The outside has been painted teal, there’s artwork scattered around the rooms and public areas, and there’s also a co-working space, named Amy’s Room after artist Amy Isles Freeman, who painted the murals on its walls.
This holds events for guests and locals, from life-drawing classes to mindfulness sessions and comedy nights.
I’m given my keycard on a lanyard, like a backstage pass at a rock gig, and my simple, comfortable room is decorated in peach and pistachio tones (although the 1980s- era bathroom seems to have missed out on the recent renovation).
USP: The jewel in Selina’s crown is the Mexican restaurant.
Tlaloc used to be a pop-up but the hotel gave them a permanent location. I’m obsessed with mezcal cocktails and they do a cracking paloma with grapefruit soda and lime (£12).
Other hits include infladita, a tortilla with pacific shrimp, queso sauce and salsa roja (£9), and octopus tacos with pineapple butter and guacamole (£12).
The waiting staff are awesome, the vibe is lively and my mate and I are there until closing time.
Who goes there? Couples and groups of mates who want a cool budget stay with some Insta flavour.
Venture out: Ten minutes’ walk away is Brighton’s new food market, Shelter Hall, which houses independent food outlets and a bar within the former 19th-century venue.
And if you’re feeling like a proper tourist – but also want to get an unparalleled view of the town – let yourself be whisked to the top of the British Airways i360 Tower (tickets from £16.50).
At ground level, I roam The Lanes, a maze of streets where cafés and boutiques lurk around every corner, before a last photo-op of the Indian-inspired Royal Pavilion (tickets £16.50).
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