It was just last week when I visited one of the most flamboyant & charismatic hotels in Brighton – The Artist Residence Hotel – Brighton. First discovering this little treasure during a press event for Soak & Sleep at their Pimlico site I really wanted to review this hotel but from an interior/tourist perspective. Owners Charlie & Justin are extremely hands-on with the design and character of each hotel (there are three in total, Pimlico, Brighton & Cornwall), making it their own but also giving it a homely twist. Designed in-house, I took a quick trip to the coast to discover more.
Encased within a grade II listed building on the historical 33 Regency Square, this bright hotel has 23 individual distinctive rooms. Divided into the Arty and House quarter, Charlie commissioned local designers to splash their magic across the rooms, giving them both a sense of place and a unique style. My Arty room had the best sea-side view giving me a full view of Regency Square and the West Pier on Brighton beach. Full of bright yellows paired with muted greys & exposed brickwork, my room had a distinctively rustic feel with a cosy contemporary country twist. Using natural textures such as distressed woods, cotton and sisal elements, this helped to add to the aesthetic of the interior. My chosen room was personally decorated by owner Charlie which gives it a united personality & spirit with the location. Opting not to go with a design brief both Charlie & Justin designed the communal spaces and the Cocktail Shack instinctively, creating interior spaces that they believe their guests will both enjoy & appreciate.
Having taken over the townhouse next door, the hotel expanded creating a selection of ‘House’ rooms. This allowed Charlie to create these incredibly tantalising suites. I managed to get a tour of the hotel and a sneak peek of the suites. Within these much roomier spaces, the theme here was quite contemporary with a more refined country twist. Cosy linens and plush velvet chairs as well as a huge bath tub, this suite was simply – perfect!
One thing you may not know about the hotel is that the artwork featured in the rooms has been sourced from local art store Art Republic. What I liked about this store was that all the artwork had been ethically sourced & brought meaning that each artist always gets paid in full which is not only great for new & emerging talent but also good practice. The store is located very close by to the hotel and there were so many great pieces to choose from. I also have to touch upon this charming chill-out area, slightly hidden away but also a great cosy nook. This retro lounge was a nice little space – great for reading or for having a mini relax session.
My stay was graciously hosted by The Artist Residence Hotel, Brighton