Brighton, United Kingdom

Artist Residence Brighton

Rates from (ex tax)$130.71

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP120.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Modern art and reclaimed relics

Setting

Refined Regency square

Artist Residence Brighton hotel is more than its 19th-century façade, with iconic sea views, reclaimed industrial decor (including salvaged bits of the West Pier), and artist-designed interiors. Its two tempting restaurants offer local, fish-focused fare, and the brilliant barkeeps at the Cocktail Shack concoct innovative twists on the classics.

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Full cooked breakfast for two

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

24.

Check–Out

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.

Rates

Double rooms from $130.71 (£100), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP120.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Breakfast is included for Smith guests. A la carte options range from house-made granola, to an award-winning 'mini' full English.

Also

The Set restaurant keeps a rooftop herb and vegetable garden: crops are used in the kitchen (and leftovers composted to keep the garden green).

Hotel closed

The hotel is open all-year round.

At the hotel

Free WiFi, ping-pong and a games lounge. In rooms: Bramley 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 12 ‘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.

Packing tips

Light layers for seaside strolling and cycling, an artistic ensemble for the evening, to fit in with the hotel’s creative aesthetic.

Also

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

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.

Eco‐friendly

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 brand 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.

Food and Drink

Photos Artist Residence Brighton food and drink

Top Table

In the Set, sit by the bar and watch the chefs deftly put dishes together in the open kitchen. They often talk you through dishes as they’re presented to you. For the most scenic enjoyment of your fish burgers and shakes, snag a sea view

Dress Code

Anything goes – the more colourful, the better. Take a cue from your artistic surroundings and channel your inner East-London gallery-goer.

Hotel restaurant

Through the reclaimed metal doors of the Set, chefs Dan Kenny and Semone Bonner create modern British tasting menus, served alongside matched wine flights. This stylishly snug industrial-chic restaurant shows the chef's shopping lists and pop-up events by scribbling them on the tiles. The seasonal, rotating menu is guaranteed to have plates (almost) too-pretty-to-eat. The Set Café is the Set’s low-key little sister – a sea-facing space with communal wooden tables and exposed brick. Old school chairs, animal paintings and a light box café sign add character. A mouthwatering menu offers unique diner-style fare: chicken nuggets served with red-cabbage ketchup, pig-cheek bolognese and crab mac and cheese. Craft ales round off the hearty helpings. With desserts of the day such as popcorn panna cotta with peanut butter, you'll make room for a sweet. À la carte breakfast is also served here; fill up on fresh fruit, house-made granola and a range of made-to-order hot breakfast classics, including the award-winning ‘mini full English’ – which isn't as mini as its name suggests – washed down with hot drinks from Small Batch Coffee and Joe’s Tea Co. 

Hotel bar

Caribbean-inspired Cocktail Shack is in the building to the right of the main restaurant, with a separate entrance on Regency square. The bar looks like a beachside cabin, and the bartenders are enthusiastic about their craft. A reassuringly concise menu focuses on classics with a twist and innovations concocted by the Shack’s lead mixologist; the Aperol Caipirinha and the Truth be Told (jalapeño water, absinthe, and coriander) are our picks. The bar is made of corrugated iron and reclaimed wood from the West Pier, and a mere handful of tile-topped tables keep this rum-soaked venue cosy.

Last orders

Dinner is served until 11pm in both restaurants. You can drink in the Cocktail Shack until midnight.

Room service

No room service, but two restaurants and a hotel bar are just downstairs. Forage in the nearby delis for a late-night picnic: cheese from La Cave a Fromage, pork pies and sausage rolls from the Grasmere Farm Shop and tapas to go from Mediterraneo.

Location

Photos Artist Residence Brighton location
Address
Artist Residence Brighton
33 Regency Square
Brighton
BN1 2GG
Brighton
United Kingdom

Planes

The closest major airport is Gatwick International; from there, Brighton is a 30-minute train ride or a 45-minute drive away. Cars are available to hire from Avis at the airport.

Trains

Fast trains from London Victoria or London Bridge will have you there in an hour. Trains from Birmingham New Street to Brighton take just over three hours. The hotel is a 10-minute walk from Brighton station.

Automobiles

Finding parking can be a bit of a struggle, but if you choose to drive, Regency Square Car Park (£16 for 24 hours) and Regency Secure Parking (£14 for 24 hours) are both a 10-minute walk from the hotel.

Worth getting out of bed for

Although it’s set back from the beach, Artist Residence has views of the sea and the remnants of the West Pier (pieces of which are used in the Cocktail Shack’s bar). The hotel is at the Hove end of Brighton, but still within walking distance of iconic sights; it’s central.

