Where is the best place to stay for a quirky weekend break in Brighton, England?
For Kez’s first birthday in the UK for two years, we wanted to do something special closer to home. We are fortunate enough to live very near to one of the most amazing cities the UK has to offer – Brighton and Hove. Hailed as a cultural melting pot, Brighton is, in our opinion, a city like no other. We were invited to spend a quirky weekend break in Brighton at England’s most rock ‘n’ roll hotel, Hotel Pelirocco, to celebrate Kez’s birthday.
Hotel Pelirocco, Brighton
A boutique hotel created out of two regency houses, Hotel Pelirocco is situated on the historic Regency Square. Boasting 19 individually themed bedrooms, sea views, and a fantastically central location, Hotel Pelirocco is a great base to spend a weekend break in Brighton.
The hotel also has cheeky love hampers guests can purchase, to make their stay extra memorable. If you’re looking for a romantic weekend break in Brighton or even a naughty weekend away, this is the place to stay.
We stayed in the Pin Up Parlour, a ‘kitsch and camp glamour palace dedicated to Britain’s blonde bombshell Diana Dors’. It was pretty big, and after we were kindly taken on a hotel tour by Marko, the manager, to see some of the other rooms, it became one of our favourites. Keep reading to find out about the other unique rooms the hotel has hidden inside!
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Location and getting around
We don’t live far from Brighton at all, and we hardly ever drive down. Parking can be a nightmare and is really expensive in the city centre. We opted to take the train instead, and it was an easy 15 minute downhill walk from the station to Hotel Pelirocco.
If you choose to drive, there is a car park in Regency Square itself. Traffic wardens are RIFE in Brighton, so don’t even try and risk it.
You could easily leave your car at home though, as everything is within easy walking distance from Hotel Pelirocco. It’s the perfect location from which to enjoy a weekend break at Brighton seafront and all its attractions!
Things to do in on a weekend break in Brighton
If you’re looking for touristy things to do in Brighton, the British Airways i360 is at the end of the street on the seafront, so you won’t have far to go at all. To get a great deal on tickets, click here. The seafront offers a huge range of restaurants, bars, shops, and galleries, and on a nice day wandering along the esplanade is a relaxing way to spend the day.
The Brighton Sea Life Centre is about a ten-minute walk along the seafront too, which is actually the world’s oldest aquarium! Get your tickets in advance here. From Hotel Pelirocco, the old West Pier is minutes away, and Brighton’s Palace Pier is a short walk beyond that.
Just inland from the pier is Brighton Pavilion too, which is another popular thing for tourists to do in Brighton. Why not book onto an open-top hop on hop off bus? It’s a great way to see the city, and take in all the sights!
If you are wanting to explore the Brighton Laines, it’s another 10-15 minute walk away. On the weekend, you can find markets there, as well as independent shops, pubs, and bars. The Laines is a fantastic place to visit, and really showcases what it means to be ‘in Brighton’.
We spent our weekend in Brighton exploring the hotel and having celebratory drinks at a nearby pub, The Royal Sovereign. After taking advantage of their generous happy hour, we wandered along the seafront and sat down in a classic fish and chip shop. It was a cheap evening out in Brighton, and exactly what we needed.
Amenities and facilities
After our fish and chip dinner, we headed back to Hotel Pelirocco to enjoy a nightcap in their guest-only bar. The bartender was fantastic, we had such a laugh and ended up staying there for a few more hours than we had intended. We had a few birthday shots and cocktails and then called it a night.
Our room was ensuite, but because the hotel is situated in an old Regency building, the bathroom isn’t very big. However, for two people who are used to living in the back of their car (that’s us, by the way), it was more than enough for a short break in Brighton and spotlessly clean. Other rooms have much bigger bathrooms with jacuzzi baths and all sorts, so take a look at the types of rooms available if a larger bathroom is what you’re after!
Our room had a little tea and coffee station, which was MUCH needed the morning after! It also had a little TV tucked away in a sideboard cupboard, which we found by accident. It was a lavishly decorated room, and we loved it.
Every time we went up and down the stairs, it took us so long due to being distracted by the decor! The walls were DRIPPING with decorations, photos, artwork, and costumes.
The hotel regularly holds art exhibitions, and the rooms themselves are often designed by visiting artists or designers. In fact, the same artist who did a lot of the Sex Pistols album artwork designed the hotel logo! We honestly saw something different every time we looked.
Sometimes the rooms stay as they are for a while, and other times they are redesigned after a short period. It’s an ever-changing, vibrant hotel, and was definitely a unique place to stay in Brighton.
There is no evening dining at the hotel unless it’s a private event. In this case, the hotel arranges outside caterers to come in.
However, it does do an AMAZING breakfast, with meat, veggie, and vegan options. As Kez doesn’t eat meat, we’re pretty used to breakfast options being a bit limited, and they often aren’t the classic greasy fry-up we need after a night out. Hotel Pelirocco did everything we wanted, including fried potatoes, amazing veggie sausages, and fried mushrooms.
We were super happy and it sorted us right out. I don’t think we ate again until dinnertime! It would be a perfect way to fuel yourself up for a day of exploring Brighton during a city break.
WiFi was easy to connect to, and pretty strong. We only used it for social media and emails, but we are confident that it would be more than adequate if we needed to crack the laptops out to get some work done.
All the staff we came into contact with were very friendly and helpful. They were on hand to help if we needed anything, very knowledgeable about the area and hotel itself and we felt very welcome indeed!
Value for money
As all the rooms are different, the cost per night varies between £85 – £230ish. Some rooms are bigger, more extravagant, or simply more in demand, so this will affect the cost.
Our room, the Pin Up Parlour, costs around £125 per night, which is pretty good value for the area as it goes. Hotels in Brighton can be hugely expensive, so the uniqueness of Hotel Pelirocco, combined with the central location, make it good value for money for a city break in Brighton.
Would we go back: Absolutely! When we were being shown around the hotel, the owner said that they get a lot of returning customers who want to try out the other rooms. We’ve got our eye on the Tropical Paradise room – it gave us big Bali vibes!
Perfect for: Couples who are looking for a romantic city break. Couples looking for a weekend break in Brighton. Friends looking for a quirky stay in Brighton.
Important bits: Breakfast is included if you book direct, but extra if you book through a third party.
Overall rating 9/10
To book your own stay at Hotel Pelirocco, Brighton, click here.
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We received a complimentary 1-night bed and breakfast stay at Hotel Pelirocco in exchange for writing this review. All of these opinions are our own.