Brighton has been the most famous English resort town since King George IV popularised it in the 1780s, when he was still the Prince of Wales. He flaunted his affair with his mistress in Brighton, and commissioned outlandish buildings in a mix of Chinese, Indian, and Ancient Egyptian styles. In the 1930s the city's continuing popularity inspired the construction of private resorts and places for bathing, or "lidos", along the coast. Built in a style called "Hollywood Moderne," the streamlined curves and cream colours of these hotels are recognisable now as Art Deco. Today, the original resorts around Brighton are either gone or being converted into apartments like the Ocean Hotel, first opened in 1938. Luckily it is still possible to experience the feel of Art Deco-era Brighton staying in the city centre.
Paskins Town House
Paskins is a hotel inside a traditional town house with 19 rooms. The bright decor in the rooms and hallways has a 1930s feel, both with sculpted lamps and boldly patterned wallpaper. The hotel takes particular pride in being environmentally friendly by using low-energy lights and "green" cleaning materials. Breakfast is a focal point for the hotel, where they serve local produce and bacon as well as a complete vegetarian menu, including sausage made with sun-dried tomatoes and tarragon. Paskins is located just off the waterfront on a side street in a row of restored town houses. Rooms cost 45 to 75 pounds ($67 to £72) per night including breakfast, with a 10 per cent discount for members of the Vegetarian, or Vegan, Society or Amnesty International.
Paskins Town House 18/19 Charlotte Street Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 1AG United Kingdom +44-1273-601203 paskins.co.uk
The Granville Hotel
The Granville Hotel is located right on the waterfront, just opposite the West Pier, a relic from Brighton's movie-star past still standing in the ocean. The hotel has 24 rooms with individual themes, ranging from minimalist modern to Japanese to Art Deco. Each theme is reflected in the room's furnishings. The Beardsley Room is named for the illustrator popular in the 1890s and has a Victorian rolled-top bath. The Marina Room features a waterbed. The hotel serves a full English and continental breakfast, with vegetarian and vegan options. There is a terrace for eating outside, as well as a restaurant and bar. Prices range from 108 pounds ($162) per night for the Japanese Room, to 145 pounds ($217) for the Noel Coward Room, with its Art Deco furniture and water jet bath. Prices are for two people and include breakfast. The Granville has wheelchair access and free wireless Internet.
The Granville Hotel 123-124 King's Road, Brighton BN1 2FA, United Kingdom +44-1273-326-302 granvillehotel.co.uk
Brighton Pavilions is a boutique style hotel inside a Regency town house with a choice of themed rooms or standard family suites. Located on a side street off the seafront in the historic Kemptown area of Brighton, this hotel has standard modern amenities including free Wi-Fi and a mini fridge with free drinks and snacks. Themed rooms include the Titanic Pavilion with a mahogany four-poster bed and the Garbo Pavilion, where the china and artworks are all 1920s Hollywood Art Deco. Family suites are 300 square feet for between two and four guests. As of March 2010, a single room costs 40 pounds ($60) per night, luxury doubles start at 80 pounds ($120), and the family suite is 102 pounds ($153) for two adults, including breakfast. Advance weekend reservations require a minimum two-night stay.
Brighton Pavilions 7 Charlotte Street Brighton BN2 1AG. United Kingdom +44-1273 -621750 brightonpavilions.com