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Drakes Hotel Brighton
Ranked #5 of 43 Hotels in Brighton
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 24 February 2013

After hours of trawling through various hotel websites and Trip Advisor I finally settled on Drakes, and I wasn't disappointed. It's not cheap at £200 for the one of the kingsize city facing rooms but I fell in love with the place. The room was massive, had everything you needed and was spotless with a very comfy bed, the only negative to the room was the blind wasn't great at keeping out the light in the morning. We barely heard any noise coming from the other rooms/rest of the hotel, even in the morning. The bathroom (which is down some stairs!) had a heated floor and amazing shower. We didn't eat in the restaurant as wanted to get out and about. The staff were extremely welcoming and helpful. Only downside was the £12.50 parking charge, however the staff very kindly let us stay parked there for several hours after we'd checked out which saved trying to hunt down a space in one of the city car parks on a Saturday! We will definitely be staying here again, I'd be tempted to try one of the rooms with the free standing bath next time! This is definitely a hotel perfect for couples.

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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 February 2013

We stayed at the hotel on a Friday night for a Valentine surprise. On arrival at the hotel we were allocated a parking space next door to the hotel. We then checked in and had a drink at the bar - very smooth process and the staff were extremly polite and helpful. We had the ground floor sea facing room. The decor was lovely but to be fair the room and bathroom could have done with a very good clean, the bathroom had mould around the sink and the toilet had not been cleaned properly for a good while - at £175.00 for one night I would expect that basic cleanliness to be at the top of the agenda. The breakfast was excellent and could not be faulted in anyway - the waitress was so polite. All in all i would recommend this hotel but could do with a bit of TLC with the cleaning.

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Reviewed 19 February 2013

We came to Drakes to celebrate very special occasion for us - I was in touch with the hotel before hand - and must admit that everything was organised absolutely perfectly and as planned.
What was really touching that staff knew that is special time for us and made our stay really exceptional. Really nice was also the card signed by the staff and left in our room! Great moments, great hotel, absolutely great stay! Thank You.

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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 February 2013

This friendly, modern hotel is right on the sea front at Brighton. Our room (203) was lavishly appointed, beautifully decorated and extremely comfortable. Its integral bathroom was down a flight of eight stairs which should have been lit by footlights but these would not work and could not be fixed because the maintenance man had gone home. The staff were very concerned about our safety when going to the bathroom in the night and offered us another room but we did not feel like moving as the room we had was so good. Never mind, we were compensated by pre-dinner drinks on the house from the best stocked bar I have ever seen and served by friendly and apologetic staff. This was an encouraging prelude to a fantastic dinner deserving of a Michelin star. The accompanying wine was just perfect. After an excellent night's sleep, breakfast was beautifully presented and had a very good choice.
So were there any downsides to this splendid establishment. Well, one or two. Firstly parking was on the forecourt of an adjoining property over the road. It was very tight, not easy to access and with very little room to manoeuvre and we were charged £12.50 for the privilege. Most of the bedrooms are on the second and third floors, there is no lift and the stairs are steep and winding which may be difficult for anyone with mobility problems but would be no difficulty for fit young romantics for whom this hotel specially caters. We booked on an inclusive dinner, bed and breakfast basis and we were a little surprised to find that the dinner part was for only a two course meal. We happily paid for an excellent third course but a two course dinner on an inclusive package seemed just a little parsimonious. Having said that the whole dining experience was pleasurably unforgettable.
In spite of Drakes being on the pricey side we would certainly stay there again if we have reason to visit Brighton.

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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 31 January 2013

Had a great one night stay in a charming Rouind Room on the 3rd floor. Very comfortable, great ocean views. Make sure you remember to take towels out of spacious wet room shower :) Bar staff very accomodating=late night.

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Reviewed 30 January 2013

Fatastic room, better in real life than the photos. Friendly and flexible staff. Great romantic retreat. We had one of the feature rooms with a standalone bath in front of a fantastic view, in all honesty had very little contact with the staff but it was exactly what I was looking for. Beautiful little place

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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 January 2013

We loved staying here. Great design (city view attic room) attention to detail (linen, bath products, robes, room service (despite a lot of stairs!) and very friendly and helpful staff. This is a classy but very relaxed place to stay right on the sea front and a short walk to the lanes and Pavillion. Highly recommended.

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Additional Information about Drakes Hotel Brighton

Address: 44 Marine Parade, Brighton BN2 1PE, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > East Sussex > Brighton and Hove > Brighton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Brighton
#2 Romantic Hotel in Brighton
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Brighton
#11 Business Hotel in Brighton
Price Range: £107 - £198 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Drakes Hotel Brighton 4*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Drakes is a design-led 20 bedroom "hand-made" hotel on Brighton's seafront. Everything about Drakes is exceptional, from the impeccable service to the stylish design and highly acclaimed fine dining Restaurant at Drakes. Now in their 13th year, 4 star Drakes continues to set the standard for quality, service and luxury in the city, winning several accolades and praise year on year. ... more   less 
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