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About Brighton

Cool, arty, lively, beachside Brighton is a great weekend destination, but has enough going on to last a lot longer. The town’s nightlife is famous, as are its restaurants, and is its pier, and shopping in The Lanes. Brighton also has the i360 Tower — a moving lookout akin to the London Eye — an aquarium, and a lot of opportunity to play mini-golf. This East Sussex spot is picturesque, and edges right up against the South Downs National Park. What Brighton doesn’t have too much of is really great accommodation, which is why you definitely need our recommendations for the best places to stay in Brighton — whether you’re looking for a room with a sea view, a boutique hotel for a romantic interlude, a family friendly bucket and spade beach break, or a cosy B&B.

Brighton is colourful, friendly and welcoming to everyone, so don’t be surprised to see some vibrant fashion choices, and unique busking. The thriving arts community often spills out into the street, and there are all sorts of parades, festivals and events. Brighton is also close enough to London to benefit from creative neighbours, and deep pockets, or suffer from London prices, depending on how you see it! And the best places to stay in Brighton reflect this. Meaning you might be wise to expect London prices and hope to be pleasantly surprised. The Brighton Festival in May is the second largest arts festival in Great Britain, and Brighton Pride rivals London for the UK’s largest celebration.

The Best Places to Stay in Brighton

For Sea Views

  • The Grand Hotel, Brighton is a grand and glorious Victorian hotel right on the Brighton’s seafront. Its 200-odd rooms and suites, rising up seven floors, share a grand elegance and classic hotel style. We like the rooms on the front of the hotel, with the private balconies and sea views, and, if your budget will allow, the grand suites on the top floors, with their high ceilings and spacious living areas. This is a proper old grande dame hotel, with a piano bar, and afternoon tea lounge. There’s also a very impressive ESPA spa, a gym, and two good restaurants.
  • Malmaison, Brighton is our pick in the marina, with marina views, and a stylish sundeck overlooking the water. The marina is a 15 minute bus ride from Brighton’s main action, or a stroll — mostly — along the waterfront. There are 73 rooms and suites, decorated with confident, rock-star details, and all come with coffee makers, comfortable mattresses, fine cotton sheets, black-out blinds, and unfussy bathrooms. The bar and restaurant add to the feeling of city style, but by the water.

For a Special Occasion

  • drakes is one of Brighton’s original converted townhouse boutique hotels, with 20 fabulous rooms and suites. Some of the rooms have bay windows with incredible water views, some have free-standing baths, some have circular beds, and some of them are just stylishly decorated and special-feeling — all have been carefully designed. On the ground floor is a 24 hour cocktail bar, and in the basement there’s the excellent Dilsk restaurant for relaxed fine dining. Wonderful service everywhere.

For a Mini-Break

  • The Brighton Harbour Hotel is a grand, white, Georgian-built property right on Brighton’s seafront. This is a lively location, close to The Lanes and many of Brighton’s bars and restaurants, as well as directly opposite the sea. Of course, we highly recommend booking a room with sea views if possible. And there are 79 rooms and suites to choose from, all of them light and airy, and simply decorated with the focus on bold printed fabrics against white walls and wood flooring. There’s a cocktail bar downstairs, and a popular restaurant, so the atmosphere can be lively inside too. For those looking for a spot of relaxation there’s a huge underground spa, with pool, hot tubs and extensive range of treatments.
  • Arty and stylish, the Artist Residence Brighton is a great pick for those with a taste for grown up industrial style, and contemporary art. Its 23 rooms and suites are hung with works picked up in local galleries, and decorated with vintage finds, antiques and retro treasures. The Regency Square location is close to the sea and the action, without being right on top of it; and it’s a pleasant stroll from loads of great shopping and dining opportunities. Romantic, but also cool, and family friendly — one of the suites has bunk beds. And all of the rooms have Nespresso machines and Roberts radios. Great restaurant and cocktail bar too.
  • Brighton’s Hotel du Vin is as dependable here as its sister establishments all over the UK: there’s a super cool, and very well stocked wine bar, a friendly French brasserie, and 37 breezily decorated rooms and suites. and The Loft Suites have their own telescopes. Expect plenty of leather and driftwood, huge showers and pleasing details.

