Drakes Hotel Brighton

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43-44 Marine Parade, Brighton & Hove, England

Drakes Hotel Brighton
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Our Drakes Hotel Brighton Review:

Claiming to be Brighton’s number one boutique hotel, Drakes Hotel Brighton attracts guests with its warm, friendly, informal service and feeling of intimacy. The building consists of two white-fronted Georgian townhouses, situated on Marine Parade and overlooking the marina on the left and the town’s famous Palace Pier to the right. Directly in front is the beach, the English Channel and the horizon.

Inside are 20 bespoke guest rooms, many of which have fabulous sea views through floor-to-ceiling windows. Some of the suites feature large, free-standing bath tubs which are positioned next to the windows so that visitors can enjoy the view while relaxing and luxuriating. The views are especially nice at night, when the nearby pier and marina are illuminated. Those who like their space are best avoiding the town view rooms, however, which are on the small side.

The beds at Drakes Hotel Brighton are large and fitted with Egyptian cotton sheets, cosy goose and duck down pillows and duvets, and velvet throws. The decoration has retained touches of the 19th century in areas such as cornicing, but it has also been bought up to date with hardwood flooring and wall panelling. Modern amenities include large shower rooms, DVD and CD players, flat-screen televisions and air conditioning. Access to the internet is available throughout the building.

The overall feel of the hotel has been influenced by the current owner’s travels across Asia and the Orient. In the basement is one of Brighton’s best loved, and most intimate, restaurants. The quality food is outstanding and made with fresh local produce. In 2010, the Good Food Guide declared the eatery the best in town. There is an extensive wine list featuring old world favourites as well as award-winning local labels.

The foyer, which is also a 24-hour bar for cocktails and other beverages, features a winding staircase which leads to all the floors. The building doesn’t have a lift so guests staying on the top floor could find getting to their room via the staircase tedious, even through it looks pretty.

Visitors wishing to explore the surrounding area will be pleased to find that most of Brighton’s most famous attractions are little more than a five-minute stroll away. The Lanes’ cobbled streets are good places to get lost for a couple of hours and feature a number of hidden caf?s, boutiques and antique shops.

After exploring the pier, a stroll around the nearby Royal Pavilion suggests that Brighton may always have had a cheeky, excessive and eccentric side. Built for King George IV in 1823, this building offers an Indian-inspired exterior and a Chinese-inspired interior which is well known for having seen its fare share of partying.

Also close by is Britain’s largest yacht marina, with berths for 2,000 vessels, which can actually be seen from the hotel. Visitors can peruse a large selection of shops here as well as bars and places to eat. The city’s aquarium, also nearby, is fascinating as well as educational.

Drakes Hotel Brighton is the place to head for those wishing to experience the ultimate in romantic getaways, with attentive service to boot. Its wow factor may be fading with age, but famous names such as Cate Blanchett, Kylie Minogue and Woody Allen have already fallen for its charms.

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