At the top of a square, looking down to the sea, a cute hotel with an arty vibe. You’re bang in the middle of Brighton with all the stuff you’d want on your doorstep: galleries, bars, the Pier and the Pavilion. As for the hotel, good food, great staff, relaxed informality and a playful style are the hallmarks here. You get stripped boards, exposed brick walls, then an old garage door that slides back to reveal The Set Restaurant with an open kitchen on display. In typical AR style, it’s now one of the best places to eat in Brighton with seasonal, modern British food as well as a 10-course tasting menu on The Chef’s Table. You’ll find cool art, the odd wall clad in corrugated iron, even an ornamental drainpipe! Bedrooms come in different styles. Some have Pop Art murals, others come in Regency colours, a new batch are super-cool with baths in the room. Most have small, stylish shower rooms, one has a decked terrace. There’s the quirky cocktail bar, The Fix, overlooking the West Pier, a ping pong table that doubles as a boardroom, then lunch in the restaurant with views through big windows down to the sea. The beach waits below.