Today we welcome back guest blogger - Patrick - this time he offers his suggestions on the best places to stay for first-time visitors to the city...

Brighton is a diverse city with a laid-back vibe, an awesome nightlife and a huge beach. What’s not to love about Brighton? If you’ve yet to experience this classic British seaside resort for yourself, then isn’t it about time that changed?

There’s nothing more exciting than finding the best hotel deals and planning a trip away to a new destination, but it can be tricky if you don’t know the area very well. If this is your first time to Brighton, then here are some of the best places to stay that’ll help you make the most of your visit, no matter what it is you’re there for.

For the most central location – The Lanes and North Laine   

North Laine is the cultural hub of Brighton and The Lanes is the network of narrow alleyways filled with quirky, independent stores, restaurants and galleries just below it. Lose yourself in a maze of antiques and vintage shops before heading to explore the famous Royal Pavilion, then taking a walk along the smooth pebbles of the beach. There’s a real buzz about town here, with colourful bunting gently flapping in the wind above you, café dwellers spilling out onto the streets and the sound of many a busker’s music filling the air.

Budget: Granville Hotel
Mid-range: The Lanes Hotel
Luxury: The Grand Brighton

For hen dos and stag dos – Kemptown

Brighton is a hugely popular location for those looking for one last big jaunt before settling down to married life. If that’s the reason for your visit, then you’ll want to stay near the city’s best areas for nightlife. In which case, it has to be Kemptown. Known as the artists’ quarter, it’s home to one of the largest LGBTQ communities in the UK and the area comes to life at night. As well as its lively nightlife, there are loads of great places to eat around Kemptown too, ideal for lining your stomach before a big night out!

Budget: Hostelpoint Brighton
Mid-range: Red Brighton Blue
Luxury: Sea Spray

For a holiday with the kids – Hove

At one point, Hove was a separate community to Brighton, but the two areas merged in 1997 and became recognised as a city in their own right. It’s still right on the doorstep of the city centre, but far enough away to escape the busier crowds and be able to enjoy some quality time with the little ones. There’s plenty for the kids to do here, but it’s super easy to head into Brighton too. Even if you don’t have kids in tow, this is the place to be if you prefer a bit of peace and quiet on your holiday.

Budget: Smart Sea View Brighton
Mid-range: Albany Hotel
Luxury: The Claremont

Hopefully, now you have a good idea of which area of Brighton would be best suited to your stay. And, regardless of where you choose, you’ll find accommodation that caters for all budgets, all across the city.

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