Winter is not the most obvious time to visit Brighton.
Sitting in one of the seaview rooms in umi brighton, I can see the breathtaking panorama of the world famous Brighton Pier, glinting in the midday winter sun.
It’s very peaceful and calm though- a far cry from the frenetic buzz of Brighton in the summer.
It’s an iconic view.
Without doubt one of the most iconic views to savour on a holiday in the British Isles.
I spend a good hour just admiring the view, listening to the sound of the waves, seagulls.
Holidays are made of moments like this.
Best thing was the room was all mine for just £65.
A steal compared to the bigger 4 star hotels along the Brighton seafront.
If you don’t need a room with a view, the rate for a double room, ensuite in midweek goes down to the £50 mark in Spring.
The rooms are all ensuite- bathrooms are clean but a bit tired. For the price, you can’t complain.
Rates include a generous buffet breakfast ( You can help yourself to cereals,juice, toast, yoghurts, croissants & a full English Breakfast which really power you through your day) which is served till Midday in the adjoining Little Bay restaurant.
Add to that the provision of free wifi and you have all the elements of a very comfortable but economical stay.
The staff are all hospitality management trainees who are keen to help, whether needing directions to all the famous landmarks or help printing off your boarding pass.
The hotel also has a swanky bar which runs happy hour deals like 2 for 1 cocktails so perfect place to start your night out in Brighton.
I dined on one of the nights at the hotel’s onsite opera themed restaurant- Little Bay.
I was seated in a little opera booth overlooking the rest of the restaurant that is completely made up of little opera booths -a very original and fun idea.
The food is very reasonably priced ( Mussels for starters were half price- £1.98!) service attentive and great atmosphere plus being serenaded by a live opera singer- nice touch.
However I must admit on the night, the food was pretty average.
I would suggest trying out some of the area’s excellent gastropubs like The Cricketers in the nearby historic Lanes, one of the oldest pubs in Brighton.
Or you go to Sukhothai on Middle Street just 5 minutes walking distance from the hotel- excellent thai restaurant which does a brilliant 2 course lunch for just £5 and serves excellent Singha Beer.
Clean comfortable beds, ensuite, buffet breakfast and friendly customer service make umi Brighton an excellent base for a shortbreak in Brighton.
- Book in advance and aim for a midweek stay to get the best rates.
- I didn’t get a chance to check it out but all residents get free access to the nearby Lanes leisure club and pool. Great add-on.
- Definitely splurge extra £££ and get yourself one of the superior seaview rooms.
- For tips about cool stuff to do in Brighton check out my earlier posts of how to enjoy 48 Hours in Brighton on a budget with a focus on the streetart scene in Brighton, feature on me discovering Dali’s famous Mae West Lipsofa and also looking at the story behind Cassette Lord.
umi Hotel Brighton, 64 Kings Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1NA
Contact details: +44 (0)1273 323221