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About Brighton

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 accommodation options. However our selection of the best places to stay in Brighton should have something for even the pickiest, from luxury seafront boutique hotels to charming town house properties a stone's throw from the beach.

Packed with independent shops, cafes, bars and restaurants, Brighton 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 places to stay in Brighton and ignore the rest. We also highlight the best of Brighton's larger hotels.

For seafront location

  • Probably the best-known hotel in Brighton on our list is drakes. Occupying a great position overlooking the pier this boutique property has a 24 hour bar, decent restaurant and freestanding baths in some rooms. Well designed rooms with huge beds.

B&Bs and Guesthouses

  • Una is a B & B with 19 rooms all named after rivers. Excellent breakfasts and a bar where you can plan or reflect on dinner.
  • The Kemp Townhouse in one of the most popular parts of Brighton is another B & B where you can also have afternoon tea and there is an honesty bar.

For the unusual

  • The town's original boutique hotel, Blanch House, also in Kemp Town has individually designed rooms including the Snowstorm, which houses a collection of snow globes. Home made biscuits on arrival are a popular touch.

Larger hotels

  • The feng shui aware Myhotel is a decked out with karmic artwork and futuristic furniture and has an informal deli which serves richly delicious ice cream as well as a pleasant restaurant. 
  • The Hotel du Vin in Brighton is as dependable here as its sister establishments all over the UK. There is a wine bar and brasserie and the loft suites have telescopes.

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. Want to widen the net? Check out all our recommendations in East Sussex and West Sussex.

Best Hotels in Brighton

  • Cavalaire 9 rooms from $85

    Brighton (East Sussex)

    A welcoming Victorian townhouse B&B in one of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan areas of this beautiful coastal city. Rooms are decorated with character; iPod docking stations, wonderful bed linen and the occasional four poster bed. A homely B&B, walking distance from all the top Brighton sights.

    Close to nightlife  -  Brighton Seafront Night Clubs.
    Sights nearby  -  Volks Railway and the Royal Pavillion
    Great walks  -  Brighton Pier, promenade and beach
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
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  • Twenty Seven 5 rooms from $85


    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.

    Sights nearby  -  Brighton Pier and the Royal Pavilion
    Close to nightlife
    Value chic
    Restrictions on children  -  No children under 16
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  • A room with a view 9 rooms from $103


    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.

    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
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  • Blanch House 12 rooms from $109


    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.

    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.
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  • Artist Residence Brighton 24 rooms from $117

    Brighton (East Sussex)

    This arty 23 bedroom hotel, cocktail bar and restaurant is centrally located in Regency Square, with sea views over the iconic West Pier. Cool, contemporary decor in the middle of Brighton with lots of galleries and good restaurants just minutes away. Really great for weekend group getaways.

    Close to nightlife  -  Explore everything this eclectic city has to offer.
    Great walks  -  A stones throw from the beach front
    Sights nearby  -  Walking distance to Brighton Pier
    Other Activities  -  Visit The Theatre Royal
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Sawdays
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  • Kemp Townhouse 9 rooms from $124


    A charming townhouse hotel in the vibrant sea shore area of Kemp Town. The nine elegant rooms are thoughtfully put together featuring original art, large windows and incredibly comfy Indonesian beds. Though there is no restaurant the breakfast is sensational! Understated and utterly heavenly.

    Local markets  -  Wander through The Lanes, a pedestrianised enclave lined with jewellery shops, arty boutiques and funky clothes stores.
    Sights nearby  -  Check out the former pleasure palace of King George IV, the Islamist Indian inspired Brighton Pavilion.
    Great walks  -  Just 500m down the road is Brighton Pier, perfect for people watching and candy floss eating.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Sawdays
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  • One Broad Street 8 rooms from $143


    A great B&B just seconds from the beach and only 5 minutes from The Lanes. All white rooms with bright cushions and throws for a splash of colour, excellent breakfasts and great local knowledge for a homely stay. Perfect for weekends away or local exploring.

    Sights nearby  -  Brighton Pier, the Royal Pavilion and The Lanes
    Walking distance restaurants  -  Owners can recommend plenty of local eateries
    Restrictions on children  -  No children allowed
    Great walks  -  Brighton Beach
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  • The Charm 25 rooms from $156


    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.

    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.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
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  • The Grand Hotel, Brighton 201 rooms from $168

    Brighton (East Sussex)

    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.

    Close to nightlife
    Spa  -  Wide range of ESPA treatments for men and women.
    Great walks  -  Stroll the promenade, pier and beach
    Sights nearby  -  The Royal Pavillion
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  • Myhotel 80 rooms from $203


    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.

    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
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  • drakes 20 rooms from $223


    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.

    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.
    Great walks  -  Watch the sunset whilst strolling along Brighton Beach, or head down to the pier for a piece of Brighton Rock.
    Sights nearby  -  In prime location just down the road from the Brighton Pier, the big wheel and the Royal Pavilion.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Good Hotel Guide, Kiwi Collection, Sawdays
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  • Una 19 rooms from $254


    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.

    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.
    Full of character
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  • Hotel du Vin Brighton 49 rooms from $324


    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.

    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.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Kiwi Collection
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