Chris Peacock reviews one of Brighton’s beachfront hotels
Overlooking the promenade, between the historic east and west piers, and a few minutes’ stroll from the charming boutiques of the Lanes, you’d be hard pressed to find a more conveniently placed hotel in Brighton — and at such an affordable rate.
Occupying a towering seafront Victorian property, the hotel offers a range of modest but modern-styled rooms, with most offering views out to the ocean below. From the get-go, it was clear the hotel is well used to catering for groups and parties, with friendly lobby staff happily engaging in conversations and busy making sure everyone felt welcome, whether checking in or out.
The Umi may offer city stays at a budget, but my sea-facing double belied the price with smart furnishings, a comfortable king-sized bed, decent-sized TV and free wi-fi. The bathroom was a little drab, but perfectly usable for a short break.
Back downstairs, the adjoining and lively Little Bay restaurant offered a range of all-day meals, from crispy pork belly to classic British fish and chips, but being in the center of town the hotel is spoilt for choice for nearby restaurants. Location remains the Umi’s selling point — a stone’s throw to the beach, a short amble to quirky shops and a saunter to the Brighton Centre.
Address: 64 Kings Road, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1NA. T: +44 1273 323221. umihotelbrighton.co.uk
Price: Standard double rooms from £70 ($107) a night, including breakfast.