Short Breaks myhotel Brighton, Sussex

PUBLISHED: 18:21 12 January 2010 | UPDATED: 16:25 20 February 2013

The reception area

The reception area

Jo Haywood and family enjoy a weekend of stylish fun at a Brighton boutique hotel

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Theres something about Brighton that makes you feel like youre at the centre of the action. Theres always something going on, from giant
kite flying, to balloon painting, to standup comedy, to unicycling, to rock and rolling and that was just what was going on in the street outside our hotel room window.

We stayed at myhotel Brighton, described by its owner, Andy Thrasyvoulou, as the place where Freddie Mercury meets the Maharishi
because of its eclectic interior.

Created by New York designer Karim Rashid, this unique 80-room boutique property, which is spread over four floors with seven inspiring event spaces, has a surprise at every turn.

The exterior of the hotel has a brilliant white faade with floor to ceiling windows reflecting the vibrancy of Jubilee Street in the bohemian North
Laines area.

The reception area is like a chic harem leading through to a slick bar area that feels one part futuristic to two parts subterranean. Each floor has a different colour theme, brought together under an overall umbrella concept of spirituality.

Our semi-circular, corner room known as the Jade artist studio was a decadent delight with an enormous round Roche Bobois bed, a deep bath
with rooftop views across the city, a double shower with a floor to ceiling glass wall overlooking the street (thank goodness we were on the fourth floor and the office workers opposite were having a day off ) and an integrated sound system that allowed us to play our MP3 players.

We were just a 15-minute walk from the pier and beach, passing Brightons iconic but Lego-ish pavilion along the way. The beach is pebbly and uncomfortable to perch on but there is a manmade sandy mini-beach, chock-full of slides and climbing frames.

After a happy hour or so here, we walked a little further to where the children could hurl themselves down bouncy slides and boing about enthusiastically on trampolines (while I tried not to stare at the actor who played Jane Tennisons boss in Prime Suspect as he waved at his own boinging child).

A walk along the pier proved to be a happy diversion, but we had to limit ourselves to one ride each on the fun fair as the prices were a bit on the high side.

So while the boys went on the ghost train, we girls pranced gracefully on the carousel horses. Or rather, the little one pranced gracefully and I hung on for dear life with my eyes shut.

After a great nights sleep (a round bed certainly seems to mean a sound sleep) and a hearty breakfast, we ventured down to the seafront again for a spot of pebble throwing and a morning of underwater adventure at the Sea Life Centre.

Our last hurrah at myhotel was Sunday lunch in its bright, 120- cover restaurant, watching the lively goings-on in the square outside as market traders set up their book and flower stalls.

It was serving an Italian buffet menu created by chef Aldo Zilli at the time but has since joined forces with Company of Cooks to launch TABLE, a modern British menu that includes whole sea bass, marinated fennel and saffron salad, slow roast Sussex lamb and gooseberry and elderflower cheesecake.

We were all sorry to say goodbye to Brighton but my sons favourite nonleague footie team were playing their last match of the season at nearby Lewes and we had tickets!

Talk about going from the sublime to the ridiculous

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