“Smartly restored Victorian townhouse with a cultivated mix of modern and period decor”
This stylish 4-storey townhouse has 9 nice-sized rooms, several with sea views. In particular, there’s plenty of space in the Fabulous Four Poster, where an emperor-size bed with a thick, Vi-spung mattress and half-a-dozen downy feather pillows awaits - perfect for a special occasion.
The top-floor Feature Four Poster has an only slightly less impressive kingsize bed, though we suspect the sexy in-room freestanding tub more than makes up for it. Both these rooms have bay windows with side sea views; the ground-floor Grand King/Twin with original fireplace has a partial sea view.
Slightly smaller are the Comfy Kings, which sit at the back of the property with rather less inspiring city views; the 2 Cosy Doubles have similar outlooks and standard double beds. Smaller still are the Cosy Single and Luxury Single rooms, which are smartly priced as a result.
Bathrooms are ensuite wet rooms, completely encased in glossy white tiles with square sinks and power showers - no screens or tubs. They are very compact and prone to getting rather messy, but Noble Isle products are provided for a touch of indulgence.
Arriving in the graceful blue breakfast room, sunlight streamed in the bay windows and a smiling waitress indicated to a table stacked with fresh OJ, mini croissants, homemade granola and cranberries. Soon enough a shot glass filled with a fresh-made banana and strawberry smoothie arrived, too. We sensed the morning’s culinary start might be a bit special. And that was before we even read the menu.
The cooked breakfasts - from boiled eggs with Marmite soldiers to the Chef’s Special (bacon, eggs and pesto) - were indeed superlative and, although we approve of the full English, it was nice to see some creativity on display.
Beyond the morning you’ll be heading out for meals. For lunch, we opted for fish-and-chips: a Brighton tradition, and available everywhere. We had tasty cod at the legendary Bardsley's, though many head to the beachfront.
For dinner, check the helpful list in your room’s information book: Food for Friends is an award-winning vegetarian eatery. We also had a fantastic meal at super-cool 64 Degrees, in the south lanes - don’t miss it.