Hotel Review: Drakes, Brighton, England

“We are Drakes for integrity sake; we don’t like to do things by halves.” So pronounced a happy waiter over breakfast one morning, as he energetically dished adult prohibited dishes while indicating to a cold smorgasboard in a dilemma of a small, though cosy, on-site restaurant. He, like many staff during a 20-room hotel, could be a reason because so many people keep entrance behind to this Sussex hotel.

Even large names from Kylie Minogue to Woody Allen and Cate Blanchett have been famous to revisit a hotel on Marine Parade, that is done adult of dual white-front Georgian townhouses unaware a sea.

But notwithstanding a fantastic views, plcae and tip use – Drakes does need a revamp. A uninformed lick of paint and improved storage facilities, for example, would go a prolonged approach towards giving a hotel a luminary standing it once bragged.

Who for?

Drakes Hotel Brighton room with perspective from bath
Room 104, perspective from a bath ©Julia Claxton

Its plcae by a seafront and vicinity to all vital attractions in a city creates Drakes a ideal place for all ages – from immature families looking for adventure. Couples acid for a regretful weekend getaway do good here too – staff are peaceful to lay petals on beds or run a bubble-bath on request, for example. However, circuitous staircases both adult to a bedrooms and down to a grill could be a onslaught for those in need of infirm access.


This is a tiny boutique hotel whose comforts revolve around a service. Parking (which is a outrageous perk in Brighton) is available. They offer a washing use too.


Drakes Hotel Brighton Circular sea confronting King Room
(c) Drakes Hotel Brighton

Spectacular strand perspective aside, a bedrooms during Drakes are a disappointment. Space is ample, though storage is lacking – with hangers on a wall and a screen to disguise them behaving as a temporary wardrobe.

The free-standing bath unaware a sea with floor-to-ceiling windows creates for an beguiling experience; though brave to look underneath a cylinder and we will mark wood-panelled floors eroding – reminding we of a splash-happy guest who bathed before you.

Designers during Drakes seem to be carrying a predicament of conscious, ripped between boutique traditionalism (which creates this hotel so unique) and a need to be ‘keep adult with a kids’. For example, while a bedrooms offer guest red-cushioned chairs and printed throws on Egyptian string sheets – a close lavatory (which doubles adult as an worried showering over a toilet) is brimful with coarse neon blue lights.

That said, beds are comfortable, nominal products from The White Company are a acquire reward and a decent-sized radio with giveaway entrance to Sky TV works good for quieter nights in.

Food and drink

Drakes Hotel Brighton Restaurant
(c) Drakes Hotel Brighton

Breakfast (not enclosed in a price) is served in a hotel’s restaurant. The smorgasboard list (priced during £8.50 per person) is modest, with a tiny preference of cheese, handcrafted muesli, jams and yogurts. For something some-more substantial, prohibited offerings are plenty though costly, with £10 for soldiers and eggs and £15 for a full English. In covenant to a chef, a vegetarian breakfast (£12.50) is fabulous, with a pseudo-sausage creatively stoical of tasty potatoes and vegetables.

For dinner, guest can representation a operation of complicated British dishes, from guinea fowl to cooking furious boar steak. For something some-more atmospheric, a operation of a best restaurants in a city are a brief 15-minute travel divided or a 5-minute cab float away.

Drakes Hotel Brighton - ravioli jus
(c) Drakes Hotel Brighton

The hotel’s 24-hour Bar (which doubles adult as a accepting and acquire area) unaware a sea offers guest a operation of excellent wines, spirits and bespoke cocktails. The ambiance is some-more ‘intimate’ and ‘homely’ than chic, enabling it to double-up as a morning place to relax with a prohibited coffee.

What’s nearby?

Everything value visiting in Brighton, is within walking stretch of Drakes. Across a highway is a Sea Life centre, value a revisit for families with children. The hotel is a brief travel divided from a beach and buzzing Brighton Pier, full of arcades, rides and internal cuisine (but make certain we censor your apportionment of ‘fish and chips’ from a seagulls as they frequently swoop down and waylay food from a hands of gullible strollers). And a hotel is usually 10-minutes divided from a Royal Pavilion and a Lanes.

Nearest airport

Gatwick Airport is reduction than half an hour divided by automobile or train.

Is Wifi Available?

Yes, giveaway throughout.

How much?

More than half of a 20 bedrooms in this hotel have sea-facing views. The rooms, that are non-smoking, operation from £120-£360 per night. 15 automobile park spaces are accessible on a first-come, first- served basis.

Value for money?

If we are after comfort, preference and ‘location, location, location’ – Drakes is a place that does change all three. It is good value for money, if we after entrance to a city over feathery sauce gowns and slippers – generally given that guest are means to try circuitously for a reduction dear dining experience.

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