Brighton's best cheap hotels
The restaurant-bar and terrace at the Amsterdam makes good use of its seafront Kemptown location. Bedrooms come with dark wood furnishing and earth-coloured decor, and they all have walk-in showers, tea and coffee-making facilities and free wi-fi. A range of events is also hosted here, which include quiz nights, karaoke and light-hearted entertainment.
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.
This trendy B&B, based in a converted Georgian house in Kemptown, has 14 rooms. They’re small, but chic with it, with wet rooms and REN products for toiletries. You’ll get view of the garden or sea; wi-fi and bottle water are included. Breakfast comes in the form of continental buffet – plus, there’s an honesty bar in the lounge for guests that’s open until 11pm.
Brighton’s Ibis branch offers a typically no-frills, no-fuss, no-nonense experience, in a location just beside the train station with the North Laine shops just yards away. Rooms are simple, but well equipped, with TVs and free wi-fi;family rooms come with sofa beds. There’s an on-site bar and a restaurant, where a hot breakfast buffet is served until 10am Monday to Friday, and noon at weekends. Perfect if you require a little lie-in after the previous night’s festivities.
Based opposite the staggeringly OTT Royal Pavilion – and just ten minutes from the train station – Kipps is handing for the North Laine. You’ll find the usual bunks and dorms at this hostel, as well as private rooms, some with en suites, with TVs and tea and coffee-making facilities. Wi-fi is free throughout the hostel, and there’s a self-catering kitchen open 2pm to 11pm, a lounge and a bar.
As per the tongue-in-cheek name, this is a decidedly perky guesthouse that offers a refreshing take on the classic B&B format. Expect clean, crisp decor and formidable breakfasts with gluten-free and vegan options. There’s free wi-fi throughout. Bedrooms are bright, white and accented with colour, and stocked with toiletries and hospitality trays replete with treats like Penguin biscuits. That’s us sold.
This being Brighton, there’s naturally an environmentally-aware B&B in town. There’s 19 rooms across two swish Kemptown townhouses, and decor is a blend of Edwardian, art deco and modern. Rooms runs from singles all the way to triples – you’ll even find a four-poster in one of them. They all have toiletries, tea and coffee-making facilities and free wi-fi. Their fantastic breakfasts include a vegan fry-up; most of the produce is organic and an effort is made to source locally. A great one for eco fans.
‘Affordable boutique luxury’ is what this seafront spot near Brighton Pier pitches. Rooms are designed around themes – so in the Garden of Eden, you’ll find an outdoor hot tub, for example. The Sussex suite is ideal for big families: it can accommodate up to six. Three of the rooms permit smoking; others allow dogs, if you want to bring your pooch to Brighton. Breakfasts include a vegan option.
The clean, spare, white-painted rooms at this hostel come with blackout curtains, towels and free wi-fi. You’ll find doubles, twins and four (bunk) bed dorms. A kitchen is on-hand, too, for self-catering (a buffet breakfast is available too), and the lounge has a TV, books and board games. There’s also a laundry service and bike hire available at Seadragon.
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).