Where to Stay in Brighton: Best Areas & Hotels

Written by Carri Wilbanks
Updated May 20, 2021
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A popular weekend escape for Londoners, trendy Brighton is a seaside town with some excellent lodging options, whether you're looking for luxury or budget sleeps on a family vacation or a romantic getaway. In fact, some of the best hotels in Brighton are mid-range properties, and it's a great beach destination as well.

Note that in Brighton, seafront hotels will be as close as you get to the beach but not on the beach itself. All the hotels are set on the other side of the A259/Marine Parade, which runs parallel to the water. You must cross it and a smaller street to actually reach the water, but it is only a few minutes' walk.

Beyond the seafront promenade, the town of Brighton is also worth wandering and staying in - the historic, cobbled Lanes shopping district is within walking distance of beachfront attractions like the Brighton Palace Pier.

Where to Stay in Brighton for Luxury

Royal Pavilion
Royal Pavilion

Drakes Hotel Brighton has a great seafront location just across the road from Brighton Beach and not far from the Brighton Palace Pier. It features contemporary chic rooms with handcrafted wood furnishings, super comfy beds draped in luxe linens, and recycled bamboo floors. While on the small side, the rooms use the space well. Try for a room at the front of the property, however, as these have the best beach and pier views. On-site amenities include a well-regarded restaurant, free Wi-Fi, and paid parking.

The Grand Brighton is another excellent choice, which is also right on the seafront and under a 15-minute walk from Brighton Palace Pier. This opulent hotel inside a Victorian-era building dating back to 1864 features fabulous public spaces and modern luxe rooms and suites with paneled walls, floor-to-ceiling windows, and black-and-white patterned bathrooms.

Away from the rooms, the hotel features a fine-dining restaurant, a lounge terrace serving a revered afternoon tea, and weekly live music. There is also a gym and spa on-site, and breakfast is included in the rate.

On narrow Ship Street, which leads directly to the seafront, Hotel du Vin is in the midst of The Lanes shopping district's cobbled alleys and is just a few minutes' walk from Brighton Pier. Inside adjoining 17th-century buildings, the rooms and suites at this boutique property are elegant yet homey affairs with wicker furnishings, hanging driftwood art, and comfortable beds with crisp white linens. They also come with Nespresso machines and bottles of fresh milk. Amenities include a delicious French bistro, room service, laundry, and free Wi-Fi. Dogs are also welcome.

Where to Stay in Brighton: Mid-Range

Brighton Palace Pier
Brighton Palace Pier

A Room With A View is one of Brighton's excellent mid-range choices and is set across the main road from the beach. This sophisticated B&B is set in a Georgian townhouse, a few minutes' walk from the Brighton Pier. Rooms are stylishly chic with perks like Nespresso machines and marble bathrooms, and many feature sea views from private balconies.

Away from the rooms, guests enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast in the dining room, access to a lounge, and free parking.

Another excellent mid-range choice is the centrally located Blanch House, which is a 15-minute walk from The Lanes and Royal Pavilion in one direction, and the beach in the other. Inside a four-story Georgian mansion, which has been converted into a chic, adults-only boutique property, it features just 12 Art Deco-inspired rooms, which are spacious and individually decorated around themes. Amenities include a complimentary full hot breakfast served in a gorgeous teal dining room.

Hotel Una is also a solid choice in this price range. It is set back from the seafront by about four or five blocks on Regency Square and is a modern, boutique sleep. Expect original artwork and modern amenities, like iPod docks and flat-screen TVs, in the stylish rooms. Some also come with deluxe coffee makers, living space, and either jetted or claw-foot tubs.

Breakfast is included in the rate, and so is Wi-Fi. There is also an on-site hot tub but no pool, parking, or restaurant.

Where to Stay in Brighton on a Budget

Colorful beach huts in Brighton
Colorful beach huts in Brighton

Premier Inn Brighton City Centre Hotel is Brighton's most popular budget sleep in a great downtown location. It's just a block away from The Lanes shopping streets and multiple restaurants, as well as a five-minute stroll from the seafront. The contemporary rooms come in a number of sizes, including rooms with two pullout beds for families. Children under 16 sleep free with adults as well.

On-site amenities include a restaurant and free Wi-Fi. Parking is available for a fee.

Ibis Brighton City Centre Station is another budget choice that is popular for its downtown location, just a few minute's walk from the train station and about 10 minutes by foot from the Royal Pavilion. The rooms are basic but comfortable and clean, with crisp white linens on comfy beds. They come with flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi, and some feature sea views.

Amenities include a restaurant, which offers a hot breakfast buffet each morning (it is not free, however). Paid parking is also available.

Where to Stay in Brighton for Families

Merry-go-round near the Brighton seafront
Merry-go-round near the Brighton seafront

Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront is a popular pick for families on the seafront, within walking distance of the Royal Pavilion Palace. It offers rooms and suites done up in warm color schemes, which are spacious, clean, and comfortable with modern amenities.

Many rooms also feature sea views and mini-fridges, and the suites add living space and in some instances, hot tubs on private patios. Away from the rooms, guests will find an indoor swimming pool (rare for Brighton and a hit with the kids), as well as a sauna and spa, gym, and a restaurant serving modern global fare. Parking is available for a fee.

Set just a block back from the seafront and less than a 10-minute walk from Brighton Palace Pier, the Travelodge Brighton Seafront Hotel is another great family choice. This kid-friendly property features family rooms, as well as regular rooms that are all basic but clean and comfortable.

There is an on-site restaurant with an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet, which adults pay for but kids can indulge in for free. There is no on-site parking, but the front desk can arrange for discounted local parking.

The Lanes Hotel sits right on the seafront. It caters to parents traveling with kids with its family room selections and extras like board games and puzzles to borrow. Many rooms also have direct ocean views from private balconies, and all are quite spacious with comfy beds.

A complimentary breakfast is included in the rate, and the desk stays open 24 hours. There is also an ocean-facing communal TV lounge should guests want to get out of their room.

Where to Stay in Brighton for Couples

Brighton Beach
Brighton Beach

Couples looking for a different style sleep will want to check out Hotel Pelirocco on Regency Square, about 10 minutes by foot from the seafront. It's a rock 'n' roll boutique property in a revamped townhouse.

The bold decor in the theme rooms is all inspired by music and pop culture and includes everything from mirrored ceilings to whirlpool tubs to lightsabers (yes there is a Star Wars-themed room) depending on which you choose.

Amenities include a karaoke lounge, live music on some nights, and breakfast and afternoon tea service for a fee. In-room massages can also be arranged.

Artist Residence Brighton is another great choice for couples. The charming, art-focused boutique property is in a 19th-century building in the city center. It features just 12 rooms, which are all individually decorated by a different artist. There is also a focus on using reclaimed industrial materials, and you'll notice bits of iron from an old pier in the design. A hot breakfast is included in the rate. There is also an on-site restaurant.

Couples seeking a bed-and-breakfast-style experience should try Red Brighton Blue. This historic property in a lovely Georgian townhome has just 11 rooms. These feature large windows and tasteful furnishings. The location on a quiet street leading down to the sea front in the boho Kemptown area is another perk. The B&B is within walking distance from many restaurants and shops. The cooked-to-order breakfast is delicious, and guests can also arrange for car or bike hire from the front desk.

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