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The best hotels in Brighton

Find great places to stay for a break in beachside Brighton

By Yolanda Zappaterra

Fun-seekers, sun-seekers, nature-lovers and bargain-hunters have been flocking to Brighton for decades. The town offers sea air and the chance to party, and with a growing and sophisticated food scene it has more to offer than ever with heaps of hotel options: from quirky and racy to stylish and stately. If you’re ready to enjoy the best Brighton has to offer, such as shopping in the Lanes, North Laine and the centre of town, then grabbing great food and drink in Kemptown and Hove, before finishing off a top weekend at a banging club or stylish bar, you’ll want to do it at your leisure with an overnight stay, rather than a day trip. Check out – and check in – to one of the best hotels in Brighton...

Best hotels in Brighton

Nineteen hotel Brighton

1. Nineteen

Located on a well-heeled street in Kemptown, this swish B&B has seven rooms across a tall Victorian townhouse. They’re each of them stark, white, airy spaces cleverly blend period touches with decent amenities and quirkly little touches of character. For instance, there’s the Japanese Courtyard Room, which has a wooden bathtub in its own little zen garden, and the Brighton Gin Room (there’s also a gin den in the hotel’s basement). Nineteen’s bathrooms are bright and come with Aromatherapy Associates toiletries and bathrobes; plus, you get free use of the kitchen to make hot drinks 24 hours a day.Breakfast made with local produce can be delivered to your room.

Ginger Rooms

2. Ginger Pig

This charming Hove haven, located near the beach, has a total of 11 rooms across two floors. The rooms here are gorgeously designed: stylish, bold and with nice touches like an imaginitively stocked minibar (check out their premixed ‘Ginger’ cocktails!), a Nespresso machine, kettle and speedy wi-fi. Bathrooms make for eye candy here too, with Cowshed toiletries and an oversized shower or stand-alone bathtub. The award-winning Ginger Pig Bar and Restaurant downstairs serves traditional food sourced from local suppliers and an A-class breakfast can be had for an extra charge in the light-filled Orangerie Dining Room.

Best hotels in Brighton, Artist Residence

3. Artist Residence

Just across the West Pier, and right in the thick of it, Artist Resident has a chilled atmosphere. Its 23 rooms are all decorated by different artists, giving each of them an entirely distinct character. What they do have in common is free wi-fi, TVs and tea and coffee-making facilities; many have sea views, and some have standalone baths in the rooms. The Bunk House has four (bunk) beds and is a good budget option for groups of friends.

Brighton Harbour Hotel & Spa, best hotels in brighton

4. Brighton Harbour Hotel & Spa

This hotels boasts 79 rooms, many of which face out to sea and the British Airways i360 observation tower. Bright and contemporary-looking, it’s the thoughtful extras here that give this place that extra sparkle: complimentary decanters of gin and sherry; White Company toiletries. The spa – opened in early 2017 – has an indoor pool, hot tubs, a sauna, steamroom, gym and treatment rooms. A cocktail bar and the Jetty restaurant complete the picture.


5. The Charm

This Kemptown hotel delivers a traditional guesthouse on the outside (it’s in a 200-year-old townhouse), and set of bright rooms with period fixtures, sedate decor and original artworks on the walls. Some of the bedrooms have excellent sea views, and what’s more, window seats where you can sit to enjoy them. Each comes with free wi-fi and water, plus a drinks tray. Breakfast is included in all room rates that you book online.

Drakes, best hotels in brighton

6. Drakes

A seafront boutique hotel that’s located in the buzzing Kemptown area. The restaurant Drakes was awarded the highest score afforded to any Brighton in The Good Food Guide for nine consecutive years, plus there’s a fabulous cocktail bar and 20 rooms – all within two Georgian townhouses. Rooms are stylish, with TVs, iPod docks, free wi-fi and White Company toiletries – some even have free-standing bathtubs.

the grand, best hotels in brighton

7. The Grand Brighton

With a name like this, you set yourself something of a high bar –  but The Grand lives up to the name with its impressive seafront location, splendid Victorian building and handsome public spaces. It has an on-site spa, gym, restaurant and cocktail bar; a slap-up afternoon tea is on offer too. The rooms are unfussily but luxuriously decorated in restrained colours; many have sea views and all have free wi-fi, bathrobes and sleek bathrooms.

Hotel du Vin & Bistro, best hotels in brighton

8. Hotel du Vin & Bistro

Brighton’s outpost of this small wine-and-food-focused chain is nicely placed for the beach and the Lanes. As well as a classy, but laidback restaurant, you’ll find the Pub du Vin next door. The 49 bedrooms are decorated in a classic, faintly masculine style, along with decadent bathrooms (monsoon showers, roll-top baths and upmarket toiletries), underfloor heating and Nespresso machines. The Cristal suite also has twin bathtubs in the bedroom and a roof terrace all to itself. Nice!

Hotel Una, best hotels in Brighton

9. Hotel Una

This independently run townhouse hotel has 19 rooms, each with an entirely different character and USP: Danube has a free-standing bath and a view; Aragon has a sauna; Wista is a suite. They all have free wi-fi, Illy espresso machines and contemporary furniture and lighting. Una has its own cocktail bar – although, since you’re in the centre of Brighton near the train station, the rest of the city’s nightlife isn’t far away.

Pelirocco, best hotels in Brighton

10. Pelirocco

‘England’s most rock ’n’ hotel’ – that’s how Pelirocco describes itself. Which might be a rather nebulous title to lay claim to, but it does host music events, DJ sets and comedy nights. It has 19 themed rooms, which are spread across two Regency townhouses: Dollywould is dedicated to Ms Parton, with patchwork quilts and a log cabin vibe, while Pressure Sounds has Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry wallpaper; romantic/dirty weekends can be indulged in the Nookii room. All have free wi-fi. There’s a cocktail bar too.


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