Emma Dunn spills the details on where to find Brighton’s chicest seaside stays this summer
Hip and trendy, Brighton has always been a popular seaside city for tourists to flock to. Packed with culture, its bustling food scene, independent boutiques and sprawling pebble beach make it a lustful destination for any traveller.
This summer, explore this colourful city for yourself with a stay in one of Brighton’s best hotels.
1 Artist Residence
Artist Residence is a townhouse turned eccentric, boutique hotel overlooking the Brighton seafront. Owner Justin Salisbury took on his family B&B and gave it a much needed up-cycle – by inviting artists to decorate the rooms in exchange for a stay.
The B&B was transformed into a unique hotel, encompassing everything that the city is about.
Each of the 24 rooms radiate character and original artwork – whilst they’re also kitted out with comfortable beds, bespoke furniture and rustic décor.
Nestled within the walls of the hotel, restaurant The Set beckons guests in with its laid back atmosphere and locally sourced food. Customers can watch as the chefs create inventive and exciting dishes to feast upon, whilst enjoying a tipple from the bar. Competitive guests can even enjoy a post dinner match of ping-pong in the games room.
Where: 34 Regency Square, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 2FJ
Cost: Rooms from £85 per night. To find out more and make a booking visit artistresidence.co.uk
2 Hotel Una
This independent, modern town house carefully combines old and new in its design. It has kept some of its original features; a 1930s lift and stone fireplaces but mixes in modern touches stylishly.
The award-winning hotel takes its name from the river which means ‘the one and only’- an ethos at the heart of the establishment.
Each of the 20 individually-designed rooms are named after a river and are decorated lovingly with locally sourced woods, natural fabrics and contemporary art. Soft tones give the rooms a homely feel whilst still staying stylish.
The inviting boutique bar creates intriguing cocktails from rare spirits, which guests can enjoy in a warm and welcoming setting; nestled in a leather armchair. For a delicious start to the day guests are served up a delightful breakfast, amongst a room decorated with wood and original sculptures and paintings.
Where: 55/56 Regency Square, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 2FF
Cost: Rooms from £138 per night. To find out more and make a booking visit hotel-una.co.uk
3 Hotel Pelirocco
Brighton’s raunchy, rock and roll boutique hotel sits in Regency square; a two minute stroll away to the famous pebbled beaches.
To an outside onlooker, it’s a smart regency building – but step inside and it’s a whole different story. Electrically decorated, think colourful wallpaper and funky artwork- radiating a light-hearted nutty vibe.
Each of the 19 rooms are uniquely themed so guests can choose something up their street. From Lord Vader’s quarters to Bettie’s Boudoir there’s a vast mix.
One of the newer rooms – tropical paradise – sets the scene with plenty of plants and flowers and white lace drapes which hang from the bed. Guests can lie back in the hammock and gaze at the seafront whilst listening to old records.
Breakfast is served up in an quirky, retro bar room and in the evening the place is buzzing with frequent live music. Guests can alsotry hilarious and outrageous titled cocktails, such as ‘Foxy lady’, in the fun atmosphere.
Where: 10 Regency Square, Brighton, BN1 2FG UK
Cost: Rooms from £85 per night. To find out more and make a booking visit hotelpelirocco.co.uk
4 Drakes of Brighton
This luxury 4-star hotel sits in prime position along the seafront and is a favourite amongst celebrities such as Kylie Minogue and Woody Allen, who are said to have graced the halls of the hotel frequently.
The hotel spans two Georgian townhouses with 20 bedrooms each individually designed and the majority with stunning sea views. They are each put together with wood features and stylish furniture.
The feature rooms, the finest rooms in the house, have freestanding baths facing tall windows so guests can take a relaxing soak and look out at the glorious Brighton seafront.
Prided for their exemplary service, staff will go the extra mile to make their guests stay special. From a bubble bath decorated with rose petals to a bubbly and a bouquet welcoming, there’s even private massages in the comfort of your abode on offer.
Dine in one of Brighton’s most renowned fine dining restaurant in the relaxed and elegant atmosphere. Dishes are creative and served up using the finest seasonal ingredients. For a post dinner tipple, enjoy exquisite cocktails and drinks in the chic cocktail bar.
Where: 43-44 Marine Parade, Brighton, BN2 1PE
Cost: Rooms from £120 per night. To find out more and make a booking visit drakesofbrighton.com
5 The Grand Brighton
Dating back to 1864, this Italian- come- Victorian designed hotel is an icon on the Brighton seafront. Step inside this glamorous building and be welcomed by elegance and a stunning grand staircase.
Despite its age the hotel is hardly drab or tired and its 201 rooms have been modernised but keep a traditional feel. Many of the rooms have a nautical hint and beautiful sea views.
Guests can choose to stay in a feature room, which each have their own style to suit everyone’s taste. The décor in all of the bedrooms is classical and tastefully decorated to make for a lavish stay.
You’ll never go hungry during your stay as the hotel offers a dining experience to suit all. Their GB1 Seafood restaurant really wows with an impressive central bar and leather chairs.
Chef Alan White creates classic British cuisine with a modern twist and serves up local seafood in exceptional dishes. Guests can experience a delightful afternoon tea in the Victoria terrace, a bright, elegant room which looks out to sea.
Indulge in one of their signature cocktails, each with a background story, and sit back and gaze out at the view.
The spa offers ultimate relaxation, with many treatments and facilities available to make guests feel like they’re in heaven.
Where: 97-99 King’s Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 2FW
Cost: Rooms from £90 per night. To find out more and make a booking visit grandbrighton.co.uk.
Words by Emma Dunn