New Steine is a pleasant garden square which opens onto the seafront on the south side. To the north are the gay-friendly bars and shops of St James' Street, a lively and raffish local high street. The Lanes and the Royal Pavilion are less than ten minutes’ walk away.
The building (a pair of adjacent townhouses) is Regency, but don’t expect much in the way of period features in the rooms – instead, the designers have gone all out for character décor. Every room is different and while the suites are quite spacious, some rooms are small with very basic shower rooms, so you may want to chat to the staff before making your choice. Free WiFi is available throughout.
Eating and drinking
Breakfast is well above average. For an indulgent treat, you can opt for breakfast in bed. There’s also an all-day (9am–9pm) room service menu.
Facials, massages, aromatherapy, reflexology, botox and other beauty treatments are available in Sea Spray’s treatment room.
Staff are friendly, helpful and conscientious.
Who stays there
Couples, families and small groups on short breaks.
While the weekend rates are high for what you get, there are good deals to be found mid-week.
- Business travellers
- Families with teenagers
- Mature travellers
- Chilling out
Pros & Cons
- Relaxed atmosphere
- Lively location
- Its claim to be a “luxury themed boutique hotel” is stretching the truth a bit – it’s really just a fun guest house with above-average service
- As in many of Brighton’s townhouse properties, some rooms are small and noise can be a problem