It’s no secret that Brighton (arguably one of the coolest cities in the world) is a big hit with tourists. Its pier, beach and lanes are rammed with visitors during the summer months and getting somewhere to stay that’s affordable and smack bang in the centre of the action is by no means easy.
We have struck it lucky a few times, managing to book a room in a cosy guesthouse or Airbnb rental, but even they are not easy to come by. However, the new Ibis may be just the ticket – we secured a very last minute budget room right next to the train station and two minutes from the lanes.
On entering the property, there’s no big lobby or check-in area, space at the Ibis has been maximised for extra rooms. The check in area merges with the adjacent bar, with it’s funky warehouse feel and brightly coloured furniture, where young professionals are working on their MacBooks and sipping on coffee. As we do a speedy check in, downtempo music plays in the background, it’s relaxing and welcoming without seeming generic (like many budget lodgings).
The rooms are petite but well equipped, modern, very clean and come complete with plasma tellys. Modern art garnishes the wall and, although compact, you never feel claustrophobic. However, there is something of a portacabin feel about them. The toilet and shower unit are a plastic extension which has been attached to the wall and you can hear the water running in your neighbour’s room. That said, come evening it’s silent, despite the hen and stag dos roaming around town in their droves.
Food and drink:
The Brighton Ibis breakfast buffet is worth a try. And if you’re in town on business (or out very late) they start super early – at 4am. The buffet is all-you-can-eat, so load up on croissants, yoghurts, cereals, juices or a hot brekkie (which starts from 6.30am). Meanwhile, the bar area serves drinks and snacks all day.
Price: Rooms start at £37 per night.
Address: 88-92 Queen’s Rd, Brighton, BN1 3XE, www.ibis.com/Brighton_Hotels
Radio Times Travel rating: 7/10 – if you can get over the caravan-like qualities of the rooms, the Ibis makes for an easy, affordable stay.