The Brighton Harbour Hotel brings some much-needed coastal chic to the hotel scene in Brighton. The rooms are light, bright and breezy with white walls and modern fabrics giving a splash of colour to each room, with a nod to the coastal vibe of this buzzing seaside resort. Artwork adorns the walls and many rooms are sea facing with freestanding baths. It’s all very impressive, but be warned, Brighton is a busy town and Friday and Saturday night on the seafront can get a bit raucous. Bring earplugs and you will sleep soundly. Free gin and sherry in the rooms is a nice touch – what’s not to like? Oh and rooms also have tea and coffee making facilities which includes a Nespresso machine.
Didn’t try dinner during the stay, but breakfast was an easy going affair with healthy buffet and on-trend breakfast choices including lots of avocado (tick). Vibrant fabrics and modern furniture with sea views. It’s brilliant fun. The Sunday Times Travel section listed it as the No.1 Seaside hotel and I have to agree.
The spa at Brighton Harbour Hotel
The Har Spa is subterranean and really makes the most of its underground position. Occasionally the layout of the corridors was clumsy (but probably the result of restricted space). The gym was functional and brand new. I didn’t try a treatment but the therapy menu is all ESPA – so expect great things.
As you venture further into the lower levels of the spa – the magic begins to happen. The pool is large enough for laps and there are a couple of seating spaces to chill out. Behind this is a warm hydrotherapy pool with jacuzzi jets. Down a further set of stairs there are two hot tubs crafted from wood. The exposed brick gives the space a sense of history then you descend even further and there’s a steam and sauna, relaxation sofas, a shower to cool off and a private spa grotto too.
It was early morning when we visited, so we had the place to ourselves. It’s not huge, but there is space to spread out. With careful management and control over numbers you should have plenty of room to move. Spa Manager take note!
THE BEST BITS:
The sea view
Swimming before breakfast
Relaxing in the wooden hot tubs
ROOM TO IMPROVE:
Supply ear plugs as standard in the rooms (a few guests were complaining)
Promote the spa a bit more throughout the hotel (as its hidden away most people might not realise it’s there)
Room only from £135
ESPA Persoanlised Facial – 55 mins – £65
ESPA Facial for Men – 55 mins – £65
ESPA Total Holistic Body: 110mins – £105
This holistic treatment includes a full body exfoliation, full body aromatherapy massage, facial cleanse and facial massage.
Read more about the best UK spa hotels of 2017 HERE