Brighton is one of England’s most popular beach towns, and especially so because it is so easily accessible from London. In addition to being a great beach holiday resort town, Brighton is also home to two universities and a meaningful gay population. There are plenty of hotel options in the city, but as it becomes more and more popular with wealthy residents of London it may be tougher and tougher to find a cheap hotel in Brighton.
This is not one of those big cities where you will have to “commute” a long way from where you are staying in order to see the sights or get close to the beach. In fact, even the cheap hotels in Brighton are all pretty close to the things you will want to see and do. The beach is obviously the main attraction, including the Brighton Pier’s shopping and the architecturally interesting Royal Pavilion (guided tours available). In May each year the city is host to the Brighton Festival and the Festival Fringe, both of which are extremely fun and extremely popular. Visitors during May should book accommodation well in advance.
While there is even a St. Christopher’s hostel in Brighton for serious budget travelers, there are a few good budget hotels in the city as well for those of you who are not interested in sharing a dorm room. Be aware that although most of Brighton is like many other seaside towns, there is a neighborhood known as “The North Laine” which serves as the alternative center of the city. You will find all manner of alterna-folks here, and shops selling all kinds of quirky stuff. You might want to wander through The North Laine to look around, but if you do not want to stay in a hotel in this area be sure you pay attention to where the hotels you are looking at are located.
Some of the budget hotels in Brighton you might want to consider include The Grapevine Hotel Brighton (there is a Grapevine location on The North Laine, but this one has private rooms and has ocean views), the Abbey Hotel (a self-catering hotel with great low rates and just a few minutes’ walk from the beach and Brighton’s famous shopping) and The Granville (has rooms with ocean views, but for a cheaper rate check out its basic double rooms).