Where to stay in Brighton – What you need to know

Brighton, located on the coast of the English Channel, is one of the most visited cities in Britain.

Located about 80 kilometres south of the English capital, this coastal town is also known by the name of “London-by-the-sea”.

Where to stay in Brighton - Best areas and hotels

Where to stay in Brighton – Best areas and hotels

A mere 45-minute train ride from Victoria Station separates both cities, so Brighton is the obvious destination of choice for Londoners looking for sunny holidays without leaving England.

But Brighton is not only popular for its beaches. This small coastal town is also famous for its excellent nightlife and gastronomy. Brighton is especially famous among the LGBT bunch thanks to its large number of gay bars and nightclubs.

Also, Brighton is really close to London-Gatwick Airport, 40 kilometres further north.

Brighton is actually only a half of the unified cities of Brighton and Hove, however, they are generally still considered separate entities by locals and tourists.

Despite its geographical proximity, Brighton’s climate is surprisingly different from that of London. Brighton enjoys moderate temperatures (reaching 25ºC in summer and rarely dropping below 8ºC in winter), with much scarcer rainfall too.

The local transportation system in Brighton is dominated by the bus. The train services connect Brighton with Hove, as well as London and Gatwick Airport.

As for accommodation, the central area of Brighton, with its vibrant commercial life is the most recommended area to stay in Brighton. See accommodation in Central Brighton.

Accommodation Options in Brighton

Brighton Hotels

The best hotels to stay in this British coastal town.

Brighton Hostels

Hostels and cheap stays all around Brighton & Hove.


APARTMENTS

Do you want independence? Book an apartment in Brighton.

Guesthouses and B&Bs

Bed and breakfasts, pensions and guesthouses in Brighton.

Best areas to stay in Brighton & Hove

1. Reccomended area: Brighton City Centre

Brighton City Centre is the heart of the city.

With a colourful atmosphere that in many ways is very different from that of the average British city, the city centre of Brighton is one of the most vibrant places in the country.

Its main commercial area is known as “The Lanes” and mixes the typical high-street shops with art galleries, designer shops, boutique hotels, fusion restaurants and alternative bars.

Central Brighton also houses the Royal Pavillion, a magnificent palace of Indian influences commissioned by the Prince of Wales in the 19th century as a royal residence.

Other attractions in the area include the Brighton Museum and Gallery, the Brighton Dome or the Theatre Royal.

Brighton City Centre also has Brighton Station, the main access point to the city whether you are travelling from London or from Gatwick Airport.

Definitely, Brighton City Centre is a recommended area to stay in Brighton for travelers who seek to be close to the attractions and the exciting cultural and alternative life that this city has to offer.

Best area to stay in Brighton - City Centre

Best area to stay in Brighton – City Centre

Brighton - City Centre - Click to see all hotels on a map

Brighton – City Centre – Click to see all hotels on a map

Why stay here:

  • Heart of the city
  • Tourist attractions
  • Alternative area
  • Great nightlife
  • Shopping options
  • Train station

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Our Top Pick

    ibis Brighton City Centre – Station is located in the heart of the lively city of Brighton, next to the train station, it offers modern soundproofed rooms, a bar and a restaurant. – from £65.

  • Budget Option

    Russell Guest House is a 5-minute walk from the beach and 1 minute from the city centre and is well connected to many Brighton attractions. The Russell Guest House is located in a relatively quiet garden square and offers en-suite rooms. – from £40.

  • Midrange Option

    My Brighton is located in the lively North Laine area of Brighton and combines unique décor with the latest technology. This boutique hotel houses an authentic Indian restaurant. – from £99.

  • Luxury Option

    Brighton Harbour Hotel & Spa offers free Wi-Fi and is located beachfront on the lively seafront promenade, a 2-minute walk from the Brighton Centre. The Brighton Harbor Hotel is just a few minutes’ walk from The Lanes area and Brighton Pier. – from £169 .

 

 

 

2. Kemptown

Kemptown is a small community stretching along King’s Cliff to Black Rock in East Brighton.

Most of the houses in this area are of the Regency style, with some examples of Victorian and modern architecture.

The centre of Brighton is located directly west of Kempton, a few minutes walk away.

Historically known as a neighbourhood of actors and artists, it has a considerable gay community and a network of streets with speciality shops, hotels, cafes and pubs.

Most LGBT bars and gay clubs are located in Kemptown and no matter what day of the week you visit, you will find a bar with a lively and welcoming atmosphere.

