Whether it’s slick wooden floorboards, kaleidoscopic tiles or a stand-alone bathtub that floats your boat, Brighton’s Airbnb rentals offer something for everyone. Here are our picks of the coolest places to stay beside the seaside.
Brighton, England, is a favourite with tourists thanks to its twinkling pier and bohemian vibe, and the creative locals make sure there’s just as much colour behind closed doors. Well known as a hub for creatives, Brighton more than lives up to its reputation as an eccentric idyll on England’s coast.
A light and airy apartment with pine wood flooring, modern furniture and impressive sea views, this spacious rental is located directly on Brighton’s seafront, within easy reach of the raucous city centre. Floor-to-ceiling windows mean the space is filled with light, and the minimalist decor is a calming contrast to the colourful city.
An award-winning home often featured in interiors and lifestyle magazines, the Ceramic House in Brighton is the 10-year passion project of host Kay, who is gradually turning the whole place into a work of art. With vibrant tiles covering the walls in every room and spilling out onto the external walls and garden, this is very much a one-off in Brighton, and offers four uniquely decorated bedrooms to choose from.
We love Dave and his Pop Palace!, which comes complete with its own exclamation mark. Trust us, it’s worthy of all the excitement: inside, owner and local artist Dave (who once sculpted cakes for the likes of Kylie and Boy George from his Choccywoccydoodah shop, which was featured on TV) has done up this two-bedroom flat in his own exuberant style. Full-wall flower murals, draped fairy lights, pink flamingos in the garden, cloud motifs above the bath… there’s even a dinky caravan of love which acts as a second bed. It’s Brighton’s playful, arty personality, all distilled down into one cool Kemptown crash pad.
You may have to draw straws to see who gets the main bedroom of this Victorian-era art gallery, which once housed the works of a private collector. It’s a vast space: the bed is dwarfed beneath a dramatic domed ceiling; the walls are distressed like a well-used artist’s palette. Luckily, there are two other rooms to choose from: a blushing pink suite and a third guest room that might leave others green with envy. Loft-style shared spaces mean everyone will leave happy – especially with those sea views.
After a weekend away in Brighton, you may want to atone for your sins – and this former chapel is the place to ask forgiveness. Step into the sanctuary-like surrounds of this 1876 chantry, tucked down a private Victorian mews in the shop-filled North Laines, a stumble away from Komedia comedy club. Walls throughout are painted a deep, reflective blue, and a neon crucifix nods to the building’s ecclesiastical roots. It’s only got one bedroom, but it’s a goodie, with a stained-glass window, en-suite bathtub and vaulted ceilings.