Brighton’s seafront is one of the most iconic in Britain. Although it may have smooth banks of pebbles instead of fine, clean sand along the beach, the pier, waterfront walkways and hotels are a big part of the town’s unique atmosphere. Brighton is known as a party town on weekends, but that is not the singular definition of the place; it has other faces too. The Lanes and Royal Pavilion add charm and character and there are plenty of seafront hotels that replicate this sentiment too.
Here at Travelmag.com we have peered into the details of all the seafront hotels in Brighton and the result is this list of our favourite five. No pebble was left unturned. Price, location, previous guest reviews and hotel facilities have all be taken into account among other factors.
Privates from £110/ night
Grand is certainly the operative term at this fantastic seafront hotel. In everything, from the Egyptian silk bed linen to the hotel’s indulgent spa facilities, steam room and fitness centre, there are little touches of class laced throughout. The location is minutes from the Lanes and Brighton Pier, there is an onsite restaurant and cocktail bar, or you can have a cream tea out on the terrace and people-watch while keeping out of the sun. The rooms are modern and well-appointed while maintaining a sense of the hotel’s Renaissance style.
Privates from £68/ night
The Old Ship Hotel is imbued with many classy touches, including the hotel’s a la carte restaurant with its arched roof, and the spacious rooms containing flatscreen TVs, toiletries and free wifi. There is also an electric kettle, ironing facilities and hairdryer. There is a billiards table in the communal area for a small addition fee and a fitness centre on site. Better yet, The Old Ship is a pet friendly hotel, and there are water bowls and a comfy basket available on request.
Privates from £94/ night
And what a view it is! Many rooms look out towards the sea, with Volk’s Railway and the pier with its Ferris wheel close by. The hotel, in a Grade II listed Georgian building, is not too hard on the eyes either. This is a centrally located hotel and many of Brighton’s top sights, such as the Royal Pavilion, are minutes away on foot. The most basic rooms have a view out onto the garden rather than the sea and higher tariffs come with breakfast included.
Privates from £69/ night
Granville, like all of the hotels on this list, continues to prove that luxury need not come at high cost. Each room of the hotel is furnished and upholstered in a completely different style. Some rooms are especially elegant, culminating in the grand double room, with its four-poster bed. An excellent breakfast is included in the price as are access to the terrace, wifi and bar. All rooms have tea and coffee making facilities and room service upon request.
Privates from £85/ night
On one side of Queens Hotel & Spa are the mazy Lanes with their quaint shops and eateries. On the other side is the famous Brighton Pier and beach. A great range of facilities are available to guests including a bar and restaurant, business facilities and, as the name suggests, a spa and wellness centre. Most services are available for an additional fee, although the sauna and fitness centre are free for all guests. Rooms and beds are comfortable and breakfast is included.