Ibis Brighton City Centre

Exterior of Ibis Brighton City Centre

What’s Ibis Brighton City Centre like?

Ibis is one of the world’s best-known budget hotel brands, with more than 2,000 properties around the globe. It offers stylish yet affordable accommodation, and you certainly won’t be disappointed if that’s what you’re looking for in Brighton. All Ibis hotels are dog-friendly – and although this was Ernie’s first stay in a big chain hotel, it definitely won’t be the last.

How dog-friendly is Ibis Brighton City Centre?

Very. There’s an extra charge of £10 per night for pets but for this, you will get a dog bed and bowls in your room, complete with kibble and water. The hotel staff also left us a lovely handwritten note, welcoming Ernie to Brighton and wishing us all an enjoyable stay. As the hotel is close to Brighton station, the road outside can get busy so I specifically requested a quiet room – which we got. Ernie wasn’t too sure about the hotel lift at first but by the time we came to check out, he was jumping in and out like a pro.

Bedroom at Ibis Brighton City Centre

Tell me more about Ibis Brighton City Centre

Our simple but stylish hotel rooms, number 706, was away from the bustling main street and had a sea view, which was a lovely surprise. The comfy king-size bed was the main attraction but there was also free WiFi, a flatscreen TV, complimentary toiletries and tea and coffee-making facilities – all great for a budget hotel. As we visited during Pride month, we were gifted a colourful heart-shaped biscuit too, which was a nice touch.

A quirky “pod” style bathroom made the most of every inch of space and the boardwalk-style floor reminded me of being on a cruise ship. The room also had a pocket-sized guide with information about the hotel and local area. Without it, I would never have known there was a special ironing room on the fourth floor – handy for business travellers. It also informed us that we had to leave by midday, which I thought was very generous. Many hotels would class that as a late checkout and make you pay extra for it!

There is no parking at the hotel but at the time of writing, the Ibis had linked up with the RCP on North Street, a five-minute walk away, to offer parking for £14. This is half of what you would normally pay for a 24-hour ticket. Be sure to get your parking token validated at reception to receive the discount.

Reception and bar area at Ibis Brighton City Centre

What’s the food like at Ibis Brighton City Centre?

There are a whole host of restaurants surrounding the hotel but if you don’t fancy going out, that’s no problem. The downstairs lobby area not only serves as the reception, but it’s also where you’ll find the bar and restaurant. During the day, it doubles as a coffee shop and all-you-can-eat buffet breakfasts are served here each morning, too.

If you’re not feeling particularly sociable, you’ll be glad of the extensive food menu in the room as well. It has everything from Chicago Town pizzas to Caprese salads and is available 24 hours a day. Simply text your order over via WhatsApp (very modern!) then collect your food from the bar.

Are there resident dogs at Ibis Brighton City Centre?

No, but Brighton is a very dog-friendly city and you are sure to meet plenty when out and about.

People on Brighton Beach on a sunny day

Where are the best dog walks near Ibis Brighton City Centre?

Brighton’s sandy beach is just half a mile from the hotel. Dogs are not allowed during the summer months but can still enjoy a walk along the promenade. Click here for more information about the local beaches and to find out which ones are dog-friendly all year round. The trendy North Laine area is just steps from the hotel and Preston Park – the city’s largest – is roughly a 20-minute walk away.

The rolling hills of the South Downs National Park will keep you busy, too. It runs from Winchester to Eastbourne and there are plenty of walking trails to follow in the area. Devil’s Dyke, a V-shaped valley owned by the National Trust, is probably the closest to Brighton. For more suggestions for things to see and do in the area, check out my Ruff Guide to Brighton & Hove.

What Ernie loved about Ibis Brighton City Centre

The fuss from hotel staff, the free kibble, being within walking distance of the beach

What I loved about Ibis Brighton City Centre

Having all the main attractions on the doorstep, the thoughtful touches left by the housekeeping team, the hotel’s modern design

How to book Ibis Brighton City Centre

Rooms at the Ibis Brighton City Centre start from £68 per night. Breakfast is available for an additional £8.95 per person. Join Accor Hotels’ Le Club and earn points – plus an additional 10% off – when you book direct. For more information about Ibis Brighton City Centre or to book a stay, call 01273 201000 or visit the Accor Hotels website.

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