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Last updated: 07 October, 2022
Expert travel writer: Annabelle Thorpe

Never has a hotel been so aptly named; everything about this seafront icon oozes grandeur, from the vast, vanilla-hued frontage that rises up above busy Marine Parade like a vast wedding cake, to the coolly stylish bedrooms – many with balconies looking straight out to the water – and cavernous dining spaces, softened with plush velvet furniture and leafy plants. 

This is peak old-school glamour, but there’s nothing faded about the Grand – dress up for cocktails among the artworks and potted palms in the Victoria Bar and indulge in the seafood-themed menu at Cyan, the hotel’s signature restaurant. 

Surrounding area

The Grand looms over Brighton’s bustling seafront, separated from the pebbles by the King’s Road, the city’s busy waterfront thoroughfare.  It can be noisy – and busy – as soon as you step out of the door; for a more peaceful vibe head west along the beach to the gastropubs and more genteel pace of Hove. 

The central location means you’re no more than a ten-minute walk from all of the main draws; the Theatre Royal, Brighton Dome, Royal Pavilion,  the Lanes and the bohemian-chic North Laine area. 

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
: On-site *
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Royal Pavilion

Brighton, East Sussex, United Kingdom (UK)[0.7 miles]

Brighton’s most distinctive landmark – a domed Regency pleasure palace that looks straight out of Delhi, restored to its original splendour.

Best for ages: 10+ | £6

Brighton Pier

Brighton, West Sussex, United Kingdom (UK)[0.9 miles]

An icon of British seaside history, Brighton’s Victorian pier offers the white-knuckle fairground rides, old-fashioned arcade games and fish and chips. The quintessential beach experience from a by-gone era.

Best for ages: Any | Free

Sussex Wine Region

Sussex, United Kingdom (UK)[9.9 miles]

This emerging wine region has similar topography to France’s Champagne area, with vineyards producing award-winning bottles and laying on tastings and tours.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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Other worthwhile experiences in this destination if you have the time or the interest, closest first

A low angle of the Brighton i360. Angled upwards towards the blue sky.

Brighton i360

Brighton, East Sussex, United Kingdom (UK)[0.2 miles]

Stroll around this donut-shaped glass pod as you ascend a 162m viewing mast in the centre of Brighton, offering you 360-degree views of city and coast.

Best for ages: 6+ | £17

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Woman with two kids cycling on the promenade

Cycle Brighton’s Promenade

Brighton, East Sussex, United Kingdom (UK)[0.4 miles]

Pick up a BTNbike (register on the website and then pay 3p per minute) and wheel along the seafront from buzzing Brighton beach to the more genteel Hove lawns.

Best for ages: 4+ | £3 | 1-2 hours

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A vibrant shopping street full of people on a clear day. Colourful bunting hangs from building to building.

Shopping in The Lanes

Brighton, East Sussex, United Kingdom (UK)[0.5 miles]

The tangle of narrow pedestrian lanes unfolding south of North Street is Brighton’s historic heart; old fisherman’s cottages now chock full of independent boutiques, jewellers, cafés and restaurants.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free | 1+ hours

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The facade of Brighton Museum and Art Gallery within the Royal Pavillion. Taken on a sunny day.

Brighton Museum and Art Gallery

Brighton, East Sussex, United Kingdom (UK)[0.7 miles]

Set in Brighton’s Royal Pavilion complex, this eclectic collection is a hotchpotch of contemporary paintings, textiles, puppets, masks and eccentric furniture.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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East Sussex, United Kingdom (UK)

An iconic seaside resort, Brighton oozes a unique mix of bohemian style and beachy chic, all wrapped up in an irrepressible sense of fun.

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