The glittering lights of Brighton have perhaps made it notorious as a Stag and Hen mecca, but the seafront promenade and the intimate quaintness of the Lanes also offer something a bit more special for the seasoned traveller. With thousands flocking to the seaside resort each year, these boutique hotels offer a taste of the good life down on the coast.
Perfect for a rendezvous by the sea or just a weekend break to take the waters, each bijou room in this Georgian hotel is unique – from the earth-toned Moroccan room to the romantic, velveteen Harlequin. Its latest award as the best ‘Hotel for Romance’ is well deserved and the delights of Kemptown are only a short stroll away.
Hotel du Vin
Standing sentinel over the charm-filled boutiques and pubs of Ship Street, the Gothic-style Hotel and Pub du Vin are a striking sight. The rooms meld the rich elegance of a gentleman’s smoking parlour – heavy woods and deep leather – with the airy simplicity of a New England summer house. Pub du Vin, next to the hotel, serves traditional English fare with choice wines, and all just a stone’s throw from the Palace Pier.
The Bar and Restaurant at Drakes are each worth a visit but the pleasure of staying at the hotel that houses both is its own treat. With views of the city and the sea, this is luxury touring at its finest.
There’s no attention to detail spared at Hotel Una, one of the many exciting boltholes nestled in Regency Square. Each room is named after a river – Orinoco, Lossie, Aragon – with a design aesthetic focused around flow, from the interior to its pristine, Regency-period exterior.
Blending contemporary design with the familiar touches of home, the rooms at the Artist Residence are straight out of the style pages. Instagram feeds will be instantly full with the communal spaces, buzzworthy restaurant The Set and the surf-retro Cocktail Shack. If you manage to venture outside the busy cocoon of Artist Residence, it’s mere moments to the seafront and the bright city lights.
Pelirocco has proclaimed itself the king of rock ‘n roll hotels and there’s a good chance of a party of the hell-raising kind any day of the week. The rooms are a sumptuous mix, with names like ‘Bettie’s Boudoir’, ‘Lord Vader’s Quarters’, ‘Nookii’ – so fantasy-fuelling that they’re often used for photo shoots. Sometimes the best weekends away are also the loudest.
Hotel du Vin’s younger, edgier sister Malmaison overlooks the tranquil waters of Brighton Marina and stretches to the architecturally stunning Marine Parade. To the east of the city, it’s a quieter, more leisurely experience close to the Undercliff Walk – you’ll be asea with no chance of getting seasick. The bar and brasserie mean you don’t have to go far, but the Marina is full of distractions worth a glimpse.
The Charm Brighton
This hotel trades in luxuriousness with airy, light and deft, stylish accents. The Charm is a relatively recent addition to the boutique hotel scene in Brighton, but it’s proving a popular one – conveniently situated in Kemptown, near the always trending St James’s Street.