In Brighton’s hippest postal district, BN2, Atlingworth Street connects the seafront and the smart end of St James’ Street, the heart of Brighton’s gay village. This is the place where Brighton’s boutique-chic revolution really took off: [node:120994], currently closed, was in the same terrace. Narnia-style street lights add to the period feel, and there are quirky bric-à-brac shops nearby. The station is a pleasant 20-minute walk away, or under ten by taxi.
Wonderfully soothing neutral shades of silver, cloud-grey, charcoal and blue give the rooms a contemporary, minimal feel, but this is not a hard-edged haven of cool: cashmere-covered chairs and super-soft carpets and throws make everything eminently cosy and strokable. If you can afford it, treat yourself to one of the three front rooms: these have graceful bay windows looking down the street to the sea. For long, lazy soaks in a roll-top tub and a chance to stretch out on Brighton’s biggest four-poster, be sure to grab the one on the top floor, Room 301. The others are compact, to say the least, but cosy. All nine are kitted out with flatscreen TVs, WiFi and desirable bathroom goodies.
Very well kept.
Eating and drinking
A gorgeous breakfast is served in the tranquil, sunny first-floor dining room, which becomes an honesty bar in the evening.
Claas and Russell couldn’t be more thoughtful: they offer guests a warm and personal welcome, and go out of their way to please.
Who stays there
Couples on elegant escapes, business travellers and wedding guests-of-honour. No children under 12.
Reduced rates are often available for midweek (Monday-Thursday) stays of two nights or more.
- Business travellers
- Families with teenagers
- Special occasions
Pros & Cons
- Excellent value for a high level of comfort
- Intimate and finished with impeccable taste
- Some rooms are rather small