Hedonistic townhouse living on Brighton's seafront

SET AMONG THE BUZZ OF HAPPENING BRIGHTON, Drakes is undeniably where it's at. Step inside the doors of this Regency seafront hotel and you're in for some surprises.

Drakes' swish and elegant interiors have a clean-cut but unmistakably bohemian vibe. Bedrooms have been designed for shameless indulgence, with big beds, hedonistic mirrors and gleaming bath tubs for two sitting centre stage right beside the windows.

Suites with triple-aspect floor to ceiling windows let you gaze at the famous pier while sipping champers and soaking beneath the suds, while some top-floor attic rooms have bird's eye views over the rooftops of Kemptown and wet room showers. The Feature suite (104) has a vast seven-foot bed big enough for all sorts of shenanigans, a glass-doored bathroom and even a nautical telescope. A place for breakfast in bed, naturally.

Hit the spot

Regency Brighton bang on the ocean waves.

Splash out on a sea-facing suite; big bed, huge windows and roll-top bath for frolics with views of the pier.

Be savvy
It's well worth shelling out for those ocean views.

Be smitten
Seduction-on-sea in downtown Brighton.

House cocktails

Perch on a leather bar stool in the downstairs bar (a place to celebrity-spot) to start your evening with one of the glamorous house cocktails – straight-up, Martini fashion, or with plenty of bubbles.  A wicked Margarita here comes with spiced tequila blanco and Grand Marnier, while the signature Gingerman Fizz has a kick of elderflower and rose. We had some mean Mojitos while chatting to the ultra-friendly bar staff.

Blond wood chairs, suede banquettes, wide mirrors and sleek spotlights  make dining in Drakes' much-acclaimed Restaurant at Drakes a must. The decor is matched by an imaginative take on modern British cuisine – making it one of Brighton's top dining experiences. Start with fresh oysters (what else?), follow perhaps with pan-roasted local cod with all the trimmings, and share an Earl Grey brulée to round off.

The Drakes ethos is modern, relaxed glamour with a hint of fun and top-notch service. It certainly delivers.

Drakes Hotel was reviewed for Room for Romance by  Mark MacGee

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Dining in
The Restaurant at Drakes offers modern European dining in sleek surrounds. The menu changes regularly but you can expect to sample dishes such as langoustine risotto with wild asparagus, assiette of suckling pig with celeriac puree and lavender pannacotta with blueberries.

Dining out
Choices on the doorstep include sister restaurant The Gingerman at Norfolk Square, One Paston Place, Seven Dials Restaurant and The Ginger Pig pub in Hove. For budget Italian eats, you can't beat Donatello in The Lanes.


The Restaurant at Drakes

What’s cooking?
Try Irish oysters, fillet of local sea bass and chocolate tart with pistachio ice cream.

Dress the part
It's city-comes-to-the-seafront

Top table?
You could always book the private dining room; otherwise ask for the two-person table in the corner.

See & Do

There’s stacks to do in Brighton. Admire the exuberant Victoriana of Brighton Pavilion, eat fish and chips on the pebbly beach, trawl for antiques in The Lanes or spend an hour with the sea breeze in your hair on Brighton Pier, where you'll find everything from hot dogs to dodgem rides and a helter-skelter. You can admire the marine life at the Sea Life Centre, or head to Brighton Race Course, which holds 23 meetings a year.

Book a couples’ in-room massage or beauty treatment for some serious unwinding. The Lanes health and beauty spa is half a mile away as is Brighton’s David Lloyd Leisure Centre, where Drakes guests are eligible for exclusive offers.

You can buy pretty well anything in Brighton’s famous Lanes. Highlights include John Harrington Jewellers, Gunn’s Flowers and the She Said erotic boutique. A personal shopper can be arranged.

After dark
Brighton has plenty of bars and clubs for late-night partying, and Drakes guests get exclusive admission to some of the private members’ bars. Great places to try are the Ocean Rooms (complete with leather grazing beds and tapas) and Audio (undergound/techno). Drakes' own bar is open 24 hours to residents, too. You could also try the cabaret at Komedia, or book tickets for the Theatre Royal.

Experience all that this seaside city offers at the Brighton Festival. 

Get down here for Brighton Pride week – seriously pink and serious fun. 

Marine Parade, Brighton BN2 1PE

There are nine guest parking spaces available here on a first-come basis at £12.50 per night. Otherwise you’ll find plenty of pay and display spaces along the seafront.

Brighton station – 1 mile.

GBP 7 approx from the station.

London Gatwick  – 25 miles (40 mins).

Rooms and suites

20 rooms and suites

Room amenities
Vi-sprung mattresses with Egyptian cotton bedding, flat screen TVs with masses of channels (including Playboy) and DVD player, individual air con,  White Company toiletries, waffle robes, slippers (to keep), wi-fi, tea/coffee tray.

Sea-facing kingsize rooms have sexy roll-top baths set in Georgian bay windows.


Rates guide
GBP 99-300 (room only)

Open all year




Minimum night stay?
Two nights at weekends and three nights over bank holidays.

Hotel facilities
Cocktail bar and restaurant, wi-fi throughout, satellite TV, state-of-the-art DVD/CD players, hand-crafted furniture. Optional Arrival packages include Love Hampers, meant for naughty fun. Note: it's a tall townhouse with plenty of stairs.

Breakfast (charged extra) is served until 10am. Choices include soft boiled eggs with Marmite soldiers or Scotch porridge with an optional shot of Drambuie. You can also start the day with some Buck's Fizz or champers.

Room service
Available morning and evening

This is a place for grown-ups. – there are no family rooms.

Guide dogs only

Air conditioning
Yes – with individual controls.

Wedding license?
Yes – for up to 40 guests staying. Weddings are based on exclusive hire of the property.

Your contact
Richard Hayes – general manager

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