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Brighton is a great weekend destination for fun-seekers and lovers of the British seaside, but for a place of its size and popularity it has relatively few really great places to stay. Packed with independent shops, cafes, bars and restaurants, it is buzzy and jolly and home to a great many creative ex-Londoners and a healthy gay population - don't be surprised to see club-wear or drag in the supermarket.
An endless stream of so-called hip new places to stay keep cropping up, only to turn out as tired and distinctly un-hip as their many neighbours. Kemp Town, with its quirky shops and tight grid of little streets leading to the seafront, is the usual location of these townhouse start-ups, as well as for a plethora of tired-looking b&bs and boarding houses.
Here, we pick out the best and ignore the rest. We also highlight the best of Brighton's larger hotels, while we hope patiently for a revamp of the iconic 19th century Grand Hotel, in prime position overlooking the sea and the famous pier.
Browse through our list of the best places to stay in Brighton and start to plan your stay. Please feel free to call or email a friendly guru for advice. Contact
Seafront boutique with a 24-hour bar and great sea views from some of the rooms. Decent restaurant, close to the Pier. Large beds, some with freestanding baths.
Breezy seaside feel to this stylish edition of the ever dependable boutique chain, one of the first of its type. Some seaviews and brasserie food and wine.
A stripped down contemporary refashioning of Georgian townhouses, with 19 rooms named after rivers. Well positioned for all the sights, good value, highly popular. B&B only.
Stylish compact townhouse hotel of just nine rooms in the centre of town - a boutique for an affordable price. No restaurant, but calming, understated rooms.
Refurbished townhouse hotel a stone's throw from Brighton's seafront - the town's original boutique hotel. Quirky, individually styled bedrooms, b+b plus Sunday lunch offered.
Candles, artworks and funky beds create the personality of this colourful, feng-shui-aware MyHotel. Brasserie food, a cool rooftop suite, and town centre as against seafront. Great rates on certain days.