Sometimes known as ‘London by the sea’, this hip and happening South coast city continues to surprise and intrigue its many visitors. Easily one of the best-loved seaside cities in the UK and definitely the most fun, Brighton is the place to head to on a sunny Bank Holiday. It also happens to have a pretty fabulous collection of unique hotels – whether you have deep pockets for a beautiful upscale boutique or a shoestring budget for a kooky and fun guesthouse there’s seems to be something for everyone. From our many visits to this wonderful seaside city, here is our choice for the coolest and most unusual hotels in Brighton, England…
Hotel Pelirocco – lashings of pop culture fun
Claiming to be England’s most rock n’ roll hotel, from the moment you enter the 4-star and exceptionally rated Pelirocco Hotel you’ll realise they do things a little differently. This truly striking unique and hip Brighton boutique hotel has earned itself a reputation for being the premier pit stop for everyone from DJ’s and rock stars to actors and comedians. All of the 19 stylishly themed rooms at this very hip Brighton hotel are inspired by pop culture, music and glamour – ranging from the kitsch and unusual to the tongue-in-cheek erotic. One of the rooms is designed to look like a space-age capsule and another features a pole and mirrors on the ceiling, promising the ultimate naughty weekend away. For those seeking even more entertainment, downstairs you’ll find communal high-tech games, a very popular funky cocktail bar and even private karaoke lounge – rock n’roll indeed!
- Prices from £60 a night.
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Hotel Una – stylish retro luxury
One of the most popular and highly rated hotels in Brighton, the centrally located 4-star Una Hotel is a chic upscale hotel promising a mixture of high design and a homely atmosphere. As well as a fabulous onsite cocktail bar, all the stylish retro/modern rooms have a unique layout and design and many have more in common with private apartments. No expense is spared at this chic Brighton abode and only furnishings with the highest standards are chosen – think organic woods, natural fabrics, flat screen TVs and lashings of contemporary art. Stand-out rooms offer luxurious extras such as whirlpools, sumptuous free-standing soaking tubs and a super-king sized bed. Little details are very important here and champagne and strawberries, cake, rose petals and even balloons are available if required promising an ultra-romantic Brighton break!
- Prices from £120 a night.
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Square Hotel – sleek, chic and intimate
The name of this unqiue and contemporary Brighton accommodation is something of a misnomer, this gorgeous boutique hotel is anything but square! In fact, this intimate boutique hotel offers immaculate chic and sleek interiors and a fashionable central location. Cool, stylish and about as far away as you can get from the traditional Brighton B&B, opt for the 4-star exceptionally rated Square Hotel and you’ll find yourself having a very hip version of a seaside getaway. Its pièce de résistance is their ultra-luxurious penthouse-style suite, but get this – it’s located in the basement! Very unique! Another room even contains a state-of-the-art ‘Cocoon massage chair’ ensuring that you cannot help but unwind on your Brighton seaside break.
- Prices from £100 a night.
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Artist Residence – eclectic, artsy and very cool
Newly refurbished, the very cool and highly rated Artist Residence – located in a fabulous location overlooking the early 19th-century residential development Regency Square – has beautifully evolved from a quirky Brighton hotel to one of the most creative and stylish boutique hotels in the seaside city. Each of the 23 rooms have been individually designed with reclaimed industrial chic decor complete with bare wooden floorboards, exposed brick walls, cool graphic artistic details and huge comfy beds. I loved the cute little details too – in our room 1920’s music drifted from a retro Roberts radio, an amenities tray with kettle, teapot and caramel bars sat tucked away in a corner and eco-friendly BeeKind toiletries awaited us in the newly refurbished bathroom. The whole place exuded a charm and character but without the expense of taste, which is not an easy feat to pull off! Add in ornate balconies complete with fine sea views, a young team of affable staff, a hip cocktail bar and two highly regarded restaurants and et voilà – you have an absolute must-stay! I loved this place!
- Prices from £80 per night
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MyBrighton – fun, futuristic and funky
The highly rated 4-star MyBrighton pulls out all the stops to provide the ultimate funky Brighton hotel experience. Reflecting its trendy central North Laine surroundings, the unique Brighton accommodation offers a heady mix of bespoke artwork, bright space-age interiors and cutting-edge technology. From the bright futuristic lobby to the ultra-modern urban cocktail lounge, all the decor at MyBrighton is funkily bold and as easily as hip as the Brighton locals which surround it. Expect flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi and stylish sound systems in all of the rooms, but if you really want to impress, opt for an upgraded room and you’ll find floor-to-ceiling windows and four-poster beds or a serene ‘Artist’s studio’ – two of which have very funky circular beds! Very retro cool! Other hotel highlights include a contemporary bar, an Indian restaurant, a hip artisan coffee shop and even an afternoon tea service – delightful darlings!
- Prices from £60 a night.
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Snooze Guest House – the quirkiest guest house in Brighton!
The award-winning and exceptionally rated Snooze Guest House is housed in an elegant Georgian townhouse in the vibrant Kemp Town district. The reception/breakfast room at this ultra-cool Brighton guest house is a pure explosion of colourful kitsch – vintage movie and music memorabilia is crisscrossed with bright pop art, retro furniture and even a graffiti-style mural on the ceiling. My suite was a spacious loft room with a raised bed adorned in leopard skin print and surrounded brown beige walls accented with bright pop art. From the cute Love Heart sweets and Brighton Rock left out on the bedside table to the monochrome mosaic bathroom, each detail was perfectly thought out, all with an unmistakable sixties/seventies retro vibe. All the rooms are individually decorated and take inspiration from cult films and vintage popular culture – Boogie Nights, Mad Men, Goodfellas, Quadrophenia the list goes on. I even spotted a room that reminded me of Coronation Street’s Vera Duckworth’s front room circa the 1980’s. Genius.