For Romantics

  • The Claremont, Brighton is a small hotel in Brighton’s quieter neighbour, Hove, though it’s close enough to walk to the lively lights of Brighton. Its 11 rooms and suites are all spacious, but otherwise individually styled, with a good riff on classic romance, as well as some more minimalistic designs. The largest rooms have four-poster beds. We also like the large garden, where you can have breakfast if the weather is good.
  • The Square is an adults only pick close to the lively heart of Brighton, set just back from the beach, on a grassy square. The B&B’s ten rooms and suites are decorated with romance in mind — think grey and red colour combinations, satin throws, dim lights, damask fabrics and in-room baths. Breakfast has the air of a fancy brunch.
  • Paskins is a quirky Kemptown B&B, warmly hosted, and confidently decorated. Its 19 rooms and suites are individually designed, so opt for an antique four-poster bed with damask drapes, if you fancy, or for something with Art Deco flair if that’s more your jazz. Breakfast is sourced just as carefully as the decorations have been. Some of the suites are suitable for families, and pets are welcomed on request.

For Fun

  • Feng shui-friendly and a great location make Myhotel a comfortable choice for a short break. The restaurant and bar are popular with local Brighton cool kids, as well as with guests, and the hotel is close to The Lanes, the beach and nightspots. Kids, and cool kids, will like the space-age looking curved beds, the huge karmic artworks, and the ice cream.
  • Snooze is a vibrantly chic pick in Kemptown, with eight individually, and brightly decorated rooms and suites. This is the place for you if you really like fur, 70s style, Bollywood bright or retro seaside decor — because it’s all here in one room or another! Snooze has been converted from a classic townhouse, and boasts a similarly confidently decorated breakfast room on the ground floor. Expect a hearty breakfast and plenty of clever kitsch.
  • Hotel Pelirocco calls itself a rock and roll boutique hotel, and has decorated accordingly, with rooms themed for acts, styles and movements, and a general air of cool. This is a memorable choice, whichever room you pick — and there’s a good range. You’re close to everything and everywhere, and you can start the party right here in the hotel — at the nightclub, or listening to DJ sets in the bar.

For Foodies

  • The Ginger Pig is a chic pub-with-rooms, which is more along the lines of a friendly restaurant or cocktail bar with rooms. The stylish decor downstairs in the pub carries up to the 11 rooms and suites above: all of it has flashes of industrial cool, with a simple, polished minimalism and contemporary art in every room. We like the crisp, white linen, and the luxurious bathrooms.

For Great Value

  • Blanch House is a charming Kemptown townhouse turned 12 room hotel, with individually decorated rooms and suites, and lots of nice, personal touches. Nice touches include the welcome tray of homemade biscuits, the comfortable beds, and the fancy toiletries. The intimate dining room has an extensive cocktail menu, and breakfast is the perfect set up for the day — or antidote to an overly-fun night! If you’re looking for something special, try the Snowstorm Room, with its many snow globes.
  • Many of Brighton’s hotels have gone for big, bold decor, but The Charm has kept it elegant and understated, offering 25 pastel-coloured rooms and suites, with just a few unfussy accents. The Kemptown location puts The Charm close enough to the action to make it convenient for going out of an evening, without having to wake up in the thick of things. And while there’s no restaurant, they do offer breakfast, and you’re surrounded by dining potential. Perfect for an affordable mini-break.
  • The Oriental is a nine room B&B converted from a townhouse just metres from the seafront, close to Brighton’s doughnut. Its nine rooms are all uniquely decorated, with retro pieces and pops of tropical colour — our favourite rooms have huge Regency-style sash windows. There’s a little bar and a dining room where breakfasts are served.
  • Sea Spray is a 15 room hotel in Kemptown, with simple, colourful decor and a friendly atmosphere. The owners and designers of Sea Spray have gone for comfort — in the form of high quality mattresses, and luxury linens. The breakfast room is light and airy, and they can arrange supers to be brought across from a nearby restaurant. Though there are lots and lots of great options just outside the hotel’s door.

Best B&Bs

  • 27 Brighton is a stylish B&B in a great location, just five minutes from Brighton’s seafront, between Kemptown and The Lanes. There are only five rooms, all of them uniquely decorated, but all with crisp, white linen, a feature wall, and place to sit to enjoy your Nespresso machine coffee. Friendly and owner managed.
  • When you book a room in a B&B called A Room with a View, you’re expecting something special, and we think the wonderful views of Brighton’s pier are something special. There are nine light, airy rooms, all of them decorated in neutral, creamy shades, and on the ground floor there’s a breakfast room decorated in Scandinavian style pale wood, plus a comfy lounge.
  • Una is another Georgian townhouse B&B conversion, with 19 rooms and suites named after rivers. Each is different, so check them all out before choosing your favourite. The breakfasts are very good, and there’s a cosy bar — perfect for planning, or reflecting on dinner.