Although it lacks railway connections, Kemptown is well-connected by bus with the rest of Brighton and Hove.

It is an excellent area to stay in Brighton, especially for beach lovers and LGBT travelers.

Where to stay in Brighton - Kemptown

Where to stay in Brighton – Kemptown

Brighton - Kemptown - Click to see all hotels on a map

Brighton – Kemptown – Click to see all hotels on a map

Why stay here:

  • Close to the beaches
  • Nightlife
  • Brighton gay area

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Our Top Pick

    New Madeira Seafront Hotel enjoys a central location on Brighton’s waterfront, opposite Brighton Pier. Free WiFi access is available in all areas. – from £49.

  • Budget Option

    Sea Breeze offers luxurious rooms with luxury toiletries and free Wi-Fi. – from £37.

  • Midrange Option

    Atlantic Seafront is opposite the Brighton Pier, a 1-minute walk from the city centre, where there are bars, restaurants and nightclubs. – from £55.

  • Luxury Option

    Kemp Townhouse is well decorated and is located in the centre of Kemp Town, in Brighton. It is well decorated and offers free Wi-Fi, affordable luxury and elegant boutique accommodation with good value for money. – from £79 .

 

3. Seafront

The Seafront neighbourhood of Brighton is located west of the city centre.

With the famous Brighton Palace Pier as a backdrop, Brighton’s Seafront offers beach fun during the day and funky nightclub culture when the night falls.

The seafront is the best area to stay in Brighton for beach lovers and party animals.

Points of interest in this area include the Brighton Palace Pier, with its fairground attractions, Sea Life Brighton aquarium, which houses giant turtles, sharks and seahorses, the Volks Railway, Britain’s oldest train power line, and the impressive British Airways i360, the tallest mobile observation tower in the world.

At nightfall, Brighton Beach comes alive with its clubs and bars facing the sea.

Best area to stay in Brighton - Seafront

Best area to stay in Brighton – Seafront

Brighton - Seafront - Click to see all hotels on a map

Brighton – Seafront – Click to see all hotels on a map

Why stay here:

  • Beach access
  • Great nightlife
  • Tourist attractions
  • Best area for tourists

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Our Top Pick

    Queens Hotel & Spa enjoys a central location on Brighton’s waterfront, opposite Brighton Pier. Free WiFi access is available in all areas.. – from £53.

  • Budget Option

    West Beach Hotel is located in the lively centre of Brighton, on the seafront. The hotel has stunning views of the sea and free Wi-Fi and is surrounded by nightclubs and restaurants. – from £43.

  • Midrange Option

    The Old Ship Hotel- Part of the Cairn Collection occupies a beautiful Georgian building facing the sea, overlooking Brighton beach. The hotel is only a 5-minute walk from Brighton Pier, shops, lively bars and popular restaurants. – from £53.

  • Luxury Option

    The Grand Brighton, decorated in sumptuous neo-renaissance style, it enjoys a superb location on Brighton’s waterfront, just a 10-minute walk from Brighton Pier. – from £110 .

 

 

 

4. Hove

Hove is a small town located on the south coast of England, immediately adjacent to Brighton, with whom it merged to form Brighton-Hove.

Hove is considered Brighton’s more relaxed sister and, in many ways, they are totally opposite.

Although they have the beach in common, Hove is the quiet counterpart of Brighton. Here, wild clubs give way to small beach inns and the avant-garde restaurants become traditional pubs.

With some cultural attractions such as the Cameron Contemporary Art Gallery or the Hove Museum and Art Gallery and its relaxed promenade, Hove is an excellent area to stay in Brighton for those seeking tranquillity by the sea.

Hove has a train station that connects it with Brighton Station, Victoria Station in London and other cities in the south of England and Wales.

Where to stay in Brighton - Hove

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Brighton - Hove - Click to see all hotels on a map

Brighton – Hove – Click to see all hotels on a map

Why stay here:

  • Beaches
  • Quiet area
  • Connected by train

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Our Top Pick

    The Ginger Pig is ocated in Hove, 2.1 km from the i360 observation tower, it offers a bar and restaurant. This hotel is ideally located in the district of Hove, 2.1 km from the Churchill Square shopping centre. Free Wi-Fi access is available. – from £99.

 

 

 

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My name is Luis Cicerone. When I was little, I would walk around the house with an atlas in my hand. My rainy Sundays were spent memorising maps and capitals. At fifteen I did my first solo trip and since then I travel whenever I can. I work in travel marketing. I love photography, movies and cat videos.

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