Where To Stay: 15 Of The Best Brighton Hotels

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One thing you’ll need if you’re heading to Brighton for the weekend (other than an ice cream in your hand at all times) is a hotel.

That way, when you’ve done all the eating and drinking, danced all night and generally got a good few lungfuls of sea air, you’ll be able to bed down somewhere comfortable.

The good news is you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to finding hotels in Brighton, so we’ve selected 15 of the best for you.

drakes of Brighton

drakes of brighton

Suite with a sea view at drakes of brighton

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Head here for a weekend of relaxed glamour and you’ll be assigned one of 20 bespoke designer rooms, the majority of which have views of the sea.

The triple-aspect circular rooms (that’s hotel-ese for three big windows) also have free-standing baths, monsoon showers, and Egyptian cotton sheets.

The contemporary European food at drakes has also topped Brighton’s Good Food Guide for the last five years.

Parking is at a premium around Brighton, but luckily they do have 15 spaces on a first-come, first-served basis.

Famous guests have included Kylie Minogue, The Prodigy and Jeff Beck, Cate Blanchett and Woody Allen.

Good for: Central location, sea views, designer rooms, free standing baths and fine dining.
Rating: 4 Star

Getting there: 43-44 Marine Parade, Brighton, BN2 1PE
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drakes of brighton

Feature bath at drakes of brighton

Artist Residence Brighton

Artist Residence

Room with a sea view at Artist Residence

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This funky boutique hotel is set back from the beach in a delightful Regency Square – and they’re refreshingly honest about the sea views from some of the 23 rooms (you can choose from tiny, medium and slightly bigger).

Many of the rooms have original artwork and vintage furniture, and they all come in different shapes and sizes with free wi-fi.

Along with the usual doubles they also have a party room  (4 bunk beds and separate double) for groups or families to stay in, underneath the restaurant.

There’s also a formal restaurant along with a second more casual option called The Set of Scales, which serves fish burgers and beers.

The Cocktail Shack, built with wood salvaged from the burnt down pier, is the perfect pre-or post evening pit-stop.

Good for: Central location, arty, unique rooms, free standing baths, great cocktails and a beautiful breakfast
Rating: 3 Star
Getting there: 33 Regency Square, Brighton, BN1 2GG
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Artist Residence Cocktail Bar

Artist Residence Cocktail Bar

The Grand Hotel

Grand Hotel Brighton

Grand Hotel Brighton

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A favourite for postcards and pictures, this Italian-influenced Victorian landmark is one of the iconic sights from Brighton’s beach.

Book one of the seafront rooms or suites with comfy beds, Egyptian Cotton sheets and fluffy robes, take afternoon tea in the Victoria Lounge, Bar and Terrace overlooking the sea and then keep it going until cocktail hour (Sun-Thur 5pm to 7pm).

Make your stay more decadent by trying out their spa, complete with sauna and steam room, and treatments including facials and massages.

Good for: Period elegance and glamour, sea views and a great spa.

Getting there: 97-99 King’s Road, Brighton, BN1 2FW
Rating: 4 Star
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Grand Hotel

Room with a sea view at the Grand Hotel

 

The lobby of the Grand Hotel

The lobby of the Grand Hotel

Blanch House

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This striking Regency townhouse in a quiet terrace has 12 rooms. All are individually decorated and themed, so try the Moroccan room or head to the Galaxy room at the top of hotel for extra privacy and a roll top bath (and a glimpse of the sea from the bay window).

Complimentary wi-fi is in every room, along with free bottled water and biscuits, giving it a homely touch.

They also have an in-house massage therapist if you need any help unwinding.

They don’t have any parking, but you can get discounted permits from the hotel to enable you to park nearby for the duration of your stay.

Good for: Regency glamour and themed rooms in the heart of Kemp Town.
Rating: 3 Star
Getting there: 17 Atlingworth Street, Brighton, BN2 1PL
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Hotel Una

 Hotel Una

Room at the Hotel Una

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The theme at this ethical boutique is rivers of the world,  so you can stay in the Danube, Rhine and Orinoco among others.

There are 19 rooms, including two suites with private whirlpool baths and saunas at this family-run hotel. Unusual furniture  is made from organic wood, and commissioned paintings from artists give each room a distinct look.

