Hard to beat: Regency Square is within staggering distance of all the best clubs, but set back from the noise of the seafront. A taxi ride from the station will take you all of five minutes: you could walk it in 10. All the car parks, shops, bars and restaurants of the city centre are nearby.
The bedrooms are brash, and styled to the hilt. Each takes a different, vivid theme – Jamaican dub reggae, for example, or decadent burlesque. One celebrates the glory days of Mohammed Ali, while another, dedicated to Diana Dors, is all satiny drapes and boa trims. The Modrophenia room, complete with target-motif duvet, is a classic – and the perfect place to hang your parka. Most guests make a specific request, but if you’re in an anything-goes kind of mood (this is Brighton, after all), you could treat it as a lucky dip.
Downstairs, there’s a cosy little cocktail bar which stays open until 1am from Sunday to Thursday, and until 4am on Friday and Saturday. There’s also a private karaoke lounge, with room for 10.
Eating and drinking
A decent breakfast is included, but the Pelirocco’s cult house cocktails are the main attraction. Cupcakes and other fun goodies can be ordered in.
The service is somewhat mixed – sometimes the staff can’t do enough for you, but catch them on a bad day and you might find them indifferent.
Who stays there
The young and young-at-heart, particularly party animals and couples on saucy getaways.
- Backpackers / Students
- First-time travellers
- Stag / hen parties
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Arty and unique, with bags of attitude
- The loud, bohemian style won’t suit those looking for a sleek, modern retreat