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Hotel Pelirocco Hotel 3 star
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10 Regency Square, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 2FG, Royaume-Uni Brighton, United Kingdom -
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This is unlike any other hotel you will come across in Brighton, and we'd be surprised if there was a similar one in the whole of the UK. One of the first of a wave of boutique hotels that popped up a decade or so ago, it has been a success right from day one due to its rock and roll image created by the music and related themes leitmotif. It does not have the facilities of the larger hotels in Brighton, but this is unimportant - you come here for unique rooms, good location and the sheer audacity of a hotel that has welcomed many a famous face over the years. It is true to say that the décor is not to everyone's taste and it is certainly not a place to bring kids to, but if you are a couple looking for a cheeky weekend away, you'd be pushed to do better.

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    Location 7.68 /10

    The Pelirocco is situated on one side of Regency Square, right opposite the Una, which means there are views to be had of the West Pier (that's the burnt one!). It is just a few minutes' walk from the centre of town and the main shopping streets, with Preston Road's plethora of restaurants the next street over. The North Laines and South Lanes are a little further away but still accessible on foot. Trains from the station, a 15 minute walk or five minute taxi ride away, serve Gatwick airport (30 mins) and London (50 mins on fast train). If you are arriving by car, you will find several public car parks in the area, including one beneath the square.

    Accommodation 7.95 /10

    Every one of the Pelirocco's 19 themed rooms is different, and has their own peculiarities, although for the most part they share exactly the same amenities. There are five single rooms, including the Rough Trade Rough Nite, dedicated to the record shop in West London, which features a record deck with Rough Trade promos to play, and the Ali and Sputnik rooms, dedicated to the boxer and space travel respectively. One of the most popular rooms in the hotel is the Soul Supreme, dedicated to Motown and which has a purple and gold mural of The Supremes behind the bed. A pair of gold curtains can be drawn to close off the bed from the rest of the room, where you will find a small bench with record shaped cushions, loads of Motown records and a player to spin them on, a display of record jackets and photos of some famous artists from the label on the lilac walls. In one corner you'll find the flatscreen television and PS2, tea and coffee facilities (with Smarties!) and a mirror with four bare light bulbs above, as you would expect to find in a dressing room. The room, which is very popular with the bands mentioned above, has a small, basic bathroom all in white with a shower cubicle and unbranded toiletries. The ultra-kitsch Pin Up Parlour, dedicated to Diana Dors, features a lavishly dressed king bed with fluffy-edged drapes above the bed, lamps with the actress' model on their base, a false Roman bust with flowers coming out the top and a commode upholstered in a royal blue print fabric. There are pictures of the former British sex symbol around the room, up on the loud yellow and gold or ivory and caramel print wallpaper while the rest of the amenities remain the same (aside from the record player). Pussy, named after the shop in The Lanes which designed the room, is shocking pink and has a tropical beach scene on the wall behind the bed. On the walls are canvases of Brighton beach scenes and the door of the bathroom, which is a little larger than most, has a pool ball handle. Another double room is the Stoli Salon. Dedicated to the former USSR, it has Soviet posters, Russian doll cushions and bottles of Stolichnaya in small alcoves in the wall. Betty Page is immortalised in Betty's Boudoir, painted in green and featuring leopard skin couch, commode and folding screen as well as handcuffs and a small hole in the bathroom door for peep shows. The flagship room however is the Playroom suite, which has its own entrance from the street. It boasts an eight foot round bed with a mirrored canopy above, a separate living area and a dancing pole. It is also equipped with a deep soaking tub and double monsoon shower.

    Overview 7.45 /10

    You would never guess in a million years that behind the façade of this grade II listed Regency house is the most outrageous hotel in Brighton. Inside the hotel's lobby you'll soon get an impression of what the place is like: loud pink raised wallpaper, a myriad of posters, drawings, photos and record jackets on the wall and the bar check/reception at the back of the hall, whose window is adorned with those long coloured ribbons once such a fixture over British doorways. The whole way up the staircase you'll find more music memorabilia from Mike's own personal collection and this not only gives you a clue to his personal tastes, but also defines what the hotel is all about (short of seeing the rooms). While the hotel cannot boast a gym or a wellness centre, it does have one feature that no other hotel can claim to possess: the SingStar® Room. Sponsored by the game for the PlayStation, this sound-proofed room is available for hire for up to 10 people and is where you can sing at the top of your voices amongst friends to your favourite tunes of today and yesteryear. It features an electric guitar and J Lo gold disc on the wall as well as a white chaise longue and red print wallpaper. The hotel's public spaces are reasonably well kept and show a few signs of wear and tear, although what rock and roll venue doesn't? There is no business centre, but if you have a laptop you can take advantage of the complimentary wifi throughout the hotel.

    Food and drink

    The breakfast room come lounge come bar is in the front room of the hotel as you walk in on the right. As you'd expect this is no ordinary lounge. The grey wallpaper has a silver tree print on it, while the furniture (tables, chairs, stools and bar top) is shocking pink. Photos of famous British music artists line the walls and are for sale while the four lights shades on the ceiling are of the shapes of the buttons on a PS2 keypad (the room is sponsored by the games console). Behind the bar counter itself is a display of Polaroid photos of all the famous guests that have stayed at the Pelirocco, including, inexplicably, Jim Bowen from Bullseye fame. Breakfast is served from 8am until 10am (9am until 11am at weekends) and uses as much local produce as possible in its continental and hot food offerings. There is also the option of taking breakfast in bed as well as, for an extra charge, enjoying a Bloody Mary or flute of champagne. During the day a range of finger food is available such as piri piri chicken skewers, veggie pakoras and sausage rolls, while for those with a sweet tooth, try one of the cupcakes from Jamqueen. By night (until 1am during the week and 4am on the weekend) the bar comes alive with revellers and is one of the places to be for a beer or uniquely named cocktail such a Reggae Sunsplash.

    To know

    It took just four months to renovate what was an old fashioned B&B back in Easter 2000 and create the mythical hotel we have today. Mike, a former rock and roller (he has calmed down since, having worked for a fashion label) and his then wife (he now runs the place with his new partner) commissioned a host of artists to conceive each room individually after they had spotted a gap in the market in Brighton, a city which he visited regularly. The hotel is known for its music theme but is also frequented by young couples in search for a sexy weekend by the sea thanks to its several rooms adapted for this purpose. It is a favourite of several UK bands, including The Libertines, Primal Scream and the Noisettes (who were staying there during our visit).

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Internet access
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms

    advantage

    • Rock 'n' roll theme/décor
    • Location
    • Sing Star room
    • Every room different

    disadvantages

    • Not suitable for children
    • Few signs of wear and tear

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