They’ve also got the Fifty Five Bar (open 24-hours to hotel guests) if you want some carefully-crafted cocktails, mixed with homemade tonics and bitters.

Good for: Free standing baths in some of the rooms, a lovely cocktail bar and interesting décor.
Rating: 4 Star
Getting there: 55-56 Regency Square, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 2FF
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 Hotel Una

Hotel Una bath

Hotel Pelirocco

Hotel Pelirocco

Themed room at the Hotel Pelirocco

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The self-proclaimed “sauciest hotel in Brighton” has 19 uniquely-decorated themed rooms with pop-art, kitcsh and 1950s concepts.

It’s a ten minute walk to the beach, and offers erotic hampers along with a private Singstar room to belt out the hits in Brighton, free from prying eyes.

The luxury Kraken’s Lair us the newest room, with a circular bed, a mirror above it, and a separate entrance to the hotel to ensure privacy.

The hotel bar hosts parties and live music events, as well as serving up some excellent cocktails.

Good for: A dirty weekend and rock-n-roll stay
Rating: 2 Star
Getting there: 10 Regency Square, Brighton, BN1 2FG
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Hotel Pelirocco

Bar at the Hotel Pelirocco

My Brighton

The lobby at myhotel Brighton

The lobby at My Brighton

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It’s all about artistry and comfort at this hotel in the North Laines area of Brighton.

The standard guest rooms are bright and airy with curved white walls, while the studios have been developed alongside local artists to create spaces that will help you get a great nights sleep.

If you like Indian food then you’re in luck, as resident restaurant The Chilli Pickle is one of Brighton’s best and there’s also a stylish cocktail bar, Merkaba, to start or end your evening.

Good for: Artistic rooms and a great central location with a basement car park.
Rating: 4 Star
Getting there: 17 Jubilee Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1GE
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myhotel Brighton

The Carousel penthouse at My Brighton

Thistle Brighton

Thistle Brighton

Guest Room with sea view at Thistle Brighton

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This large hotel has 210 rooms and a prime locations along the seafront, as well as a spa and large indoor pool.

The Atrium bar serves coffee or something a little stronger, and the rooms range from a standard double / twin to the indulgent King Suites and finally the Penthouse, with decked patio area, sun loungers and outdoor hot tub.

They have 68 parking spaces (for an additional charge) so get in early if you are driving, and superfast wi-fi throughout the hotel.

Good for: Sea-facing rooms close to the pier and a lovely indoor pool
Rating: 4 Star
Getting there: Kings Road, Brighton, BN1 2GS
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The Thistle Brighton pool

The Thistle Brighton pool

The Granville

Granville Hotel

Guest room at the Granville Hotel

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This playful boutique hotel opposite the West Pier has 24 rooms, all offering something slightly different.

There’s the Japanese Room with a corner jacuzzi bath in the en-suite, or the dandified Prince Regent room on the top floor with sea views.

For the best barbecue in town, head to Smokeys in the basement, which offers an American-style brunch, and pulled pork, ribs and burgers in the afternoon or evening. You can also get a full English at the hotel (meat, vegetarian and vegan options available).

Despite it being a smaller hotel, it has two rooms that are dog-friendly – but do tell them in advance.

Good for: Sea-facing rooms with cute themes – and  some with four poster beds.
Rating: 3 Star
Getting there: 124 Kings Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 2FY
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Seattle

Room with a view at Seattle

Room with a view at Seattle

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This bright, light and totally contemporary hotel at Brighton Marina is close enough to the centre of Brighton to walk, but far enough away to beat the crowds.

You can gaze at the boats from the majority of the rooms, as even those without a sea view overlook the inner harbour towards the houses and cliffs.

It’s home to one of the most relaxed bars in Brighton; the decked terrace looks out across the peaceful marina.

For more formal dining, their in-house restaurants offer the best of British classics.

If you’re travelling with children, they offer free use of cots, bottle sterilizers and other baby necessities, as well as a special children’s menu.

Good for: Relaxing by the waterfront, enjoying the views and the Holy Grail of free parking in Brighton.
Rating: 3 Star
Getting there: Brighton Marina, Brighton, BN2 5WA
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 the Marina - Seattle

Morning coffee in the terrace bar overlooking the Marina – Seattle

The Kings Hotel

 Kings Hotel

Guest room at Kings Hotel

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Next door to the Brighton Centre and close to the Marine Pier and Brighton Wheel, these Georgian mansions have been converted into a 90 room hotel.

