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Somewhere For The Weekend – The Guardian Travel Section

October 8th, 2008 by The Claremont

First impressions: There’s old-style glamour in the original chequered flooring, high ceilings and ornate chandeliers of this quiet Victorian villa but recent refurbishment adds a modern twist: contemporary furnishings in rich colours. The work of local artists is showcased here giving the hotel a distinctive feel.

What are the rooms like? The 11 rooms vary in size and hue, from cosy and functional singles to almost palatial four-poster bed deluxe rooms, decorated in regal red. Even the more compact rooms feel uncluttered – the owners have gone with a ‘less is more’ philosophy on furniture.

The bed test: Comfortable with white cotton bed linen, vibrant throws and cushions.

The bathroom: Some ensuites are new with stone floors and plush new shower units, others are slightly older, but all are clean and smart with aromatherapy toiletries, plump white towels and waffle-effect bathrobes.

Breakfast: Full English breakfast or vegetarian alternative. Traditional and homely dining room – Radio 2 wafts in the background.

What is there to do nearby? Huge variety of good quality restaurants and bars and a wealth of bohemian and independent shops in the Lanes and North Laine. The annual Brighton Festival runs until May 29.

How much a night? from £125 for a classic double and from £180 a four-poster bed. Breakfast included.

Read the full review on the Guardian website.

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