The Best Hotels to Book Near Brighton Pier, UK

Treat yourself to an indulgent stay at the Grand Brighton after an action-packed day at Brighton Palace Pier
Treat yourself to an indulgent stay at the Grand Brighton after an action-packed day at Brighton Palace Pier | Courtesy of The Grand Brighton / Expedia
Mark Nayler

Stroll along the grand Brighton Palace Pier to its illuminated fun fair, packed with rollercoasters and vintage rides. After a fun-filled day out on the south coast in Brighton, bed down in one of these top seafront hotels – all bookable with Culture Trip.

The unmissable, Grade II-listed Brighton Palace Pier juts out almost 2,000 feet (610 metres) into the English Channel. Key attractions for the strong stomached include the Turbo rollercoaster and the Booster, a ride which hurls you high up in the air while turning you upside down. There’s also a more traditional Victorian carousel and plenty of arcade games for more down-to-earth entertainment. Here’s our pick of where to stay near the UK’s best pleasure pier.

1. Hotel Du Vin & Bistro Brighton

Boutique Hotel

A stylish dining room with wooden tables and red armchairs at Hotel Du Vin and Bistro Brighton
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Stays at this seafront four-star revolve around a stylish French bistro and bar. Start your day with breakfast from the Country Table – toast, pastries, cereal, yoghurt and fruit – or with one of the made-to-order options such as a full English or grilled kippers. The à la carte lunch and dinner menu features French classics such as chicken liver parfait, steak haché and crème brûlée. Upstairs, the boutique rooms feature Egyptian cotton-topped beds and pastel-shade walls – some suites even come with signature freestanding baths.

2. The Grand Brighton


Vaulted ceilings with intricate moldings, tall marble columns, chandeliers and a wooden reception desk in the lobby at The Grand Brighton
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Built in 1864, the enormous Grand is still Brighton’s most well-known hotel, a living monument to Victorian luxury. Splash out on a seventh floor King Suite and you’ll have your own duplex with a lounge and dining room, private gym and views of the pier. Dine in the casual Cylan restaurant, where star dishes include the grass-fed wagyu beef burger and Sussex charcuterie platters. A celebrated afternoon tea is served in the Victoria Lounge, where 1920s glamour receives a contemporary twist.

3. Artist Residence Brighton

Boutique Hotel

A seating area at Artist Residence Brighton, with wooden tables, a wooden floor, wall art and colourful armchairs
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Living up to Brighton’s artistic vibe, this bohemian townhouse features limited edition artworks, reclaimed furniture and exposed brick walls. The Bigger Balcony Sea View doubles have roll-top copper bathtubs for two and floor-to-ceiling bay windows opening onto private balconies. There’s also a wood-panelled basement dorm that sleeps groups of up to four in two bunks. The ground-floor cafe and bar is decorated with retro furniture, neon signs and original art – enjoy a negroni here before a night on the town.

4. Sea Spray Hotel Brighton

Budget Hotel

Double room at Sea Spray, Brighton, with spotlights in the low ceiling, framed artwork of butterflies on the wall, two yellow armchairs and a round coffee table.
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This cheerful B&B offers accommodation in ensuite rooms that sleep up to three, with bold wallpaper and colourful flourishes, courtesy of lampshades, cushions and armchairs. Book the Venetian Suite for pier and seafront views. A hot-and-cold breakfast accompanied by fresh juices is served in the dining room or delivered to your room, plus there’s a shared lounge where you can kick back with coffee and newspapers. The pier and Royal Pavilion are reached with five- and 10-minute walks, respectively.

5. The Charm Brighton

Boutique Hotel

The Charm Brighton
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If you’re looking for a good-value spa break close to Brighton Pier, this intimate boutique is ideal. On-site rejuvenation facilities comprise a hot tub in the back garden, a steam room with Bluetooth speakers and a two-person treatment room for massages. Rooms blend the period charm of the 200-year-old building with a light, contemporary style. Super comfortable Hypnos beds and goose down duvets in every room promise a good night’s sleep.

6. Brighton Harbour Hotel

Spa Hotel

Colourful bedroom with a peach accent wall, an orange and white headboard, red lamps and orange, red and white bedding at Brighton Harbour Hotel
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Complimentary gin and sherry come with all rooms at this design-conscious boutique on the promenade. The Seaview Corner Suites are ideal for couples, featuring an elevated seating area with 180-degree views through a bay window and a free-standing bath in the bedroom. Relax in an underground spa built in old smugglers’ tunnels, with a heated indoor pool, sauna, Scandinavian hot tubs and hydrotherapy pool. An indulgent afternoon tea takes inspiration from the Pier Funfair and stars mini cheeseburgers, doughnut balls and candy floss.

7. The Square Hotel Brighton

Boutique Hotel

The Square Hotel Brighton
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This smart four-star occupies a Grade II-listed building on a Regency square, one street back from the beach. Bachelor pad-style decor dominates the bedrooms – think lots of mirrors, chandeliers, free-standing tubs painted black and electric fireplaces. Breakfast is served in an airy, sea-view dining room, which morphs into a speakeasy-style cocktail bar in the evening. Street parking is available on the street outside for a daily fee and all the town’s major attractions are within easy walking distance.

8. My Brighton

Boutique Hotel

A stylish bedroom with a circular bed, a writing desk, TV and bath at My Brighton
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Visiting Brighton for a special occasion? Treat yourself to the Carousel Suite at My Brighton, which features a 300-year-old carousel horse, a four-poster bed, free-standing bath and floor-to-ceiling windows. Other perks include the Chilli Pickle, a celebrated Indian restaurant formerly recommended by Michelin, psychedelic decor by New York-based designer Karim Rashid and a figure-of-eight shaped cocktail bar with one of Brighton’s biggest liquor offerings. Private parking is available on site.

If relaxation is at the top of your priorities, why not stay in one of Brighton’s best spa hotels. Or, for somewhere more quirky, the city is home to an array of bed and breakfasts that boast decor a little out of the ordinary – all are bookable via Culture Trip. As the UK’s LGBTQ capital, it is only natural that there’s a host of great date spots dotted throughout, with many bars, restaurants and seaside attractions made for romantic trips away. If you’re looking for a perfect place to stay with the family, check out our guide to the best family-friendly hotels in Brighton, bookable with Culture Trip.

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