Justin and Charlie (real name Charlotte) Salisbury met as students, and when Justin’s mum – who had bought a run-down Brighton guesthouse – was seriously injured in an accident before she had renovated it, 20-year-old Justin stepped in. Having no idea how to tackle the redecoration, he filled the listed town house with artists and gave them a free hand. The first Artist Residence was born. With invaluable advice from Channel Five’s Hotel Inspector, Alex Polizzi, and Justin and Charlie’s own dogged commitment, they have turned it into a successful, buzzy hotel and have now opened two more Artist Residences in Penzance and Pimlico. This one has sea views and 23 retro-style bedrooms, from tiny crash pads to a huge suite, with bespoke or vintage furniture, hand-picked artwork, entertaining murals and excellent beds. There’s the sparky Cocktail Shack for drinks, easy-going Set Café for snacks and Set Restaurant for Dan Kenny and Semone Bonner’s stunning seasonal tasting menus. Doubles from £105.
Do: Learn how to make your own neon artwork with Andy Doig.
Eat: A four-course seasonal British tasting menu at The Set.
Buy: Hunt around for some antique and vintage treasures at Snoopers Paradise in the North Laine.
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