Hotel Pelirocco Brighton review – escape the maddening summer crowds

Posted on 8 August 2012
By Amber Tan
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Make a great escape from London’s madding crowd and the ongoing Olympics saga to the perfect creative hide-out at the Hotel Pelirocco, Brighton.

Hotel Pelirocco is Brighton’s original rock and roll hotel with 19 themed bedrooms to cater to your every fantasy.

The boutique hotel is in a world of its own, tucked away on the surprisingly peaceful Regency Square, just five minutes walk from town and a stone’s throw from the beach, it is perfectly located for exploring the city.

We unwound in the DollyWould room, a double suite dedicated to Nashville’s First Lady and Queen of Country Dolly Parton. It offers a slice of Americana which is a welcome change from the Smoke and smug of the Olympic Capital.

The theming is just right for the Country and Western music icon, with glass cabinets protecting Dolly’s rhinestone-encrusted cowboy boots and a mannequin head where Dolly’s platinum blonde wig rests on top.

Signed USA Dolly dollar bills are pinned to the wall and kitsch patchwork cushions and an American flag adorn the over-sized cot.

For the deep cleanse, there are all-natural REN shower products and for the super-lovers get love hampers from She Said erotic boutique, filled with toys and treats delivered to the door for your own Dirty Weekend or Bed-In.

After our first night the DollyWould theming melted into the background and you can start to enjoy the spacious room with raised garden tier and white picket fence, looking onto the sea while enjoying tea and coffee as the seagulls soar above.

It is the attention paid to the little details, such as the Bodum mugs amidst the kitsch American, which really sets the Pelirocco apart from other hotels.

Should you fancy taking the action up an octave you can book the Secret SingStar karaoke lounge for your own personal Glee Club battles.

Big enough for your Dirty Dozen or plenty of room for a couple to open their lungs and sing their hearts out, with your own personal waiter service from the hotel’s well stocked bar to keep your vocal chords lubricated and the party spirits in full swing.

The staff at the Pelirocco are well informed and helpful without being overbearing for couples who want to act out their wildest honeymoon fantasies. We were granted a quick peek inside The Pin Up Parlour, a vision of kitsch camp glamour dedicated to Diana Dors, the UK’s answer to blonde bombshell Marilyn Monroe.

Betty’s Boudoir is dedicated to 1950s pin-up Betty Page, decked out with sexy leopard-print with its own balcony overlooking Regency Square for those Romeo and Juliet sonnets.

Be the star of your own private home movie in the flagship sexy Play Room, complete with an 8ft circular bed with overhead mirror, pole dancing area, sumptuous lounge and gigantic bath tab.

Before heading out to explore ‘London-by-the-Sea,’ Hotel Pelirocco serves it guests a breakfast of champions, with a full English on offer or more healthy options including salmon or poached eggs on toast, complete with bottomless tea or coffee and a fruit salad bar.

The Lane’s shopping boutiques are legendary for Brighton’s fashionable crowd, also catering for the design orientated and bookish holiday makers.

Fashionistas should head straight to the Fashion And The Flag exhibition at the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery to catch a glimpse of dreamy outfits from the best of British designers including Grande Dame Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, John Rocha, Alice Temperley, Barbour and Dr Martens.

If you can’t help but feed your sports fix, head straight to the beach and roll up for a pick-up basketball game, a spot of beach volleyball or catch the live outdoor screenings of the Olympics on the big screen, with a well earned drink from the beach side bars.