Artist Residence Brighton

Brighton, Sussex, United Kingdom
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Artist Residence Brighton

Brighton, Sussex, United Kingdom

Chilled-out, charming and very Brighton, this eclectic hotel is good value and great fun - excellent brunch and cocktails, too

Chilled-out, charming and very Brighton, this eclectic hotel is good value and great fun - excellent brunch and cocktails, too

Over the past few years, Artist Residence Brighton has evolved from a quirky Regency guesthouse into the cool, cosmopolitan place to stay. In fact, it mirrors Brighton’s appeals perfectly: creative vintage styling, buzzy vibes, and an iconic seascape to gaze upon. Owners Justin and Charlie scoured markets and worked with local galleries to create the distinctive décor, and it’s really paid off – bedrooms are divided style-wise into 'Arty' (eclectic and quirky) and 'House' (classic and retro). Rich dark paints, lived-in leather sofas and vintage furniture pay respect to the character and history of the architecture, while exposed walls, stripped floors and graphic signs evoke trendy loft-living.

But there’s more to this place than looks. We spent most of our stay enjoying brunches and cocktails in the cafe, and chilling out in our room's enormous tub. There really is something to suit every mood, just don’t forget to step outside and enjoy everything else Brighton has to offer, too.

Highs

  • Stylish, arty and well-priced, with a fresh and informal vibe - stand-out rooms have sea views and in-room tubs
  • The buzzy cafe/bar feels at the heart of the action, treat yourself to a city-cool night out without ever having to leave the building!
  • A range of rooms for all types, be it romantics, families (there's an apartment next door) or groups (one suite has four fold-out bunks, suitable for adults only)
  • Lovely, friendly and helpful staff who instantly put you at ease
  • Conveniently placed for both the station and the sights

Lows

  • The apartments are closed in February 2024 for refurbs
  • The first-floor and basement bedrooms are not suitable for families - noise often travels from the busy restaurants nearby
  • The place fills up at weekends so book ahead
  • The majority of rooms are tiny to compact, and most don't have wardrobes; hooks and hangers are provided instead

Best time to go

Brighton is brilliant whether for sunny weekends or blustery winter excursions. Summers are outdoorsy and beach-based; all year round there's good vintage shopping, interesting sights and a great arty scene, plus bubbly restaurants and convivial bars for carousing.

Our top tips

Once you've visited Brighton, complete the set at Artist Residence's easy-going Penzance outpost, cosy Oxfordshire cottage and slick London establishment. We loved them all!

Great for...

Beach
Cheap & Chic
City Style
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 24 rooms and 3 apartments
  • Cafe/bar
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • Beach Nearby
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Car not necessary
  • Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • WiFi
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service
  • Local info/guidebooks
  • Board games
Room:

Rooms

The hotel occupies two townhouses and, although there's a unifying hipster feel to the ground floor, each side has its own aesthetic. Original rooms feature murals and a colourful, quirky ambiance, whereas newer additions are decorated with Farrow & Ball paints and vintage pieces.

For something special, our Comfy Sea View definitely had the wow-factor, with a freestanding tub overlooking the grassy square and West Pier beyond. The Balcony Bigger Sea View also brings the heat with added Regency splendour.

That said, on past visits a Cosy 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. The 4th floor Sea View Apartment in the building next door comes with a double and a bunk room as well as an open-plan kitchen-dining-living space. Also in this next-door building are some cosy apartments for couples, each with views of the seafront and pier.

Groups of adults are well served by the Below Deck 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).

Features include:

  • WiFi

Eating

The cafe/bar is a cool neighbourhood hangout and stays open from morning to bedtime. Tables and chairs are formed from salvaged wood from the old pier; it's all very trendy.

For breakfast/brunch, an enticing menu features everything from healthy granola with berry compote to hair-of-the-dog grapefruit and honey mimosas. We couldn't resist our old faithful, eggs Benedict, and it was up there with the best we've had.

In the evening, you can grab a light dinner of small plates that promise big flavour; think crispy fried aubergine, Iberico pork chop and fresh oysters. For something more substantial, Brighton has a vast choice of restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets. We hear good things about Cin Cin (modern Italian), Burnt Orange (sharing plates) and Etch (seasonal tasting menus), but staff know plenty of other great places - just ask.

We recommend drinks in the cocktail bar, where fresh, seasonal produce from the kitchen is used to create delicious concoctions. You'll be glad your room is just a short stumble upstairs by the end of it!

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Communal dining
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
Eating:
Activity: Brighton Pier

Activities

  • Stroll along the beach, taking in the Marine Palace, the Pier and the grand promenade
  • If you've never been to the splendid Brighton Pavilion then get a wiggle on - it really is unique
  • Head to North Lanes for boutique shopping and vintage finds, or South Lanes for jewellers
  • There are festivals all year. The Brighton Festival in May is the second largest arts festival in the UK

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping / markets
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis

Kids

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!

Best for:

Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

The Sea View Apartment is best for families as it has a double room and a separate bunk room. Most rooms can take a baby cot.

Cots Available, Extra Beds Available

Baby equipment:

  • Two baby cots
  • High chair

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Families Should Know:

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.

Kid Friendly:

Location

Artist Residence Brighton is close to the seafront in Brighton (just where the city becomes Hove), on the southeast coast of the UK.

By Rail:
We recommend taking the train, as the hotel is just a 10-minute walk from Brighton railway station. The fast trains from London Victoria or London Bridge are only an hour.

By Car:
You will not need a car to explore Brighton and parking can be difficult. However, there is an underground car park directly in front of the hotel.

By Air:
Fly to London Gatwick. The airport is 40 minutes away by car and 25-40 minutes away by train. London Heathrow is 70 minutes away by car or 90 minutes by National Express coach.

Detailed directions will be provided when you book through i-escape.

More on getting to the UK and getting around

Airports:

  • London Gatwick 45.0 km LGW
  • London Heathrow 102.0 km LHR

Other:

  • Beach 0.2 km
  • Shops 0.1 km
  • Restaurant 0.1 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 5 independent reviews from i-escape guests

9/10
Room
9/10
Food
10/10
Service
8/10
Value
9/10
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