The best cheap hotels in Brighton include some of the most interesting and inventive hotels in the city. Just like Brighton, they’re fun, welcoming and offer something for everyone, whether you’re family-focused, here for the nightlife, or after some retail therapy. Brighton’s compact layout means wherever you stay, most visitor attractions (the i390 tower, the beach, Brighton Pier, the Royal Pavilion, Brighton Marina), restaurants, bars and shops are within easy reach.
Brighton's best cheap hotels
The restaurant/bar and terrace here make the most of the hotel’s seafront Kemptown location. Bedrooms have dark wood furnishings and are decorated in earthy shades; all have walk-in showers, tea- and coffee-making facilities and free wifi. The Amsterdam hosts a range of events, including quiz nights, karaoke and entertainment from drag queen Sally Vate.
Best Western Princes Marine Hotel
There are great deals to be had at this international chain hotel, and it’s a good choice if you’re after a little anonymity. It’s on the seafront, just over the border in Hove (itself well worth exploring). The 57 spacious rooms come in various configurations, including family rooms and ones with four-posters. Free parking and wifi are included in the price; there’s a restaurant and a bar, and you can also have breakfast delivered to your room.
A trendy B&B with 14 rooms in a converted Georgian house in Kemptown. Bedrooms are compact but chic, with wet rooms and REN toiletries. Views are of the garden or the sea and both wifi and bottled water are free. Breakfast is a continental buffet, and there’s an honesty bar in the lounge for guests (open until 11pm).
This 140-room hotel offers a sleek, no-nonsense stay, in a location bang next to the railway station, with the North Laine shops just yards away. Rooms are simple but decently equipped, with TVs and free wifi; family rooms have sofa beds. There’s a bar and a restaurant where a hot breakfast buffet is served until noon at weekends (10am Monday to Friday).
Kipps Backpackers Hostel
Handy for the North Laine, and just ten minutes from the railway station, Kipps is sited opposite the splendid Royal Pavilion. There are dormitories with bunk beds, and private rooms (some en suite) with TVs and tea and coffee-making facilities. Wifi is free throughout the hostel, and there’s a self-catering kitchen (open 2-11pm), a lounge and a bar.
A perky guesthouse that offers a refreshing take on the classic B&B, with top-notch breakfasts (including gluten-free and vegan options) and clean, crisp décor. Bedrooms – mainly white with splashes of colour – are stocked with toiletries and a hospitality tray that features the likes of Penguin biscuits. There’s free wifi throughout.
An environmentally-aware B&B, Paskins has 19 rooms in two handsome townhouses in Kemptown. Decor is a mix of Edwardian, art deco and modern; rooms run from singles to triples and there’s a four-poster in one. All have toiletries, tea and coffee-making equipment and free wifi. Splendid breakfasts include a vegan fry-up; most of the produce is organic and an effort is made to source locally.
This B&B offers ‘affordable boutique luxury’ in a seafront square near Brighton Pier. Rooms are themed: the Garden of Eden has an outdoor hot tub, while the family-friendly Sussex suite can accommodate up to six. Three of the rooms allow smoking, while some of them accommodate dogs. Breakfasts include a vegan option.
Super-simple, white-painted rooms at Seadragon come with blackout curtains, towels and free wifi. There are doubles, twins and four (bunk) bed dorms. A kitchen is on hand for self-catering (a buffet breakfast is available too), and the lounge has a TV, books and board games. The hostel also offers a laundry service and bike hire.
A classy-looking YHA in a prime position near the Royal Pavilion. Décor is bright and modern, and the choice of rooms runs from six-bed dorms to singles, via doubles and triples. Breakfast and towels are extra, though wifi is free. There’s a restaurant, bar, kitchen and lounge (with TV and board games).