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Travel Information

  • Brighton’s closest international airport is Gatwick Airport — it sits between London and Brighton. From Gatwick it’s about half an hour in a taxi to Brighton, or about 40 minutes by rail. Heathrow is also fairly convenient about an hour away by taxi, or two hours by train via central London. If you are coming via central London, you can catch a train from Victoria Station, and it will take around an hour. You can arrive in East Sussex by sea, docking at Newhaven, which is just to the east of Brighton. The ferries here cross from Dieppe, France.
  • If you want to hire a car we recommend you visit our online partner, Rentalcars.
  • This is the UK, so expect changeable weather whatever the season. Brighton is popular in summer, of course, when the average maximum temperatures are around 20°C. But it’s also beautiful in spring and autumn — if you don’t mind a chill and a bit of a shower or two. Winter is wonderful if you like things to be ‘bracing’.

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Best Hotels in Brighton

  • The Oriental Brighton 9 rooms from £70

    Local exploring  -  Well positioned on a pretty street near the sea with the bustling city centre just a 10 minute walk away
    Value chic  -  With rooms starting well below £100 in the low season, this is a very reasonably priced hotel
    Local markets  -  Head to the Lanes and North Laine area for quirky boutique stores that are synonymous with Brighton
    Sights nearby  -  For a classic Brighton experience a trip to Brighton Pier and the Royal Pavilion are a must
    Pet friendlyParking

    A quirky small B&B located a stone's throw from the coast. A handful of rooms are all individually styled but each has Regency windows, whitewashed walls, pops of colour, and retro furniture. Breakfasts are served in a kitsch dining room and there's a bar too. A laidback & affordable stay. See More

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  • The Charm Brighton 25 rooms from £90

    City Style  -  An understated and elegant hotel situated in Brighton's fashionable Kempton, perfect for exploring the trendy seaside city.
    Great walks  -  Make the most of the great walks in the nearby Seven Sisters Country Park.
    Sights nearby  -  Five minutes walk from both Brighton Pier and The Royal Pavilion.
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    No pets

    A charming, luxury hotel in Brighton's fashionable Kemptown district. The plush rooms are elegantly decorated and house filled with tasteful art. A stones throw from some of Brighton's finest night spots, it's a great launchpad for a lively weekend in the seaside city. See More

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  • Brighton Harbour Hotel Brighton 79 rooms from £95

    Sights nearby  -  Brighton Harbour Hotel is ideally located to go see the Sea Life Aquarium and BA’s i360 Tower
    Great walks  -  Spend an hour or two wandering around Stanwer Park Woodland Garden
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    SpaRestaurantSwimming PoolPet friendlyViewsParking
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Michelin Travel

    A new addition to the Harbour Hotels stable, Brighton’s Georgian seafront version offers relaxed contemporary living for couples and families (with older children) seeking a central location with ocean views, delicious food and pampering spa - all within strolling distance of local amenities. See More

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  • Artist Residence Brighton Brighton (East Sussex) 25 rooms from £95

    Sights nearby  -  Seafront strolling – both Hove and the Brighton Pier are under a 20-minute walk away
    Local markets  -  Atmospheric shopping area The Lanes is ten-minutes away on foot
    Close to nightlife  -  Explore everything this eclectic city has to offer.
    Great walks  -  A stones throw from the beach front
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Sawdays

    Easily as cool as the city itself, this sea-facing Regency 25 bedroom townhouse is one of Brighton’s most stylish addresses – couples will love its clubby social spaces and chic rooms with lots of galleries and good restaurants just minutes away. Really great for weekend group getaways. See More

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  • 27 Brighton Brighton 5 rooms from £100

    Sights nearby  -  Brighton Pier and the Royal Pavilion
    Value chic
    Close to nightlife
    Restrictions on children  -  No children under 16

    Stylish and sophisticated B&B just minutes from both seafront and city centre. Feel at home with large double beds, crisp Egyptian cotton, fluffy bathrobes and free WiFi. The perfect base for exploring everything this eclectic city has to offer and close to the vibrant nightlife. See More

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  • The Ginger Pig Brighton (East Sussex) 11 rooms from £100

    Foodies  -  Hosting a highly acclaimed restaurant serving top-notch gastropub grub.
    Sights nearby  -  Take a tour of the unusual Royal Pavillion in Brighton.
    Great walks  -  Take long walks along the coastal promenade.
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    RestaurantDisabled accessNo pets

    Don't let the 'pub with rooms' title put you off, this is a seriously chic spot. Smart rooms mix traditional and modern styles with steel grey walls contrasting against the light parquet floors. The bathrooms are uber luxurious and the restaurant and bar serve exemplary food and cocktails. See More

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  • Snooze Brighton 8 rooms from £102

    Local exploring  -  Well positioned in upmarket Kemptown with the coast, Brighton Pier, and Laines shopping area all within walking distance
    Boutique  -  A vibrant boutique hotel packed with colour and character - a unique stay
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Royal Pavilion and Brighton Pier - both walking distance from the hotel
    Quirky  -  An experience!

