• Login
Hotel The White House Hotel 0 star
Easyexperts
Brighton, United Kingdom -
See the map
Amy Adejokun Section editor

There is something particularly serene about The White House. Maybe it's the light that fills the hotel, perhaps the highly tasteful, soft on the eye furnishings or possibly the fact that it is tucked away from the main road with a front garden in which you can bronze for part of the day. Whatever it is, this is a delightful place to stay and comes highly recommended no matter how long your break or your motives for being in Brighton. What's more, you will not come across a more genuine, good (dry) humoured and helpful proprietor than the larger-than-life Sean. If you only stay for one reason, let that reason be him.

+
  • Seaside
  • Well located
  • Rest
  • Charm
  • Our pick
  • Flight
    Compare all the prices

    Price per night - Find at 0 partner(s)
    Show more offers

    Location 3.0 /10

    The White House is situated on Bedford Street which runs off of Marine Parade up to Bristol Road. Slightly out of the town centre, in the Kemptown area of Brighton, it has a quiet spot and has the advantage of facing the sea rather than towards the street which means the possibility of full sea views in some of the rooms. At the top of the road and along Upper St. James Street you'll find some local shops, although the main tourist attractions (Brighton Pier, Pavilion, North Laine, The Lanes) are a 15-20 minute walk away. Trains from the station, a 20-25 minute walk or 10-15 minute taxi ride away, serve Gatwick airport (30 mins) and London (50 mins on fast train). If you are arriving by car then on street parking is available near the hotel which will cost a maximum of £5 for 24 hours. Permits can be bought at reception.

    Accommodation 7.70 /10

    10 beautifully appointed rooms are spread over four floors at The White House. Each one has similar amenities including complimentary water, tea and coffee facilities (with a Kit Kat), alarm clock radio and television, with a feature wall covered in designer wallpaper of various brands. All the floors are fitted with sea grass which feels nice underfoot and never seems to stain. The beds are dressed in soft cotton sheets and have your folded towels ready at their foot, with a 'do not disturb' heart placed on top. There are two single rooms, which, while small, are still big enough to move around in and have everything you need for a short stay, apart, perhaps, from a telephone. The shower and sink are built within the room, while the toilet is separate, and it will be no surprise that The White Company provide the toiletries. The four small doubles are again, not huge, but certainly sufficiently spacious for a break of a few days. One of them has a warm red floral patterned wallpaper from Romo with matching cushions on the bed and bedside lamps along the same colour scheme. There is a short desk on which are the tea and coffee facilities and above which, on a stand, is the regular television. The separate bathroom has a shower and is tiled simply with beige rectangles. There are three feature rooms too which boast leather bed frames, flatscreen televisions and extra space in both the room and bathroom, while at the top of the pile is the suite with a separate living space featuring a sofa, coffee table and rug and long wooden sideboard upon which is a turquoise vase, which breaks nicely the brown tones of the room, and above which is a white painted mirror. It also boasts an iPod docking station and a balcony with garden furniture. None of the rooms have air conditioning but fans can be provided if necessary, as can iron and ironing boards and a place to keep valuables.

    Overview 7.70 /10

    If we were to put the hotels in Brighton in order of homeliness, then The White House would be right up there. Access to the guest house is through a small gate, which leads into a cute front garden with pot plants, a table and chairs and most important of all, direct sun light. When you arrive, Sean or Kathryn will either come and meet you from their place round the corner or will already be on site, tending the garden or putting the finishing touches to your room. Once past the porch, with its inviting armchair and fun little objects on the window sill and walls, you'll come to the stairs and be taken straight to your room where check in is done (no reception here) and keys to the property handed over. Being a small hotel there is nothing in the way of fitness of wellness facilities or a business centre, but there is wifi throughout. The condition of The White House is impeccable and is as spotless as it is welcoming. Kids are very welcome here, but animals are not accepted.

    Food and drink 7.45 /10

    Breakfast is served downstairs in a bright, wooden floored room which also acts as a small gallery, with pints for sale. The light wooden tables each have a sleek glass vase with a single flower and are set for two. At one end of the room is a giant floor-to-ceiling blackboard with the breakfast options scrawled on. As well as the full English there is a veggie option, smoked salmon and eggs served on sesame and sunclover toast and kippers. Sean uses primarily local ingredients and the eggs are all free range. As you'd expect from someone who used to be a professional chef, the hot breakfasts are delicious, and the scrambled eggs are to die for (the secret ingredient, according to him, is love). If the weather is good enough guests are welcome to take their morning meal in the front garden.

