A Brighton institution, Hotel Pelirocco is so cool that the owners even released an album in 2003. It’s the kind of CD you slip on to set the mood for a stylish dinner party, and its sexy, bohemian tracks reflect the establishment’s unique vibe.
Moments from the beach in a grand old square, Pelirocco’s two historic townhouses have 19 themed rooms decorated with loving and playful attention to detail.
Fancy a weekend paying tribute to a 50s pin-up? Check into Bettie’s Boudoir, a superior double dedicated to the divine Miss Paige, where the liberal use of leopard print extends from the chaise-lounge to the curtains in the double spa bath. Prefer a trip to Dollywould? Check-in for kitsch gingham and Americana in a nod to the country and western singer. Feeling Mod-y? Opt for Modrophenia, which features original stills from the film Quadrophenia and plenty of groovy pop art furniture.
We visit on a chilly winter weekend, so we’re craving a taste of the tropics – and Pelirocco’s newest room is indeed a Tropical Paradise. With a sea view, natural wood panelling and a ‘rain forest shower’ with a cheeky window overlooking the bed, it has the feel of a honeymoon lodge somewhere rather more exotic than East Sussex. There’s a big hammock to relax in, and the piece de resistance: a record player and a selection of vinyl.
We spin a bit of Bryan Ferry, Fleetwood Mac and Johnny Cash while enjoying Pelirocco’s quirky little touches, from the free Curly Wurly to the, ahem, Kibitz Love Menu, which advertises ‘intimacy kits’ that you can purchase, should you be in full honeymoon mode. In case you’re travelling with children, these menus can be removed by prior request, but I would not personally take a kid to Pelirocco. This, by the way, is a recommendation: Pelirocco is successfully geared towards adults looking for a wild weekend away, with cheeky posters and pop art along the colourful winding staircases up to our room. One of my favourites is a riff on more conventional establishments, simply stating: BLESS THIS ACID HOUSE.
The theme continues in the bright and bold breakfast room out front downstairs, where friendly staff will point you to the buffet and serve up a mean Full English under the gaze of saucy nude portraits. Like everything in Pelirocco, the breakfast soundtrack is pure rock and roll – and I like it.
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Prices vary from £59 – £79 for singles £89 – £199 for doubles. All including breakfast when booked direct.