Brighton, United Kingdom

Artist Residence Brighton

Rates from (inc tax)$96.86

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Modern art and reclaimed relics


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


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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 $96.86 (£79), 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 (GBP95.00), via, 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).


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

Please note

Artist Residence Brighton will be undergoing maintenance and building works on the ground floor of the building from 2 January to 12 February 2017; there may be noise disruption on weekdays from 9am to 5.30pm, and during the weekends there will be reduced access to parts of the building. The Cocktail Shack bar will also be closed while the refurbishment works take place.


Hotel closed

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.

Packing tips

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.

Food and Drink

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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.


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Artist Residence Brighton
33 Regency Square
United Kingdom


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.


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.


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.


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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in Brighton and unpacked their limited-edition art prints and an ironic stick of rock, a full account of their luxury seaside break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a postcard from Artist Residence in Brighton…

As you spot the bright pink door and sign proclaiming ‘Artist Residence’ in neon, you may get your first inkling that this sedate Regency Square hotel is more than Austen-era architecture. Through the doors, a world of reclaimed wonders and one-of-a-kind artwork awaits: look out for the red postbox under the stairs and industrial touches to the decor in reception, then climb the grand wooden staircase to your individually designed room.
After taking in the view from your room and examining the individually designed wall murals, wind your way downstairs to the Cocktail Shack and let the expert bartenders whip up a unique take on a classic – we recommend something rum-based. Hunker down at the stylishly laid-back bar, which has more innovative cocktails than you could shimmy a cocktail shaker at. Or head to dinner at the Set, the hotel's intimate 20-seat restaurant, after an apéritif; here exposed-brick, rough-wood-panelling and copper accents add to its inviting atmosphere. The delectable, seasonally rotating menu has almost-too-pretty-to-eat modern British fare and matching wine flights. The pudding, in particular, will exercise its siren call on us for many tides to come. 

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

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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


Stayed on 22 May 2016

We loved

Location, decor, late bar!

Don’t expect

Peace and quiet!


Stayed on 1 May 2016

We loved

Cosy house room is amazing


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


Stayed on 21 Oct 2015

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