The Old Ship Hotel
Location: Brighton, East Sussex
The Old Ship is the oldest hotel in Brighton, boasting opulent and glamorous Regency-style function rooms. It is ideally situated in the centre of Brighton, close to all the shops and the historic Lanes, and has a fantastic seafront location with Brighton Pier only moments away.
Note: The hotel has limited parking and charges apply (please check with the hotel for pricing). There is a large public car park next door which charges £25 for 24 hrs or £4.50 for the evening (6pm-midnight), as of December 2017.
For more information about the hotel please visit their web site
† These prices are based on two people sharing a standard double or twin bedroom
The Old Ship is 500 years old and full of history. The function rooms are the old assembly rooms for Brighton and date from the 1700s. The wine cellar in the oldest part of the hotel was the scene for the escape of Charles I. He was spotted in the hotel bar by the Roundheads who were in hot pursuit, and he managed to escape down through the cellar and was whisked away to France.
Some of the bedrooms are believed to have the ghost of a housekeeper wandering through late at night, taking the pictures off the wall and placing them carefully on the floor. After the housekeepers have made the bed when guests have checked out, the ghost is known to sit on the bed, leaving an imprint on the sheets. The ghost of her son also haunts the building, with the cries of a baby echoing through the vast empty spaces.