Any excuse to visit Brighton is excuse enough and mine was to attend the Brighton Tattoo Convention. When I was looking for a hotel, I knew that there were a few interestingly unique hotels in Brighton but they were all out of my price range, that is, until I found the Artist Residence Hotel in Regency Square. Turns out, it’s a one minute walk up the hill from the Hilton Metropole hotel where the convention was being held.
I decided to book an extra day after the convention so we could take some time enjoying Brighton and I am so glad we did because we discovered some awesome galleries, shops and places to eat, not to mention a couple walks along the beach promenade that got the fresh sea breeze deep into our lungs.
Artist Residence Hotel
I chose the Artist Residence Hotel because each room is designed and decorated by a different artist and there is art displayed and for sale throughout the hotel.
I booked us into the Ben Allen room and was surprised that the cost for two people for two nights including a delicious full breakfast was just £120!
Really loved being surrounded by this vibrant, colourful artwork!
The bathroom is behind the roses and boasted a deep square bath/shower that was just divine. The toiletries were provided by Bee Kind and the shower gel left my skin feeling so soft I didn’t even need to put on moisturiser!
Tea, coffee and hot chocolate were provided as well as a TV and lots of plug points for us to charge our iPad’s, cameras and phones.
The bed was to die for, deeply warm and comfortable, neither of us wanted to get out of it.
I adore this print. Would love to own it but it wasn’t for sale unfortunately.
Reception was always manned by friendly and helpful staff.
The breakfast room / gallery is spread over three rooms, at the back are two banquet tables and a set of DJ decks and at the front the room is filled with beautiful morning light with a view down to the ocean.
Interesting books were provided for guests to peruse over their breakfast.
Not only do you have the choice of a range of cereals, fruit juices and granola, but there was both a vegetarian and meat eaters option of haloumi cheese and fried mushrooms on a muffin or bread with a rocket leaf side or bacon and scrambled eggs topped on the same. Both were delicious!
Having absolutely stuffed ourselves on such a generous and delicious breakfast, we headed down to the beach for a stroll and discovered some wonderful little galleries.
First we stopped at Castor + Pollux which was filled with prints, paintings, throws, pillows, home decorations and interesting books.
Then we came to Sea Front Image where we deliberated over which nautical themed decorations we should fill our bathrooms with. My friend Mario bought three items and I had to decline as there is no space in my bathroom for any more nautical themed decorations. I did however have my eye on some of the photographic prints in the little hut for a later purchase one day.
Did some posing with boats…
A visit to Brighton wouldn’t be complete without a strole down the pier. I always feel like I should be in Victorian dress when I walk the pier, it has that olden day feel to it for me.
That evening we were recommended a pub by the lovely receptionist at the hotel called the Lion and Lobster to have our dinner at and we were not disappointed. It doesn’t look like much from the outside, but inside is a multilevel building where each room is different with low ceilings and dark walls covered in various photos and artworks. It was cosy and very busy and their menu was fabulous. I had a vegetarian meal that was a mixture of potatoes surrounded by little long stemmed mushrooms and dressed with a delicious sauce. I paired it with the South African rosé which was also delicious. We ate in low lighting and enjoyed the music being played and the friendly service.
On our last day, we decided to take another beach stroll.
First we found a swing which we spent a moment on to take in the ocean view.
This daddy was dancing with his daughter to music that was playing from the bar next to them.
We paid another visit to Sea Front Image.
I simply adore these funny little wooden pigs!
Which lead us to a shop we both fell instantly in love with, Daniel Laurence Home & Garden.
Full of all kinds of decorative things for the home, I wanted to buy up the whole shop!
Mario and I both fell for this gorgeous elephant but he was the one who bought it in the end. Given that I had spent close to £500 over the weekend, I had to let him have it with a vow that I would one day add this fine elephant to my own home.
Being a lover of Art Deco, these clocks instantly won my heart.
I really almost bought this clock, finances be damned, but somehow, managed to rain myself in and wait for a day when my wallet is full again.
Beautiful fish tank in the back wall.
I loved these ship window mirrors.
I really loved this garden hare. When I move and get a garden, he will take pride of place there.
We eventually tore ourselves away from the shop to go in search of a place to eat and a wander around the infamous Lanes of Brighton.
Be still my beating heart! I am currently enjoying a feverish desire for velvet sofas and this one in cerise pink/purple made me stop in my tracks, and then the price made my heart almost stop. Oh what I would do to have this beauty in my home!
I dared not go into this store, Cargo, because from what I could see in the window, it would have been absolute torture for me.
Instead we went into Tiger a couple doors down and looked at all the fun knick knacks that they stock and somehow managed to leave without spending a dime. Weird!
Having wound our way through the lanes, we were famished so we stopped in at a pub called Font boasting two meals for the price of £6.50. We didn’t go for that deal but got something from the main menu instead. I had the vegetable bake which was absolutely delicious.
On our way back to the hotel to fetch our bags before catching our train, we passed many more shops I would have loved to have paid a visit to. I really do love home wares!
Our three day stay in Brighton was fabulous! We stayed in the perfect hotel, ate at some fabulous pubs, discovered some great art and home wares, had a ball at the tattoo convention and took in some fresh ocean air. Personally I fell in love and spent the train journey home checking Rightmove and Zoopla apps on my iPhone to see if I could afford to rent in Brighton. Sadly not, but perhaps things will change in my favour in the coming months 😉