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Drakes Hotel Brighton
Ranked #5 of 43 Hotels in Brighton
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 16 April 2014

We have always thought that the Restaurant at Drakes is the best in the country so where else would we go to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary but this time we decided to also stay at Drakes as well & what a fantastic choice that was. The room was stunning & immaculate with fantastic views of the sea front, without exception EVERY member of staff was amazing & could not do enough to both make us feel welcome & to celebrate our special anniversary. The location of the hotel is perfect, right on the sea front but close to town & just away from the more commercial parts of Brighton, like I said, just perfect. Parking was right outside the hotel so again, could not be better. Then we get to the restaurant & all I can say is that it's THE BEST we have ever been to (& we have been to some very fancy ones). Our stay was PERFECT & Drakes is TOTALLY AMAZING, if you ever get chance to go there, do so, you will not regret it

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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 April 2014

Stayed for one night in a ying yang sea view double. Great room with good view of the sea front . Room isn't the largest but adequate for 2 people for a night or two. Breakfast was very good and staff always helpfull and friendly .

Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
Thank Jonwills
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Reviewed 15 April 2014

Went here for 10 year anniversary in February, which is also Valentine weekend. Hotel is expensive and we booked the cheapest room- one without the sea view, but we were still impressed with the room. The in room bath was a lovely addition and it was scattered with petals too which was lovely! Bed was comfortable, and they made clever use of space in the bathroom/shower wet room. The room was top quality! Service was excellent, and all staff polite and friendly.

We had booked for the valentine meal at the restaurant in the basement, which was great as we didn't have to venture out into the gales for food. The service, again, was superb, and the food was delicious. After dinner we had a cocktail in the bar area, which was also beautifully presented. I would highly recommend this hotel for special occasions.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Laura T
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Reviewed 11 April 2014

Not a bad thing to say about this place! It is truly perfect. Arrived and was taken to our room by one of the members of staff - who was so friendly. Stayed in the ying yang sea view room, which had a magnificent view of the pier. There was a large bath tub facing the view and an extremely comfy bed. Toilet was a little wet room, the only thing is the shower is so strong everything gets wet in there! I think its the little touches that make this place special - the little toiletries and robe and slippers. Breakfast in bed was amazing, Drakes restaurant also worth a visit, had lovely food. Would recommend staying here and will be back!!

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Victoria T
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Reviewed 9 April 2014

We stayed for 3 nights in January 2012. My wife, born in Brighton thought it would be a good time to revisit some places she hadn't been since a small child. The hotel was exceptionally well located, right on the front, a front facing room is a must! The hotel is very easy to miss purely because it doesn't have an obnoxious sign like others.

Drakes offered car parking next door for a reasonable price on a permit, which is a definite if you want to explore in car as well as on foot.

The room was about £170 a night if I remember correctly, I guess the going rate for a sea front based luxury hotel. We stayed in one of the better rooms, I can't recall the name but it had bay fronted sash windows, the free standing bath on the red base next to the windows, a large bed, and a wet room for showering etc.

The reception was very quiet which was nice, and everything was very civilised in the hotel, didn't see many people, even though the hotel was booked up.

We didn't have breakfast in the Room Rate, however we did get room service breakfast on one of the mornings which was fantastic.

Overall, the room was beautiful, views magnificent, and definitely worth visiting.

I loved this hotel!

After working in a rather well known 5* for several years, I've become accustomed to addressing people by their title and surname, and ensuring my professionalism and willingness to ensure fantastic visit is portrayed in every conversation.

The only very small details which did detract from the overall experience following on from above:
- The receptionists/bar staff (same people) we a bit blasé about checking in and didn't really give the sense of arrival you would expect as an excited traveller.
- Secondly (and very minimal), as soon as we arrived and were dealt with by the receptionist checking in, I was required to pay the room rate up front, this of course wasn't an issue, but I'm sure other travellers like me are familiar with leaving a pre-authorisation on a card, and paying the bill + extras (room service etc) on departure. It felt like a lack of trust with guests, and something you'd expect in a Holiday Inn.

The above we're the only faults, things which could be easily fixed!

I would recommend staying at Drakes, especially if they iron out these small front of house issues.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 April 2014

My partner and I stayed at drakes for a couple of night in a sea facing room. Staff were very helpful and attentive. The room itself was lovely and comfortable, the bed and bedding were AMASING and the bathtub was luxurious.
We would definitely recommend the hotel and hope to visit again.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Babs R
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Reviewed 3 April 2014

My partner and I stayed at Drakes for a couple of nights in the sea facing yin yang room. All staff were very helpful and attentive. The meal in the restaurant was superb and my partner was presented with a dessert treat for his birthday. Unfortunately there was a lot of disruption during our first night due to a burst water main directly outside the hotel however the hotel staff made everyone aware of the problems. Apart from the disruption which was not the fault of Drakes the whole stay was very good.
Linda

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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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: £102 - £199 (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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