The Best Boutique Hotels in Brighton

Brighton's best boutique hotels offer a taste of the good life by the sea
Brighton's best boutique hotels offer a taste of the good life by the sea | © Geoff Smith / Alamy Stock Photo
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21 October 2020

From the seafront prom and quirky Lanes to the Royal Pavilion and Palace Pier, there’s more to the coastal city of Brighton & Hove than as a stag and hen-do mecca. So why not enjoy a taste of the high life on the coast and pick a luxury boutique hotel for your stay.

Blanch House

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Perfect for a weekend break by the sea, this Georgian converted townhouse is beautifully done out inside, with each room individually styled – from the earth-toned Moroccan room to the romantic, velveteen Harlequin. Sitting in the heart of Kemptown – with its boutique shops, gastropubs and vintage markets – and a minute or two’s stroll from the prom, Blanch House has scooped best hotel for romance among other awards several years in a row.
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Hotel du Vin

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Standing sentinel over the boutiques and pubs of Ship Street, the gothic-style Hotel du Vin is a striking sight. The rooms blend the rich elegance of a gentleman’s smoking parlour – think heavy woods and deep leather – with the airy simplicity of a New England summer house. The Pub du Vin next door serves traditional English fare with choice wines, and it’s all just a stone’s throw from the Palace Pier and the quirky alleys and boutiques of the Lanes.
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Drakes Hotel

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The bar and restaurant at Drakes are worth a visit in their own right, but a stay at this chic boutique hotel right on the seafront is an absolute treat. With views of the city and the sea, this is guaranteed to be a luxury stay. The Grade II-listed converted coaching house, a double-fronted Georgian property, has 20 rooms, some of which have a freestanding bath in the bay window so you can sit and soak and take in the views of Madeira Drive and the Palace Pier outside. It’s a short walk to the shops and pubs of St James’s St in Kemptown and the Lanes.
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The Artist Residence

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Blending contemporary design with the familiar touches of home, the rooms at the Artist Residence are straight out of the pages of an interiors magazine. Instagram feeds will be instantly full with pics of the communal spaces, buzzworthy restaurant the Set and the surf-retro Cocktail Shack. The 24-room boutique hotel sits in classy Regency Square off the seafront, so you can enjoy the view of the now derelict yet hauntingly beautiful West Pier. if you do manage to venture outside the busy cocoon of the Artist Residence, you’re just a hop away from the beach and the bright city lights.
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Hotel Pelirocco

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Pelirocco, a few doors along from the Artist Residence, 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 here. The 19 rooms are a sumptuous mix, with names like Bettie’s Boudoir, Lord Vader’s Quarters and Nookii – so fantasy-fuelling that they’re often used for photoshoots, and the tiny ground-floor bar serves up excellent cocktails. Sometimes the best weekends away are also the loudest.
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Malmaison Brighton

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Hotel du Vin’s younger, edgier sister, Malmaison, overlooking the tinkling boats on Brighton Marina, is a quieter, more leisurely experience than you’d get in town, but it’s none the worse for that. Here in the east of the city, you’re close to the Undercliff Walk where you can enjoy a bracing walk. The hotel bar and brasserie serve classic English fare with a great range of wines, so you don’t have to go far, although there are plenty of distractions in the marina if you do feel like venturing out.
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The Charm Brighton

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The Charm is a relatively recent addition to the boutique hotel scene in Brighton. Trading in luxury with airy, light and deft stylish accents, it’s already proving a popular one. Conveniently situated on the western edge of Kemptown, near the always trending St James’s Street, it’s also just a short walk away from the Palace Pier and the North Laine. Make the most of the on-site spa, complete with the hot tub or the steam room, to unwind and fully detox during your south coast stay.
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Hotel Una

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It’s all about attention to detail at Hotel Una, one of many exciting boutique hotels 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. Hotel Una is a huge supporter of the local art scene in Brighton and the walls are adorned throughout with a private collection of fine-quality, original artwork.
These recommendations were updated on October 21, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.