    To know

    The White House is a guest house, which means that Sean and his wife Kathryn are not always on site. To save you having to wait, therefore, on the doorstep upon your arrival, you should try and let them know roughly what time you will be turning up so they can be there to welcome you and check you in. Sean, who used to be a roaming chef, and Kathryn, a nurse, took over what was an old-fashioned bed and breakfast eight years ago and have slowly but surely created the wonderful property we see today.

    Equipment

    advantage

    • Décor
    • Breakfast
    • Front garden
    • Quiet location
    • Owners

    disadvantages

    • No telephone in room

    Traveller Reviews

    -
    • Overall Score -/10
    Hotels near to Brighton
    • Holiday Inn Brighton Holiday Inn Brighton Holiday Inn Brighton
      • Easyopinions -
      • Value for money 6.82
      • Location 3.0

      Just as with the Best Western, the big advantage of the Holiday Inn is that you know what to expect and you can be sure of a certain level of quality and service. The Brighton property represents good value for money and offers a good range of facilities for the leisure or business traveller. It has a decent location on the seafront, generously sized rooms and a reliable restaurant serving breakfast and dinner. Although this is not the place to stay if you are looking for something special or a bit of luxury, it is a good compromise for a families with a budget or groups of friends who'd rather spend their money on having a good time in Brighton. Just be aware that this is a very popular venue for conferences and the hotel gets a lot of coach parties.

      From
      See the offer
    • Best Western Brighton Best Western Brighton Best Western Brighton
      • Easyopinions -
      • Value for money 6.89
      • Location 6.48

      The advantage of staying at a Best Western is that you can expect a certain level of quality which the brand prides itself on. Let's not pretend that this is the finest hotel in Brighton, as it isn't by a long shot and doesn't try to be. However, if you are looking for good value hotel which you can trust and which will meet the needs of most travellers then you'll find it here. Decent refurbished rooms, a seafront location and strong on events, the Best Western is one to consider for couples, friends or families on a budget preferring function over style.

      From
      See the offer
    • Oriental Oriental Oriental
      • Easyopinions -
      • Value for money 7.04
      • Location 6.85

      One of our favourite hotels in Brighton, the Oriental is a fun, modern, homely property with great rooms, a quiet location and a modern décor. The B&B has been completely renovated in recent years and the results are a real success. Catherine and Nathalie who own and run the hotel will make you feel incredibly welcome and at home, so much so that it will be difficult to tear yourself away at the end of your stay. A great hotel for couples and friends down for the weekend, although probably not the ideal place for a family stay (children are welcome however). Also recommended for those who like art, the hotel being full of local works.

      From
      See the offer
    • The Kings The Kings The Kings
      • Easyopinions -
      • Value for money 6.94
      • Location 6.86

      While The Kings Hotel is certainly not fit for a monarch, it is however, a comfortable, unfussy property which should meet most basic needs of the leisure or business traveller. The rooms themselves are nothing to write home about, although they are clean and many have a sea view (and one of the burnt West Pier too). The hotel lacks the services of many of the others on the front and is not necessarily cheaper so it is difficult to point to a distinct advantage. If you are a family or group of friends looking to bring the cost of your stay down by sharing a room, or if you are not turned on by the sophisticated design available in other properties, then consider The Kings. Otherwise, you may want to look elsewhere.

      From
      See the offer
    • Pelirocco Pelirocco Pelirocco
      • Easyopinions -
      • Value for money 7.04
      • Location 7.68

      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.

      From
      See the offer
    • Una Una Una
      • Easyopinions -
      • Value for money 7.12
      • Location 7.8

      This gem of a hotel, made up mainly of suites, is one of the finest in Brighton. Despite being housed, like many an establishment in this town, in a Regency building, the space and facilities of the rooms are incredible. Add to these top notch accommodations a great location, a husband-wife team and their staff who ooze passion for what they do and some tasteful décor and you have what TripAdvisor contributors crown the number one hotel in the town, and quite frankly it is difficult to argue. Strongly recommended for all types of traveller, for any length of stay. Particularly charming for couples looking for a romantic weekend getaway.

      From
      See the offer
    • myhotel myhotel myhotel
      • Easyopinions -
      • Value for money 8.54
      • Location 6.7

      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.

      From
      See the offer
    • Neo Neo Neo
      • Easyopinions -
      • Value for money 8.14
      • Location 6.7

      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.

      From
      See the offer
    Top Hotels Brighton
    • myhotel myhotel myhotel
      • Easyopinions -
      • Value for money 8.54
      • Location 6.7

      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.

