Drakes of Brighton

43-44 Marine Parade, Brighton, East Sussex, England, BN2 1PE

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Drakes of Brighton

By Emma Gregg, your Brighton expert

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expert-rated hotels in Brighton
Expert overall rating:4.9 out of 5
Location:
4.8
4.8
Bedrooms:
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4.9
Eating/drinking:
4.9
4.9
Public areas:
4.8
4.8
Leisure facilities:
4.8
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Service:
4.9
4.9
Value for money:
4.7
4.7
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Foodies, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, Celebrity spotting, Great views / scenery, Romance, Special occasions, Trendiness

Best for Food - Expert review of Drakes of Brighton

Easily the best address on the Kemptown seafront, with oodles of star quality.

This grand, curvy-fronted Regency townhouse oozes kerb appeal: from the minimalist water feature on the forecourt to the professional welcome, you can tell, right from the start, that it aims high. Rumour has it that Kylie Minogue, Cate Blanchett and Kirstie Allsopp all adore it; I’d recommend it to anyone.

Location: 

Right on the Kemptown seafront, a short stroll from Brighton Pier and the Royal Pavilion, with commanding Channel views.

Bedrooms: 

When it opened, Drakes made headlines by setting new standards for boutique accommodation in Brighton; since then, it’s gone from strength to strength. The style is crisp, cool and modern, within wonderful Regency rooms with high ceilings and decorative cornices. Not all the rooms look out onto the sea but those that do are truly breathtaking, especially the Feature Room which has three giant sash windows, a splendid bath with views of the pier, and a telescope.

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Public areas: 

The ground floor cocktail lounge (open 24 hours to residents; open 11am–11pm Mon–Sat, noon–10.30pm Sun to non-residents) is fresh by day and cosy by night. The award-winning, top-quality restaurant – sleek, but unfussy – is a destination in its own right.

Eating and drinking: 

As well as cocktails, the lounge offers a choice of Champagne. The Restaurant at Drakes serves beautifully presented modern cuisine.

Leisure facilities: 

If you’d like a massage, a makeover or even a photo session in the privacy of your room, all you need to do is ask; the hotel can also fix up appointments at local beauty salons.

Service: 

Like everything else about Drakes, the service is smart and discreet; staff can arrange activities such as yacht racing, clay pigeon shooting or zorbing on request, and are happy to make a special occasion magical by delivering a bottle of bubbly to enjoy in the bath.

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Who stays there: 

Celebrities, honeymooners and couples treating themselves to a luxury seaside break.

Price advice: 

Parking is available for £12.50 per evening; tempting welcome gifts can be ordered on request. If you can’t afford one of the best rooms, console yourself with one of the smaller ones at the back, further from the traffic noise of the seafront road.

Pros: 
Elegant, cool and comfortable, with superb sea views
Excellent cocktail lounge and restaurant
Cons: 
The least expensive rooms are rather small, with no sea view

More information on Drakes of Brighton:

Price from:
£65
Type:
Hotel
Address:
43-44 Marine Parade, Brighton, East Sussex, England, BN2 1PE
Neighbourhood:
Kemptown

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