New Steine is a pleasant garden square which dates back to the 1790s and opens onto the seafront on the south side. It always feels bright and airy, even in grey weather. 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 well under 10 minutes’ walk away.
All 10 rooms are different but decorated in a consistently attractive style with clean white walls and contemporary furniture; luxurious details include mirror-fronted chests of drawers and furry throws. The website sweetly claims that some rooms have ocean views (in reality, you’ll have to make do with the English Channel) and invites you to sample the “reverse penthouse” (that’s the basement, to you and me). The latter turns out to be a tour de force – it’s as large as an apartment, complete with a kitchen and a living room with a cosy modern gas fire.
Eating and drinking
On the ground floor, the smart, arty front room doubles as a breakfast room and bar, open to residents and non-residents for beer, wine and cocktails.
Staff are friendly and eager to please.
Who stays there
Style-conscious singles and couples.
- Business Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Business travellers
- First-time travellers
- Mature travellers
- Chilling out
Pros & Cons
- Soothing colour scheme
- Attractive modern décor
- As in many of Brighton’s townhouse hotels, some rooms are small
- At busy times, traffic noise carries up from the seafront