About This Listing
A modern, bright, spacious room with rooftop views, only a few hundred metres from Brighton beach, and in the heart of trendy Kemp Town Village. This is a great location for discovering a side of Brighton most visitors never see.
Surrounded by great cafés, bars, restaurants and an endless supply of retro furniture shops and flea markets, you may decide never to venture into the centre of town at all! If you do, though, you'll find the Pier is only a 10-15 minute walk (along the seafront, or through the shops) or, if the weather is bad, there's a taxi rank across the road and plenty of buses.
Your room is at the top of the building, on the third floor. It's very peaceful and benefits from great light and lovely views over the rooftops. Equipped with a comfy double bed, wardrobe, table and chairs, free wifi access and plenty of storage you should have everything you need, but don't hesitate to ask if you do find you're short of anything. The bathroom is right next to your room, towels and toiletries provided.
The kitchen is downstairs (on the 2nd floor) where you can enjoy a tasty breakfast to set you up for your day in Brighton, or help yourself to a reviving cup of tea at the end of the day.
There's one bathroom which is shared between guests and host (ie me).
You're welcome to use the kitchen to make tea/coffee etc or keep items in the fridge. If you want to eat in, please check with me first as I use the kitchen in the evenings.
The sitting room is my personal space and not generally for guest use, except for longer bookings.
Interaction with Guests
I always try to be at home when guests arrive, to welcome you and show you around. It's not always possible though, as I work during the day but I have several lovely friends who act as my stand-ins and will meet you if I can't. I'm usually around at breakfast and guests are always more than welcome to call me at other times if there's anything I can help with.
Kemp Town Village is just east of centre but far enough to be tourist-free and have its own distinct identity. It's known for its antique and vintage shops, has some really lovely pubs and cafes, and the beach at this end of town is much quieter.
Bus numbers 1, 7 and 37 go straight into the centre (or it's a 15min walk). The 7 and 37 continue to the mainline station, and the 1 continues through Hove. Parking is not included and not recommended - it's much easier to get here by public transport - but if you do need to drive let me know - I have a limited annual number of one-day parking permits which cost £2.60 each (9am-8pm). There is also metered parking.
If you're coming from Gatwick airport, the train takes 30 minutes direct to Brighton and you can get a taxi outside the station or the 7 or 37 bus.
Other Things to Note
There are lots of stairs! The building entrance is on street level, the entrance to the flat is on the 1st floor, living spaces are on the 2nd floor and bedrooms on the 3rd. Unfortunately, it's therefore not suitable for anyone with mobility problems.
No smoking - you will have to go down to street level (2 floors down) if you want to smoke.
Guests are requested not to take a shower after 11.00pm
Guests are also asked to be quiet between 11.00pm and 7.00am
Habe mich sofort sehr wohl und zu Hause gefühlt bei Jo in ihrem gemütlichen "Room Above" mit Möwengesang und Blick auf die Dächer von (website hidden) ist eine tolle Gastgeberin, jeden Morgen gab es z.B. ein großes leckeres Frühstück. Dazu eine schnurrende Katze "Missy". Am schönsten aber waren unsere Gespräche, über Irland, Theater, Kunst... Danke dir, Jo, ich komme sehr gerne wieder!
The location was great, and the healthy breakfast was delicious. I would say its perfect for a short stay, if your happy with no frills. Parking nearby is limited and you have to pay on a meter £1 pr hour with a 2 hour (website hidden) kindly supplied an all day permit for the next day. Missy the cat was very cute!
Jo was a nice host and even offered us breakfast in the morning. A lovely room upstairs perfect location for Brighton beach!
Jo was an outstanding host. Her home is ideally located, 15 minutes walk away from Brighton town center, 1 minute away from the beach and situated on a quaint little street containing various independent shops and (website hidden)'s house is very comfortable. Top marks for cleanliness, decor and warmth.
The room itself is very spacious, not that this matters much because the bed is too comfortable to warrant leaving!
What sets Jo apart from other hosts however, are the finer details. Tasty breakfasts with plenty of variety were served each morning including scrumptious home made cake. A carafe of fresh water, locally made lollies and an abundance of useful tourist material are provided in the room. And last but not least is Missy, the turbo charged cat who made us feel very welcome :P
Overall, Jo made us look forward to returning to her place in the evening and her place made up as much of our wonderful memory of Bristol as the city (website hidden) is the reason airbnb included the 5th star in their rating option!
Great room, great location just a short walk away from the beach and walking distance to the centre of town and with good pubs on our doorstep in kemptown & a great breakfast! We had a lovely stay at Jo's room above
Lovely room and Jo the host was amazing. The most beautiful breakfast was provided in the morning, and the place was spotless! Thanks so much
Jo could not be a more friendly and helpful host.. The accommodation was exactly as described and the bed was extremely comfortable. This statement is backed up by the loudness of my husbands snoring. The accommodation is also really well situated in the kemp Town area and a 2 minute walk to the seafront. Breakfast was delicious with a variety of cereals, fruits, yoghurt, bagels and bread with all the coffee and tea we could drink.. We wouldn't hesitate to book again.. Thanks Jo
About the Host, Jo
I'm an events manager and sometime EFL teacher who enjoys urban living and being by the sea, which is why I ended up in Brighton! I'm an experienced home-swapper, couch-surfing host and homestay 'family' - when I travel myself I feel part of the fun is seeking out somewhere more 'local' to stay than a standard hotel. A few of my favourite places besides Brighton are Rome, Venice, Marrakech and Amsterdam. I love to cook, run a local book group, and cycle everywhere.