With its slightly worn cream façade, this double-fronted Regency townhouse close to the seafront in Brighton looks like any of the others in the area. Inside, however, you’re in for a surprise. Head up the beautiful checkerboard path, through the entrance, to the inner door. Give it a little push and …

peep show neon sign

Ta da! I bet you didn’t expect it to look like this mash-mash inside, did you? Old neon signs from Soho’s red light district decorate shocking pink painted hallways crammed with cool artwork from Britpop album covers and band posters to original YBA works. Welcome to the Hotel Pelirocco, the kitschiest place to stay in Brighton since it opened in 2000. Let’s have a snoop!

hallway walls covered in pictures

A quick bit of practical information: Brighton’s rock n roll hotel is a two-minute stroll to the seafront and the BA i360 observation tower which you can see from the hotel’s location on Regency Square. It’s also just a 10-minute walk to all the shops, a five-minute cab ride from Brighton station. Oh, and rooms cost from £83/night.

bold interior decoration

Above is the breakfast room below which doubles up as a cocktail lounge and bar with late-night DJs and the odd gig. It’s open until midnight during the week and until 3am at the weekends when it attracts a local crowd.

kitsch hotel interior
Bettie’s Boudoir, dedicated to American pin-up icon Bettie Page with a spa bath for two

There are 19 rooms each with a different theme catering to different tastes from DollyWould decked out in plaid and gingham and Lord Vader’s quarters in Star Wars to the Pin Up Parlour dedicated to Diana Dors and the Lovers’ Lair. The newest room is the Koibito Love suite, Pelirocco’s twist on a modern Japanese love hotel.  All rooms have en suites of varying styles and sizes, Rituals products, plus televisions and tea trays complete with Curly Wurly chocolates! Here are some of my favourite rooms to get you in the mood:

The DollyWood, styled like Dolly Parton’s country cabin
kitsch hotel room interior
Tropical Paradise, think of the Caribbean, lie back in the in-situ hammock and watch the sea roll in
Modrophenia, Mod style Pop-art with targets, mirrors and a scooter cut in half
decadent red bedroom
Taboo, naughty but nice, perfect for adventurous couples!
green painted bedroom
Peliroccobilly, authentically styled 50s rockabilly room complete with jukebox
gaudy gold hotel room
Pin-up parlour, kitsch and camp glamour palace dedicated to Britain’s blonde bombshell Diana Dors
purple bedroom with mural
Soul supreme, ‘Let’s Get it on’ with old vinyl and record deck in the Motown double room

I hope you enjoyed your tour of Hotel Pelirocco, Brighton’s kitschiest place to stay. Which room would you choose?

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