The Best Luxury Hotels to Book in Brighton

Enjoy a sea view with your champagne at one of Brightons top luxury hotels
Enjoy a sea view with your champagne at one of Brighton's top luxury hotels | © The Grand Brighton / Expedia
Sarah Gillespie

Though Brighton is better known for old-fashioned seaside fun, the home of the Royal Pavilion – an opulent India-inspired palace built for George IV – knows how to do luxury with an unconventional take. From the city centre to Kemptown, Brighton’s boutique hotels master inspired theme rooms from tranquil nautical cabins to bizarre boudoirs, while its atmospheric spas have eye-catching treatments like bee venom and champagne facials. Here’s our round-up of the best luxury hotels in Brighton – bookable on Culture Trip.

1. The Grand Brighton

Luxury

Conservatory dining area at the Grand in Brighton, with a large lofty ceiling that boasts various sculptural pendant light fittings, and luxurious green velvet seating clustered around numerous tables with white tablecloths.
© The Grand Brighton / Expedia

This seafront institution is as grand as its name. Minutes from both Palace Pier and Hove Lawns, it’s perfectly placed for a stroll along the promenade – but arguably the best way to enjoy the view is from the emerald-accented tearoom over a pot of Ceylon and handmade scones. After your tea, indulge in a gold champagne facial at the spa or retire to your 1920s-furnished room to enjoy the gentle sage tones and a sea view.

2. Drakes of Brighton

Boutique Hotel

High-ceilinged room featuring a wooden accent wall, bay windows and red armchairs, at Drakes of Brighton.
© Drakes of Brighton / Expedia
Drakes sits on a plum spot on Brighton’s seafront, just south of the vinyl stores and LGBTQ cabaret bars of Kemptown. Thirteen of 20 rooms have a roll-top tub with stellar views of the shore – speak to staff beforehand to impress your partner with scattered rose petals in your bath. In the Amarillo restaurant, former Michelin-star chef Ian Swainson serves a menu bursting with indulgences such as truffles, squid ink and crème chiboust.

3. Hotel du Vin Brighton

Boutique Hotel

Outside dining area at Hotel du Vin Brighton, featuring fairy lights strung along a wooden pergola over rattan seats and tables.
© Hotel du Vin / Expedia
Occupying a former wine merchant’s store in Brighton’s cobbled Lanes district, Hotel du Vin is moments from both Palace Pier and the Royal Pavilion. Deluxe rooms sport twin rainfall shower heads and a roll-top tub, while even the smallest “cosy” rooms provide leather-trimmed beds, crisp Egyptian linens and Ren toiletries. The popular bistro serves a succulent Sunday roast with all the trimmings.

4. Brighton Harbour Hotel & Spa

Spa Hotel

Quirky dining area at the Brighton Harbour Hotel & Spa, with colourful velvet seating in various shades and floral patterns, and chintzy wallpaper.
© Brighton Harbour Hotel & Spa / Expedia

This primary-coloured outpost of the Harbour hotels chain occupies a prime seafront spot, minutes from Palace Pier and the the Brighton Centre. Harby’s Bar serves elevated pub classics, but it’s the enormous underground spa that’s the real draw. Sweat it out in the well-appointed gym, luxuriate in a sea salt scrub followed by a Rasul mud wrap, or sink into a wood-panelled hot tub with a flute of champagne.

5. Sea Spray

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.
© Sea Spray / Expedia

Room with a sea view or room with a hot tub? These are the difficult decisions you’ll have to make at this Kemptown boutique when opting for a superior suite. Additional options include a penthouse suite or a luxury family room that can accommodate up to five. Wake up to a buffet breakfast in the dining room featuring omelettes, eggs Benedict and a traditional English, before heading out to nearby attractions like Brighton Pier, the Royal Pavilion and Palace Pier.

6. Hotel Pelirocco

Hotel

Bohemian-themed bedroom at Pelirocco featuring a canopy bed, a sofa, a hammock and a wall-mounted sound system.
© Pelirocco / Expedia
England’s self-proclaimed original rock ‘n’ roll hotel, Pelirocco brings eccentricity to Regency Square with 19 individually designed rooms. Climb a bamboo staircase to your circular bed in the Japonesque Koibito Love room or whizz around a dance pole in the “Lovers Lair” suite, complete with three rooms. Extras are decidedly adult-themed: think hangover kits, in-room massages and Bloody Mary breakfasts in bed. If you do make it outside, the i360 and Brighton Music Hall a short hop away.

7. Malmaison Brighton

Hotel

A decked seating area at Malmaison Brighton with sofa seating and large white lamps, directly overlooking the boats moored in Brighton marina.
© Malmaison Brighton / Expedia
Brighton is world-renowned for its lively nightlife scene – and if there was ever a hotel to get you in the mood, it’s Malmaison Brighton. Neon lights in the bedrooms and eclectic design choices set the tone, while its terrace demands you sit out and enjoy a martini. Headaches from the morning after the night before will quickly be dispelled over breakfast in the conservatory; choose from pastries and muesli at the buffet or go à la carte with eggs Benedict and grilled kippers.

8. Hotel Una

Hotel

A stylish bedroom at Hotel Una with a cushioned bed, quirky metal chair, brown leather sofa, wooden floor and floor-to-ceiling window.
© Hotel Una / Expedia
MoMA comes to Brighton at this art-filled city centre boutique just up from the i360 and Brighton Bandstand. Designer touches abound – think velvety tufted sofas and pendant lamps – but if you were ever to splurge on a premium room, this would be the time. The two spa rooms contain whirlpool baths and saunas, and the luxury duplex has an in-room cinema with on-demand popcorn. Don’t miss Una Bar for late-night Prohibition-era cocktails or breakfast pancakes.

Haven’t found your ideal stay in Brighton yet? Book one of the city’s best boutique hotels now, via Culture Trip.

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