Brighton / United Kingdom

Where to Stay in Brighton: Best Hotels & Neighborhoods

Updated March 3, 2024

Looking for where to stay in Brighton…?

Whether you’re looking to go somewhere for a long weekend or are just curious about this inclusive, super vegan-friendly seafront town, a visit to Brighton is a must! There is so much to do and see — from strolling the gorgeous seafront (watch out for the seagulls) to burning the midnight oil at one of the many LGBTQIA+ nightclubs; I promise you won’t get bored. 

But you might be looking at the map and thinking, where is the best neighborhood to stay in Brighton? 

Well, I will cut to the chase for you — wherever you stay in Brighton will be the best area! Brighton isn’t a gigantic city like London, so even if you decide to stay in family-friendly Hove, you won’t be far from any of the action. 

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Where to Stay in Brighton: The Best Hotels & Areas

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Here’s Where to Stay in Brighton

Budget-friendly hotel: Blok-74 (Brighton City Centre)
Mid-range hotel: Artist Residence Brighton (Brighton City Centre)
Luxury hotel: Brighton Harbour Hotel & Spa (Seafront)

Where to Stay: Brighton City Centre

The Brighton City Centre puts you in striking distance to the Churchill Square Shopping Centre (plus other major shops), The Royal Pavilion, and the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery. The Brighton Train Station is also conveniently located in the city centre, making it a great spot to stay if you’re arriving by train (lugging your suitcase around town is a pain in the butt)!

Artist Residence Brighton

33 Regency Square, Brighton BN1 2GG, United Kingdom
Mid-range boutique hotel
This unique spot is a blend of art and creativity. When the hotel was being renovated, it recruited artists to come and design each room, creating a fantastic hotel you won’t find anywhere else. The hotel also offers a cozy dining space with a vegan-friendly brunch menu!

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boho chic designed guestroom at the artist residence in brighton with a wire frame bed, neutral bedding and wall colors and an orange chair next to a bright window
Credit: Artist Residence Group Ltd.
Q Square by Supercity Aparthotels

11 Queen Square, Brighton BN1 3FD, United Kingdom
Budget-friendly aparthotels
If you’re looking for more space and maybe even a kitchen, look no further than these bright and airy suites! Depending on how much space you need, you can choose a studio, one-bedroom, or penthouse suite that is less than 5 minutes from the beach and 10 minutes from the Brighton Train Station.

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74 Middle St, Brighton BN1 1AL, United Kingdom
Budget-friendly boutique hotel
This boutique hotel is a creative mix of industrial and modern design with great tech upgrades, including a digital self-check-in system. Each room includes a Nespresso machine, mini fridge, and microwave for all your snacking needs. It’s also steps from the seafront and the winding Lanes.

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a modern hotel room with one wall painted in pink and white and the other with green palm wallpaper at blok 74 in brighton
Credit: Blok-74 Brighton

Where to Stay: Brighton’s North Laine

If you like funky and eclectic shops, check out the North Laines! This Brighton neighborhood is unusual and brilliant, filled with colorful independent shops, cafes, and vegan-friendly restaurants. On the weekend, this area swells with so much activity that they close it from traffic.  If you’re a light sleeper and visiting on the weekend, this area might not be the best for you. Otherwise, it’s a perfect place to base yourself to explore Brighton.

Cappadocia Guesthouse Brighton

Cappadocia, North Rd, Brighton BN1 1YB, United Kingdom
Budget-friendly boutique hotel
This independently owned guest house is styled with a mix of Turkish and modern décor and is located in the heart of North Laine. The guest house is small, with only 12 rooms (book early), and each room features coffee and tea, a bathrobe and slippers, and vegan and cruelty-free toiletries from Noble Isle. There is also a café onsite that has vegan cakes and breakfast items — guests get a 10% discount!

