When I first stayed at the Pelirocco, it was in a space station room called Sputnik. A decade later and I get a knitted room called Cardigan. I guess that's the ageing process for you right there.
Every time since that I've been to Brighton I've wished I was staying at the Pelirocco. But it's always been full, and instead of staying in a hotel that's cleverly kitsch, it's been in something that's been rather more unconsciously so. Brighton has a lot of pretty drab seafront hotels stuffed full of stags and hens where you'll sit in your room wishing you'd brought some ear-plugs. And then there's the Pelirocco, which doesn't have to make a noise to have a good time.
It was delightful to come back and find it still going strong. If an achingly cool 90s Britpop band opened up a hotel, it would be the Pelirocco. The rooms are hilarious (knitted seagulls dangled from the ceiling in mine), the staff are genuine, and the bar is cheap. The whole place has the feeling that they've just cleared up after an amazing house party which could break out again at any moment.
It's all that's good about Brighton in a hotel - charming, good-looking, and just a tiny bit naughty.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Pelirocco is Brighton's original boutique hotel with 19 individually themed rooms inspired by maverick musicians, inspiring individuals and popular sub-cultures. Complete with late night cocktail, private karaoke lounge and frequent live music and events. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pelirocco Hotel Brighton
- Boutique Hotel Pelirocco