Artist Residence Brighton

Brighton, Sussex, United Kingdom Book from Book from £129 per night

Chilled-out, charming and very Brighton, this eclectic hotel is good value and great fun - excellent food and lethal 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, outstanding dining and drinking opportunities, 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 stand-out dinners and cocktails in The Clubhouse, 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.
Covid update: see our Flexible Booking Policy.


  • Stylish, arty and well-priced, with a fresh and informal vibe - stand-out rooms have sea views and in-room tubs
  • The buzzy bar and restaurant feel 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


  • The first-floor and basement bedrooms are not suitable for families - noise often travels from the busy restaurants
  • The restaurant (and rooms!) fill 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...

Cheap & Chic
City Style
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 24 rooms and 3 apartments
  • Restaurant and bar
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service
  • Local info/guidebooks
  • Board games


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:

  • Coffee / tea making
  • Extra beds
  • Nespresso coffee machine
  • Satellite TV
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi


Dinner in The Clubhouse was outstanding, a highlight of our stay. There's a seasonal all-day inventive British menu, and exciting foodie pop-ups in the restaurant to look out for; tables and chairs are formed from salvaged wood from the old pier. 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 cocktail bar, where fresh, seasonal produce from kitchen are used to create delicious concoctions.

For breakfast, an enticing menu features 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.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Communal dining
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Vegetarian menu
Activity: Brighton Pier


  • 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 jewelers
  • There are festivals all year. The Brighton Festival in May is the second largest arts festival in the UK. For more on the area see our destination guide

Activities on site or nearby include:

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


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.

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:


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


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


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

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 5 independent reviews from i-escape guests


Great stay in the top floor sea view apartment. Was lovely to have a little sitting room for us to chat in late into the night and to drink lots of (really lovely eco-brand) tea! The breakfast was great and the bar area really lovely - shabby chic with fantastic art. Great cocktails too. Very close to the amazing Yakitori restaurant (Bincho) which was handy for Saturday night. Overall great stay. Going to try the Bristol one next!


Great attention to detail in the room in terms of interior design. Enjoyed all the added extras- cute teapot and good quality tea bags, beautiful smelling toiletries. Great breakfast and friendly staff.


Perfect location. A great stay in this quirky and fun hotel. Will definitely be booking in to their others.


One of the nicest boutique hotels I have stayed in. The room, although small, was delightful and tastefully decorated. The breakfast was really good and varied and the service was great. What more can I say other than - we wish that we had been able to stay longer!


Relaxed, welcoming and very central. The seafront was so close! There is a great value parking spot called Regency Mews (just behind) and we would recommend the excellent Lebanese Restaurant near by called Kambi's - friendly, local, tasty, and reasonably priced.


{{ review.rating }}/10, {{ review.firstName }}Anonymous{{ review.countryName ? ', '+ review.countryName : '' }},

Rates for Artist Residence Brighton

Arriving on: