IT’S fun to stay at the YMCA.

Steine House in Old Steine in Brighton was purchased by the Young Men Christian’s Association in 1884.

It is still a 65-bed YMCA hostel today.

The house, which is at 55 Old Steine, is the former residence of Maria Fitzherbert, who was the mistress and wife of the Prince Regent, who later became King George IV.

It was built in 1805, but extensive alterations and renovations in 1927 have reduced its architectural importance.

Historians have said the building was “cruelly treated” and “disastrously refronted”, but the building is Grade-II listed due to its historical connections.

It is not known when this photo of an impressive marble fireplace was taken.

It appears to be the same fireplace that can be seen in the photo of the dining room.

The picture of the outside of the building was taken in 1964.

Bill Collier, who was the warden of the YMCA hostel, is pictured here in its lounge room.

A young man is pictured relaxing and reading a book in one of the hostel rooms in Steine House.

The building’s chapel is also pictured here.

It used to be Mrs Fitzherbert’s private chapel.

The oval-shaped room is one of the only surviving original features inside the building, along with most of the intricately-designed cast-iron staircase.

The kitchens are also pictured.

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