dealchecker's guide to Brighton

Brighton lies on the south coast of the UK, only an hour on the train from London, which has led to its reputation of being called "London By The Sea". It originally became popular when sea bathing was prescribed for all manner of ailments, and today a day trip or longer stay in a Brighton hotel is often seen as a great way to soothe the weary mind rather than bodily ailments.

Brighton is well-known for being one of the most cosmopolitan cities of the country, largely because it's home to the UK's largest Gay Pride festival and has a large LBGT community, as well as a wider acceptance of alternative lifestyles. All this in addition to a long pebble beach, traditional seaside pursuits such as the popular pier and much more - we can see why the popularity of Brighton hotels is only increasing, a trend which we're sure is only going to continue in 2016 and 2017.

Add to this a great nightlife and fantastic shopping and it's a wonder that Brighton hotels aren't packed to the brim all year round!

Choosing a Brighton hotel

Thanks to the influx of the weekend and hipster crowds alongside more traditional holidaymakers, the hotel scene in Brighton has ballooned and today you will be sure to find something to suit your needs, however quirky or mainstream. It's easy to find everything from cheap family-run B&Bs to five-star hotels on the seafront, depending on whether you want to enjoy Brighton on the cheap or for a treat. If you're looking to save money and book a cheap hotel in Brighton then it's a good idea to look on the outskirts, although be warned that you may need your own car or a hire car to get to the central areas.

Central Brighton - the heart of the action, with plenty of shops, pubs, clubs, and of course the main beach area with the pier right on your doorstep. Expect the steepest prices at hotels in Brighton here, but you can?t beat the location!

Kemptown - particularly popular with the LGBT community, this area is within walking distance of all the central attractions, but it has a more villagey feel, particularly in Kemptown itself, whilst St James is about café living. This area has great architecture too.

Hove - wonderful seafront architecture, you?ll be out of the way of all the bright lights and late nights of Brighton, with the same access to the beaches as you would expect in a central Brighton hotel, plus you?ve got the option of a quick trip to the heart of things.

North Brighton - great for a cheap Brighton hotel, this is largely a residential area, but with a good smattering of popular pubs.

When to visit Brighton

Expect summer weekends in Brighton to be are really busy, so you will need to book your cheap hotel in Brighton nice and early to get a good deal. Bank Holidays are also very popular, but the biggest influx of visitors is for the huge festivals over the summer. The Brighton Festival in May kicks off proceedings. This is the second biggest arts festival in the UK, so expect music, film, performances and much more across the long weekend. At the same time the Brighton Fringe offers comedy, theatre, music and more too! And even bigger, louder and brighter is the annual Brighton Pride parade and weekend-long party that accompanies it. One thing?s for sure if you want to visit for one of these, you?ll need to get organised early!

But if you'd rather get a little space to yourself, Brighton is great to visit all year round. Sunny days can see you relaxing on the beach, sunbathing and eating ice cream, whilst colder days are about snuggling up in a café, wandering the shops in the Lanes and enjoying the local music scene at many of the live music venues around the city. And whenever you go, visiting the Royal Pavilions and Brighton Pier are musts!

What to do in Brighton

Come rain or shine, take advantage of the beach because there's nothing greater than a seaside city. Brighton Music Hall, with its large heated beach terrace, is a good place to head no matter what the season. Brighton's Big Screen also brings a movie theatre to those pebbly shores (but that is only during summer).

Snooper's Paradise emporium commands more than a few hours a day to browse. An overflowing labyrinth of furniture, clothes, jewellery and just about everything else you can get your hands on. Other shops in the North Laine area are a good bet too for just normal, high street shopping.

This is a city begging to be explored on foot and the walking trail of sculptures is just the temptation you need. With 15 public pieces of art, from war memorials to clock towers, it's more than a nice stroll.

Ride a vintage railway, stroll along the Brighton Marine Palace and Pier, pay a visit to Castle Hill or take in the sight of the Royal Pavilion. There are beer gardens calling for you to buy a pint, street food eats begging to be tried and lively festivals that brighten up even the dreariest of English days.

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