Brighton offers sea air matched with a chance to shop and party. When you’ve exhausted the shopping options in the Lanes, the North Laine and the centre of town, there’s still Kemptown and Hove to investigate. Night owls will find plenty to keep them going, with clubs, bars and bands on offer. In short: the place is best enjoyed as an overnight stay, rather than a day trip, so check into one of the best hotels in Brighton and really get to know the city.
Brighton's best hotels
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.
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, and all have free wifi, 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 have 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, a steam room, a gym and treatment rooms. A cocktail bar and the Jetty restaurant complete the picture.
A seafront boutique hotel in the buzzy Kemptown area (much loved for its shops and nightlife). There’s a rated restaurant, a cocktail bar and 20 rooms, fashioned out of two Georgian townhouses. Stylish rooms have TVs and iPod docks, free wifi and White Company toiletries; some have free-standing bathtubs.
This branch of the boutique hotel chain has a choice location in Brighton Marina. Light-filled rooms have colourful modern furniture, big windows and free wifi; some have balconies and great views over the Marina and out to sea. There’s a Chez Mal bar and brasserie, which serves excellent food from breakfast to dinner, and service is incredibly attentive to guests needs. Free parking is available in the Marina car park; it’s a ten-minute bus ride to the centre of town.
The Grand Brighton
The Grand lives up to its name with an impressive seafront location, splendid Victorian building and handsome public spaces. There’s an in-house spa, a gym, a restaurant and a cocktail bar; naturally 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 wifi, bathrobes and sleek bathrooms.
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 wifi, 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.
Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront
A business hotel that doubles nicely for weekend breaks, this branch of Jurys Inn is just yards from the sea. Warmer water can be found in the indoor pool, which is part of the hotel’s spa complex. Rooms are plainly decorated but modern, spacious and well-equipped, with desks, large TVs and free wifi. There are also two bars, the Atrium and the Waterbar, and a restaurant.
Billing itself as ‘England’s most rock ’n’ roll hotel’, the Pelirocco hosts 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 wifi. There’s a cocktail bar too.
The White House
A boutique B&B in Kemptown, just yards from the seafront. Rooms are simply decorated in muted tones and interesting wallpapers, and have nice touches such as Orla Kiely toiletries; all come with TVs, kettles and free wifi. There’s a small courtyard garden. Breakfast is a big deal – there’s lots of choice and most of the produce is locally sourced.
Where to stay in London
The Marlin group, who have serviced apartments hotels all over the city – including Stratford, Canary Wharf and London Bridge – have set up in busy Waterloo. Their neat, stylish rooms come with kitchenettes and lounge areas, so you can have a few home comforts while on your trip away.
Venue says: “In Waterloo, right in the heart of the action, minutes from Big Ben, the London Eye and Southbank. Enjoy London the Marlin Way.”