Many of the executive rooms still have large bay windows giving you great views over the sea.

All the rooms are en-suite with wifi and the staff can make a room pet-friendly or organise champagne and flowers for a special occasion.

The K Bar has some of the best sea views and deep comfy chairs to sit back, relax and enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine.

Good for: Great seafront location and cocktail bar
Rating: 3 Star
Getting there: 39-141 Kings Road, Brighton, BN1 2NA
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The Kings Hotel

View of the historic Brighton Bandstand from The Kings Hotel

Britannia Study Hotel

Britannia Study Hotel

Double room at the Britannia Study Hotel

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This brand new hotel has the feel of a super-stylish hostel.

The 122 study bedrooms come with communal TV lounges, kitchen facilities. a laundry room and vending machines on every floor – as well as high-speed internet and en-suite bathrooms.

The superior rooms additionally have daily room servicing and a flat screen TV.

Good for: It’s central location near the train station
Rating: 3 Star
Getting there: 150 Western Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 2DA
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Britannia Study Hotel

Bar and Lounge at the Britannia Study Hotel

 Brighton Hotel

The Brighton Hotel

Guest room with sea view at The Brighton Hotel

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The seafront location of this Grade II listed hotel overlooks the Victorian, Brighton Bandstand, a popular spot for weddings in the summer.

It has 55 en-suite rooms, many of which have a sea view, and all have wi-fi and LCD TVs.

Their rooms range from a standard single right up to the Seaview King Room, and you can also book into a four poster room if you’re after a romantic evening.

The light and airy bar has large windows to sit and look out to sea from, as does the Salisbury restaurant.

This friendly hotel also supports local businesses and charities, with jewellery and prints available to buy, as well as getting involved in major Brighton events like Pride.

Good for: Great location and sea views
Rating: 3 Star
Getting there: 143-145 Kings Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 2PQ
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The Brighton Hotel

Bar and lounge at The Brighton Hotel

Kemp Townhouse

Kemp Townhouse

Kemp Townhouse Four poster feature room

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Brighton’s only 5* hotel can be found in a Grade II listed building in the bohemian Kemp Town district, just minutes away from the beach.

With only nine bedrooms, this guest house has TVs, complimentary toiletries, bottled water, a decanter of port and the option of breakfast in bed for no extra charge in every room.

For a really decadent stay, try the four poster feature room (pictured) which has a two person bath in the room and ensuite wet room.

Make sure you start the day with one of their locally-sourced breakfasts.

Good for: Bespoke boutique luxury in Brighton
Rating: 5 Star
Getting there: 21 Atlingworth Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 1PL
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Kemp Townhouse

Kemp Townhouse

Queens Hotel & Spa

Queens Hotel

View of the Palace Pier from the Queens Hotel

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This striking seafront hotel is in a prime location near to the Marine Pier and many of its 94 rooms have great sea views.

Keep up-to-date with the free wi-fi and all the en-suite rooms have a TV and hot drinks available.

If you don’t fancy a dip in the sea, take your swimming indoors to Brighton’s largest hotel pool, and maybe try out the spa, gym and sauna while you’re there.

The No1 bar & Bistro is a great place to drink and people watch from, with views along the promenade, and they even do a nice line in afternoon tea.

Good for: Sea views and the large indoor pool and spa.
Rating: 3 Star
Getting there: 1 Kings Road, Brighton, BN1 1NS
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The Queens Hotel

The Queens Hotel

Essential Brighton information

If our hotel choices have inspired you to take a trip down to the sunniest part of the UK – then here is our quick guide for the best things to do in Brighton.

And if the sea air has made you hungry – here’s our selection of Brighton cafes to have breakfast or a coffee in.

Tell us about your Brighton stay

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Kirsten is the chief blogger here at lastminute.com. A former newspaper journalist (don’t hold that against her), having taken extensive trips to China, America and Australasia, she is now pouring her passion for travel into writing blogs and features for the lastminute.com website. Arriving in London via exotic Scunthorpe, Kirsten has made it her mission to try out as many pubs and restaurants as she possibly can in the capital.

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