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Brighton’s Barcelo Old Ship Hotel has recently undergone a £250,000 refurbishment – & its Grade II-listed Regency-style Paganini Ballroom has gained most from the cash injection. Built in 1750, it was the former Assembly Room for Brighton & remains the city’s oldest meeting room. It also has a prominent social history.
Following sympathetic restoration work, the space now boasts majestic interiors with impressive attention to detail. Bespoke woven carpets designed to reflect the ballroom’s suptuous ceiling roses sit beneath stately crystal chandeliers, while tasteful painwork adds to the traditional appeal.
Now benefiting from its own entrance on Ship Street, the Ballroom is dramatically located at the top of a romantic sweeping staircase, making it the perfect venue for events where first impressions count – weddings, gala dinners or a formal conference.
This article first appeared in Square Meal Venues & Events magazine, Summer 2007.