Qype: Myhotel in Brighton

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Myhotel's super-cool bar area

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?

Check out my review of myhotel – I am Alice_Reeves – on Qype

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Bond at Bedtime: Damian Barr’s Reader in Residence comes to Brighton

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Once upon a time in a very swish, ultra-modern Brighton hotel, sat a dashing young Scottish gentleman in stripy designer pyjamas…

In partnership with City Reads and as continuation of his highly successful transatlantic ‘Reader in Residence’ sessions, Damian Barr will be reading excerpts from this year’s City Reads book of choice – Ian Fleming’s ‘From Russia With Love’- whilst a small audience of four people sip the most alcoholic vodka martinis in existence. Shaken, not stirred of course.

The readings are taking place hourly from 6pm on Thursday evenings during April in the stunning third-floor ‘Carousel’ penthouse suite at Myhotel, Brighton. At £450 per night, this is probably the only way I’ll ever get to enjoy this room short of a lottery win.

Greeted by Damian and a softly-playing James Bond soundtrack, we sat down in plush leather chairs whilst being mixed cocktails by our own personal barman (unfortunately, he doesn’t come with room). Although initially I thought the whole scenario would be a little odd, being read to aloud felt like the most wonderful mix of adult Jackanory meets book group – there’s something incredibly comforting yet intimate about it. If my English Literature seminars at university had been more like this I’m sure I’d have taken far greater pleasure in them. Especially if they came with martinis.

Of course, with something like this you have to have the right kind of person reading to you – I’m sure that had it been Joe Pasquale sitting there the effect wouldn’t have been the same. Damian clearly knows what his strengths are (in this case, his wonderful Scottish accent and clear passion for a damn good story) and this is yet another inspiring idea in addition to the fantastic Silent Cinema and forthcoming Starlite Urban Drive-in.

If you love stories, lush penthouses, martinis and consider yourself just a little bit of a literature geek, then this is definitely something to catch while you can – truly a unique experience.

Check out my review of Bedroom Bond – I am Alice_Reeves – on Qype