By: Susan Ashby
For over two centuries, Brighton has been a popular tourist resort and vacation spot for the rich and famous as well as for everyday folk. Even today, it is not surprising to see some big-name celebrities spending their holidays booked in Brighton’s swankiest hotels. There are plenty of accommodations in Brighton, ranging from the upscale and stylish to cosy places for small budgets. For your own purposes, you will probably want to consider the most lavish and romantic accommodations around. Here are some suggestions.
(1) The Grand
This is hands-down the best place to stay in Brighton, a five-star hotel that features all the comforts and trimmings that you will expect from a place with its name. Located on the seafront, this elegant hotel is clearly at the top of its class. Its facilities are first rate and include a restaurant, hairdresser, fitness club and 12-meter swimming pool.
(2) The Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel
If there is one hotel that can give The Grand a run for its money, it’s the Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel, one of the most impressive architectural structures in Brighton. The hotel is famed for its plush accommodations and comprehensive facilities, including the most extensive leisure facilities in the city. With its own sauna, whirlpool, solarium, fitness club, swimming pool and numerous first-class restaurants.
(3) The Thistle Brighton Hotel
The four-star Thistle Brighton Hotel is another modern venue located on the seafront. This four-star wonder is a special favourite of businessmen with its excellent conference facilities and boardroom as well as for lovers. The Thistle Brighton boasts of a bar, three restaurants, sauna, fitness club, in-room movies and 24-hour room service.
(4) The Belgrave
The Belgrave offers stylish accommodations, including a well-known row of hip bars, clubs and restaurants.
(5) The Queens
Aside from all the modern conveniences one would expect from a leading four-star hotel, The Queens is also renowned for its excellent location, offering a breath-taking view of the sea and just a stone’s throw away from the most popular attractions in the area.
On the other hand, if you prefer a countryside sojourn, Brighton has a wealth of exquisite country venues that are located amid idyllic surroundings a significant distance away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Here are some excellent choices:
(6) The Beauport Park Country Hotel
The Beauport Park Country Hotel stands proudly on 33 acres of picturesque woodland and beautiful gardens near Hastings, about half an hour away from the centre of Brighton. It is ideal for horse riding, taking long country walks or just sitting back and soaking in the serenity of this fine house. There are numerous guest rooms, all equipped with heated bathrooms. Facilities include outdoor chess, tennis and badminton courts, a heated swimming pool and 18-hole golf course.
(7) Ashdown Park Hotel and Country Club
Located at Forest Row, about an hour out of Brighton, the Ashdown Park Hotel is a four-star Victorian mansion built on 186 acres of parkland. The grounds also have their own lakes, woodland trails and a secret garden. There are 106 bedrooms in all, which are ideal for couples as well as for families. For romantic dinners, lovers simply head to the cosy and award-winning Anderida Restaurant. The Ashdown Park Hotel and Country Club also has many leisure facilities on the premises, including saunas, a whirlpool, treatment rooms and an indoor swimming pool. The more active tourists will certainly enjoy their fitness studio, tennis courts, driving range and 18-hole golf course.
(8) Shelley’s Hotel
For a hotel with a strong sense of history, the historic Shelley’s Hotel in the heart of Lewes is an excellent choice. Constructed in the 17th century, this graceful manor house once belonged to the family of the great poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. It stands near the remains of an old Norman castle about seven miles from Brighton and makes a superb gathering point for trekking through the South Downs and Glyndebourne. The accommodations here are luxurious and include a cosy lounge, a well-stocked bar and a serene garden where visitors converge every morning over coffee or in the afternoons over tea.
(9) The Hickstead Hotel
The Hickstead Hotel is located in West Sussex, which has its own unique appeal not only because it offers a taste of the country life, but also for the many historic towns located nearby, just an hour away from the city centre of Brighton. Exploring these towns leads to a maze of narrow streets and historic shops and castles. Each room of the Hickstead Hotel boasts an en suite bathroom, direct dial telephone, satellite TV, radio, hairdryer, trouser press, hospitality tray, laundry service and tea and coffee making facilities. Guest also have access to the health club, gym, sauna and swimming pool.
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