“Chilled-out, charming and very Brighton, this eclectic hotel is good value and great fun - excellent food and lethal cocktails, too”
The hotel occupies 2 townhouses and, although there's a unifying hipster feel to the ground floor, each side has its own aesthetic. Original rooms are dubbed 'Arty' – think murals and a colourful, quirky ambiance – whereas newer additions with Farrow & Ball paints and vintage pieces are christened 'House'.
For something special, our Bigger House Sea View definitely had the wow-factor, with a freestanding tub overlooking the grassy square and West Pier beyond. The Bigger Sea View with Balcony also brings the heat with added Regency splendour.
That said, on past visits a Cosy House Double has served us well thanks to characterful dark walls, comfy leather armchairs and Spanish tiles on the bathroom floor. Families and those wanting a quieter stay should request an upper floor room, as sound can travel from the busy bar and restaurants.
Groups of adults are well served by the lower-ground floor suite, a huge apartment-style space with double bedroom and palatial lounge (in which a further 4 single bunk-beds fold out from the wall).
See Rates for full room descriptions.
Dinner in The Set was outstanding, a real highlight of our stay. For an indulgent weekend away, you can't beat the creative 5-course menu with corresponding wine flight (all beautifully presented). It's true culinary theater, though you'll be glad your room is just a short stumble upstairs by the end of it. As such, we recommend pre-dinner drinks in the The Cocktail Shack, where the delicious concoctions and humorous menu soon set the tone for a fun evening.
If you fancy striking a less formal tone, The Set Cafe serves up similar small plates and snacks at long communal wooden tables. This is also where you'll find breakfast - an enticing menu with everything from healthy granola with spiced berry compote to hair-of-the-dog house beans on toast with bourbon and paprika. We couldn't resist our old faithful, eggs Benedict, and it was up there with the best we've had.
Thanks to its lively bar and restaurant scene, the hotel appeals to hip couples and friends more than families. That said, kids are welcome and the city is full of fun things to do - all ages love being by the sea!
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
All Bigger Rooms, Medium House Double Rooms and Medium Arty Double Rooms can take a baby cot.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Due to the noisy adult vibe of the ground floor public areas, the basement and first-floor rooms are not well suited to children. Families should request rooms on the second-floor or higher. No babysitting service available.