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17 Jubilee St, Brighton and Hove BN1 1GE, Royaume-Uni Brighton, United Kingdom -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

It is perhaps not surprising to find a hotel based on the principles of feng shui in Brighton, however to find one that has been designed by Karim Rashid, one of the hottest and most recognisable architect/designers in the world, may raise a few eyebrows (and I dare say turn a few stomachs in the design world). Undoubtedly one of the leading hotels in the city, the style of the hotel may not be to everyone's taste, but it certainly has the characteristics of a top bolthole: well-equipped, functional rooms, trendy restaurants/bars, a great location and attentive staff. This is probably not the most suitable place for a family to spend their break in Brighton, but perfect for couples and groups of friends looking to be right in the mix of things. A design fan's heaven, there are not many better all-round properties than this one.

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    Location 6.7 /10

    myhotel has a unique situation in the centre of town, right on Jubilee Square, Brighton's urban living space, centered upon a public outdoor venue. Right next to North Laine, it is also just minutes away from The Lanes, the Pavilion and the commercial centre of the city. The seafront is only a ten minute walk away, if that, and there are a host of restaurants and bars in the immediate vicinity. Trains from the station, a 10 minute walk or 5 minute taxi ride away, serve Gatwick airport (30 mins) and London (50 mins on fast train). The hotel has a 19-space underground car park which must be booked in advance. Prices are £15 per day Sunday to Thursday and £25 Friday and Saturday. You'll also find public parking not far away from the hotel.

    Accommodation 8.95 /10

    The hotel's 80 rooms are distributed over three floors, each one with their own colour scheme corresponding to the chakra attributed to each floor. They all feature Rashid furniture and share many of the same amenities and functions, as well as the fact that there is hardly any straight stretch of wall to be seen. The first three categories of room, namely standard, superior and more superior, are essentially the same, save their size and a few details. Each has a large double bed dressed in quality white linens with a plaid to match the colour scheme of the floor. Beds in the more superior rooms, which have a leather frame with a small desk integrated at the head, are placed in the centre of the room and face the window. The same carpet found in the corridors of each floor continues into the room, while the chair at the desk and the mandala on the blinds also follow the same colour scheme. At the desk you'll find an internet connection point as well as a place to plug in your iPod to the integrated sound system in the room (you'll receive a cable upon checking in). Depending on which room you get you'll find a Rashid chair or couch (these are placed in the window in the superior and more superior rooms) as well as a coffee table and plant. Other notable features are the flatscreen television, mini version of the crystal found in the lobby, implanted into the wall, and of course floor to ceiling two way glass windows giving on to either Jubilee Square or the shops surrounding it. In the large closet you'll find a host of other goodies including safe, tea and coffee facilities and DVD player, while in the superior rooms you'll also find a well stocked minibar, iron and ironing board and bathrobes. The bathrooms are cornered off within the room and have separate sink, toilet and shower. The vanity is a nice little compact affair with everything you could need within arm's reach. The one frustrating thing is the lack of mirror in front of you, making shaving and makeup application that little bit trickier. You'll find BeeKind toiletries from Gilchrist & Soames as well as a monsoon shower unit and hairdryer. There are three artist studio rooms available at myhotel offering more space, each one with its own special feature. Jade has both a circular bed and feature soaking tub within the room, Heaven curved floor to ceiling windows with a magnificent Brighton view and Bamboo an open plan bathroom and again, circular bed. The biggest room is Carousel, which gets its name from the presence of a 300 year old carousel horse in the room. This huge open plan accommodation boasts a soaking tub within the room, an oversize double bed with plush deep red covers, a Chesterfield couch, business work station complete with iMac, printer and fax, satellite television and a hammam in the bathroom. One of the most luxurious rooms in all of Brighton.

