Thursday, 18 August 2016

48 Hours In Brighton - On a Budget

I don't know if it's normal to get holiday blues after going away for just 48 hours but here I am, drinking my coffee, pining for blue skies and a seafront window view - I even miss the seagulls that managed to shit all over my car.

Brighton is by far my favourite city, I'll take it over London any day. You still get the hustle bustle of a big city but everything is just so chilled, you also get fish and chips and doughnuts on every street corner. I've always loved the city, I just never go anywhere near enough considering I only live a couple of hours away in the car. I think it's mostly money concerns but honestly my recent trip cost me less than £100 for the whole three days I was away - absolute bargain.

Where to Stay
We stayed in the most beautiful little hotel called The Madeira, literally a stones throw from the beautifully pebbly beach which is literally opposite the accommodation and about a one minute walk across the road to get to the pier. In terms of location we couldn't have had it any more perfect, parking would have been a bloody pain the bum only the hotel had allocated spaces at £10 a night which really is a very good rate in comparison to most other parking charges across the city.  Word of warning, the Churchill Square shopping centre is pricy to park at so really you are far better to walk and that way you get to take in all of the pretty sights too.

The hotel in total cost us £301 for two nights, this got us a room with four single beds so we split the costs equally, this also included breakfast for both mornings, which was quite a nice cold buffet and a full english breakfast, it was fairly basic and the tea bags left a lot to be desired for but for what we paid for it all I was very happy.

What We Did 
There are quite a few tourist attractions that you can visit if you're looking at more of a family fun packed getaway but considering we were just four 20 year olds looking for a city break we weren't overly fussed about venturing very far, we didn't even use the car throughout our stay. As we were so close to the beach and only around a 10 minute walk from the lanes and the shopping centre we mostly just wandered around making the most of the beautiful sunshine. The lanes offer the most gorgeous quant little antique, souvenir and cake shops, whilst Churchill Square offers a bloomin' amazing array of shops to spent far too much money in. No matter where I go a trip to Newlook is always an absolute necessity. In terms of food there are an insane amount of options, from pizza and pasta to indian buffets and fish and chips on the pier, we were boring and had dinner in Nando's because it's a firm favourite for all of us.

Lunch on the beach was a must though and I definitely devoured a nutella crepe on the pebbles.

Just beware of the gulls, they certainly aren't shy and wouldn't think twice about pinching your sandwich from out of your hands.

The only thing I was slightly disappointed with was not being able to eat at the choccywoccydoodah cafe, we went to the shop which has actually moved location from when I last visited. It's now in the same building as the cafe which makes it incredibly difficult to actually wander around and take it all in as it gets so busy! Unfortunately I wasn't able to get my hands on a tonne of chocolate but then I guess that is far better for my waistline.

But if you do wanna get your hands on all of the cake then book in advance!

So yeah, there we go, my little roundup of where to stay when in Brighton.

Have you ever been?