    A bright & vibrant boutique hotel well located in upmarket Kemptown. Rooms & suites are packed full of character with bold colours, reclaimed furniture, & kitsch canvases. Hearty breakfasts are served in an equally boldly designed breakfast room. Well positioned, well priced, and completely unique. See More

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  • Sea Spray Brighton (Kemptown) 15 rooms from £102

    Value chic  -  With chic design and a desirable Kemp Town postcode, this is a good option for an affordable city break
    Families  -  Family suites and a laidback feel make this a good option for families
    Sights nearby  -  Iconic attractions such as Brighton Pier and the Royal Pavilion are easily accessible
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.

    A small hotel with chic design in Brighton's desirable Kemptown. Eclectic rooms all boast top notch mattresses and luxury linens as standard. Breakfasts are served and dinners can be arranged in collaboration with a nearby restaurant. An affordable yet stylish base for a city break. See More

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  • A room with a view Brighton 9 rooms from £104

    Romantic Break  -  Enjoy stunning views of Brighton Pier, excellent walkable restaurants, wandering through the lanes and the peace inside hotel
    Local markets  -  Food and clothing markets through Brighton Lanes
    Sights nearby  -  Brighton Pavilion and Pier
    Great walks  -  Along Brighton seafront
    ViewsParkingNo pets

    Contemporary B&B on the seafront. Rooms have cream furnishings, large bathrooms, big windows and 5* mattresses. Charming breakfast room and lounge area. Perfect location to explore this eclectic city from. See More

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  • Blanch House Brighton 12 rooms from £109

    Quirky  -  Individually designed bedrooms - all with a different theme.
    Downtown  -  A short walk from both the centre of town and seafront.
    Bar  -  Champagne, wine and cocktail bar.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.

    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. See More

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  • Hotel Pelirocco Brighton 19 rooms from £114

    Boutique  -  The original rock and roll boutique hotel.
    Romantic Break  -  Some very sexy rooms, if that's your mood.
    Quirky  -  The Pelirocco is a one-off!
    Theme hotel  -  The ultimate theme hotel.

    Brighton's original boutique hotel, with individually themed rock and roll bedrooms. Sumptuous colours, a choice of high ceilings or eaves, funky wallpaper and top cocktails make for a memorable stay. A great party venue. Best of all, arrive on a Vespa. See More

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  • Malmaison, Brighton Brighton Marina Village 73 rooms from £125

    City Style  -  A contemporary spot with a lively feel - ideal for the young and hip
    Local markets  -  Discover Brighton's quirky independent shops and bustling markets
    Views  -  Sea views
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    Air conditioningRestaurantPet friendlyDisabled accessViewsParking

    A contemporary hotel set in Brighton's equally modern marina. Malmaison, Brighton is undeniably cool with bold patterns, sharp lines and plenty of glass offering wonderful sea views. Nice touches in the room include fine cotton sheets, Lavazza coffee-makers and minimalist bathrooms. A smart choice. See More

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  • The Grand Hotel, Brighton Brighton (East Sussex) 201 rooms from £129

    Families  -  With its wide range of family friendly accommodations and proximity to the town's highlights, it's ideal for a family stay
    Close to nightlife
    Spa  -  Very wide range of ESPA treatments.
    Restaurant  -  Two restaurants to choose from
    SpaRestaurantPet friendlyDisabled accessParking

    A glorious Victorian hotel with sea views, traditionally elegant bedrooms and deluxe suites over 7 floors. Brighton's original "grand dame" offers an exceptional culinary experience with locally sourced ingredients and luxury spa. A perfect venue for weddings, conferences or a short seaside break. See More

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  • The Claremont, Brighton Brighton (East Sussex) 11 rooms from £140

    Local exploring  -  Boasting a quiet location but Brighton is within easy reach.
    Sights nearby  -  Head into Brighton and visit the Royal Pavillion and the famed pier.
    Great walks  -  Take a coastal walk along the promenade.
    Full of character
    GardenParkingNo pets

    A traditional hotel located in Brighton's quieter neighbour, Hove. Spacious rooms are individually styled with chintz fabrics, patterned wallpaper and the best have large four posters. A large garden offers the opportunity to catch some rays in the summer and the sea is just a short walk away. See More

