to Hove. Anyway, no pressure but I immediately booked the place on the back of your rave review, so it had better be good! Very best wishes – Ian
Mike demurred, sort-of:
Well Ian we liked it very much but who knows 15 months later!!
But you were my geography teacher, Mike. If I can’t rely on your advice when I travel off to far-flung parts of the world, who can I reply on?
In fact, Janie and I loved the place – just our sort of boutique hotel, tastefully done with friendly staff, so we are returning there again late October 2016.
Janie and I set off after tennis on Sunday and spent what was left of that day strolling around Brighton, in particular The Lanes, then taking some dinner at The Salt Room. We’ll return there next time to treat Sidney and Joan.
On Monday, we completed some shopping in the morning, then went to Sidney and Joan’s place for lunch and the afternoon. Sidney cooked a delicious lunch and we whiled away the afternoon chatting and looking at photographs.
Janie and I took a late afternoon/early evening stroll but didn’t feel very hungry and couldn’t find anywhere suitably “snack like”, so we returned to the Una where the wine list was good and they rustled up some snack food for us.
A very pleasant short trip.