The great choice of gay nightlife makes Brighton a excellent ‘all year round’ destination, particularly for weekend breaks. Our top Brighton hotels for 2018 are sorted by area:
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Most of the city’s gay bars & clubs are located near the seafront, just to the east of Brighton Pier, in a district called Kemptown. This district has become known as Brighton’s gay village.
Gay travellers will find any of the hotels in Kemptown (particularly those close to the beach front) and those to the west of Brighton Pier close to The Lanes (historic area full of chic cafes and shops) convenient for exploring the city, promenade, pier, beach and gay nightlife.
Why this hotel? Beachfront location Comfortable rooms. Near the gay bars. Free WiFi.
If you walk along the Promenade, you might think that The Waterfront (until recently Thistle Brighton) was a tired old office block. Outwardly the worst of British 1970’s design, but inside it is a rather good hotel. It features a swimming pool, spa and small gym.
The air-conditioned guest rooms are spacious, modern and equipped with a very comfortable king-sized bed and free WiFi. The front-facing deluxe rooms have excellent sea views.
The hotel has its own private underground car park (fees apply). If you have ever visited Brighton and tried to find a parking spot overnight, you will appreciate just how useful this facility is.
The beach is right across the road, and it is just a 5-minute walk to the gay bars and clubs in Kemptown. Doctor Brightons is just next door.
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Why this hotel? Gay hotel bar & club. Beachfront location. Tasty breakfast. Free WiFi.
Legends is located on Brighton seafront, just moments from the best gay venues. The Basement Club is in the hotel’s own basement!
Standard rooms feature LCD TV, tea & coffee-making facilities and free WiFi. Deluxe rooms and suites include a lounge area, fridge and dual-aspect sea view. All rooms are non-smoking and can be accessed via a lift. Rates include a Full English or Continental breakfast.
Guests have free use of the nearby Fitness First gym. We recommend booking a higher floor room for weekend stays, as the club is open until the early hours. A best seller on Travel Gay Europe, although book early as the hotel is often sold out – particularly at weekends.
Why this hotel? Great view. Well-appointed rooms. Nice location. Free WiFi.
Each air-conditioned guest room has exceptionally comfortable Vi-spring mattresses, Egyptian cotton sheets, LCD TV with satellite channels (including Sky Sports), free WiFi. The bathroom has some rather nice White Company toiletries and fluffy towels.
The real treat is downstairs. Drakes’ elegant 2AA Rosette restaurant is renowned for serving some of the best food in Brighton. Non-hotel guests can enjoy a fabulous breakfast.
Why this hotel? Seafront location. Great value for money. Free WiFi.
The Old Ship hotel has a excellent seafront location, less than a 5-minute walk to the gay bars and clubs in Kemptown and even closer the shops. The hotel offers 24-hour room service and free WiFi. Many rates include The Old Ship’s extensive breakfast buffet.
Friendly, very efficient staff, comfortable rooms and excellent value for money makes The Old Ship a consistently popular choice.
Why this hotel? Modern design. Close to the beach & gay nightlife. Free WiFi.
Cutting-edge design hotel in the centre of Brighton. The Feng Shui-inspired guest rooms look like something out of a 1990’s science fiction movie with curved walls, vibrant colours and modern bespoke furniture.
Each room at My is air-conditioned and has a flat screen TV, sound system, free WiFi and safe. The bathrooms have a full-sized walk-in shower.
Located less than a 10 minute walk from the beach and to most of the gay bars and clubs. Private parking is available (advance reservation required).
Why this hotel? Beachfront location. Sea views. Very close to the gay nightlife. Free WiFi.
If location is your priority, The Royal Albion is difficult to beat. The hotel overlooks the beach, next to Brighton Pier. Walk east 2 minutes for some of Brighton’s best gay nightlife, bar Legends etc. Walk west 2 minutes for the shops, and north 2 minutes for Brighton Pavilion.
The Royal Albion, which was built in 1826, is traditionally furnished throughout. En suite rooms have a TV and tea & coffee-making facilities, and many have wonderful sea views.
There’s a restaurant onsite, but a huge choice of chic cafés and excellent eateries are nearby.
Brighton is incredibly popular during the summer months and weekends all year around. Book early to get the best deals. Avoid driving to Brighton as parking anywhere convenient is difficult and expensive.
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Why this hotel? Excellent seafront location. Spacious rooms. Pool & gym. Free WiFi.
The excellent value for money Queens Hotel is located on Brighton’s sea front, just 100 metres from the iconic pier and within a couple of minutes’ walk of both the city centre shops, The Lanes and the Kemptown gay nightlife.
The spacious en suite guestrooms feature LCD TV’s, tea & coffee making facilities and bottled water. More than half of the rooms have fabulous sea views. Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel.
The hotel also boasts one of the largest indoor swimming pools and best equipped gyms in the city.
Why this hotel? Friendly B&B. Clean rooms. Near the beach & Kemptown. Free WiFi.
Nineteen is an intimate bed & breakfast, located in the heart of the Kemptown gay village and just a few steps from the beach.
In your room, you’ll find everything you need – Kenneth Turner toiletries, crisp cotton sheets, fluffy towels, bath robes and free WiFi. Breakfast is served in you room, and there is always tea, coffee and a plate of biscuits available in the kitchen.
Owner Mark is happy to assist with restaurant, bar and club recommendations.
Brighton is not a particularly big city. So, don’t worry – these hotels are all within a 10-15 minute walk of most of the venues in the gay village.
Why this hotel? New hotel. Walk to 'The Lanes' shops. Excellent value. Free WiFi.
The great-value ibis Brighton City Centre has a good location, close to the train station, a 5-minute walk to the ‘The Lanes’ shopping area, and about a 15-minute walk downhill to the gay bars on the seafront.
Each modern guest room features a surprisingly comfortable bed (we’ve tried it), free WiFi, flat screen TV, desk and tea & coffee makers. Some of the top floor rooms also have (distant) sea views.
The hotel has its own stylish cafe / bar which serves great freshly baked croissants and other bakery products for breakfast. Popular budget option.
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Why this hotel? Near the Brighton Railway Station. Modern hotel. Excellent value. Free WiFi.
Jurys Inn is located next to Brighton Railway Station, making it very convenient if you are travelling from London for a weekend break. The beach and gay village are an easy 15-minute walk away.
The air-conditioned guest rooms are modern and larger than in many hotels in the area. Rooms feature flat screen TV, free WiFi, tea & coffee-making facilities. Great value for money.