The Perfect Place To Stay in Brighton – Vine Street Studios
Written by Jaillan Yehia
I often evangelise about the saving grace of apartment rental as opposed to hotel stays for a certain type of trip.
Usually I’m preaching to the converted but some people would need a miracle of water-to-wine proportions before they’d give up 24-hour room service, the breakfast buffet and a decent concierge (though perhaps not the in-room bible).
But even though the hotel versus apartment debate will run and run, and I’ll always worship boutique hotels and quirky B&Bs too, I’ve had something of an epiphany on a recent visit to Brighton: for the perfect large group trip finding the right rental apartment really is like discovering the God Particle…
That’s because the bigger the group the more that the monetary value, sociability factor, and joy of having a home from home can’t be ignored. Enjoying extra space, a more relaxed environment and having access to your creature comforts creates a totally different experience and atmosphere to the trip. And the benefit of enjoying down time with family or friends, together but apart rather than stuck in your own cubicles, is priceless.
Vine Street Studios, which sleeps groups of 10-18, is planted right in the sweet spot amidst Brighton’s famous Lanes, proving the old adage ‘location, location, location’ to be a cliché because it’s true.
Apartments are all about ‘living like a local’ – but hearing the click of your heels on the industrial-style glass and metal staircase as you ascend from your open plan living quarters to the minimalist bedrooms, you may feel a little more like your locale is East Village, New York not South-East England’s favourite beach town.
As soon as you step outside you’re re-oriented and plunged into Brighton’s creative heartland. The special blend of this area’s street style, laid-back eateries, vintage shopping, and good old fashioned decent boozers makes the fact that you’re also staying a few minutes’ walk from both the sea and the station (which has you here from feels-like-a-world-away London in an hour) seem like a mere bonus.
The decor is an achingly cool palette of muted tones, urban textures and retro touches punctuated by flashes of orange – the last time I saw this colour scheme was in a Cambodian boutique hotel where the orange detailing was said to represent fleeting glimpses of the monks as they move through the temples at Angkor Wat.
Here the accents are more like flashes of deliberately contrived rust on an Anish Kapoor sculpture – everything is new, perfect and shiny as the place has just undergone extensive refurb work. It’s been remodelled under the concept of a ‘lived-in design studio’ – everything from the bespoke beds to the art on the walls is available for purchase should you decide you prefer the decor here to that of your permanent home (which, let’s be clear, I do).
The incredibly flexible space and the urban renewal feel means that Vine Street Studios is rented out for anything from parties to meetings as well as weekends (or weeknights – it works out at just £37.50 each per night mid-week) away. So in nutshell, if you’re bringing a group to Brighton for whatever reason, this place will be your saviour.
It costs £37.50 per person per night on weeknights and £75 on Fridays and Saturdays and sleeps up to 10 people comfortably, 18 with sofa and fold out beds.
The management and housekeeping company Pro Star is also based right downstairs so are on hand to help anytime.
Understandable, but perhaps frustratingly, the apartment doesn’t accept stag parties.
SavoirThere was a guest of Vine Street Studios and Holiday Lettings.
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