Situated opposite Brighton’s landmark public library on pedestrian-friendly Jubilee Square, MyHotel is at the heart of the city’s liveliest quarter, surrounded by shops, bars, restaurants and entertainment venues.
The bedrooms are very funky. Integral to the feng-shui-friendly concept cooked up by New York designer Karim Rashid are curvy white walls, vibrant splashes of colour, mood lighting and uncompromisingly open plan layouts. While I’m not entirely sure how an open plan en suite contributes to your spiritual wellbeing, it certainly challenges your inhibitions. Technophiles will love the sound systems, free WiFi and other gadgetry.
As the standard doubles are rather small, it’s worth paying extra for a larger room unless you’re travelling extremely lightly. For a treat, you could splash out on one of the suites, created by local artists.
Just as the great hotels of the Victorian era were designed to be far grander than their guests’ own homes, MyHotel is aspirational in a thoroughly 21st century way. The lobby is styled like a modern art installation and the vibe as the doors swish open is so cool it almost hurts.
Eating and drinking
The wonderfully sleek, curvy design carries through into Merkaba, a seductive little cocktail bar for style-conscious grown-ups.
To help you chill out, there’s a treatment room where you can indulge in an Eastern-style massage using organic products, and a groovy reading room.
The staff are generally friendly and welcoming.
Who stays there
The young and young-at-heart; contemporary style aficionados.
Unusually for a Brighton hotel, there’s no two-night-minimum-stay rule at weekends.
- Business travellers
- Families with teenagers
- Stag / hen parties
- Live entertainment
- People watching
Pros & Cons
- Cool, fun atmosphere
- Very central, especially for shoppers and bar-hoppers
- Some rooms are small, with uninspiring views
- The ultramodern décor won’t suit those with traditional tastes