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  • Paskins Brighton 19 rooms from £140

    Eco break  -  The B&B has long been renowned for its eco credentials with genuine care taken over sourcing food and bath products
    Local exploring  -  Well positioned on pretty Charlotte Street in Kemptown with the pier and many of Brighton's attractions nearby
    Sights nearby  -  Make a stop by the impressive Royal Pavilion and stroll around the Pavilion Gardens
    Great walks  -  The hosts will happily recommend scenic coastal hiking routes
    Pet friendlyParking

    A quirky B&B with warm hosts and a sought-after position in Kemptown. Each individually styled room has its own charm but all have an Art Deco feel and a collection of antiques and vintage finds. The hosts take great care in sourcing produce for breakfast. A laidback, central stay. See More

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  • Square Townhouse Brighton 10 rooms from £150

    Romantic Break  -  Opulent and indulgent rooms & suites offer a romantic hideaway. Book a suite for in room bath; one also boasts a private terrace
    Local exploring  -  Perfectly located within walking distance to the beach and most of Brighton's main attractions
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the wonderful ornate Royal Pavillion
    Restrictions on children  -  Adult only
    Air conditioningNo pets

    A chic boutique property located in the heart of Kemp Town. Individually styled rooms are opulent and indulgent with chandeliers, plush leather headboards and spoiling bathrooms. An atmospheric lounge bar for cocktails and Pamper Room complete the picture. A luxe stay, ripe for romance and fun. See More

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  • Myhotel Brighton 79 rooms from £156

    City Style  -  Ultra hip hotel in the trendy North Laine area mixes the ancient principles of Feng Shui with cutting edge modern design.
    Great walks  -  A ten minute walk brings you to Brighton beach, perfect for an evening stroll to the famed pier.
    Sights nearby  -  Close to both Brighton Pavilion and The Dome, two of the towns main sights.
    Designer  -  Vibrant designs following Feng Shui principles
    RestaurantDisabled accessParkingNo pets
    Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel

    Candles, artworks and funky beds create the personality of this colourful, feng-shui-aware MyHotel. Award winning cuisine, knockout cocktails, a cool rooftop suite and excellent location. Great rates on certain days. A chic choice. See More

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  • drakes Brighton 20 rooms from £171

    Romantic Break  -  Start with cocktails in the hip bar, a mouthwatering meal, a stroll along the pier and then back to your sumptuous handmade bed!
    City Style  -  Brighton's most happening hotel, interiors ooze style and confident elegance not to mention the unbeatable location and views.
    Sights nearby  -  In prime location just down the road from the Brighton Pier, the big wheel and the Royal Pavilion.
    Restaurant  -  2 AA Rosettes
    RestaurantViewsParkingNo pets
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Good Hotel Guide, Kiwi Collection, Sawdays, Michelin Travel

    Seafront boutique hotel with impressive sea and city views. Luxurious large light rooms all individually designed, some with window side free standing baths. A 24-hour bar will keep party seekers occupied. The modern European restaurant has been highly accoladed. Ideal for a stylish city stay. See More

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  • Una Brighton 19 rooms from £195

    Value chic  -  Great value central hotel, right on the beach with designer furnishings, gourmet breakfasts and plenty of charm.
    Great walks  -  Just off the shoreline, this hotel is ideally placed for those romantic strolls along Brighton beach.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the nearby Royal Pavillion, or take a turn around Regency Square.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.

    A stripped down contemporary refashioning of a Georgian townhouse. Individually styled rooms each featuring contemporary art. Some have in room free standing baths. Private terraces with great views of Regency Square. Well positioned and good value. Highly popular. See More

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  • Hotel du Vin Brighton Brighton 49 rooms from £249

    City Style  -  Gothic revival and mock Tudor buildings, with funky chic interiors and only five minutes from Brighton's hopping beachfront.
    Foodies  -  Sample wines from around the world at Laroche tasting room and Bistro du vin serves local produce cooked to perfection.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Sea Life Centre and Royal Pavillion, just a few minutes down the road.
    Great walks  -  Stroll along Brighton beach, or down to the lively pier.
    RestaurantPet friendlyViews
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Kiwi Collection, Michelin Travel

    Breezy seaside feel to this stylish edition of the ever dependable boutique chain. Smart rooms with feature wallpaper, large modern bathrooms, some with in room free standing baths. Lucky rooms have sea views. A pub style brasserie with french cuisine. A comfortable choice in a lively city. See More

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