Good Hotel Guide Review
Forget starving in a garret. Artists need their creature comforts like the rest of us, and find them at Charlotte and Justin Salisbury’s hip hotels (see also Brighton, South Leigh). Here, a 19th-century pub has been reinvented, with ‘quirky rooms full of character, retro touches, upcycled industrial metal and wood used for floors, ceilings and other furnishings’. Even the smallest rooms have an espresso machine, a fridge, limited-edition prints, a rainfall shower. Larger ones have a super-king-size bed, vintage furniture. The Art Deco-style Club Suite has leather club armchairs, a velvet sofa, roll-top bath and walk-in shower. À la carte breakfast, in the all-day Cambridge Street Kitchen with its neon art and long copper counter, might be a cold-pressed juice, granola, smashed avocado on sourdough, eggs any way, pancakes with bacon, a full English. Staff are ‘cheerful and helpful’. Cocktails are shaken in the cellar bar, while dinner brings such fare as sirloin steak, beer onions, malted shiitakes, smoked anchovy butter. It has all come a long way since Justin first conceived the wheeze of inviting artists to stay at his parents’ Brighton B&B in exchange for decorating the rooms.
52 Cambridge Street
020 3019 8610
10. 2 suites.
cocktail bar, restaurant, club room lounge, games/private dining room, small ‘hidden’ garden, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), unsuitable for disabled.
in public areas.
all ages welcomed, cot available for larger rooms, no extra beds for children sharing.
only allowed in the restaurant.
Amex, MC, Visa.
room £285–£475. Cooked breakfast from £7, full English £12, à la carte £40. 1-night bookings sometimes refused weekends.