Youth Hostels are well known for being in rural and remote places, up mountains, dales and peaks, beside tarns, down country roads and at the back of beyond. Whilst you can indeed find YHA Youth hostels in all of those places, you may not know that they are also fantastic for a city break.

We stayed with friends in the YHA Brighton and we couldn’t have picked a better spot. If you are looking for hostels in Brighton this one is an opportunity to tread in the footsteps of royalty as the hostel was formerly a hotel frequented by King William IV and Queen Adelaide in 1829.  In the days of Regency Brighton, King William and his friends used to enjoy the Brighton air and were known for being quite a party crowd. Legend has it that when residing at the Royal Pavilion, King William used to invite acquaintances staying at local hotels to dinner with him. The YHA was part of the Regency scene and sports the white painted, pillared frontage so popular at the time. The hostel is tucked back from the sea front but with great views out to the Pier from the back.


My children were choosing which funfair rides on the pier they wanted to go on from the window! Not all rooms would have this view as some would face the front road side so ask on booking if you want the sea view.


The hostel has 51 rooms ranging from singles to dorms for 8 and ours was a family room with 2 bunkbeds and an ensuite bathroom. All the rooms here are ensuite (in a youth hostel – hurrah! #loveit).


We had breakfast in the hostel and for breakfast tokens they give you plastic fried eggs! If you don’t want to partake of the hostel breakfast then there are self-catering facilities.

There is a really cool bar and lounge area at the hostel and when we returned  in the evening we had a few drinks and sat in the lounge whilst the kids played giant games.  They do serve lunch, dinner and snacks if you want to eat in or you can cook for yourself in the self-catering kitchen. They even had a seafront cartoonist in one corner doing portraits for a few pounds.


Brighton is a great place to visit but accommodation can be expensive or you can find yourselves a good distance from the sea front. The YHA is in a fantastic position, very reasonably priced and ideal for families and groups. If it’s good enough for King William IV, then it’s got to be good enough for me.



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