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Amy Adejokun Section editor

Tucked away off the seafront, the Neo is a little gem of a hotel with some of the best interior design in the city and full of thoughtful touches that make it different from other B&Bs. A lot of time and effort has been put into trying to make this a home from home and we can tell you that this has been achieved with style and sophistication. Good sized rooms, a treatment room and a quiet location, the Neo is perfect for that weekend getaway as a couple or among friends. Although children are very welcome, this is not the best option for families.

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    Location 6.7 /10

    The Neo is tucked away off the seafront at the top of Oriental Place, on the corner with Sillwood Street, just up from the Oriental hotel. Although slightly out from the centre of town, on the way to Hove, all the major attractions (the Pavilion, The Lanes, North Laines, Brighton Pier) are within 10-15 minutes on foot. Trains from the station, a 20 minute walk or 10 minute taxi ride away, serve Gatwick airport (30 mins) and London (50 mins on fast train). The hotel does not have its own car park, but there is on-street metered parking available outside or public car parks in the vicinity.

    Accommodation 7.95 /10

    Each one of the nine rooms is different in style, although most share the same amenities. Their décor has been meticulously considered and is of the highest taste. The standard rooms, of which there are three (#s 7, 8 and 9), including one semi en suite, each has a distinct wallpaper as well as unique furniture and objects such as vases, cushions and kimonos, all fitting in with the colour scheme set by the wallpaper. Room 9 for example, which has gold tree motif paper, features a 5ft double bed dressed in beautiful linen and plump cushions, small flatscreen television and DVD player, a collection of vases, complimentary mineral water, a selection of snacks, tea and coffee facilities and a hanging space with his and her kimonos. The bathroom is tiled in black and has both tub and shower as well as Circaroma toiletries and heated towel rail. Another standard, number 7, the only non-en suite, has black and cream floral Nina Campbell wallpaper with the shower within the bedroom. The toilet and sink are in a separate room next door but are for the sole use of this room. The third standard, with red and gold damask wallpaper, is an attic room and shares all the same amenities as the other rooms in the same category. Rooms 5 and 6 are the two premier rooms and feature beautiful lacquered Chinese cupboards and cabinets, as well as half a bottle of wine and spacious bathrooms with bathtubs for two. One has a Japanese chrysanthemum print wallpaper from Harlequins while the other features a purple and gold vintage dragon design from Osborne and Little. The largest rooms, the king en suites, have the same amenities as the other rooms, but are a little larger and their beds measure 6ft. The three different wallpapers featured are a gold Japanese style Florence Broadhurst, another from the same designer but this time with a red and silver floral design and a gold chinoiserie Ralph Lauren number in the largest of the rooms. All room rates include breakfast.

    Overview 7.95 /10

    Unusually for a B&B of this size, especially one in an old grade II listed Georgian building, the Neo has a reception area. Here you'll be checked in efficiently by Steph herself or one of her multi-talented girls and then be shown to your room. In the entrance hall there are several nice touches which mark the Neo out from the rest such as the water cooling machine and lollipops and mints on the table, watched over by Arthur the hunting trophy, the guardian of the hotel. In the stairs' alcoves you'll notice cute little oriental style cabinets and wing back chairs with their Chinese print cushions, while the wallpaper along some of the corridors is from Florence Broadhurst, the late Australian designer. As a testament to the previous hotel, a Victorian frieze found under five layers of wallpaper during the renovation, just above room number one, has been left exposed, while other details from the past include the stained glass windows in the staircase. Space is the hotel's treatment room, where the former masseuse to Elle MacPherson offers a range of massages, reflexology treatments, manicures and pedicures, facials and waxes, for both men and women, in an intimate and gorgeous-smelling room in the basement. For those who fancy chilling in their room of an evening, then help yourselves to a DVD from the library at reception, but please be sure to put the film back when you have finished for the other guests. Spotless and very well maintained, the hotel's public spaces are also well decorated and access to the rooms is quick and uncomplicated.

    Food and drink 7.70 /10

    Breakfast is served in the breakfast room come guest lounge with its lacquered dark wood floor boards, red suede corner banquette and blocked fireplace complete with plant and candelabras in front of a huge mirror. The room currently has a revolving art gallery, like many a hotel in Brighton, which works very well, however a permanent collection should be on its way very soon. Breakfast, which is a good choice of continental and cooked fare, is served between 8am and 9.30am during the weekend and 9am and 10.30am on the weekend and is well received by guests. For the rest of the day the area can be used by guests as a lounge, where they can read, have a drink or hold an informal business meeting in an intimate and tranquil setting. Just across the way, the other side of the reception area, is the bar, complete with white leather banquettes and mood lighting, where you can enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine until the early hours.

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    The Neo is owned by Steph, an interior stylist who has previously worked for, among others, Elle Decoration. She bought the hotel around 10 years ago when it was an old-fashioned B&B and spent two years transforming it into what you see today. That said, she has decided to keep a number of the features from the former hotel such as mirrors and chandeliers to lend a quirky edge to the property. The hotel is available to hire in its entirety for weddings, birthdays and other celebrations and also offers corporate packages for up to 20 people. Food and drink can be provided for both occasions.

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