There’s no doubt about it, this place is seriously cool. Walking into the hotel lobby from North Laine is a bizarre experience – like stepping from the epitome of Brighton into something completely different that feels like it would belong far better in the centre of London. That’s not to say I don’t love it, because I do.
Strangely enough, I’d never set foot in here before last week. I wasn’t sure that just wandering into a hotel lobby was entirely acceptable. That was until I discovered the insanely cool bar at the back. Oh my goodness, it’s brilliant. On each of the far walls there are two gorgeous fish tanks, while images of fish are displayed on the plasma screens over the steel bar. The place seems kind of space-age, with soft curves of metal and high-legged chairs lining the central seating area. It feels nothing like the homely, traditional pubs I tend to frequent and hey, I think it’s time for a change of scenery every now and again! Drinks prices are slightly shocking, but everyone’s got to indulge once in a while. Especially when it comes to cocktails.
I may be giving a slightly biased review in that the only room I’ve set foot in is the ‘Carousel’ penthouse suite, which at £450 per night you’d have to have some mega bucks to consider staying in. You can get a week in Florida, flights and all, for that kind of money (believe me, I’ve checked). But who am I kidding? If I had the money I’d definitely stay here. Probably once a week. The decor is very bachelor-padesque: leather chairs, animal print ottomans, an enormous plasma screen TV, blacks, browns and deep reds. But this is softened by the addition of a beautiful antique rocking horse (which you aren’t actually allowed to touch), silks, velvet and beautiful balls of crystal topping the roofless four-poster bed. The bathroom area contains a stunning free-standing bath and is seductively curtained off with a red, semi-sheer curtain. As if that wasn’t enough, there’s also your own personal steam room. Utterly divine.
Now, where’s my lottery win so I can move in?