If you’re a first-time visitor to Brighton, carve out some time to see the Royal Pavilion, the former seaside pleasure palace of King George IV. It’s a little bit of history and a lot of ostentation, but thoroughly regal. Then swing by Brighton Pier and let your inner child loose on the carnival rides and nostalgic seaside fun. Poke around the independent shops, art galleries and boutiques of the Lanes, where you’ll also find plenty of spots to stop and refuel. If you’ve been inspired by your creative surroundings, find limited-edition art prints for your own abode at Ink’d (01273 645299), Unlimited (+44 (0)1273 204423) or Art Republic (+44 (0)1273 766360).

Nature lovers can watch ponies and deer frolic at South Downs National Park (+44 (0)1730 814810), which is only a 20-minute drive away, and spend a day rambling through the countryside. Or borrow bikes and cycle along the beach to Hove. In the evening, check out the entertaining offerings at Brighton Dome (+44 (0)1273 709709); you may be able to catch a concert, dance performance or quirky spoken-word showcase.

Local restaurants

Unsurprisingly, seafood abounds in Brighton. Only a 10-minute stroll from Artist Residence, The Little Fish Market (+44 (0)1273 722213) serves up fresh fish and regional produce in a coolly casual setting, punctuated by local art work. For a classically British fresh-fish menu, look to nearby The Gingerman Restaurant (+44 (0)1273 326688). The Salt Room (+44 (0)1273 929488) has a more modern take on British cuisine, specialising in fish and meat cooked over charcoal.
 
Eco-conscious Silo (+44 (0)1273 674259) is in the Lanes area and claims to be the first ‘zero-waste’ restaurant in the UK; they mill their own flour, brew their own beer, eschew single-use food packaging, repurpose unused ingredients in the bakery and compost any unused food. Ingredients for Silo’s set menu of six palate pleasers are all locally sourced or foraged. Brighton’s award-winning vegetarian restaurant Food for Friends (+44 (0)1273 202310) has been dishing out herbivore fare since 1981. If you can’t get enough of your greens in one sitting, take home one of their cookbooks for Meatless Mondays at home. On the opposite end of the snacking scale and a bit past the train station is MeatLiquor (+44 (0)1273 917710). The Brighton outpost of this carnivore-loved eatery is, like its London cousins, best for burgers and beer.

Stylish English's Restaurant & Oyster Bar (+44 (0)1273 327980) has been a fine-dining favourite with locals and visitors for 70 years. You’ll find classic seafood dishes and modern British cuisine and, if you look closely, former patron Dame Judi Dench’s photo on the wall.

Local cafés

The Flour Pot Bakery (+44 (0)1273 424265) makes freshly baked bread and breakfast favourites daily. They also offer a winning combination of Small Batch coffee, tasty sandwiches and cakes, making a stop at either of this bakery’s Brighton locations a good bet. For a heartier brunch or lunch, swing by The New Club (+44 (0)1273 730320), an American-style restaurant in a restored building on the seafront. It’s best for brunch and burgers; try the award-winning Dirty Burger while you’re there. For afternoon cakes and tea, try artisan bakery Sugardough (+44 (0)1273 771218), which has a Hove location and a spot in the Lanes.

Local bars

The Ginger Pig (+44 (0)1273 736123) pub is a short stroll towards Hove from the hotel. Trendy The Urchin (+44 (0)1273 241881) pours out craft beer and serves up shellfish. For a relaxed atmosphere, amble over to The Temple Bar Brighton (+44 (0)1273 721501), which serves Firebird 'brewery fresh' Bohemia Pilsner straight from the brew tanks. Enjoy the sunshine with your brew on the terrace at The Jolly Poacher, or warm up by the fireside at this inviting gastropub.

Reviews

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Rachel Juarez-Carr

Anonymous review

‘What do you give the American who has everything?’ I wondered as Mr Smith’s 30th birthday approached. I settled on a thoroughly British cultural experience, something he could never experience back at home in his native Southern California – a rainy weekend by the seaside.  


So off we trekked to Brighton, umbrellas in hand. The train from London Victoria was delayed – ‘Magnificent.’ I thought, ‘The most English start to the weekend possible.’ The taxi driver who picked us up from Brighton Station had never heard of Artist Residence (Mr Smith, who’d hitherto assumed all British drivers had the encyclopaedic training of London’s cabbies) was aghast. The driver did, though, know the address – Regency Square is a green seafront plaza flanked almost entirely by hotels. We’d stayed in one of the least salubrious of that number several times, the sort of place where the seafront location only just made up for the cheap-as-seagull-stolen-chips mattress and the all-night noise from the neighbours. I had much higher hopes for Artist Residence.


