‘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)
43 -44 Marine Parad Brighton Sussex BN2 1PE England
lounge/bar, restaurant, meeting/private dining room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Sky), civil wedding licence, off-road parking, unsuitable for disabled.
in bar and restaurant.
all ages welcomed.
only assistance dogs allowed.
Amex, MC, Visa.
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.
'Romantic Stay and Dine Getaway in Brighton' Special Offer
In celebration of winning an Editor’s Award this year in the Romantic hotels category, Drakes is delighted to offer a great ‘Romantic Stay and Dine Getaway’ – a wonderful excuse to indulge your loved one in a little luxury and exemplary fine dining at this stylish 4-star seafront boutique hotel. This appealing package includes a luxury stay in one of the bespoke guest rooms* where a bottle of their specially selected organic Champagne sits on ice awaiting your arrival. You’ll also find rose petals scattered around the bath (*call the hotel in advance of your arrival and they’ll run a bubble bath for you!) and a box of decadent Lauden’s chocolates. A complimentary glass of Sussex’s Bluebell Hindleap Sparkling Wine will precede a 3 course Dinner from their a la Carte menu is served in the intimate, stylish Restaurant and full breakfast can be taken in bed in the morning. Be sure to pick up a copy of The Good Hotel Guide to take home. Rates from just £265 for 2 people, including vat. To redeem this offer, please remember to quote “The Good Hotel Guide” when booking. Call us directly on 01273 696934 to check availability. *Be sure to book a sea facing room with a free-standing bath for breath-taking views of the iconic Palace Pier, a vista guaranteed to leave a lasting impression of Brighton at its best.
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.
Guide Book Vouchers
This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 25% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. Each printed copy of the Guide contains six vouchers worth in total about £150.
This hotel accepts room upgrade vouchers which entitle readers to a space available room upgrade. The voucher must be presented at check-in and is entirely at the hotelier’s discretion.
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.