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Why We Love It

  • Boutique bolthole on the waterfront, 10 minutes’ walk from Brighton’s trendy Lanes
  • Kylie Minogue & Cate Blanchett have stayed
  • The restaurant is "Brighton's best", says Lonely Planet
  • Rooms have free Wi-Fi, full-size toiletries & some have excellent sea views

"Just. Gorgeous." -- The Guardian


Map & Directions

The 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 have luggage.

Rooms & Rates

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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



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


  • 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


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


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


  • Parking (fees apply)


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 Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm AET

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.

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