The famous attractions of the beach and the Royal Pavilion are not the only highlights of this fabulously laidback city...
With its famous pebble beach and pier, Royal Pavilion and regency buildings, Brighton remains a hub of activity during the spring and summer months. To accommodate all kinds of visitor, Brighton hotels are numerous and varied.
The recently built Big Wheel (near the West Pier) offers a bird's eye view of the entire city and surrounding areas. The nearby Aquarium, which dates from Victorian times, is also well worth a visit. Other important landmarks include the famous Brighton Racecourse and, of course, the North Lanes, a network of small side streets that offer a wealth of interesting shopping opportunities.
The nightlife here is great and there are plenty of top eateries, trendy bars and late-night clubs. A stay in Brighton also includes the possibility of visiting the beautiful surrounding areas of the Downs and other fantastic landscapes that pepper the entire county of Sussex.
From budget hotels run by the big chains to luxury five-star hotels, Brighton caters for every type of visitor...
Brighton is a hugely diverse and multicultural city that somehow manages to successfully combine a bohemian cool with traditional classicism. The hotels in Brighton tend to reflect this. Of course, the seafront is lined with perhaps the finest hotels in the city, including the famous Grand Hotel, The Brighton Metropole and the Queens Hotel. There is easy rail access to London and line service to Portsmouth and Southampton.
The splendid, luxurious Grand Hotel takes centre stage on Brighton's famously vibrant seafront. The iconic Victorian building is impressively imposing. The Metropole remains the largest conference hotel in the whole of the south, while Queens Hotel includes some 94 luxury rooms in addition to a gym, a swimming pool and a spa.
If you are determined to stay on the seafront but are travelling on a budget, the affordable Thistle Hotel is a good, high-quality alternative. The Thistle is situated on the Kings Road seafront just past the A23 junction.
However, if you prefer something off the main seafront and a little more central, either the Premier Inn or the Jurys Inn are ideal, especially for those on a relatively limited budget. Located on North Street, the Premier Inn is right in the middle of just about everything, while the Jurys Inn is located in the trendy Seven Dials area, which is home to some of the finest restaurants in the city.
Many people, however, choose to stay in the Hove area, which is generally a little quieter (and certainly much posher). Here you have a variety of options. The Best Western Hotel, which is located on Kingsway just past Hove street, is an affordable, good-quality option.
These are just a few examples of the hotels in Brighton. In reality there is a huge mix of accommodation here, from classic bed and breakfasts to five-star retreats. There are also plenty of budget-chain brands, plus a massive range of self-catering accommodation that is mostly found along the coastal road.
Fun-filled Brighton will never leave you bored - there is much to see and do in this lively city...
First-time visitors can use our guide to discover the must-see highlights of Brighton, though you'll want to go again and again to keep adding to this list.
Top five attractions
Enjoy fish and chips, candy floss and a stick of rock at iconic Brighton Pier. With rides and attractions, arcades and restaurants, all the family can enjoy a traditional day out.
The Royal Pavilion
Visit the original home of George lV. Extravagant and opulent, you can step back in time and see the lavish banqueting room, music room, royal bedrooms and great kitchen.
The world's oldest operating aquarium, visitors can discover around 500 creatures, explore the underwater tunnel, take a trip on a glass bottomed boat and get hands on with an interactive rock pool experience.
With its buzzing atmosphere and vibrant collection of independent shops, restaurants and bars, visitors can spend hours looking round this quirky area of Brighton.
Take in fabulous panoramic views of the coastline from your elevated position aboard the Brighton Wheel.
Spring, summer, autumn or winter - opportunities to be entertained can be found throughout the year in Brighton...
There's something to see and do whenever you visit Brighton.
Chocolate Festival; March; opposite Royal Pavilion: Release your inner chocoholic at the Chocolate Festival. Tantalise your taste buds by sampling the delights of some of the world's best chocolatiers and be sure to stock up on some scrumptious supplies.
Sand Sculpture Festival; April; Black Rock Brighton: Prepare to be wowed by fantastic creations made out of sand. World-class artists gather at this exciting exhibition and lead workshops, live demonstrations and guided tours.
Brighton Fringe; May/June; throughout the city: With more than 3,000 performances, visitors to the Brighton Fringe can enjoy four weeks of theatre, comedy, cabaret, concerts and street performances.