Its proximity to London makes Brighton one of the UK’s premier beachside destinations. A visit to the famous exotic Taj Mahal-like Royal Pavilion is an Instagram must. However, this is a town filled with alternative options too, like the waterfront wood-fire Spa, SUP lagoon yoga, an upside-down house, a turbo rollercoaster, street art and a mystifying House of Illusions. The Lanes are a shopping paradise, where boutique and bric a brac shops sit side by side. If you’re feeling brave you might like to try some wild swimming, or a dip in the Grade II listed Saltdean lido.
The Grand Brighton
An iconic and historic Victorian hotel, this building has become a landmark on the seafront. Built to an Italian Renaissance style, it retains many period features, but with a contemporary vibe inspired by its surroundings. The Grand’s new dining room, Cyan, has become a destination restaurant. Here, two and three-course set menus and a curated range of small plates, sharing platters, and signature dishes can be ordered. There’s also the option of the Victoria Terrace Grill and bar. Single rooms through to Grand Collection suites can be booked, with higher grades providing BOSE sound systems, sweeping sea views, 32” LCD flat-screen TV and Noble Isle bath products.
Hotel Du Vin
Two quaint pale green buildings in the Lanes sandwich a little medieval-type structure that’s like something straight out of a Brothers Grimm fairy tale. Together they house Brighton’s Hotel Du Vin, a 49 bedroom property with chic New England style interiors. Upgrade to the lavish Cristal loft suite if you wish to sleep in an 8ft by 8ft bed, recline on leather sofas, soak in twin clawfooted tubs and soak up the sun on the suite’s huge private terrace. There’s a shared terrace for residents also, as well as a maritime-themed bistro and a trendy on-site pub.
Artist Residence Brighton
Those preferring something a little more bohemian and very in keeping with Brighton’s eccentric and creative side should book a stay at this Regency Townhouse. 24 bedrooms are all individually designed. Each contains original artworks, murals, limited edition prints, a Nespresso coffee machine, a Roberts radio, organic bath products and a mix of vintage and reclaimed furniture. Some have balconies and extra fancy touches like copper sided rolltop bathtubs and super king-sized unusual metal-framed four-poster beds. With rooms for four or six too, it’s the ideal establishment for discerning small groups. There’s also an all-day cafe and bar – their brunch is especially good.