The Artist Residence Hotel Review
33 Regency Square, Hove, Brighton and Hove, BN1 2GG
I can say with conviction that I’ve never stayed anywhere more spectacular. Whether from the city or just visiting, Artist Residence is the perfect beachside retreat; packed with character and conveniently central, yet perfectly hidden away from the hustle with breathtaking views of the west pier and Regency Square.
As you’d expect, every detail has been creatively and meticulously considered; from the individual art adorning the walls and corridors to the eclectic bedroom styling, including roll top bath overlooking the sea and traditional style Roberts radio welcoming us into the room with soft jazz. It’s difficult not to be blown away. With 23 Unique rooms to choose from, you can afford to be picky – If planning a weekend visit it’s wise to book in advance.
The cocktails at the adjoining cocktail shack more than lived up to their glowing reputation, complimented by the mixologists’ extensive knowledge of the bar. It’s worth noting that the hotel’s staff were warm, welcoming and un-intrusively friendly throughout the entire stay. We finished our evening with an overly-competitive game of table tennis in the downstairs games room (I think it’s important to mention that I beat my male companion very convincingly!) Its one of the city’s only public-use indoor tables and highly recommended for any other competitors in the city!
After watching the sun disappear behind the west pier from my relaxing bath, I melted into the cozy bed for a perfect nights sleep.
Rising early, an extensive spread of pastries, cereals and juices greeted us in the breakfast hall, which doubles as the informal setting for dinner. The hotel offers a choice of evening dining; ‘The Set of scales’ is a relaxed menu serving a plethora of reasonably priced and unusual burgers, with guests sat sociably on benches and long wooden tables. The alternative four course set menu is served in the connecting restaurant. Expect unique dishes such as rare sirloin, maple scallop, parsnip and hickory, all sourced locally and prepared by the hotel’s superb kitchen. Following our breakfast ‘starter’ we browsed the well-styled menu of classic cooked options, all with a recognisable AR twist. Served on enamel plates, our eggs benedict and mini full English certainly hit the spot.
The Artist Residence truly left a mark. Reasonably priced, its a refreshing alternative to the norm.