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a basic hotel room with white walls and a bed with white linen at the Cappadocia guesthouse in brighton
Credit: Cappadocia Guesthouse
My Brighton Hotel

17 Jubilee St, Brighton BN1 1GE, United Kingdom
Budget-friendly hotel
You’ll find a mix of contemporary rooms with large windows overlooking the city and eccentric ones complete with a 300-year-old vintage carousel horse. On top of being unique, the hotel is eco-friendly and works to create a more sustainable future for the planet through its use of energy and resource-saving initiatives, recycling, and non-toxic products. The hotel is also connected to the Indian hot spot, The Chilli Pickle, which has multiple vegan options.

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Where to Stay: The Lanes

You might be thinking, wait, there is The Lanes and North Laine?! Yep! Perfect for confusing first-time Brighton visitors! The Lanes are a labyrinth of winding narrow alleyways and streets sandwiched between the seafront and the North Laine. The neighborhood is known for its endless selection of jewelry stores (it’s fun to window shop) and a mix of independent boutiques, cafes, and restaurants. Fun fact — a section of The Lanes dates back to the 16th century, and some buildings, like The Cricketers Arms on Black Lion Street, have maintained some of the original architecture.

Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront

Kings Rd, Brighton BN1 2GS, United Kingdom
Budget-friendly hotel
This modern hotel offers all the creature comforts you need — spacious rooms, an onsite gym, a beauty salon, and a bar! On top of that, it’s right on the edge of the quirky Lanes and steps from the seafront.

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Queens Hotel & Spa

1-3 Kings Rd, Brighton BN1 1NS, United Kingdom
Mid-range boutique hotel
Enjoy fabulous views while staying in a gorgeous 19th-century building full of charm! This boutique hotel offers a fantastic location, a spa, an onsite leisure club, and the largest indoor swimming pool in Brighton (just in case it rains or it’s too cold to jump in the ocean)! They are also very vegan-friendly and offer guests a vegan menu at their onsite restaurant.

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Hotel du Vin Brighton

2 Ship St, Brighton BN1 1AD, United Kingdom
Luxury boutique hotel
This beautiful boutique hotel is nestled in The Lanes’ iconic alleyways — if you weren’t looking for it, you might miss it! The modern rooms offer large soaking tubs, terraces, and sea views — what more could you need?

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Where to Stay: Kemptown

Brighton is known as Britain’s (unofficial) LGBTQIA+ capital, and Kemptown is its heart! The neighborhood stretches from the city centre to the Brighton Marina and is filled with nightclubs, restaurants, vintage stores, and much more. Time Out Magazine has even rated it as one of the coolest neighborhoods in the world. 

You’ll also find the best vegan and gluten-free pizza in Brighton at Purezza in the heart of Kemptown — even if you don’t stay here, you can’t skip that! 

I got lucky and snagged a great deal on a hotel right on the seafront in Kemptown (see below) — it was under $80 a night in September, and I am sure in July, it will be more than double!

Legends Hotel

31-34 Marine Parade, Kemptown, Brighton BN2 1TR, United Kingdom
Budget-friendly to mid-range boutique hotel
This is one of Brighton’s most popular LGBTQIA+ nightclubs and hotels! The hotel offers modern rooms, some with sea views, perfect for a good night’s rest (even with the onsite nightclub). I stayed here in the fall and had a terrific stay — I’d go back in a heartbeat.

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Drakes of Brighton

Marine Parade, Kemptown, Brighton BN2 1PE, United Kingdom
Budget-friendly to mid-range boutique hotel
This is the perfect place for a romantic getaway! The boutique hotel is set inside a classic English townhouse and offers floor-to-ceiling windows with gorgeous sea views. In addition to enjoying the view, you can also delight your sweetie with an in-room massage, flowers, and champagne!

