Fun seekers, sun seekers, nature lovers and bargain hunters have been coming 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...
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In an up-and-coming street in Kemptown, this elegant B&B has seven rooms spread over a tall Victorian townhouse, all of them stark, white, airy spaces that nicely mix period elements with good amenities and quirky individual touches. We like the sound of 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). Bathrooms are bright and come with Aromatherapy Associates toiletries and bathrobes, you get free use of the kitchen to make hot drinks 24/7, and a breakfast can be delivered to your room that uses local produce.
This haven in Hove near the beach consists of 11 rooms set over two floors. You get beach bags with towels and mats supplied in your beautifully designed, stylish and bold room, which comes with an imaginatively stocked minibar (including premixed ‘Ginger’ cocktails), a Nespresso machine, kettle and fast wi-fi. Bathrooms are stunners 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 a top-notch breakfast can be had for an extra charge in the light-filled Orangerie Dining Room.
Right in the centre of the action, just across from the West Pier, Artist Residence has a relaxed vibe and 23 rooms – all decorated by different artists. No two are the same, though they all have 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
Many of the rooms here (79 of them) face out to sea and the British Airways i360 observation tower. Bright and modern in look, they offer thoughtful extras, such as complimentary decanters of gin and sherry, and White Company toiletries. The spa – opened in early 2017 – has an indoor pool, hot tubs, a sauna, steam room, gym and treatment rooms. A cocktail bar and the Jetty restaurant complete the picture.
Set in Kemptown, this hotel offers a traditional guesthouse on the outside, in the shape of a 200-year-old townhouse, and bright rooms with period features, muted decor and original artworks inside. Some rooms have expansive sea views and window seats from which to enjoy them, and each comes with free wi-fi and water plus a drinks tray. Breakfast is included in all room rates booked online.
This seafront boutique hotel sits in the buzzy Kemptown area. Its restaurant was just given the highest score awarded to Brighton restaurants in The Good Food Guide for the ninth consecutive year, plus there’s a cocktail bar and 20 rooms, fashioned out of two Georgian townhouses. Stylish rooms have TVs and iPod docks, free wi-fi and White Company toiletries, while some have free-standing bathtubs.
The Grand Brighton
The Grand lives up to the name with its impressive seafront location, splendid Victorian building and handsome public spaces. There’s an in-house spa, gym, restaurant and cocktail bar; a slap-up afternoon tea is on offer too. 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
The Brighton branch of this small wine-and-food-focused chain is handily placed for the beach and the Lanes. As well as a classy but casual restaurant, there’s also the Pub du Vin next door. The 49 bedrooms are decorated in a classic, fairly masculine style, with indulgent 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 private roof terrace.
Each of the 19 rooms at this independently run townhouse hotel is different: Danube has a free-standing bath with a view, while Aragon has a sauna, and Wista is a suite. All have free wi-fi, Illy espresso machines and contemporary furniture and lighting. There’s a cocktail bar too – though the central location, close to the railway station, means Brighton’s nightlife is just steps away.
As ‘England’s most rock ’n’ roll hotel’, the Pelirocco host music events, DJ sets and comedy nights. The 19 themed rooms are spread across two Regency townhouses: Dollywould is dedicated to Ms Parton, with patchwork quilts and a wooden 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.