      From
      See the offer
    • Hilton Metropole Hilton Metropole Hilton Metropole
      • Easyopinions -
      • Value for money 8.38
      • Location 3.0

      With its history, grandeur and class, the Hilton Metropole probably just pips it as the swankiest of the traditional seafront hotels. It may have changed hands many a time since its opening just before the turn of the 20th century, but it has managed to keep its allure and standing and is a fine tribute to Victorian England. That said, it has also succeeded in dragging itself into the 21st century with good facilities and a partial makeover. The standard of service expected from a Hilton is certainly present at this Brighton hotel, which is suitable for all types of traveller whether they be a family, a couple or friends.

      From
      See the offer
    • The Grand The Grand The Grand
      • Easyopinions -
      • Value for money 8.38
      • Location 3.0

      There is no doubt about it; there is still a buzz around The Grand that no other hotel in Brighton can compete with. Very much the old boy of the city's hotels, its history and sheer physical grandeur on the seafront continue to attract every type of guest and there is no sign that this is about to stop. It has managed to remain faithful to its Victorian roots, in many respects the real pull, while at the same time adding sufficient touches of modernity so as not to lose out to the explosion of boutique hotels over the last decade. An opulent setting, spacious rooms with unbeatable views and unrivalled service make of The Grand the only place to stay for that authentic British seaside holiday of yesteryear for families, couples or friends. Quality never goes out of fashion.

      From
      See the offer
    • Seattle Seattle Seattle
      • Easyopinions -
      • Value for money 7.17
      • Location 5.5

      Without a shadow of doubt, this is one of the finest hotels in Brighton. To be perfectly frank, we can't really think of anything negative at all to say about the hotel! Even its one obvious default, being far from the town centre, for us is in fact a distinct plus as instead you are right on the marina, a much quieter area of Brighton, with a touch of glamour in the yachts that are moored here. The boutique style rooms are beautifully appointed, décor of the hotel is second to none and the restaurant is one of the best we experienced. What's more, this is one of the only really family-friendly properties in Brighton with several features devised especially for kids. For a slightly different, yet just as special, Brighton experience, you have absolutely to consider the Seattle, one of our favourites.

      From
      See the offer
    • du Vin Bistro du Vin Bistro du Vin Bistro
      • Easyopinions -
      • Value for money 7.14
      • Location 7.77

      They very fact that this hotel's name features the word 'bistro' tells you this is much more than just a place to sleep. The main focus of the Hotel du Vin is undoubtedly its food and wine. However, unlike other hotels where the emphasis is placed elsewhere other than in the rooms, one does not at any moment get the impression that this latter has been an afterthought. On the contrary, these are some of the best rooms in Brighton. One of our favourite properties in Brighton due to its stylish rooms, its professional, knowledgeable staff and above all the unrivalled atmosphere of its restaurant and in particular its bar, we thoroughly recommend this hotel to all those who appreciate their food and wine as well as those who want to experience one of the finest bars in the south of England.

      From
      See the offer
    • Blanch House Blanch House Blanch House
      • Easyopinions -
      • Value for money 7.12
      • Location 9.25

      It's remarkable what you can find these days behind the façades of the Victorian terraces that line the streets off of the seafront. Probably the best all-round hotel package in Brighton, Blanch House gets it spot on from the rooms' design to the superb restaurant and from the choice of staff to the cocktail bar where any self-respecting dipsomaniac would want to be seen. The experience and enthusiasm of the husband and wife team is there for all to see and we challenge you not to enjoy your stay at this property. Although kids are allowed at Blanch House, it is essentially a retreat for couples looking for a sexy weekend away from the big city. A big thumbs up from easyvoyage.co.uk!

      From
      See the offer
    • Drakes Drakes Drakes
      • Easyopinions -
      • Value for money 7.12
      • Location 9.6

      Drakes is arguably the stand out hotel of the sea front, although it is in a very different mould to many of the established big boys further towards the centre. This is a top end boutique hotel excelling in every area with fresh, funky, functional rooms, a professional staff and a superb restaurant. It's no wonder that all this, together with its ideal location and warm welcome, have made it the choice of some big celebrity names. No need to be famous though to stay at Drakes. Everyone is welcome, including children, and Easyvoyage would encourage all those thinking of a break in Brighton to consider this gem.

      From
      See the offer
    • Una Una Una
      • Easyopinions -
      • Value for money 7.12
      • Location 7.8

      This gem of a hotel, made up mainly of suites, is one of the finest in Brighton. Despite being housed, like many an establishment in this town, in a Regency building, the space and facilities of the rooms are incredible. Add to these top notch accommodations a great location, a husband-wife team and their staff who ooze passion for what they do and some tasteful décor and you have what TripAdvisor contributors crown the number one hotel in the town, and quite frankly it is difficult to argue. Strongly recommended for all types of traveller, for any length of stay. Particularly charming for couples looking for a romantic weekend getaway.

      From
      See the offer