Where to stay in Brighton when visiting this lovely seaside destination in Southern England? Although we first heard of this coastal town when already travelling along the south coast of England, we learned that Brighton is a highly popular destination among the English. Therefore, the city boasts many appealing accommodation options. This blog will assist you in making a choice. What are the best areas to stay in Brighton? And which hotels in Brighton are recommended?
How to get to Brighton?
Brighton, also known as Brighton and Hove, is a well-known coastal resort town located in the southeastern region of England. Its strategic location makes it easily accessible from London, which is also situated in the same southeastern area of the country.
Travel quickly and easily by train from London to the English seaside town of Brighton in just an hour. London is easily accessible by train from many other European countries, although flying is also an option. If flying, we recommend London Gatwick as your airport of choice. From there, you can take a train to Brighton in just half an hour.
Prefer traveling by car? We visited Brighton with our camper van during a road trip through Southern England. You can cross to England with your car by taking the ferry from France (from Dunkirk or Calais). Alternatively, you can take the super-fast train through the Channel Tunnel between Calais and Folkstone. Simply drive your car onto the train and, after about half an hour, you can drive on the left side again as you exit the train in England.
Why Brighton is worth visiting
Brighton is a charming seaside town renowned for its exotic Royal Pavilion, inviting city center, and trendy hotspots. The combination of a beach and a quintessentially English pier, with a super-cool city center full of hotspots, vintage stores, and boutiques, unequivocally makes Brighton a must-visit.
Brighton’s vibrant heart is a maze of narrow streets appropriately called The Lanes. In our opinion, it is the most enjoyable part of Brighton, with a charming streetscape, cozy terraces, and a convivial atmosphere. North Laine, located just north of The Lanes, is equally charming.
North Laine’s Lanes are filled with trendy coffee shops, delightful eateries, cozy bars, vintage stores, and charming boutiques. Moreover, colorful street art, for which Brighton is renowned, can be found here. The most famous piece is ‘Kissing Policemen’ by the renowned artist Banksy. Although the original has been sold, a replica can still be seen on the wall of a pub located near the police station.
The Royal Pavilion stands out as one of the most distinctive landmarks in Brighton. The palace features an exotic fusion of architectural styles, showcasing influences from the Middle East and China. It served as the residence of Prince George of Wales, who ruled England on behalf of his father, the king. The enchanting palace offered him a sanctuary to unwind and meet his secret lover! Even if you decide not to purchase a ticket to visit the Brighton Palace, we highly recommend taking a leisurely stroll around the gardens. You will be able to admire the unique palace, adorned with domes and minarets, from the outside.
Where to stay in Brighton
The best areas to stay in Brighton rea along the coast for stunning ocean views or in the charming city center near The Lanes and The North Laine. This way, you’ll be within walking distance of all the attractions, as well as the lively restaurants and bars.
The best hostels and hotels in Brighton:
#1 The Southern Belle for a luxury boutique hotel and bar featuring a cocktail lounge, housed in an atmospheric 19th-century building. The hotel rooms are uniquely and modernly decorated with vibrant colors, in line with boutique hotel expectations.
#2 Sea Spray Hotel for a boutique hotel right on the coast. This elegant establishment in central Brighton is housed in a historic building. Its bright, classically appointed rooms have won rave reviews for their comfort and charm. Guests also praise the generous breakfast spread, friendly staff, and unbeatable location.
#3 Artist Residence Brighton for one of Brighton’s most exquisite boutique hotels, housed in magnificent Regency-style townhouses. The hotel is situated opposite the iconic, abandoned West Pier and boasts 25 individually designed rooms adorned with exceptional artwork, en-suite bathrooms, and luxurious beds. Additionally, most rooms feature breathtaking coastal views.
#4 Malmaison Brighton for a hotel boasting stunning views of Brighton marina and the sea. Its uniquely designed rooms feature modern décor, rainfall showers, plush bedding, and artworks adorning the walls. Additional amenities include complimentary parking, a bar, and a restaurant with an outdoor terrace, large windows, and a conservatory. The restaurant serves modern British cuisine made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
#5 Blanch House for an elegant Regency-style hotel in the heart of downtown Brighton. Just a few steps away from the nearest beach, and a 10-minute walk to Brighton Pier, this hotel boasts great service, a generous breakfast, spacious rooms with beautiful decor, and a prime location. Guests rave about their stays in glowing reviews.
#6 Hotel Pelirocco for a one-of-a-kind boutique hotel located in a coastal manor, The Pelirocco, situated on Regency Square, just a stone’s throw away from The Lanes and Brighton’s other notable landmarks. With its quirky, themed rooms, this hotel promises a truly unique stay in Brighton. Each room boasts a distinctive and extravagant decor, inspired by popular culture, glamour, and music.
#7 The Charm Brighton Boutique Hotel & Spa for a classic luxury hotel located in the trendy Kemptown neighborhood, east of The Lanes and just a 5-minute walk from the famous pier. The hotel features bright rooms, many of which offer a private seating area and sea view. Housed in a beautifully restored, historic building, this boutique hotel exudes luxury.
#8 Brightonwave for a sophisticated boutique-style bed and breakfast just minutes away from the pier. Brightonwave is situated in a traditional 19th-century mansion which has been meticulously renovated into a stylish and contemporary accommodation. With only eight rooms, this small-scale B&B is one of the top-rated sleeping spots in Brighton. Its guests have given exceptional reviews for its cozy and homely atmosphere, welcoming hosts, and outstanding breakfast.
#9 Leonardo Royal Hotel Brighton Waterfront (formerly known as Jurys Inn Brighton) for a popular choice for those seeking a seaside view in Brighton. It is located just 400 meters from Brighton Pier and the Royal Pavilion. Guests can enjoy complimentary access to the Health & Leisure Club, which includes an indoor pool, steam room, sauna, and fully-equipped fitness center. The stunning Atrium Bar, with its large glass ceiling, is a notable feature of the hotel.