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Where to Stay: Brighton’s Seafront

Let’s be honest; this is probably where you really want to stay in Brighton! Who doesn’t want to wake up and enjoy their coffee while gazing at the gorgeous shimmering blue sea? The seafront is quintessential Brighton, and if I had to choose, it would be my choice for the best area to stay in Brighton! The seafront is, of course, home to the beach, along with the Brightoni360, Brighton Pier, Volk’s Electric Railway, and many more fun activities.

Holiday Inn Brighton – Seafront

137 Kings Rd, Brighton BN1 2JF, United Kingdom
Budget-friendly hotel
If you want sea views but need something a little more budget-friendly, check out the Holiday Inn. In addition to comfortable, modern rooms, this location also has a fantastic outdoor terrace for guests to relax and enjoy the view.

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The Grand Brighton

97-99 Kings Rd, Brighton BN1 2FW, United Kingdom
Mid-range boutique hotel
Just as the name suggests, the Grand is grand! This opulent seafront hotel is known for its luxurious rooms and stellar sea views. Its dining options are even vegan-friendly! This is a perfect place to stay if you’re celebrating something special.

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Brighton Harbour Hotel & Spa

64 Kings Rd, Brighton BN1 1NA, United Kingdom
Mid-range to luxury boutique hotel
Another beautiful, modernized, Victorian hotel steps from Brighton’s iconic beach! The nautical-themed rooms are perfect for a great night’s rest and come complete with outstanding views, Nespresso coffee, soaking tubs, and vegan and cruelty-free products from Bramley. In addition to the lovely rooms, you can’t leave without checking out their subterranean HarSPA; it’s complete with a heated pool, Scandinavian hot tub, and plenty of spa treatments.

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Brighton FAQs

What is the Best Area to Stay in Brighton?

I think the best area to stay in Brighton depends on your budget! As I mentioned earlier, Brighton isn’t a huge town, so don’t feel like you’re going to make the wrong decision by choosing one neighborhood over another. Most neighborhoods are within easy walking distance of each other, and there is also an extensive bus system to help you get around if your feet need a break.

I think the biggest thing you need to keep in mind is budget — sure, staying on the seafront is ideal, but it will come at a cost during the summer. My advice is to compare the prices of the hotels and find one that fits within your budget, especially since things are relatively close.

How Many Days Do I Need in Brighton?

You could never have too many days in Brighton! I am biased — I fell in love with this green, vegan food-loving town and could return every year for a week and not be bored of it (or if the UK wants to let me move there, that would be even better)!

For most travelers, you need at least three days in Brighton, maybe four days if you’re planning on visiting in the heat of the summer (you’ll want a full beach day, after all!). Brighton is an excellent destination for a long weekend or an entire week, any time of the year!

When is the Best Time to Visit Brighton?

If you’re seeking gorgeous, sunny weather, the best time to visit Brighton is in the summer, from June to August. While you will have picture-perfect weather, you will need to remember that this is the high season, so that means larger crowds and higher prices. 

If you want to avoid crowds and inflated prices, visit during the spring or fall. In April and May, the average temperature is in the 50s (10 Celsius), and in September and October, it is in the low 60s (15 Celsius). It’s not warm enough to jump into the sea, but it is still comfortable to explore the town, and it will probably be easier because you won’t have so much competition. I visited in September, and the weather was perfect for a light jacket!

Brighton Hotel Wrap Up: More UK Vegan Travel Help

Now that you know where you’re going to stay in Brighton, you need to know where you’re going to eat and what to do! Don’t worry; I’ve got you covered, along with loads of other helpful stuff to incase your adventure doesn’t end in Brighton.

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About Author

Rebecca is the founder of the vegan travel company Veggies Abroad. In 2021, she bid her 15-year career goodbye and ventured into the world of ethical business with the launch of a vegan travel blog (the one you’re reading!). As the blog flourished, Rebecca expanded her vision to encompass personalized travel planning services and launched Veggies Abroad's inaugural vegan tour to Thailand, marking the beginning of many more eco-conscious, plant-powered adventures to come. Follow her adventures on Instagram or Facebook @veggiesabroad