24-Hour Room Service: Neo Hotel, Brighton

From the name, you might expect the Neo Hotel to be a kind of futuristic crash pad where check-in is performed by robots, breakfast clatters out of a vending machine and your bathroom cleans itself - but that couldn't be further from the truth. One of Brighton's most stylish small hotels, Neo was set up by a design dream team of former interiors magazine stylist, Steph, and her decorator-cum-building-restorer partner, Tony. The result is an opulent mix of Georgian detailing and some dandy-ish decor that is the complete antithesis to bland modernism.

A glamorous seaside townhouse, Neo boasts elegant cornicing, wildly patterned wallpaper and an eclectic smattering of vintage lamps, mirrors and chairs (the smallest of which have gone down so well with guests that Steph has had to start keeping tabs on them). With a nod to the hotel's address - though one Steph insists was unintentional - there's also a definite Oriental twist, with lacquered Chinese cabinets masquerading as TV stands, dragon-patterned tea caddies and individually designed silk kimonos instead of plain old white bathrobes.

Downstairs there is a small, copper-topped bar, where you can sit and knock back your favourite tipple from a drinks list that spans the whole spectrum from house cocktail to bottled Finnish beer (no need for beer goggles, however - the barman moonlights as a male model). There are also plans to add a restaurant, although at the moment lunches and dinners are only available by pre-arrangement for special parties. Neo also plays host to events such as wine weekends.

In the meantime, breakfast is the main meal of the day, and one that the hotel is gaining a reputation for. Amid the airy splendour provided by grand sash windows, a marble fireplace and crystal chandeliers, you can sit and flick through the papers in the breakfast room while fresh smoothies are whizzed up, organic pork sausages are grilled, vine tomatoes are roasted and blueberry pancakes are fluffed to order.

LOCATION

Neo Hotel, 19 Oriental Place, Brighton, BN1 2LL (01273 711104; www.neohotel.com).

Set at the end of a pretty stucco terrace just to the west of the city centre, the hotel is about a two-minute flip-flop from the seafront and a 10-minute stroll from the station.

Transport: two feet are the best way to see Brighton but there's also a bus stop nearby.

Time to international airport: Gatwick is a speedy 30 minutes or so by train.

COMFORTABLE?

You should be. Neo boasts the same beds as the Savoy. Each room is individually decorated but some are en suite, some aren't. Some are doubles, others are cute (and very popular) singles. Two of the cosiest are room 12, a puff of pale green set in the building's attic, and room 10, a wilder, scarlet-hued version on the theme. If you want grandeur and chinoiserie, opt for room one, with its three floor-to-ceiling windows and gorgeous blue and gold walls. For a quirkier look, go for room seven with its graceful bird-motif wallpaper.

Freebies: one of two specially blended organic shampoo and body washes from Circaroma.

Keeping in touch: TVs, DVD players (there's a library in reception), telephone and wireless internet access.

THE BOTTOM LINE

En suite doubles start from £100 per night, standard doubles from £85 and singles from £45. All room prices include breakfast.

I'm not paying that: Brighton Youth Hostel in Patcham Place (01273 556196; www.yha.org.uk) has beds from £14.90 (£2 more for non-members), including breakfast.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Travel
ebookHow to enjoy the perfect short break in 20 great cities
Independent Travel Videos
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Amsterdam
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Giverny
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in St John's
Independent Travel Videos
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Travel

    Ashdown Group: Print Designer - High Wycombe - Permanent £28K

    £25000 - £28000 per annum + 24 days holiday, bonus, etc.: Ashdown Group: Print...

    Recruitment Genius: Business Travel Consultant

    £20000 - £26000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: With offices in London, Manches...

    Recruitment Genius: Customer and Brand Manager

    £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Customer and Brand Manager required for ...

    Ashdown Group: Systems Administrator

    £25000 - £35000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: Systems Administrator A...

    Day In a Page

    Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

    How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

    Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
    Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

    'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

    In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
    Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

    The Arab Spring reversed

    Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
    King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

    Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

    Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
    Who is Oliver Bonas and how has he captured middle-class hearts?

    Who is Oliver Bonas?

    It's the first high-street store to pay its staff the living wage, and it saw out the recession in style
    Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

    Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

    However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
    60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

    60 years of Scalextric

    Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones
    Theme parks continue to draw in thrill-seekers despite the risks - so why are we so addicted?

    Why are we addicted to theme parks?

    Now that Banksy has unveiled his own dystopian version, Christopher Beanland considers the ups and downs of our endless quest for amusement
    Tourism in Iran: The country will soon be opening up again after years of isolation

    Iran is opening up again to tourists

    After years of isolation, Iran is reopening its embassies abroad. Soon, there'll be the chance for the adventurous to holiday there
    10 best PS4 games

    10 best PS4 games

    Can’t wait for the new round of blockbusters due out this autumn? We played through last year’s offering
    Transfer window: Ten things we learnt

    Ten things we learnt from the transfer window

    Record-breaking spending shows FFP restraint no longer applies
    Migrant crisis: UN official Philippe Douste-Blazy reveals the harrowing sights he encountered among refugees arriving on Lampedusa

    ‘Can we really just turn away?’

    Dead bodies, men drowning, women miscarrying – a senior UN figure on the horrors he has witnessed among migrants arriving on Lampedusa, and urges politicians not to underestimate our caring nature
    Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger as Isis ravages centuries of history

    Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger...

    ... and not just because of Isis vandalism
    Girl on a Plane: An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack

    Girl on a Plane

    An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack
    Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

    Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

    The author of 'The Day of the Jackal' has revealed he spied for MI6 while a foreign correspondent