drakes

At dusk, the lights come on over Brighton's Palace Pier – a view best taken in, perhaps, from a freestanding bath by floor-to-ceiling windows in the bedrooms of this stylish, boutique hotel. More

Contact details

drakes
43–44 Marine Parade
Brighton
Sussex
BN2 1PE
England
01273 696934

Hotel information

Bedrooms

20

Open

all year.

Facilities

lounge/bar, restaurant, meeting/private dining room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Sky), civil wedding licence, off-road parking, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

in bar and restaurant.

Children

older children welcomed, ‘but we are primarily a couples-only hotel’.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2017] room £160–£360. Breakfast £8.50–£15, tasting menu £60, à la carte £45. 2-night min. stay at weekends.

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

At dusk, the lights come on over Brighton’s Palace Pier – a view best taken in, perhaps, from a freestanding bath by floor-to-ceiling windows in the bedrooms of this stylish boutique hotel. ‘It may be expensive, but it’s exquisite,’ says a Guide correspondent this year, who found the youthful place, which spans two Georgian town houses, ‘on top form’. Order a cocktail at any time of day in the small, sleek bar facing the sea. In the evening, although the town may have plenty to entice, stay in for dinner: ‘The restaurant is the best in Brighton,’ a reader reports. Served in the dining room on the lower ground floor, chef Andy Vitez’s modern European dishes might include seared scallops with langoustine foam, Sussex Mangalitza lardo, pea velouté, scallop roe sabayon; beef fillet, bone marrow cappuccino, wasabi pomme purée, spinach. Afterwards, spend the night in one of the modern bedrooms, each supplied with magazines, ground coffee, robes and slippers. The sultriest are the most spacious (and have that in-room bath with those sea views), but some of the smaller bedrooms share the watery vista – and two loft rooms (up four flights of stairs), have a private balcony so you can breathe in the sea air, too. (David Berry)

Special offers

Gourmet Getaway in Brighton Special Offer

In celebration of winning an Editor’s Award this year in the Boutique hotels category, Drakes is delighted to offer a great Gourmet Getaway for Two – a wonderful excuse to indulge in a little luxury and gastronomic dining at this stylish 4-star seafront boutique hotel. The Chef’s Package consists of a fabulous 5 course fine-dining Taster menu in their award winning Restaurant, a luxury stay in one of the bespoke guest rooms, full breakfast in the morning and a copy of The Good Hotel Guide 2018 to take home. (Be sure to book a sea facing room for breath-taking views of the iconic Palace Pier, a vista guaranteed to leave a lasting impression of Brighton at its best). Rates from just £250 based on 2 people sharing. To redeem this great offer, please remember to quote “The Good Hotel Guide” when booking. Call 01273 696934 to check availability.

10% discount voucher

This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. To take advantage of this offer, you must present the voucher at the time of booking.

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drakes
43–44 Marine Parade
Brighton
Sussex
BN2 1PE

Guest comments

'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
'On top form. Expensive but exquisite. As good as it was eight years ago when I last went there. Their restaurant is the best in Brighton ' - David Berry - July, 2016

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Tourist attractions

  • The Royal Pavillion

    Adorned with gilded dragons, carved palm trees and imitation bamboo staircases, the palace's unique style mixes Asian exoticism with English eccentricity.

  • The Sealife Centre

    Combining the splendour of rich Victorian architecture with over 30 modern marine and freshwater habitats, and featuring one of the longest underwater tunnels in England.

  • The Volks Railway

    The world's oldest electric railway, running along a mile of the Brighton seafront.