Brighton, United Kingdom


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Why We Love It

  • 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

"Just. Gorgeous." -- The Guardian


Map & Directions

The hotel is 90 minutes by car from central London and a 40-minute 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 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.

From the press:
  • "Just. Gorgeous. Situated directly on the seafront in one of those beautiful grand old houses that run east from the pier, Drakes is all about understated elegance and tasteful luxury" -- The Guardian
  • "Kylie's preferred room is 301, which has the obligatory bathtub -- although it's three floors up to deter the paparazzi and there's no lift" -- The Daily Mail



  • 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


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


  • 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.


Check-in: Standard check-in time: 2pm. Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: 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

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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The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

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