Where to Stay in Brighton, England

With culture, entertainment and a thriving foodie scene, Brighton is an ideal spot for a weekend getaway
With culture, entertainment and a thriving foodie scene, Brighton is an ideal spot for a weekend getaway | © Eye Ubiquitous / Alamy Stock Photo
Sarah Gillespie

Known for beguiling Regency architecture, seaside amusements and rambunctious Pride celebrations, Brighton offers amusements that are both old-school and progressive. Read on for our guide to where to stay and the best hotels in Brighton, bookable with Culture Trip.

A bohemian city of artists, Brighton has succeeded in attracting some of the country’s brightest design talent to its hotels, resulting in boutiques where no two rooms are the same. Sustainability and veganism also feature strongly, with restaurants placing an emphasis on organic produce of local provenance. Add to that the spectacular views over Palace Pier, and you’ve all the ingredients for an unforgettable weekend.

1. Brightonwave

Bed and Breakfast, Guesthouse

An elegant double room with a private balcony at Brightonwave
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On the western edge of Kemptown and a stone’s throw from Palace Pier, Brightonwave captures the kitsch of its rainbow flag-strewn surrounds – albeit tastefully. A rotating selection of local art, ranging from the abstract to the political, lends pops of colour to the neutral rooms. Enjoy its breakfast spread in the light-filled dining room, featuring blueberry pancakes, organic muesli and traditional and vegetarian English breakfasts.

2. Granville Hotel

Budget Hotel

Room with fireplace and sofa at Granville Hotel overlooking the sea
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A short hop from the Brighton Dome, this whitewashed townhouse occupies a sea-facing spot opposite the West Pier. Rooms come in a range of themes, including the Palace Pier room with art deco four-poster bed, and the Japanese room with wall fans and framed calligraphy. Tuck into a full English breakfast – both vegetarian and vegan options are available – before retiring to your room to plan your Brighton adventure using the free wifi.

3. Drakes of Brighton

Boutique Hotel

A stylish double bedroom with a desk, sofa and large mirror at Drakes of Brighton.
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This celebrity favourite (Cate Blanchett and Kylie Minogue have stayed here) stands out for its handsome elm-panelled rooms. Occupying a prime seaside spot in Kemptown, large bay windows look out over Palace Pier while some rooms boast free-standing tubs and telescopes positioned in the window. Kick off your evening with an inventive G&T in the cocktail bar, before tucking into delectable cuisine at Amarillo from former Michelin-star chef Ian Swainson.

4. Hotel du Vin Brighton

Boutique Hotel

An elegant double bedroom at Hotel du Vin Brighton with wood panelling and bathtub
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Occupying a former wine merchant’s store in Brighton’s Lanes District, Hotel du Vin delights with its Parisian bistro, lined with sky-blue banquettes and speakeasy-style bar. There’s an extensive menu of wines – most are from France and Italy, but you’ll also find unusual New World picks from California, South Africa and Chile. Deluxe rooms feature twin roll-top baths; while even the smallest options have opulent leather-trimmed beds, Nespresso machines and Ren toiletries. The Royal Pavilion and beach are both a short walk away.

5. The Oriental

Bed and Breakfast, Guesthouse

A contemporary double bedroom at The Oriental Brighton with headboard and colourful chair
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This unfussy bed and breakfast, spread over nine rooms of a Regency-era townhouse, sits on the edge of Brunswick Town, offering easy access to Hove Lawns’ Instagrammable beach huts and Palace Pier. All rooms have tea- and coffee-making facilities, snack baskets and L’Occitane toiletries as standard. Elsewhere, breakfast in the bar area makes use of local organic ingredients and features traditional cooked breakfasts and fruit salads.

6. The Charm Boutique Hotel

Boutique Hotel

An elegant double room at The Charm Boutique Hotel in Brighton with blanket on bed
Courtesy of The Charm Brighton Boutique Hotel and Spa / Expedia
The delightful rooms at this boutique in Kemptown promise a relaxing weekend, but it’s the spa that’s the real draw. Aromatherapy massages utilise essential oils to release tension, while organic facials harness luxury products to naturally rejuvenate the skin. Breakfasts also continue the theme of wellness with a wide range of fruit, juices and cereals. Palace Pier and the Royal Pavilion are both an 11-minute walk away.

7. Paskins

Bed and Breakfast, Guesthouse

A double room at Paskins Townhouse, Brighton with four poster bed and carpets
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Located in the heart of Kemptown, a 15-minute stroll from Palace Pier, this three-star guest house brings a heavy dose of art deco to the traditional B&B template. Paskins was doing green hospitality before it was cool, from eco-friendly toiletries to rooms that are vegan right down to the linens. Vegetarian breakfasts include home-made vegan sausages and Pavilion Rarebit with chutney and Chinese spices. Dogs are welcome – just let the management know.

8. Sea Spray

Budget Hotel

A stylish double room with a dining space for two at Sea Spray Brighton with floral walls
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Spread over two Regency townhouses in Kemptown, just a 10-minute walk from Palace Pier, this 15-room boutique is well placed for weekend trippers. Rooms come in a variety of themes but all share floral flourishes, primary-coloured throw pillows and well-equipped bathrooms. Meanwhile, the Superior Suite has a patio with outdoor hot tub for lounging with a glass of champagne. Breakfast options include both traditional and vegetarian full English, eggs benedict and omelettes.

Looking for more places to stay in Brighton? For close proximity to Brighton Beach and Pier, check into one of the best seafront hotels in the city, or relax and unwind at one of these top-rated spa and wellness retreats in Brighton, bookable with Culture Trip.

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