Maybe I’m biased – after all, I’m deep in a six+ years relationship with a city I’m head over heels with – but Brighton is a city that anyone can call home, even if just for a few days. From its cosmopolitan vibes and colourful lanes, to its diverse food and lively culture scene, it’s a city that is always vibrant, buzzy and exciting. Not to mention that it’s right by the sea so when the sun is beating down on the shoreline, you could mistake it for somewhere aboard. 

And even though we’ve waved goodbye to the summer, we’ve also said cheerio to the hordes of tourists that visit every year too so autumn provides the perfect season to explore this boho city. Being The Handbook’s very own Brighton resident, I’ve rounded up the best places to stay when heading down for a seaside escape.

The Grand

Brighton’s flagship hotel that’s as iconic as the seaside itself, The Grand is home to the best seaside views in the city. It boasts stunning views overlooking the two piers, stretching out beyond the sea and wind farm, providing the perfect space to while away your afternoon looking out at shore.

From its luxury sea view rooms to its traditional afternoon tea that’s not to be missed, The Grand plays host to the best hotel experience in the seaside city. For a stay that’ll last a lifetime, book in for one of their deluxe sea view rooms – these are spacious, filled with neutral interiors and a cosy balcony looking out to sea.

Brighton’s flagship hotel that’s as iconic as the seaside itself...

Brighton is home to some great independent eateries, but for a date night, look to the hotel’s restaurant, Cyan. There’s an extra side room that’s in the style of a greenhouse, looking out to the sea, and come night provides the ultimate space for sipping cocktails and intimate conversations. Led by executive chef Alan White, the restaurant champions the best of seasonally-inspired dishes, from Sussex white pork belly with burnt Kent apples and pickled young leeks, to Cod with asparagus, potato and piquant onion dressing.

I recently had the delight of staying here and honestly haven’t stopped harking on about how magical the stay was. Just the seaside views from the rooms are worth visiting for alone.

Where: 97-99 King’s Road, Brighton, BN1 2FW
Website: www.grandbrighton.co.uk

Artist Residence 

Artist Residence has taken the best aspects of Brighton – its eccentricity, creativeness and boho vibes – and brought them to life through its interiors.

From the outside, you could mistake Artist Residence as any other townhouse on Regency Square, but inside it brings the city to play through its art and hipster design. Home to 24 rooms, all are filled with original artist murals, vintage and reclaimed furniture, and some even boasting views out over the West Pier (the burnt down structure for those who aren’t locals or regular Brighton frequenters). 

The hotel’s onsite restaurant and cocktail bar is the perfect place to start your morning or cosy into one of the chairs and wind down for the evening with a nightcap. The Tropic Thunder cocktail, made with spiced rum, orgeat, mango puree and lime, is a personal favourite.

Where: 33 Regency Square, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 2GG
Website: www.artistresidence.co.uk

Selina 

Designed with nomad explorers in mind, Selina is a trendy new neighbourhood hotel that landed on the seafront scene back in 2020. And it’s already become a firm favourite for locals, tourists and travellers alike to bed in for a night in Brighton. 

The dark blue exteriors are a welcomed addition to the seafront hotel scene. Inside the bohemian feel continues on into the rooms, bar and restaurant. Stylish and modern, the rooms reflect Brighton’s contemporary feel through the quirky artwork, while still feeling seaside-esque thanks to the reclaimed wood headboards. 

For those on a working vacation, Selina has a great co-working space perfect for brainstorming, alongside a bar and late-night venue for those wanting to keep the vibes going into the night. 

The rooms still feel seaside-esque thanks to the reclaimed wood headboards. 

Where: 135 Kings Road, Brighton, BN1 2HX
Website: www.selina.com

The Ginger Pig

A little further out of central and over to Hove, you’ll find The Ginger Pig, a top pub and inn that’s home to 11 en-suite double bedrooms. 

The Ginger Pig is very much about the restaurant, serving up traditional, refined dishes sourced from Sussex’s top suppliers. All of the menus are inspired by the season and the surrounding areas. Expect dishes such as Game pie with smashed swede and carrot and brussel tops; Roast cod fillet with pressed potato, roast chicory, radish and green olives, and saffron steamed mussels; and Dark chocolate ganache with beetroot sorbet, redcurrant, Italian meringue and wood sorrel. 

The rooms, spread over two floors, follow the Ginger philosophy. The interiors are simple, modern and understated, but deliver on the comfort front by the hordes.

Where: 3 Hove Street, Hove, BN3 2TR
Website: www.thegingerpigpub.com

Hotel Una 

Another hotel that’s less than a five minute walk from all of the action is Hotel Una on Regency Square. Independently owned, the hotel is home to 20 quirkily designed bedrooms and suites. 

Despite being recently converted, the Regency townhouse still boasts some of its original features, including the sash windows, stone fireplaces and coving, but ties them together with modern and artistic furniture. 

For those wanting a relaxing experience, book in for one of their spa rooms. The Belize room is our favourite, home to its very own whirlpool bath and sauna.

Where: 55-56 Regency Square, Brighton, BN1 2FF
Website: www.hotel-una.co.uk

For the diners, make a pitstop by their vine-covered pergola for cocktails in a seriously cool spot.

Hotel du Vin & Bistro 

Part of the wider group, Hotel du Vin & Bistro is located just off the seafront on Ship Street. The exteriors look as though they’d fit perfectly in a quaint countryside village, but can in fact be found right in the heart of the city. 

Home to 49 rooms and suites, the hotel boasts rooms that look out to the seafront. All rooms are equipped with super luxury Egyptian cotton linen, fluffy towels to wrap up in after a relax in the roll top baths or monsoon showers.

For the diners, make a pitstop by their vine-covered pergola for cocktails in a seriously cool spot.

Where: 2 Ship Street, Brighton, BN1 1AD
Website: www.hotelduvin.com

Hotel Pelirocco

For anyone who knows anything about Brighton’s rock ‘n’ roll scene, will know that Regency Square’s Hotel Pelirocco is the place to go for a night to remember. 

Just a short stroll to the seaside, the room’s here are unlike any you’ll have ever seen before, with every room having their own specific theme and design. From a room inspired by Dolly Parton to rebel rebel, a room playing homage to David Bowie, a lovers lair to a twist on a traditional Japanese room, there’s something for everyone.

Where: 10 Regency Square, Brighton, BN1 2FG
Website: www.hotelpelirocco.co.uk


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