Brighton hotels

By Emma Gregg, your Brighton expert

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The good news is: you’re spoilt for choice. Brighton has by far the best selection of places to stay of any British seaside destination. The city’s splendid, ever-popular Victorian seafront hotels are complemented by some great new arrivals, including a host of immaculate little boutique hotels and guest houses.

Things to consider before booking

  • Think ahead: Brighton is tremendously popular, particularly on Bank Holidays, summer weekends and during major conferences and events. There’s a huge demand for rooms during the Brighton Festival in May, Brighton Pride in August and the Christmas shopping season in November and December. So if you’ve set your heart on a particular hotel, it’s best to book in advance, particularly if your favourite is one of Brighton’s many gorgeous little boutique hotels with less than a dozen rooms. At busy times, most hotels, guest houses and b&bs insist on a two-night minimum stay.
  • Be flexible: For savvy travellers who know how to hunt down a bargain, mid week is a fantastic time to plan a trip. Even The Grand Hotel – a Brighton landmark that scarcely needs to advertise – offers great discounts from time to time. Brighton hotels love their guests to stay more than a couple of nights, so if you have several days to play with you’ll find plenty of special offers. Some places also offer tempting packages which might include dinner, wellness treatments, entrance to a seasonal attraction or a hamper of treats – just ask.
  • Location, location: Brighton is so compact that just about everywhere is within easy walking distance, but it’s still worth considering your coordinates. Go for somewhere central and you’ll be close to the station and the action; head a little further out and you’ll generally get more for your money. Though a little rough around the edges, Kemptown is quirky and cool and its Georgian, Regency and Victorian terraces are home to a huge choice of small hotels and guest houses, from the basic to the ultra-chic. Hove has a more refined atmosphere, with spacious, leafy avenues. Parking in Brighton can be a headache but if you stay in Brighton Marina, you can come and go from its free multi-storey car park as you please.
  • Style over substance? Arty hotels are oh-so-Brighton. Some are elaborately themed, others feature witty retro furnishings, funky lighting, out-there paintings and crazy installations. But of course one person’s idea of cutting-edge design may strike somebody else as pretentious nonsense. Hunt through a few of my photo galleries, and let your personal taste be your guide.
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Having stayed in a tremendous variety of hotels over the years, I consider all the Brighton hotels, guest houses and b&bs I’ve selected for Simonseeks to be leaders in their class. Whether you want to sip Champagne on a balcony facing the sea, snuggle up in a hip boutique hotel with a home-from-home feel or just crash out somewhere cheap and chic, you’ll find some great options in my Top 20.

Simonseeks has given star ratings out of five for all accommodation recommendations. With hotels, these will tally with the hotel's official star rating where it exists. Where a hotel has no official star rating, and in the case of b & bs and hostels, the experts have made a judgment as to how many stars the accommodation deserves, in terms of comfort, level of facilities and so forth.

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