Drakes

Brighton, Sussex

‘One of the nicest locations we’ve stayed at. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘One of the nicest locations we’ve stayed at.’ Trusted readers enjoyed a night’s stay at Andy and Gayle Shearer’s boutique hotel on the seafront, with ‘panoramic views’ of sea and the Palace Pier. A signature room was ‘sun-drenched and stylishly designed, with emperor-size bed, a freestanding bath in the bay window’; in the wet room a good power shower. Bedrooms, some city-facing, range from snug to ‘beautifully spacious’. All have cafetière coffee, fresh milk on request, waffle robes, complimentary slippers, White Company toiletries. The ground-floor, sea-facing cocktail bar ‘felt oddly poky’ for a space with such potential, but the restaurant, on the lower ground floor, proved ‘a very pleasant place’ with ‘comfortable furnishings, smart, minimalist design, ambience and acoustics just right’. Chef Andy Vitez impressed with ‘a delicious amuse-bouche of duck rillettes with Bloody Mary gel’, then ‘delicate, tasty scallop ceviche, with a yuzu sorbet, chilli gel, coriander leaves. Braised rabbit was ‘delicate in taste but slightly under-seasoned’. Breakfast, charged extra, has such unusual offerings as huevos rancheros and (how very Brighton!) quinoa salad. (Anna Brewer, and others)

Hotel details

Address

43 -44 Marine Parad
Brighton
Sussex
BN2 1PE
England

Telephone

01273 696934

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

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

only assistance dogs allowed.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

room only £120–£360, DB&B £190–£430. Breakfast £7.50–£15, 5-course tasting menu £65, table d‘hôte menu £37–£48. Min. 2-night stay Fri and Sat, but check availability.

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