The 19th-century townhouse façade on refined Regency Square is somewhat misleading as to what lies inside, as Artist Residence Brighton sits squarely in the current decade, as quirky and ‘street’ as they come!
The 23-bedroom boutique hotel – with two restaurants, a cocktail bar and a ping pong room – is as eccentric as you’d expect of an artist’s abode, the walls covered with trendy street art from the likes of Pure Evil and Dave White (much of which can be purchased from Nelly Duff London), complemented by vintage furnishings and reclaimed lighting choices.
There’s a room type for everyone, so have a browse and select carefully. The Artist rooms have been individually decorated by local and international artists, and the cosy Below Deck rooms offer serious bang for your buck.
We stayed in one of the luxe House rooms (#21), complete with views of (what remains of) West Pier, a balcony, freestanding copper bathtub with Bramley products and a cherry red Roberts Radio – undoubtedly the best room in the house. Ensconced in the sea-facing vintage leather armchairs, we nursed Negronis from the in-hotel cocktail bar, before falling into our ginormous four-poster bed.
Breakfast was served with a sea view in The Set Café downstairs – diner-style dishes of pancakes and award-winning full English, washed down with Brighton-roasted coffee.
Artist Residence Brighton
33 Regency Square, Hove, Brighton, BN1 2GG
Nearby must-visit Brighton hotspots:
- For dinner: 64 Degrees – at-the-counter dining for quirky, seasonal sharing plates.
- For vegetarians: Terra à Terre – world-inspired vegetarian dishes served in a bright interior or al fresco.
- For coffee and cake: Flour Pot Bakery – banana pain au chocolat and third wave coffee in a snug setting.
- For coffee and brunch: Silo – an airy, eco-chic restaurant serving locally sourced dishes.
- For proper coffee: Small Batch Coffee and Bond Street Coffee.
- For shopping: Workshop Living (homewares), Utility (homewares) and i gigi (homewares, womenswear and cafe).