Drakes Hotel, Brighton
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What a GREAT hotel !!from A TripAdvisor Member
Such a pity...it could have been greatfrom ali24west
We ate at the basement restuarant - food was good but an uncomfortable meal as air conditioning was not working.
Room service was erratic - we were on the top floor with no lift. We had guests in our room one evening and bar staff refused to bring drinks to the room - saying they were too busy or alone in the bar - a blatent lie I discovered when I went down to the bar myself.
I like good hotels and I am happy to pay £200 a night for a well located, well designed and well run hotels - this hotel failed to meet these criteria. Some of the staff were really friendly but this does not get over the poor design aspects and the lack of proper cleaning. Next time it is the Hotel du Vin for us
Much to commend it, but...........from A TripAdvisor Member
There are a few areas that could do with improvement. Most notably, the restaurant situation. It is very popular with non residents and gets booked up. Consequently, we had to dine at an alternative place on the evening of our stay as there were no tables available. It's the first time I've stayed in a hotel that couldn't feed me! Parking in Brighton is pretty dire and this hotel is no exception. They only have space for 4 cars. As an alternative, you are advised that free parking is available at the marina and that the hotel can send a taxi for you - the snag is that you have to pay for it. (Incidentally, I believe that if you do get parked in the small car park, the hotel takes a nightly fee. So unless you arrive on foot, there will be a hidden charge......).
In summary, the hotel is very comfortable. The food (when you can get it) is very nice indeed. The service, whilst bound by the limitations of the hotel, is excellent. The value for money is a little less impressive. I suspect if we had been placed in a sea view room, we would have felt more positive. It hasn't put us off and we would stay again, but next time we will book ahead to ensure a sea view, dinner, and probably an upgrade.
One of my favourite hotel visits- EVERfrom MSW2
Everything about this hotel is personal, from the reception area that doubles up as a bar, to the friendly staff that you get to know.
We stayed in a Bijou room and it was perfect, so beautiful. The rooms main feature is a huge bath sat by the window (just to let you know as this room is at the back it has no view the windows are frosted but believe me it doesn't matter when you have a room as beautiful as this ur not interested at outside). The Gorgeous flat screen TV and DVD player were great especially when you can borrow dvds from reception. The room comes with a small wet room perfectly equipped beautifully done, like evrything in this hotel.
We made full use of the hotels room service and contrary to other peoples comments found it to be superb. We ordered a light snack, which was gorgeous, and in the morning had breakfast in bed which was also delicious.
We ate at the hotels, Gingerman restaurant. The price for a three course meal is £30 or £25 for two, we thought this was a great price seeing as though the food is of such a high standard.
All in all a perfect short break, we didn't want to leave the hotel!
My first choice in Brightonfrom LTJ874
I stayed in a City View room. The room was furnished to a high standard with a comfortable bed, good lighting, DVD player and a LCD TV. The bathroom was equally impressive. On a separate level to the main room, the bathroom was bright, clean, and had good quality fittings. Breakfast and dinner in the Gingerman restaurant was fantastic. All the staff were helpful and friendly.
That said, there were some gripes. As other reviewers have pointed out, there is limited hanging space. There was no wardrobe in my room, only hangers on two hooks behind a motorised curtain. I was surprised that there was no clock radio in the room. Also, there was a large pile of towels in the bathroom, but no towel rail on which to hang them. These are things that would not put me off staying here again, but I hope the hotel these comments on board.
NO room service!!!from A TripAdvisor Member
Superb, excellent, perfect.from pookieLondon
Excellent all round. Will definitely be going back.
The best hotel in Brighton!from A TripAdvisor Member
We've got our favourites in Brighton and with stayed in most of the finer hotels but drakes is something else. As well as receiving an endearing call from a member of their team before we arrived at the hotel, they totally went out of their way to make this special occasion extra special.
One of Brightons finest restaurants in the Gingerman, the cocktail bar provided some of the best drinks I have tasted (thanks Baz) and then after that drakes even arranged for us to enter the exclusive Koba... a late night members only, hidden away gem in Brighton.
Its definitely the place to be and my new second home. I hope everyones enjoys it as much as we did.
A disappointing nightfrom broome57
Stylish boutiquefrom ClaireBrighton
There was some renovation work going on in the reception which was a shame, but this means that the area is probably even more stylish now. The room had a DVD/CD player but disappointingly there was very little choice of music or films in the reception, but this is a minor gripe.
This is what a boutique hotel should be about, friendly staff, fantastic location and wonderful rooms. I'd advise you to leave the car at home if you can as parking in Brighton is a nightmare, and a car is unecessary in the city. Then you can really relax and enjoy!
Top Local Tips for Brighton
Don't Miss the Pavillion! It is simply unique and amazing. Take a guided tour if you can as it is very informative.
Lunch at the Grand Lunch at the Grand is superb. A proper English hotel with superb food - on Sunday it's only £25 a head.
Veggie Grand Dining Give the vegetarian restaurant Terre a Terre a go. If you can get a table, it's well worth a trip
Other names for Drakes Hotel
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- Address: 43 -44 Marine Parade - Brighton - England - BN2 1PE - United Kingdom
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