Rock & Roll seems to be definitely alive and kicking in the county of Sussex. Travelling to Hastings this Summer, I encountered 50s style diners/music venues en route, and Brighton attracts a nightlife that makes it the destination of choice for music fans of every genre, appealing to all ages and orientations! Add to that the vintage shops, trendy hair salons etc … the place is really buzzing! It seems appropriate therefore to welcome onto the blog this week, Mick Habeshaw Robinson, co founder/owner of the unique and exciting Hotel Pelirocco, England’s most Rock ‘n’Roll hotel situated in the pulsating heart of Brighton. Welcome Mick!
Hi! I’m Mick Habeshaw Robinson, co founder/owner of Hotel Pelirocco and a fan of Rock’n’Roll. As a hotel, we are truly independent and proud. In a more and more bland and corporate world we like to stand out and be unique. Customer service, I think is also important – we genuinely love this place and our guests!
Hotel Pelirocco has been dubbed England’s most Rock ‘n’ Roll hotel, so where did the inspiration come from?
The idea came about 14 years ago now, back then there was no other hotels, that I was aware of, that catered for a younger contemporary crowd, who wanted to stay up late, listen to music, in a relaxed hotel environment and get up late for breakfast possibly in their pyjamas and no one would mind!
Have you always been in the hotel business?
No, it was in at the deep end! I think when you go into a new business with no pre-conceived ideas, you have a fresh outlook which brings new ideas.
Do you enjoy running a hotel, especially one as flamboyant as Hotel Pelirocco?
Absolutely,it’s fun! It’s changed my life , and I’ve met most of my record collection!!
All the rooms are decorated & furnished in different themes – I love the look of the “Play Room”, definitely the ultimate “dirty weekend room” !!! What room tends to be the most requested?
Hands down the Playroom then Betty’s Boudoir, people want to have fun!
A lot of thought has gone into decorating & furnishing the rooms just so! Was it difficult getting hold of the knick knacks?
Initially the drive of getting the place off the ground kinda sourced everything, it was fun finding relevant stuff.
If you had another room to create into a “Hotel Pelirocco” what theme would you turn that into?
There are tons bubbling under – all secret…..
You have a range of Hotel Pelirocco merchandise. What item sells the most?
T Shirts and Coasters.
Your hotel offers a variety of “Extras” for your guests to enjoy -boudoir photoshoots in the rooms, cocktail classes, a karaoke room,naughty erotic hampers, massages & reflexology, classic afternoon cream teas, private DJs, burlesque performances…. so, what “extras”are most requested?
A razor ha ha!!
Obviously your hotel & the rooms are a great backdrop for photoshoots - what’s the most popular room used for photoshoots?
The Playroom and Betty’s Boudoir.
Name drop time!! Have you had any celebrities stay at your hotel?
Lots, only like to mention bands rather than individuals, Beastie Boys, Primal Scream, Scissor Sisters, Rizzle Kicks….
Which famous person would you love to stay in your hotel – who would leave you totally starstruck!!?
Bowie, Weller , Lydon, Ice T…
Your legendary bar hosts gigs, book readings as well as being renowned for its cocktails – I just love a pina colada (not very adventurous, am I?!) – what cocktail is THE most requested? What’s your favourite?
Named after the Sex Pistols – The Dirty Fuckin Rotter!
As well as running this fabulous hotel, “Pelirocco Platters” broadcasts twice a week on Brighton’s community RadioReverb. What’s your musical taste and what sort of music do you get to broadcast?
I love everything, well apart from X Factor rubbish, Old Punk, Soul, Acid House but new music still excites me.
How did you get involved in broadcasting/DJing?
I was asked onto a show as a guest and thought I could do that.. I have also dj’d at parties for years
On a musical note, my first album bought with my first ever wage packet after leaving school was Human League’s “Dare” … so what was yours?
I started young whilst at junior school, my brother got me into Bowie so I bought the Ziggy album.. all thanks to him.. Thank you Geoff ( R.I.P)
Personal now – what outfits and shoes would you normally be found wearing?
Into clothes big time.. sometimes im a bit modernist, sometimes a bit of a rocker, I tend to like bits and pieces of all different styles.. on a non smart day – converse, straight jeans with turn ups, hoops; smart day- Westwood shirt, white jeans, bass weejuns..
Do you have any favourite shops or online sites?
Present in London or vintage/ Ebay
What’s next on your clothes/shoe wish list?
Always Westwood, if I can afford it, they do some great loafers at the mo…
Boots or Shoes?
ONLY Converse boots! I LOVE SHOES!
Links you would like to share e.g. website/facebook/twitter etc so that readers can find out more about your hotel.
Thanks Mick – brill place, brill music taste too! Next time, readers, if you’re heading for a weekend away in Brighton pay Mick and the Hotel Pelirocco a visit – you’re sure to have a WOW of a time!
Photos published with kind permission from Mick Habeshaw Robinson