Those hopes were instantly encouraged by the neon sign beaming to us from the half-moon window above Artist Residence’s hot-pink door; once inside, we found ourselves surrounded by Friday night in full swing, with the Cocktail Shack off to the right of the check-in alcove and the Set Café’s bar just to our left. Despite the all-encompassing carousing, check-in was a swift delight, and we were soon snuggled up in the lift (do not attempt to share the lift with anyone you’re not also planning to share your bed with – it’s that tiny, as you’d expect in an historic Brighton townhouse.)


We flopped onto our sizeable bed and surveyed our temporary beachside home, quickly declaring the it a winner: Mr Smith loves a roll-top bath in the bedroom and I love things people will like on Instagram, and our Bigger House Sea View room had both. (We’re also both fans of Tunnock’s Caramel Wafers, of which there were several on the vintage desk.) The rain was already pounding on our windows, blurring the iconic view of Brighton’s burnt-out West Pier, but the rumbling in our stomachs couldn’t be ignored. 


We put our hoods up and trekked all of two minutes to the New Club just round the corner: although our previous stays on Regency Square hadn’t been anywhere near as comfortable or stylish as our Artist Residence jaunt, we did always eat well, and dinner at the New Club’s a stone's-throw favourite. After far too much mac ‘n’ cheese and milkshake (I’m pregnant, the calcium’s good for the baby) followed up by a sticky date pudding with whiskey-toffee sauce (I’m pregnant, I really miss alcohol) we let the sea breeze blow us back to the hotel, where we took the advice we’d overheard the waitress giving to the table next to ours at dinner: ‘You have to go to the Cocktail Shack tonight. It’s the best place to drink in Brighton.’ The bartender sympathised with my knocked-up-cocktail-lover woes and mixed me a Desmond Tutu, which somehow tasted like it might have alcohol in despite being fully midwife approved (Mr Smith very kindly conferred with me every time he ordered to make sure he only got tipples I fancied sipping. Mr Smith is really nice.) Then we remembered that roll-top tub, and poured ourselves back into the miniature lift for a lengthy soak before bed – the only thing that could’ve made the evening lovelier would’ve been bathrobes to slip into once we de-bath-ed.


We slept through breakfast, dozing to the sound the rain, as was the birthday boy’s wont (plus, we were still rather stuffed full of the night before’s cosy comfort food). When we did eventually drag ourselves out of the supremely comfy king-size bed, we didn’t feel like venturing too far – handily, our oysters-and-lobster lunch from the Regency café 30 seconds from the hotel made for a perfect – if unorthodox – beachside breakfast. It was then that the sun peeped out for a minute, and we made our only mistake of an otherwise error-free weekend: we went to the pier. Brighton Pier can be brilliant (I especially love it on cold and foggy days when there’s no one else weird enough to wander along it) but on that sunny-ish Saturday in May we found it packed with barefood vaping banshees screeching at their awful offspring. We quickly learnt our lesson and legged it back to our home-from-home on Regency Square for another lounge in the bath before dinner. 


…and it really was quite a dinner. Artist Residence’s Set Restaurant serves, as the name suggests, a choice of three set menus of seasonal British cooking – all inventive, and all delicious, as far as we could judge from our own meals and the satisfied utterings overheard from the neighbouring tables. (If you, like me, have a life-long love of the milk that’s left over after you eat all your Cheerios, the cereal-milk ice cream is a must.) It was the sort of meal that leaves your appetite so entirely sated you can’t imagine ever eating again… but remember, we’d skipped breakfast, and if I have any sort of raison d’être it’s hotel breakfasts. Mr Smith’s, on the other hand, would be Sunday-morning lie ins, so I dragged myself alone from that glorious bed and hoped the pancakes in the Set Café would be worth it… and they were, topped with mounds of cream and berries. They would, in fact, have made perfect birthday [pan]cakes, had the birthday boy not stayed snoozing upstairs.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Artist Residence Brighton’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The restaurant and bars are very good, the staff are very creative with their cocktails and overall the people were wonderfully accommodating. The room was small but it was sold as 'tiny' so that's fair enough. It looked good, and the products in the bathroom were very good. The location is also very good for the beach and town. Nice attention to detail. The Salt Room restaurant on the front is very good.

Don’t expect

I guess if they'd added sound insulation between bedrooms the room would have been too small to use. We could hear our neighbours chatting until 4am. It was a bit like camping. A very sleep deprived anniversary for us, we're still looking for a good place with quiet bedrooms in manic Brighton. This isn't it. And in hot weather the rooms are very hot indeed. A good place for a cocktail though.

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Stayed on 16 Jun 2017

We loved

In room amenities.

Don’t expect

A cool room.

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Stayed on 26 May 2017

We loved

Quirky, wonderfully decorated rooms. Hidden cocktail bar, surprises around every corner. Eco-friendly. Brighton Pavillion is amazing!

