Drakes

Brighton, Sussex

Two bow-fronted Regency town houses with views of the iconic Palace Pier are home to a boutique hotel that counts Cate Blanchett and Kylie among past guests More

Good Hotel Guide Review

Two bow-fronted Regency town houses with views of the iconic Palace Pier are home to a boutique hotel that counts Cate Blanchett and Kylie Minogue among past guests. ‘Inside it is quite special,’ write readers, who were ‘given a warm welcome’ and shown to one of the sea-facing feature rooms, with a bath beside floor-to-ceiling windows. ‘We were amazed at the decor, the light pouring in. Behind frosted glass doors there was a walk-in shower/wet room. Housekeeping was immaculate.’ If you’re on a budget opt for a snug city-facing room with queen-size bed, a monsoon wet-room shower. A loft room has a sofa bed for a child. The staff are a delight: ‘We felt they really enjoyed their work and wanted us to share that enjoyment.’ In Amarillo, star-spangled, rosette-garlanded chef Ian Swainson creates a six-course fine-dining menu of beautifully presented dishes such as crab custard, white crab meat and bisque; roasted beetroots with lavender and milk curd; juniper-crusted venison, chestnut truffle purée, caramelised onion/yeast foam. The bar is the place for a cappuccino or a cocktail. (A and SA)

Hotel details

Address

43–44 Marine Parade
Brighton
Sussex
BN2 1PE
England

Telephone

01273 696934

Bedrooms

20.

Open

all year, restaurant Tues–Sat.

Facilities

lounge/bar, restaurant, meeting/private dining room, in-room TV (Sky), civil wedding licence, some off-road parking £15 a night, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

in bar and restaurant.

Children

all ages welcomed, no extra beds, babies ‘by prior arrangement’.

Dogs

only assistance dogs allowed.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

room-only doubles from £125. Breakfast £7.50–£15, 6-course dinner £65. Min. 2-night stay Sat, but check availability.

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Comments about Drakes

This stylish hotel is part of a small terrace and looks quite ordinary from the outside, but inside it is quite special. Our room was circular, with beautiful light wood panelling behind the enormous bed. To say it was light and airy would be an understatement. There was even a telescope. The food in the restaurant was truly delicious but only one dish (out of five) on the menu changed over our stay. The true strength of Drakes is in the staff, who are welcoming, friendly, enthusiastic and helpful. Our most enjoyable ever stay in a hotel. - Andy and Sylvia Aitken - July 2019
It sets a standard that others should measure up to. We were in the attic room which had been converted to a high standard (pity about the electrician who seems not to know what horizontal means). The bed was excellent and the room was quiet and comfortable. There is no elevator to the fourth floor but a bit of exercise is welcome. The breakfast was outstanding and reasonably priced. Jams, bread and croissants are made in house. The staff were charming, unpretentious and helpful. - Jonathan Osborne - July 2017

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Last updated: October, 2019. Information from the 2020 Good Hotel Guide