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Where to Stay in Brighton – a neighbourhood guide

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Brighton is as diverse and vibrant as a major world city, but as laid-back and friendly as a small seaside resort. Most major attractions are within easy walking distance of one another, so there’s really no such thing as a bad location. But there’s great variety to be found within the city’s neighbourhoods, and this is reflected in the choice of accommodation on offer.
Hotels on King’s Road

 

 

Many of Brighton’s biggest, grandest, and longest-established hotels can be found here. Treat yourself to a stay in an opulent Victorian building, replete with chandeliers, tapestries, and elegant fine-dining restaurants. You’ll also find more reasonably priced modern hotels run by top international chains.

 

Kemptown

 

 

Just east of the city centre, Kemptown is mere moments away from the seafront and pier, and a short walk from the Royal Pavilion and Lanes. As the epicentre of Brighton’s gay scene, it’s also a thriving destination in its own right – beguilingly laid-back by day, thrillingly lively by night. Relaxed antique shopping and hard partying are the yin-yang activities to get stuck into here.

 

Hotels in Kemptown

 

 

Kemptown is home to a number of charming boutique hotels and B&Bs, housed in ornate period buildings, and featuring colourfully quirky interiors. There are also seafront hotels catering to a predominantly gay crowd, boasting lively bars with stunning views of the beach.

 

Regency Square

 

 

Regency Square is a stunningly preserved example of elegant Georgian seaside architecture. Its handsome terraces are today home to a mixture of intimate hotels and private residences. These all face onto a lush green square with fabulous sea views – it’s the perfect place to lounge around on a summer’s day.

 

Hotels in Regency Square

 

 

You’ll find some of Brighton’s most popular boutique hotels and upscale guesthouses in Regency Square – expect great perks like flat-screen TVs and free WiFi. If you’re on a tighter budget, there are also more basic B&Bs, offering first-rate attentive service, cosy rooms, and delicious cooked breakfasts, all at reasonable prices.

 

Hove

 

 

If you prefer a slightly more sedate pace of life, consider staying in the neighbouring town of Hove. This elegant area is one of the south coast’s most prestigious addresses, packed with chic bistros and fashion boutiques, but possessing the same unfussy vibe that makes Brighton such a joy to visit.

 

Hotels in Hove

 

 

You’ll find a slightly more limited but very appealing selection of independent hotels and guesthouses in Hove, and prices across the board are competitive. Even the lower-end hotels can feature 4-poster beds as well as handy amenities like free WiFi and coffee and tea making facilities.