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Drakes Hotel

43/44 Marine Parade, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 1PE

Drakes Hotel

43/44 Marine Parade, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 1PE

Drakes is one of the original luxury boutique hotels in Brighton. Now open for 10 years, drakes has lost none of its edginess and city chic. Sitting directly on the sea front with fabulous views of the iconic Brighton Pier, their discreet sign (which you may miss) says everything about this place. They’re not into flashy displays at this double-fronted listed Georgian townhouse and most people who stay there (Kylie Minogue included) have been recommended by someone in the know. Rooms are spectacularly stylish, most with free-standing baths in front of large picture windows (the best views from the first floor rooms), with luscious hand made beds covered in Goose Down duvets , White Company products, glossy magazines by the bed and divine decor. On request, a bubble bath can be run for your arrival and a selection of fabulous extras can be ordered to enhance your stay (rose petals scattered in the bath, chocolate dipped strawberries, chilled bottle of Champagne or perhaps a seductive Love Hamper…need we say more!

Drakes Hotel also has a Wedding Venue and Restaurant:

Drakes Hotel (Wedding Venue Section)

The Restaurant at Drakes (Restaurant Section)

Drakes Hotel is part of the following Travel Ideas:

Wow your valentine this year with our pick of romantic retreats. by Dinah Hatch

"Look, Brighton may have gone all cool and sophisticated in the last decade but the locals still know how to do fun, fun, fun so if you and your other half fancy a sharp injection of sea air, edgy clubs and the best salty chips this side of Crawley, jump on the train (don’t even think about bringing the car, the parking’s DIRE) and alight at Party Central. Drop your bags off at deeply hip Drakes (it’s just left of the Palace Pier but you may need to ask a local directions as its sign is so terribly discreet) and hit the town. Cocktails at Twisted Lemon in the South Laines, dinner at must-eat-at restaurant The Set (tucked away in oh-so-Brighton Regency Square) and then iconic nightspot Coalition in the Kings Road Arches. When you wake up a little jaded in your million-thread cotton sheets in Brighton’s chi chicest hotel where they will treat you like royalty, you’ll thank us for the tip."

Great hotels near sporting fixtures by Dinah Hatch

"This year the Rugby World Cup will see matches played in a variety of English cities including Brighton where fans will flock to the Amex Brighton Community Stadium to watch South Africa versus Asia 1 on September 19 or Samoa versus USA on September 20. Bag yourself a room at one of the classiest joints in town – Drake’s – which sits discreetly on the seafront (blink and you’ll miss the tasteful sign) and you’ll be enjoying wonderful pier views from your free-standing bath, luxurious White Company smellies, waffle robes and a restaurant that well-heeled locals flock to. A runaway winner."

Ten luxury Christmas shopping breaks by Jessica Baldwin

"Having spent my university years there, Brighton has always had a special place in my heart. Friendly people and a thriving arts scene has created a uniquely independent shopping experience. Whilst Churchill Square and North Street host all of the usual suspects you can’t beat The Laines when it comes to finding Christmas presents with character. In the North Laines you will find hippy hangouts, second hand shops and quirky boutiques, whilst the main Laines are a treasure trove of beautiful jewellery. Centrally located close to Brighton’s iconic pier, Drakes is a 4* townhouse hotel with 20 beautifully appointed and individually designed bedrooms. Book one of the circular sea-facing rooms and enjoy a post-retail bubbly bath overlooking the pier"

Ten places to spend New Year's Eve by Dinah Hatch

"Romantic getaway: Drake’s, Brighton Wake up on New Year’s Eve to the unmistakeable sound of seagulls and the ocean waves at one of Brighton’s most exclusive romantic getaways. Drake’s. Stroll off to town, just minutes away, where the eclectic shops, restaurants and coffee shops of the South Lanes and North Laine await you and then retire back to your room for a luxurious afternoon nap or a soak in the freestanding bath tub overlooking the coastline through a picture-window. Party the night away in any one of the hundreds of pubs and clubs on your doorstep and then walk off your hangover on the pebbles the next day, fish and chips and NY resolutions high on the agenda."

10 of the Best Hotels for a Girly Weekend by Suzi Dixon

"If you live in London, Brighton is perfect for a girly weekend. Not too much travelling but a complete contrast to your day-to-day life. To be fair, the beaches and friendly bars of Brighton will suit most groups of girls, while the traders in North Laine are ideal for a Saturday shopping session. The roads have very London-esque names - I love Sensation, Abode and Snooper’s Paradise, a flea market in Kensington Gardens. Drakes Hotel is a Georgian townhouse loved by Kylie Minogue, no less. It’s discreetly hidden away on the seafront and very spa-like."

