The Grand is a remarkable and iconic Victorian building, standing centre stage on the vibrant Brighton sea front.
The Grand Brighton
Brighton took off in the mid 19th century, following the arrival of the new steam railway. The Grand opened in 1864, providing luxury accommodation for the massive increase in visitors to the town. All 201 rooms were taken for the first night. Guests were welcomed to a hotel with the standards of the time: a billiard room, a ball room, a smoking room, a library and one of the first hydraulic lifts in the country - referred to as an ascending omnibus!
An assassination attempt on Margaret Thatcher, during the prime minster's stay in 1984, caused significant damage (not only to the building, but to a nation). The hotel closed for renovation and reopened in 1986, restored to its former glory, but with many additional modern features.
The magnificent Grand is a popular location for films and television shows. Coronation Street, East Enders and Only Fools and Horses have all shot episodes in the hotel.
Brighton has enjoyed a resurgence in recent years. The city feels young and vibrant and The Grand is a central part of the cosmopolitan atmosphere and a real centre piece in the future of Brighton.
The Grand still is a remarkable and iconic Victorian building, standing centre stage on the vibrant Brighton sea front. There still is the splendour of the 123 step sweeping staircase, the stunning sea views and its history.