We have been here twice now, once in January 2013 and in June 2014.
Fantastic staff. Best I have experienced in the UK. They are outstanding and pitch their service just right.
Great location. It is less than 10 minutes walk to the city centre. It is right on the beach with a wonderful view over the pier. You realise how beautiful the beach is when staying here and you get to see it at night and empty!
Wonderful bar with fantastic service from staff (see above) and great cocktails at a fair price. Great whisky list with the option to try a set of three if you can't choose.
One of the best restaurants we have been to. Lovely setting in the basement and great staff who managed to adapt a dish according to our allergies. And they will get you drinks from the fab bar upstairs (see above).
The standing baths are amazing.
Fantastically cosy in winter.
Overall cons (though nothing is that bad)
Breakfast is overpriced for what it is. We expected wonderful things considering the meal in the restaurant but it was so-so. There are better, cheaper breakfasts with more choice in Brighton 5 minutes away.
Rooms are a bit small, though they do warn you of this and it is actually quite cosy. The wet rooms are an aquired taste but with a standing bath that doesn't really matter.
Two night booking at the weekend. We got around this with a January deal the first time we went.
Room service is limited, they will serve you cocktails in your room 24 hours but only sandwiches to accompany! You can get breakfast to your room though (see above)
Room 1 Attic room with sea view and free standing bath
This room was amazing with a gorgeous balcony. We went in winter and the room was fantastic and v dramatic. We were given complimentry chocolates (which were weird) and a run down of how to use the bath which can take 30 mins to fill.
It is a larger room than we thought and v attractive. We will book this again a year in advance to ensure we get it as it is so lovely and always booked!
Room 2 Yin yang double with freestanding bath
Again, a very attractive room with a good view and great bath.
It was quite small which was fine for us as we had no luggage but the small size lead to some problems with trying to find somewhere to put the millions of cushions.
Bathroom v small and doesn't leave much room for privacy!
Is right next to the screen on the beach (they do filmsand you could literally watch them through the window!) which was noisy as they were doing sound tests for the world cup. Great if you want to watch a film for free in the summer (it is only up for a month or two in mid-summer) not great if you want to enjoy the peace that runs thorugh the rest of the hotel.
Traffic noise which we did not have in the floor above.
Would book this again though as v good value (155)
Would book again if attic room not available as it is small but a very beautiful room.
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- 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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