Don’t expect

Corporate blandness.

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Stayed on 18 Mar 2017

We loved

The uniqueness of the rooms. The hotel is within 10 minutes' walk of so many bars and restaurants.

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Stayed on 6 Feb 2017

We loved

The atmosphere in the hotel was great, the staff were lovely and it just had a fabulous feel. Riddler Finns on the beach - a fabulous fish restaurant. The Chilli Pickle for great Nepalese food. The Royal Sovereign Pub, which is literally round the corner. Great if you are 35.

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Stayed on 27 Jan 2017

We loved

Our sea view room, the breakfast, the location minutes walk from the lanes, the quirkiness of the hotel and the decor/art. We ate in Jamie's Italian restaurant which was very nice for a reasonable bowl of pasta.

Don’t expect

Nothing

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Stayed on 27 Dec 2016

We loved

The room with a sea view. The restaurant and bar were great. Staff friendly and helpful.

Don’t expect

To be hungry after the delicious 4 course set meal.

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Stayed on 17 Nov 2016

We loved

The buzzy atmosphere. The full English breakfast.

Don’t expect

Enormous bathrooms or wardrobes.

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Stayed on 13 Oct 2016

We loved

Go for a sea view room - just a fantastic view. Room spacious, great bath, comfortable bed. Perhaps pick one on an upper floor to reduce street noise at night. Great to have breakfast included from Mr and Mrs Smith. We had a wonderful dinner at The Salt Room - great fish!

Don’t expect

It rained when we were there and we would have loved a lounge to sit in with a coffee and papers but they don't really have this.

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Stayed on 30 Sep 2016

We loved

The warm welcome when we arrived and the friendly, professional staff team throughout our stay. The sea view from room 5. Dining at The Set restaurant. Don't miss the Brighton Pavilion and the museum close by it. Definitely worth a vist.

Don’t expect

To drop in at The Set restaurant, booking definitely advised.

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Stayed on 29 Aug 2016

We loved

The room- small but very shabby chic. Excellent, friendly staff and great location/view.

Don’t expect

Lots of room.

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Stayed on 31 Jul 2016

We loved

The uniqueness and the excellent service. Great location, close to the beach and with views over Regency Square.

Don’t expect

Anything ordinary. This is a special place.

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Stayed on 1 Jul 2016

We loved

The quirky art and the lovely staff. Wander up the beach to reach the lanes

Don’t expect

Space or quiet - our medium room was incredibly cosy, with a very noisy room above us all night and no way to ask reception to do anything so I knocked on their door around 2am out of frustration!

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Stayed on 22 May 2016

We loved

Location, decor, late bar!

Don’t expect

Peace and quiet!

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Stayed on 1 May 2016

We loved

Cosy house room is amazing

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Stayed on 13 Apr 2016

We loved

The bed. The balcony. The bath in the room and shower. The location (though sad that there's now the big i360 tower blocking some of the view). We got an upgrade to room 21 - a bit tricky to find but apparently the nicest. We ate at the Salt Room. Being a Monday night many restaurants (inc the hotels restaurant) in Brighton are closed but this was open and was byo. Food and service were excellent. The hotel is perfectly placed for a nice morning stroll on the beach.

Don’t expect

Any help about where to park! It's residents parking though there are metre bays. Reception didn't know about this. Breakfast not included which seemed strange.

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Stayed on 4 Apr 2016

We loved

The funky room and the Set Restaurant. Ate at the Coal Shed 5 minutes walk away. Very nice

Don’t expect

Much space

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Stayed on 26 Feb 2016

We loved

The quirky bar and restaurant! And the hotel is close to the beach too.

Don’t expect

Ultra luxurious bathrooms.

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Stayed on 19 Dec 2015

We loved

Just stayed the one night at The Artist's Residence and really enjoyed it. We treated ourselves to a "Bigger Sea View" room (the one with the Disney posters in the photos) and were really happy with it. Cosy, quiet, nice view over the crescent, plenty of room. We enjoyed our stay very much, the staff were helpful and friendly, the cocktail bar offered some exciting and unusual options, and we had a terrific meal in the "Set" restaurant.

Don’t expect

The downsides were a couple of small issues with the room (a dodgy sidelight and a drainaway problem with the shower). The room had heating system with a mind of its own (and was inclined towards being off when the temperature demanded on). It may have been sorted out, but then again it may not. The room, in November, was, shall we say, fresh in the morning.

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Stayed on 1 Dec 2015

We loved

The hotel was very quirky, clean and the people were very helpful. The room we had was fantastic and the outlook from the big bay windows was great. Would definitely go back.

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Stayed on 21 Oct 2015

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