Atlingworth Street is just off the seafront, at the smart end of St James’ Street, the heart of Brighton’s gay village and close to some of the city's best antique and bric-à-brac shops. The station is 20 minutes away on foot, or under 10 by taxi.
Each one of the 12 rooms is different, and opulently themed. The small but beautiful Orchid Room is one of my favourites, for its calm colour scheme and elegant wallpaper. Beds are comfy, with duck down duvets and pillows to snuggle into. Handy extras include DVD players, water, coffee and tea.
As well as the bar and restaurant, there’s a meeting and function room with space to seat up to 24 people.
Eating and drinking
The bar and restaurant are open to non-residents, and are pulse points of the Brighton social scene. The bar has a 70s-style lounge vibe and a cocktail list to swoon over: having shaken and stirred at a long list of legendary London venues, Chris Edwardes really knows his stuff. The restaurant is both intimate and informal, with a modern-international menu that makes good use of seasonal ingredients and locally-caught fish.
Cocktail-making classes, wine tastings, massage and reflexology sessions can be arranged on request.
The service is friendly and imaginative. Late breakfasts are a speciality. Blanch House is licensed for weddings and the staff will go out of their way to create a uniquely special occasion.
Who stays there
Hedonistic weekenders, wedding parties and business travellers looking for something a little different.
On weekdays, room rates are a hefty chunk lower than at weekends and Bank Holidays.
- Business travellers
- Travellers with pets
Pros & Cons
- Cool and stylish, with lavishly decorated rooms
- Sophisticated party-animal atmosphere
- Minimalists may find the rich colours and patterns a bit overwhelming