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Brighton Harbour Hotel, Brighton

Muddy says: Bang on the seafront, this stylish hotel has a quirky basement spa and is a top spot for afternoon tea, dinner and cocktails.

In a prime spot opposite the seafront and a stone’s throw from the Palace Pier, Brighton Harbour Hotel has a boutiquey feel that belies its 79 rooms.

And what rooms they are – fresh and seaside-slanted without veering to kitsch, most with views of the beach, some on two sides. Nespresso machines and complimentary decanters of sherry and gin are a particularly nice touch.

Not that there aren’t diversions downstairs, with the trendy HarBar serving up cocktails, and respected dining in the Jetty restaurant. For a special occasion you can hire the private dining room. In fact, the hotel can cater for a full-on wedding. Afternoon teas are also a speciality and combine well with a spot of indulgence in the hotel’s atmospheric spa.

The spa is found in the heritage basement, set under brick arches and open to non-residents as well as guests. Besides the ESPA treatment rooms there’s a pool (with the odd cheeky inflatable duck or palm tree), a sauna, steam room and two large wooden-sided Scandinavian hot tubs. You can even hire a private grotto with butler service!

Keep an eye on regular offers at the Brighton Harbour Hotel including midweek and Sunday deals and if it’s someone else you want to treat, check out the gift experiences.


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