Hotels Near Britain’s Finest Festivals by Adrian Mourby

"Brighton Arts Festival, Brighton, 4 - 26 May. Founded in 1966, Brighton’s festival reflects the bohemian nature of the famous seaside town. Brighton commissions challenging new work and likes to put artists from different disciplines – music, poetry, dance and comedy – to work together. Since 2009 the festival has also brought in high-profile guest directors such as Anish Kapoor, Brian Eno, Aung San Suu Kyi, and Vanessa Redgrave. One of Brighton’s best hotels, Drakes, is an ideal place to stay during the festival. What could be more stylish – or Brighton – than to finish off your day in a roll top bath?"

Ten Celebrity Hotel Breaks by Jessica Baldwin

"There are times when London gets a bit too much and the world’s rich and famous simply can’t resist the shingle shores and sea air of Brighton. Don’t take my word for it, ask Drakes Hotel – they can vouch for Kylie’s love of fish and chips and Woody Allen’s passion for the pier. As ironic as it is, even the Beach Boys love this Brighton’s premier boutique hotel. Located away from the hustle and bustle of the town centre, the Georgian property resides in trendy Kemp Town and boasts just 20 luxurious bedrooms. Pick a sea-facing feature room and relax with a glass of champagne in your roll top bath as you stare out across the sea – what? Kylie would!"

Ten of the Best British Beach-side Hotels by Dinah Hatch

"You may miss the sign outside double-fronted Georgian Drakes, for discretion is their watchword (well, with guests like Kylie it has to be). But once you have located this uber-luxurious hotel on the Brighton seafront near the Palace Pier you’ll be richly rewarded – think free-standing baths overlooking the beach and the rich variety of people who visit it (you can’t beat a bit of people watching) plus Vogue and GQ by the bed, White Company toiletries in the bathroom and, downstairs, one of the finest restaurants in the city, part of the renowned Gingerman Group. Step outside your luxury hideaway, turn right and you are thrust into the hustle and bustle of crazy Brighton life, its buzzing bar/gallery/club/café-heavy seafront enough to keep you busy all day (all the while knowing you are returning to the utter decadence of your gorgeous room). Delicious."

10 Historic South Coast Hotels by Adrian Mourby

"Brighton was one of the first English towns to promote sea bathing during the eighteenth century, but its popularity rocketed after the arrival of the railways in 1841. The nineteenth century transformed the city, especially with the construction of its white-stuccoed Marine Parade with all its balconies and bay windows. Drakes, a contemporary double-fronted boutique hotel, enjoys this historic location and attracts its share of celebrity guests."

The First Few Years of Your Relationship by Hotel by Amanda Statham

"The first date went well, you’ve seen each other a few times since and you’re beginning to fall for one another: it’s weekend break time! Use this opportunity to put your new relationship to the test: can you be in a car together for more than an hour without arguing about the music choice? Are they up at the crack of dawn ‘sightseeing’, while you order breakfast in bed at 11am? Brighton is perfect for a saucy weekend: by the sea, cool hotels, easy to get to by road or rain and packed full of bars, restaurants and things to do, so if your new partner doesn’t turn out to be as endlessly fascinating as you’d hoped, there are plenty of distractions before you head home (early!). Check in to Drakes, a boutique retreat in a double-fronted Georgian townhouse on Marine Parade, which has everything you could require for a weekend of amour, from massive double beds with dreamy sea views to freestanding baths in the bedroom and soft white robes to curl up in afterwards."

Ten 'Gold Medal' Places to Escape the Olympics by Jessica Baldwin

"With eight million visitors a year Brighton is the original British staycation. Its lanes are crammed with independent boutiques and cafes and its famous cobbled beach is home to a host of trendy bars. One of the most stylish places to stay is Drakes, a 4 star boutique hotel located on the seafront with breath-taking views across the ocean. After a windswept walk along the seafront check out their popular restaurant serving fresh, seasonal fare."

