Intimate and effortlessly chic, drakes has been gathering a loyal following since it opened in 2005. The property occupies two Georgian townhouses on the Kemp Town waterfront, ensuring excellent sea views and easy access to Brighton's main attractions. This boutique bolthole is made for a romantic getaway, with luxurious bath tubs in all but one of the 20 rooms, and has hosted Cate Blanchett, Kylie Minogue and Woody Allen in the past.
The hotel is five minutes on foot to the pier, and the Lanes and the Royal Pavilion are a 10-minute walk away. This is a small boutique property so don’t expect a gym or a spa on site, although guests can purchase day passes to a local fitness centre (ask at reception) and staff can organise bespoke couples' massages at The Treatment Rooms, with advance notice. In the morning, you can have breakfast in the restaurant or delivered to your room at no extra charge.
With 20 Michelin-recommended restaurants, the city is known for its fine dining, but the restaurant here is "Brighton's best", according to Lonely Planet. Portions are plentiful -- expect classics such as pan-roasted duck breast with savoy cabbage and cassis sauce. Drinks are available at the lounge bar around the clock, where the cocktails are excellent.
Stylish rooms are a little small with limited storage, but packed full of luxury touches, including full-size toiletries, air conditioning (hot and cold), and neat wet rooms, hidden behind frosted-glass doors. You'll find the best views in those rooms with free-standing baths in front of big bay windows overlooking the sea, but they can be a little noisy -- it's hard to soundproof the heritage sash windows. Sea-facing attic rooms on the fourth floor have sloping ceilings, but offer good value for money thanks to private rooftop balconies. There's no lift, so request a room on one of the lower floors if this is an issue.
From the press:
"Drakes is all about
understated elegance and tasteful luxury" -- The Guardian
"Romantics will love the freestanding baths directly in front of the
circular windows. The focal point of most rooms, these tubs are perfectly
placed and deep enough to lose yourself in while taking in the view" -- The Metro
by Amy Lindsay
Infant cots / cribs
Newspaper / magazines
Extra beds / roll away beds
No pets allowed
24-hour front desk
24-hour room service
Room service (limited hours)
Coffee / tea-making facilities
Iron and ironing board
Pay-per-view / movies on demand
iPod/iPhone docking station
Complimentary Internet access
Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout
Bathrobes and slippers
Parking (fees apply)
Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.
Standard check-in time: 2pm. Minimum age required to check in: 18.
Standard checkout time: 11am.
Children and additional guests
One child stays free of charge when sharing parents’ room and using existing bedding (on request).
Crib available on request, free of charge for children under one and in the King Rooms only. Extra beds are £15 per night for children up to age 12.
No extra beds available for adults. This includes breakfast. Charges will be added to your bill on checkout
No pets allowed.
Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.
There is a two-night minimum stay for all Saturdays.
There is a three-night minimum stay over bank holiday weekends.
hotel is 90 minutes by car from central London and 40 minutes' drive from
Gatwick, the nearest international airport. There is limited parking available
at the hotel and spaces should be booked in advance (charges apply). Public
parking in Brighton is hard to find and expensive (usually charged by the
hour). The train station is a good 20 minutes' walk away, so take a taxi if you
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