    Overview 9.45 /10

    The low rise rectangular building that is myhotel was a new build back in March 2008, purpose built, just like everything else surrounding Jubilee Square. Awaiting just the other side of the automatic double doors is something absolutely unique in Brighton. The bright circular reception area is an uncluttered space with the welcome desk to the right and a seating area to the left. The former is an irregular shaped hunk of pewter which is actually made up of several parts and which was a feat to assemble. Although slightly impractical for checking in purposes, it is certainly an impressive, eye-catching object and makes the lobby. Behind the desk, not only will you find funky wallpaper featuring some of Rashid's designs, but also a fish tank and of course the staff who are among the best in Brighton: patient, personable and professional. The seating area features a red banquette which follows the curve of the wall it is attached to and a hand-carved wooden table by Brightonian Mark Thomas. Just beside this area is a spiral metal stand suspended from the ceiling upon which is placed a pricey Italian quartz crystal ball which has a light projected onto it from beneath. To the back of the lobby, on the floor right between the two lifts, is an illuminated feng shui symbol for balance. Over all of this reins the hue of lemongrass and orange which come from the burning candles on the aforementioned table. In tune with the spiritual and relaxed atmosphere sought after in the hotel, jinja (a shrine or holy place in the ancient Japanese religion of Shinto) provides a range of treatments using Eastern techniques and Western products. In the same area of the hotel you'll also find a library and relaxation area where guests can also freshen up and change if waiting for their room or after having checked out. There is also a counter here with complimentary tea and coffee. While there is no gym in the hotel, guests are offered access to a local gym. Access to the rooms is easy with two lifts operating to all floors and straight corridors with room numbers well indicated. The carpet features long, wavy lines of different colours depending on the floor number and which give an infinite dimension to the corridors, which are spotless, spacious and show no sign of wear and tear. The hotel is a completely smoke-free zone and animals are not permitted either. There is complimentary wifi throughout the hotel, the code for which you'll find on your key card envelope.

    Food and drink 8.20 /10

    There are a few options when it comes to eating and drinking at myhotel. TABLE is the hotel's main restaurant and is where guests and walk-ins can enjoy all three meals throughout the day (breakfast 7am-11am, 8am-11am on weekends, lunch 12pm-3pm and dinner 5pm-10.30pm). It is run by private catering outfit Company of Cooks (who also looks after the café, see below) and is a bright, comfortable, laid back place to enjoy your meal. Breakfast is a large spread of both hot and cold options including fruit, yoghurt, cold meats and cheese, English, Irish and veggie breakfasts and a selection of drinks. There is a set pre-theatre lunch menu, while the dinner menu changes every month. Our gnocchi with oxtail was the perfect starter, while the poussin and couscous could have done without he lemon topping. The wine chosen by the chatty, but not too intrusive, waiter was a good pick from a decent selection from both the old and new worlds. For something more snacky or if you are on the go, then CUP/BOTTLE, the other side of the lobby, is a more suitable option. During the day CUP serves simple breakfast items such as patisseries and focaccie, while at lunch salads, toasties and pizzette are available together with a few sweet items such as muffins and biscotti. BOTTLE, as it is known at night, later becomes a bar where on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays the resident DJ helps to make the bar a popular hangout. The wall to the left as you enter from the lobby has been left bare for the public to come up with their own ideas for how to best put it to use, so watch that space! But it is merkaba, the hotel's bar for the smart set that is really the star of the show. Featuring pewter tables and bars, fish tanks set into the beech wood walls and ambient blue lighting, this is one of the hottest places to be, especially on the weekend. Famed for its cocktails (one of the barmen, Cam, won a Ray and Nephew competition for his whisky cocktail), the place is full every night of the week with the young(ish) and beautiful and is where people come to see and to be seen. There is a lounge just behind the bar to rent for private parties on the weekend, but it is open to the public during the rest of the week. For those worried about the noise coming from the bar during the night, don't be, as the bar is fully sound-proofed.

    To know

    Part of a small group of three hotels (the other two being in the London quarters of Bloomsbury and Chelsea), myhotel Brighton is the brainchild of Andy Thrasyvoulou, the group's founder, and Karim Rashid, the modish designer who has conceived his outlandish projects all over the world. They wanted to create a place where East meets West, or as they put it, "Where Freddie Mercury meets the Maharishi", meaning a balance between the best of Eastern service and spirituality and the benefits of Western technology and design. The three floors of the hotel follow loosely the 'chakras' of the body, the idea of wheels or spirals of energy in Hinduism. The ground floor is the naval area, manipura, the second floor represents the heart, anahata, while the third floor at the top is the head, sahasrara. The concept of feng shui also plays an important role in the hotel, with both the organisation of the rooms' interiors and the rooms' positions themselves having being carefully considered. You'll notice, as with most design by Rashid, that curves are used rather than straight lines in order to avoid seams and therefore claustrophobia.

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    • Hotel design/décor
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    • Merkaba
    • TABLE restaurant
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    disadvantages

    • Design might not be to everyone's taste
    • Two-way glass windows might not suit all guests

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