Information on Drakes Hotel , 43/44 Marine Parade , Brighton

No. of bedrooms: Total: 20        
Types of room: 2 Single, 18 Double/Queen/King
Room rates guide: Single:  £120.00-£160.00
Double/Twin:  £140.00-£230.00
Suites:  £300.00-£360.00
Room only
General info: Credit Cards Accepted:  Amex, Delta, Mastercard, Maestro/Switch, Visa
When Closed:  Open all year
Child Friendly:  Children over 12 welcome (Babies also welcome but not toddler friendly)
Dog Friendly:  No
Romantic Details: Super-King Feature room with 7 ft wide hand made bed, outstanding sea views, free standing bath, monsoon wet room & telescope. Entire hotel can be booked for exclusive use weddings and or parties
Smoking Permitted:  No
Wheelchair Access:  No
Accreditation: VisitBritain 4 Star Townhouse, Good Food Guide 6/10
Room facilities: Flat screen LCD TV, iPod docking station, Full Sky Package, Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, Air conditioning, Egyptian cotton sheets, White Company toiletries, Recycled bamboo flooring, Vi-Spring handmade bed, Noblis chairs, Fine dining restaurant
General facilities: In-room beauty treatments, Brighton's most highly commended Fine Dining Restaurant, Reception/cocktail lounge bar, Civil ceremony licence, Exclusive use wedding receptions, Stylish meeting room, Complimentary Wi-Fi internet access, Air conditioned throughout
Activities nearby: Golf, Volleyball - on the beach (1/4 mile from hotel), Sailing, Boating, Cruises, Yacht hire at Brighton Marina, Clay pigeon shoot, go karting, diving, ghost walks..., Cycle hire nearby, Fitness, pool, marina, spa facilities, Health Spas/Gyms/Swimming (offsite only) several options to choose from, Jogging along the beach
Local directions: From the A23 and off the London Road you will arrive at the Brighton Pier. Turn left here into marine parade towards the Marina. Drakes is at 44 Marine Parade which is just before the traffic lights at Lower Rock Gardens. Our forecourt is recognisable by a stone water feature on the red forecourt.
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Nearest major airport:
Nearest railway stn:
London Gatwick (25 miles) (30 mins) , London Heathrow (65 miles) (1 hour, 50 mins)
Brighton (1 mile) (5 mins)

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Review of Drakes Hotel

Posted on by Martin BCustomer stayed Aug 2016

“Lovely hotel, service and location”

We found time for a one night stay and break from our young baby so wanted it it be worth it. Thankfully we made the right choice.
Reception from the start was warm and attentive. Room was good, though maybe a tad small but the wet room and free-standing bath compensated.
Location couldn't be better and drinking a cocktail while looking out to sea confirmed that. It is a short walk in to the town for more variety and great shops.
Breakfast was delicious.
5 out of 5

Review of Drakes Hotel

Posted on by Kathy BCustomer stayed Jun 2015

When I made the booking for a night at Drakes, i made a mistake on the date....and should have booked the following night! I had booked it online and had confirmation I called them and I was really thrilled when they said, don't worry, if we are full we will find you many hotels offer that? In the end, and after they had been back and forth to me a couple of times, they had a room for us. The hotel us in a really brilliant spot on the seafront in Brighton and our room had a magnificent view....the staff were all great, informal and professional.....we had a truly memorable trip and will go back

Review of Drakes Hotel

Posted on by Lucy CCustomer stayed Aug 2015

I cannot recommend this hotel enough. If you are looking for a luxury night away with a partner then it is perfect. The rooms are beautifully decorated and modern. The room was extremely tidy and had everything you could hope for. We stayed in the city facing attic room and although it was an attic room it was extremely spacious and had no fear of hitting our head on the ceiling. The bed was lovely and comfortable and the bathroom was modern and deluxe. The staff are extremely welcoming and helped us with our bags as we were on the 4th floor (no lifts). The hotel is a very short walk from the pier and main town and as it is situated on the seafront, it has magnificent views. Thank you for a great stay!

Review of Drakes Hotel

Posted on by Neil MCustomer stayed Nov 2015

All I want is for things to go right, I don't need "over and above" service. And with Drakes, they do the small things right, but also offer the "over and above", i.e. rather than me running down 4 flights of stairs to get my takeaway, they bring it up for me.

I have now stayed here twice (6 nights), and would recommend to anyone travelling to Brighton

Review of Drakes Hotel

Posted on by George JCustomer stayed Nov 2015

A warm welcome, the staff are all very friendly, helpful and efficient. We had a lovely room - a circular sea-facing room looking out over the prom & pier. Drakes is located perfectly to be close enough to everything without experiencing any noise. A great breakfast with a super full vegetarian option.

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