Review: Charmed by boutique hotel in Kemptown

The breakfast room at The Charm
The breakfast room at The Charm

Nestled in one of the liveliest parts of Brighton, The Charm is a sanctuary of calm a stone’s throw away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre.

The luxury boutique hotel on New Steine offers a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere, and you’re immediately put at ease when walking through the door.

A monster of a bed in the King Suite Sea View room

A monster of a bed in the King Suite Sea View room

My partner and I received a warm welcome from the receptionist, who checked us in to our King Suite Sea View room.

The hotel was fully-booked in January which is always a good sign, and making our way up the stairs, when we stepped foot into room, we could see why it was a popular choice for visitors.

The bedroom boasted a monster of a bed, with a luxurious goose-down feather duvet and pillows.

We had a view over the square and the sea, and the neutral colours of the room gave a real sense of tranquillity.

A room with a view

A room with a view

The red chairs and a glass table by the window gave the room a splash of colour, and was the perfect setting to sit back, relax and gaze out to sea, as I did the next morning with a coffee.

The whopping 40-inch TV, Nespresso coffee maker and complimentary wifi ensured we had everything we could need.

Fluffy bathrobes, soft deep-pile towels and slippers were on hand, and the bathroom offered a number of luxury, organic toiletries to make you feel suitably pampered.

After exploring the room, we decided to spend the evening in Kemp Town, as despite The Charm being a short walk from the city centre, the St James’ Street area has a vibrant nightlife, smattered with trendy restaurants and brilliant boozers.

The vegetarian breakfast was a treat

The vegetarian breakfast was a treat

The hotel is in the perfect spot for a stroll along the seafront, or a jaunt into town, depending on what takes your fancy.

After a night out on the tiles, we were grateful to return to our huge, comfortable bed.

As everyone knows one of the best things about staying in a nice hotel is the prospect of a brilliant breakfast - which is guaranteed to get you out of that comfortable bed. And The Charm did not disappoint.

There’s options for all appetites; a Full English, vegetarian or vegan cooked breakfast, as well as Eggs Benedict, Eggs Royale, a smoked salmon omelette or scrambled eggs on toast, as well as a selection of continental breakfast items and cereal.

We were very much in need of a big breakfast, so my partner went for the full English and I opted for a vegetarian breakfast, both with poached eggs.

While we waited for out freshly cooked breakfast, we were impressed that there was a proper coffee machine so guests can have their fill of latte, espresso or something in between.

We were also offered toast and juice, with a selection of jam and marmalade on our table to tide us over until our cooked breakfast arrived. Not that we had to wait long for the main event.

My partner’s Full English included a succulent pork sausage, to rashers of crispy bacon, a hash brown , button mushrooms, half a cooked tomato, a poached egg and beans.

And my vegetarian breakfast offered two hash browns, two halves of cooked tomato, mushrooms, beans a poached egg and a delicious vegetarian sausage.

We were both really impressed with the breakfast, which is one of the best we’d had a hotel.

Making our way back up to our room to get ready to check out, we were rather sad to have to leave.

Staying at The Charm had been heavenly; a little slice of tranquillity to enjoy in a busy and vibrant city.

It’s perfect for a relaxing weekend away, or as a place to recuperate while enjoying what Brighton has to offer.

Rooms start at £70 a night. The King Suite Sea View room is £135 a night.

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