Brighton

Drakes

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Why We Love This Hotel

  • Boutique waterfront hideaway, a 10-minute walk from the Brighton Lanes shopping district
  • Favored by celebrities, including Kylie Minogue and Cate Blanchett
  • The restaurant is "Brighton's best," says Lonely Planet
  • Rooms have air conditioning, full-size toiletries and free Wi-Fi

86%
Enjoyed This
"Everything about the hotel and staff was absolutely charming. Good restaurant. Wonderful views from the bedrooms at the front. A bath in the room was a bit too quirky for me, though it's a trademark here. I could have spent longer sitting in a chair looking out the window. All in all? Lovely."
Susie
Jul 24, 2019 - Windsor, United Kingdom
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Rooms & Rates

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Overview

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 hideaway is made for a romantic getaway, with luxurious bathtubs in all but one of the 20 rooms. It 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 shopping district 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 center (ask at reception). Staff can organize 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, and the bartender knows what he’s doing – 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 and heating, 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 excellent views and private rooftop balconies. There's no lift, so request a room on one of the lower floors if this is an issue.

Amenities

General

  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Extra beds / roll away beds
  • Restaurant
  • No pets allowed

Services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • Room service (limited hours)

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Pay-per-view / movies on demand
  • Flatscreen TV
  • iPod/iPhone docking station

Internet

  • Complimentary Internet access
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel

Bathroom

  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Bathtub
  • Hair-dryer
  • Separate shower
  • Luxury toiletries

Parking

  • Parking (fees apply)

Policies

Check-in: Standard Time is 2pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 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

Pets: No pets allowed.

Cancellation: 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.

Additional details: There is a two-night minimum stay for all Saturdays. There is a three-night minimum stay over bank holiday weekends.

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Customer service available Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm GMT + 8.

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

86%
Enjoyed This
(7 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Drakes Boutique Hotel over the past 15 months.
4.0 Ambiance
4.7 Location
3.9 Rooms
4.6 Quality of Service
3.9 Value for the Money
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Other Comments
The room was on the third floor, no lift, no consideration for one of the customers with a heart condition. Refused to reallocate. The view was of four large kitchen extractor fans which were left on. It was only at 0300 and after numetous requests that they were silenced only to be restarted at 0530. The air conditioning in the room was not working and a portable unit had been left in the room venting out of the window, this had to be closed due to the noise from the fans. It was 27 degrees in the room that night. The room was miniscule with a tatty curtain acting as a wardrobe door
DAVID Aug 28, 2019 Hertford, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Everything about the hotel and staff was absolutely charming. Good restaurant. Wonderful views from the bedrooms at the front. A bath in the room was a bit too quirky for me, though it's a trademark here. I could have spent longer sitting in a chair looking out the window. All in all? Lovely.
Susie Jul 24, 2019 Windsor, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Lovely hotel, well located for all that Brighton gas to offer. The staff were all very friendly and happy to help ensure your "Brighton experience" was the best it could be.
Other Comments
Be advised that if you have a room on the 3rd floor there is no lift. Bot a major problem, but should be a consideration.
MT Jul 18, 2019 King's Lynn, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Great location,friendly staff.
Other Comments
My mistake I did not ring to request a room at the top,and we were allocated a room on the first floor, no view,and with frosted windows.Bit disappointing but they were very sorry and we had a brandy on the house.
Richard Dec 29, 2018 ChichesterSidlesham, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Location
Other Comments
Room was lovely but the upholstery on the chairs and carpets need a good clean
Lindsey Sep 06, 2018 Wickford, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The room and the superb breakfast in bed
Lee Jul 06, 2018 Beccles, United Kingdom

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