The Best Cheap Hotels to Book in Brighton, England

Find the best hotel for your Brighton trip with this hand-picked list
Find the best hotel for your Brighton trip with this hand-picked list | © robertharding / Alamy Stock Photo
Sarah Gillespie

With its lively music scene, concept bars and annual Pride celebrations, Brighton attracts plenty of young, energetic travellers looking for a cheap place to stay. We’ve rounded up the best budget hotels in Brighton – bookable on Culture Trip.

Cheap hotels in Brighton are more than just crash pads – a great deal of attention has gone into them, and many can compete with higher-priced boutiques for character and amenities. Surprises abound, including inventive cuisine, specially commissioned artworks and a spread of wellness options. Most of the cheap accommodation in Brighton is in or around the city centre, though a few are scattered around the hipster North Laine district.

1. Blanch House, for sea views

Boutique Hotel

Room at Blanch House
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Not many cheap hotels in Brighton feel as chic as this Georgian townhouse bed and breakfast. All of the double rooms are unique, with design features ranging from opulent mirrored wallpaper to dark-red walls and art deco furnishings. Most also have floor-to-ceiling bow windows looking out to sea. Start your evening in the bar with an expertly mixed Blanch House cocktail.

2. Paskins Town House, for art deco interiors

Bed and Breakfast, Guesthouse

Room with a four-poster bed at Paskins Town House
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Paskins occupies two Grade II-listed townhouses characterised by 1920s design touches such as huge gramophones, boldly patterned wallpaper and vintage sofas. Most doubles have either mahogany or cast-iron four-poster beds, plus large bay windows letting in views of Charlotte Street, a refined row of 19th-century houses just two minutes from the beach. Dogs will receive a warm welcome from Geoffrey and Watson, the two resident canines, but do let them know in advance.

3. Bow Street Runner, for a good night’s sleep

Pubs with Rooms

Room at Bow Street Runner
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The Bow Street Runner pub dates from the late 1800s. Today, it offers punters three modern ensuites on the floors above; all have private street access and are decorated with detailed maps of Brighton city centre. Start the day with a breakfast of cereal and croissants in your room and finish downstairs with a pint of Harvey’s, the bitter produced by the oldest independent brewery in Sussex. The pub has no fruit machines and never plays loud music, so noise won’t be an issue when you turn off the lights.

4. Hotel Pelirocco, for a raunchy weekend away

Hotel

Room at Hotel Pelirocco
© Hotel Pelirocco / Expedia
Cheap accommodation in Brighton doesn’t come much naughtier than the Pelirocco. Opt for the kitsch three-room Lover’s Lair suite for a circular bed with a mirrored ceiling and a pole dancing area, or the Nookii double, named after the adults-only game you can play inside; it also features a curtained peep-show booth and an iron bed frame with stocks. For a fee, you can book an hour-long boudoir photography session in your room, complete with hair and makeup, and get a framed photo to take home with you.

5. The Charm Brighton, New Steine, for value for money

Boutique Hotel

Room at the Charm Brighton
© The Charm Brighton / Expedia
This spa bed and breakfast in the elegant Kemptown district is such good value for money you might think there’s been a mistake with your booking. It’s set in a 200-year-old townhouse just back from the beach and Palace Pier, and the ensuite double rooms have a light and airy aesthetic complemented by bursts of colour from artworks, armchairs and lampshades; many also have sea views. The spa consists of a two-person hot tub on the patio and a massage service.

6. Sea Spray Brighton, for quirky themed suites

Budget Hotel

Room at Sea Spray Brighton
© Sea Spray Brighton / Expedia

Who says cheap has to mean boring? Sea Spray defies all expectations with its individually styled rooms. The Venetian suite comes with masks and a silvered headboard; other options include a New York-themed penthouse and a geisha’s boudoir. Grab a peacock-printed chair in the dining room and choose from omelettes, full English or vegetarian. There’s even a small treatment room and sauna. The surrounding Kemptown area heaves with restaurants and LGBTQ bars, and the beach is just minutes away.

7. The Old Ship, for vintage charm

Hotel

Room at the Old Ship
© The Old Ship / Expedia

The oldest inn in Brighton dates back to 1559 and blends the old-time charm of its wonky corridors and creaking lifts with all the advantages of a swish upgrade. A nautical theme prevails in the rooms, some of which have sea views. Some even have brass telescopes trained on the horizon for ship-spotting or stargazing. On-site restaurant the Mess Deck serves burgers and seafood specials and a selection of wines from its 400-year-old cellar.

8. My Brighton, for a city centre suite

Boutique Hotel

Funky room at My Brighton
© My Brighton / Expedia

At the centre of the cultural triangle created by Komedia, the Theatre Royal and the Brighton Dome, My Brighton could attract punters by its location alone. Yet the interior is a performance in itself, drawing from a jumble of influences such as the circus and feng shui – whatever it is, don’t expect any straight lines. The Merkaba bar looks like a time-travel tunnel from a ’70s science fiction film, and the cocktails are similarly creative. Small Batch Coffee serves a variety of espressos, some made at its on-site microroastery.

9. Brunswick Square Hotel, for promenade strolls

Boutique Hotel

Frontage of Brunswick Square Hotel
© Brunswick Square Hotel / Expedia

In a sublime Regency-era square, this Grade-I listed building offers superb access to the Brunswick area, arguably the most photogenic district in Brighton, with spectacular sea-facing gardens and rows of colourful beach huts. Rooms are decked in white and navy, with a subtle nautical theme throughout. Breakfasts range from continental to full English, but are not normally included in the price of the room. You’ll find the Theatre Royal, Pavilion and Palace Pier a 25-minute walk away.

10. Hotel ibis Brighton City Centre, for stylish simplicity

Chain Hotel

Room at Hotel ibis Brighton City Centre
© Hotel ibis Brighton City Centre / Expedia

Though seemingly far from the action, the North Laine district is a shopper’s paradise of flower markets, independent lifestyle boutiques, bakeries and breweries. It’s here that we find the ibis, defying its chain-hotel origins with bespoke graffiti by local lad Sean Lyons and a voguish charcoal-and-scarlet colour scheme. Pick an east-facing room to get a surprisingly good view towards the pier. Fogg’s Bar serves a spread of pub favourites including curries, burgers and caesar salads.

Mark Nayler contributed additional reporting to this article.

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