- Prices from £80 a night.
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Drakes – seriously stylish celebrity haunt
Voted one of the ‘Top 50 New Boutique Hotels’ in the World by Conde Nast, the 4-star and very highly rated Drakes Hotel is proof that most good things come in small packages! The narrow sea-front townhouse has captured the hearts of so many of its guests and has even seen the likes of Kylie Minogue, Woody Allen and Fatboy Slim through its doors. With a splash of Indochine French colonialism and a touch of decadence, the romantic bespoke rooms at this trendsetting Brighton hotel come complete with huge beds, Egyptian cotton linens, flat screen televisions, raised soaking tubs and mostly sea views. Head to the basement of this chic Brighton abode for fine dining and delicious cocktails whipped up by an award-winning barman. Fabulous!
- Prices from £100 a night.
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Neo Hotel – vintage inspired elegance
Hotel Neo is one of the few Brighton hotels that manages to combine luxury boutique interiors with very affordable room rates. All rooms at the Neo Hotel are individually designed and decorated by its interior stylist owner, who used to work at Elle Decoration. Each guest room features elegant and gorgeous details such as Art Deco fabrics, vintage chic furniture and original 1930s printed wallpaper by respected vintage manufacturers. With an obsessive attention to detail, you’ll also find handmade satin kimonos, a DVD library and a large range of organic signature toiletries. An excellent choice for a stylish and trendy hotel in Brighton which won’t break the bank.
- Prices from £70 a night.
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Beautiful, chic and one-time winner of the UK’s favourite hotel is the highly rated 4-star Hotel Du Vin, Brighton’s version of the small chain of ultra-hip hotels. Perfect accommodation for the style conscious, this trendy Brighton hotel seamlessly fits in with Brighton’s more upmarket aspirations. All 37 of the upscale rooms are exceptionally spacious and come with custom built beds, crisp Egyptian bed linen, enormous walk-in monsoon shower and stand-alone bathtubs. With a nod to its seaside surroundings, you’ll also find driftwood decor and a handy end-of-pier telescope, perfect for getting a closer look at the nearby coastline. Only a stone’s throw from the beach and housed in a beautiful gothic revival building – do you honestly need any more reasons to stay?
- Prices from £95 per night.
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Sea Spray Hotel – funky eclectic boutique
One of the boutique hotels in Brighton which is perfect for those on a budget. With funkily themed rooms the exceptionally rated 4-star Sea Spray Hotel really is the last word in stylish sea-side fun and affordability! Choose from one of the 20 themed rooms – the Elvis room comes with guitar and memorabilia, the Moroccan room is adorned with Eastern drapes and a Fez hat and in ‘Boudoir’ expect a four-poster bed and lashings of red velvet. All of the rooms at this fun and funky Brighton stay are very reasonably priced but if you’re looking for a bit more luxury then opt for an upgraded room some which come with their own whirlpools or private courtyard. There’s even an onsite spa offering everything from facials and saunas to clairvoyance – wow!
- Prices from £70 a night.
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The Oriental – funky muso hangout
Once home to the infamous Brighton Belle nightclub (where UK favourites DJs Boy George and FatBoy Slim were regular performers). The 4-star and very highly rated Oriental Hotel is still the chosen hangout for Brighton’s art and music crowd. In fact it’s quite a Brighton institution recommended frequently by Time Out, Lonely Planet and The Guardian. It’s a small, fun and friendly boutique guesthouse with environmentally friendly credentials – it runs on green electricity, recycles 70 percent of its waste and serves only hearty organic food at breakfast. The interiors are stylish in a laid-back way with light oceanic colours and crisp white linens, creating a calming oasis only a street away from all the beach action. Head downstairs to one of Brighton’s favourite bars adorned with an eclectic mix of kaleidoscopic mosaic tables, fairy lights and walls hung with local artists’ work. A very cool hotel indeed!
- Prices from £45 a night.
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Other great boutique hotels in Brighton
- Hotel Seattle – Contemporary hotel in stunning Brighton Marina location from £80pn
- Kemp Townhouse – Five star rated boutique guesthouse from £90pn
- Motel Schmotel – Funky family-friendly budget boutique in central location from £60pn
- Amsterdam Hotel – Contemporary seafront hotel at the centre of the city’s gay scene from £60pn
- Nineteen – Gorgeous budget boutique B&B from £60pn
- Topps Hotel – Contemporary mid-range boutique hotel in Regency Square from £80pn
- New Steine Hotel – Newly renovated family-friendly budget boutique B&B opposite the pier from £50pn
- Brightonwave – Very popular and reasonably priced boutique B&B from £50pn
- The Granville – Brighton’s original budget boutique hotel located on the beach from £60pn
- Maison Mascara Bed & Breakfast – Modern B&B in a central location from £60pn
- Blanch House – Boudoir inspired budget boutique hotel from £75pn
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All images of Snooze by Gary Nunn.