Need to know
11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in 3pm, earlier subject to availability. Ask at reception if you've arrived early and need somewhere to stash your bags.
Double rooms from $129.82 (£100), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
Breakfast is included for Smith guests. A la carte options range from house-made granola, to an award-winning 'mini' full English).
The Set restaurant keeps a rooftop herb and vegetable garden: crops are used in the kitchen (and leftovers composted to keep the garden green).
Annually, 24–26 December.
At the hotel
Free WiFi, ping-pong and a games lounge. In rooms: Bramley and Bee Kind bath products, coffee and tea-making facilities with bags from Joe’s Tea Co, free biscuits and bottled water, flatscreen TVs with freeview, Robert’s DAB radios in most rooms.
Our favourite rooms
The 12 ‘artist’ rooms have been individually decorated by local and international artists, and 11 ‘house’ rooms have up-cycled furniture and limited-edition prints. For views of the sea and (what remains of the) West Pier, pick a south-facing room. Room 23, a bigger ‘house’ room, has large double windows, art prints and a claw-foot, roll-top bath with a sea view.
Light layers for seaside strolling and cycling, an artistic ensemble for the evening, to fit in with the hotel’s creative aesthetic.
Guests with mobility issues should request assistance when climbing the five steep steps up to the hotel. There's a lift, but it's a little bit of a squeeze.
Children aged six and over can stay; however, the buzzy restaurant and bar and a lack of in-house child entertainment makes this more suitable for a couples weekend.
Artist Residence uses LED lights and green cleaning products when possible, reclaimed materials and eco-friendly Farrow and Ball paint. The hotel also supplies guests with bath products from eco-conscious brands Bee Kind and Bramley. The restaurants and bar recycle, and compost is used in the rooftop herb and vegetable garden. The fish served in the restaurant is from sustainable sources and locally sourced produce (including that from the roof) is used whenever possible.