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Drakes Hotel Brighton
Ranked #4 of 44 Hotels in Brighton
Certificate of Excellence
Concord, New Hampshire
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18 reviews
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“Nice, but not what we'd expected...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2013

This is a lovely-looking, boutique hotel with a great location across from the ocean, so the views from the upstairs rooms are fantastic. Our room had a panoramic view with large windows; it was glorious to look out at the ocean and see the "Brighton Eye" lit up at night. The staff was very cheerful, too. However...the lift was broken so we had to carry our suitcases up 3 flights of steep, winding stairs. In addition, the extremely large tv was programmed to odd stations, rather than the expected BBC, ITV, etc. And no one could figure out how to fix it.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2013

We stayed for one night midweek. We were lucky to get an upgrade from an attic room to a sea view room. The room itself was lovely. Nicely furnished and had a bath overlooking the sea.

There was also a lovely wet room.

A great location too, a few minutes walk into the town and to the shops.

The only downside was the noise from the road outside. Myself and husband didn't sleep well, and he normally sleeps through most noise!

We didn't eat dinner at the hotel as they were fully booked. We also ate out for breakfast as this wasn't included in the room rate.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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London
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2013

Staff very friendly and location easy to get to on seafront but needs a refurb. Bath chipped and bathroom seen better days. Room was city view on two levels but even in sept was cold with wind through the window frames. Know it's an old hotel but did expect more for the price. Bar small and restaurant in basement.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2013

The hotel is situated in between the piers and the rooms at the front of the hotel overlook the sea. The hotel has a modern classy look, with a comfortable, stylish bar with an amazing selection of cocktails.
The room was modern and luxurious with a really comfy bed. The bathroom was fantastic, the lighting in the bathroom was really cool and the shower was very fancy. Before dinner I tried to have a shower and realised that the water was not working (it was the while street and not just the hotel) and so we phoned reception who were very apologetic and said that it would be rectified within the hour.
The room service was great and the wine selection reasonable.
We decided to have dinner in the hotel as we had a long journey and were shocked at how amazing the restaurant was. It was genuinely the best meal that I have ever eaten! We were given a complimentary bottle of Champagne as the water in the bathroom hadn't worked briefly which was really nice of the staff. We will definitely be going back to Drakes as it is amazing!

Room Tip: When I stay again I will request a room at the front of the hotel to get a sea view.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Ottawa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2013

Stayed here for two nights at the beginning of September.While staff were generally nice it is not a 4 star

Here are the pros:
Location is pretty good and bed is comfortable. Bedroom a decent enough size, Staff fairly friendly.

Things to consider

Stayed in a larger room with city view (i.e. views of backyards and roof tops). There is no closet...just some hooks and then a weird contraption that has curtains cover it up so it is a make-shift closet? Bathroom was on the floor below - it was grotty, the sink was not very functional, and the motion detector lighting that lights up the staWhen asked for a map of the city they had none.They charge for parking on top of an already high rate.

Have nothing to compare with other hotels in Brighton but it was just "meh" ...if I had paid 50 pounds less then I think that would have been the right price level for the state of the room and ameneties offered.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2013

1 night in the circular room with great views of the sea and pier. very romantic.
food was delicious. if i'd been on my own at home i would have licked the plate.
service excellent - esp thanx to Klaudia who was very helpful.
only minor criticism is that you needed a PhD to work out the CD player.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2013

My wife and I spent the weekend at Drakes after dropping off our daughter at Sussex University.
The location is perfect being on the Marine Parade but parking is difficult so you will have to park on the hotel property which you are charged for, which I think is reasonable. The hotel internally is very modern and I think very nice. The staff are all excellent and both breakfast and dinner were of a very high standard.
When I booked this room it was the last one available and was on the fourth floor, no lift so not for the faint hearted. The room was very good, fairly spacious and clean but the bathroom was not up to standard, a few cracked tiles, some brown grout and lime scale in places.
Overall a good hotel and we will be returning.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: 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 (Based on Average Rates): ££
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 of quality and luxury in the city winning several accolades and praise year on year. ... more   less 
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