Upper Rock Gardens is a pleasant avenue lined with classic terraced houses dating back to the 1880s, with fine views down to the sea. The beach and Kemptown’s lively pubs, bars, restaurants and shops are all within easy strolling distance.
The décor is modern, but classic enough to sit comfortably with the Cavalaire’s Victorian fireplaces and bay windows. Jewel-coloured fabrics are a trademark – the beds are dressed with bright throws and luxurious piles of cushions. There are 10 rooms in all, including some small, inexpensive ones – good value if you’re not planning to spend much time in your room. The front-facing rooms are all much larger; for a special occasion you’ll want to treat yourself to Room 3, which has a high ceiling and a huge four-poster bed.
Fresh flowers, warm lighting and a lovely, exposed-brick hallway make you feel welcome right from the start. The downstairs living room is cosy by night and sunny at breakfast time. There’s free WiFi throughout.
Eating and drinking
Everything about breakfast, from the fresh coffee or herbal infusions to the blow-out Full English, is delicious.
The Cavalaire’s friendly, down-to-earth owners, Garry and Derek, have a knack for making everyone feel at home.
Who stays there
All ages, including singles, families, gay couples, straight couples and business travellers.
Special offers come up from time to time. If you know you won’t have time for breakfast, you can make a saving by booking on a room-only basis.
- High-Speed Internet
- Business travellers
- Mature travellers
Pros & Cons
- Personal service
- Attractive and welcoming
- In some rooms, the en-suite shower rooms are very small