Ratings based on 75 Verified Reviews

They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
4.6 out of 5
100% of guests recommend
4.8 Room cleanliness
4.8 Service & staff
4.5 Room comfort
4.6 Hotel condition
They paid and stayed.
We double-checked.
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified travellerfrom London

Stylish boutique hotel with great sea views.

Posted 02-Mar-2015
Pros: Location, excellent staff and service, parking outside.
Cons: Guests like to arrive in a warm room with a little more space.
Location: It is in Brighton so the whole place was built for pleasure.
Drakes is a delightful small hotel in a great location with charming, efficient staff. We did not dine in but the breakfast and bar service were excellent with a wide range of good food and drinks. They also have, joy of joys, parking right outside the front door, which is a priceless facility when the wind whips across the promenade. The emphasis is on 'small' but they have done everything possible to compensate for its modest dimensions. If you imagine a post-post-modern version of 'cosy', this is probably it. That said, our double bedroom was quite amazingly small although packed with an eclectic combination of interior design styles and the now-obligatory plinthed bathtub where you might expect to find a desk. Not having checked their policy on pets, we would not recommend this room to anyone wishing to bring their cat with the intention of swinging it. Nor would your cat appreciate the wet-room shower which is, again, very stylish but includes the loo and so demands a very carefully planned schedule of use, even for the catless. The bed and bedding were excellent. Brighton generally, and Drakes in particular, are cool places to visit, especially in mid-February, so it was a bit surprising that the room heating had not been turned on before our arrival. (This is a uniquely English hotel habit in our experience). Fortunately there is a thoughtfully-provided extra fan heater and the one benefit of a small room is that it warms up quickly. The sea view makes up for it al!
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified travellerfrom Manningtree

Perfect location and attentive staff

Posted 09-Feb-2015
Pros: Location, welcoming staff and comfort of the bed.
Location: Right next to Brighton Pier, The Sealife Centre. Accessible to Kemptown and Brighton Town Centre for the famous Laines shopping.
It was our Wedding Anniversary and was welcomed to a room upgrade on our arrival. The staff were genuinely please to greet us. We had a room on the 3rd floor which was up a beautiful staircase, no lifts but the Lady offered to put my bag in a 'luggage' lift for me. The views from the room overlooking the Beach and Pier were lovely. The room was quite small but it was warm and comfortable with Sky TV and free Wifi in your room, Tea and cafeteria coffee making facilities and bottles of water. The bathroom is a wet room with two glass doors, also a freestanding bath in the bedroom. We didn't use the bar or restaurant so unfortunately cannot comment on this. There is parking for about 4 cars outside the hotel or you use the building next door which is rented from the hotel.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Couples
by A verified traveller

Great hotel, ace staff - highly recommended!

Posted 02-Feb-2015
Pros: Great staff, food, location. Will definitely stay again. Nothing too much trouble.
Cons: Bigger toiletries near bath as small 'gift' bag soon ran out and the ones in wet room were 'locked down' against theivery, I assume!
Location: We had made no plans whatsoever to leave the room for whole weekend but beach, shops, Kemptown, Lanes, food - all right on the doorstep.
Booked last minute and staff were quick to ring back to upgrade me to a room that met my wishlist for a special getaway. We were happy to climb the 4 flights of stairs to get an attic room and don't object at all to looking out over the rooftops of Kemptown rather than the sea. So peaceful at night and really great bed. I drove a LONG way and was happy just to be able to park securely next door despite relatively high cost. Bed was extremely comfy, a great height and lovely pillows. 2 desk chairs, 2 armchairs and a bath in the room (as requested). Staff were friendly and chatty - even offered to have bath run for my arrival. Restaurant was cosy, packed and a bargain for the great food on offer. Really recommend it. Partner has food intolerance and this was catered for both in restaurant and for bar snacks which really impressed us. I normally stay in the H du V but will come back here next time as compared well. Staff were really friendly and The concierge service is great - there were loads of things on offer that we hadn't even thought of wanting but could imagine enjoying! Don't forget your 'Do Not Disturb' sign though - staff are very attentive and you might get offered tea and biscuits at an inopportune moment ;) Breakfast in the room was delicious also. Toilet next to the bed (through glass 'swing' doors) might not be to everyone's taste but didn't bother us and having it within the wetroom might be a plus for some residents, I suppose... we didn't mind it.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified travellerfrom portsmouth

Excellent!!

Posted 01-Jan-2015
Absolutely lovely hotel, I really enjoyed my stay I can't put a fault to anything, staff very friendly and helpful, rooms amazing and comfortable , brilliant location. Will definitely be coming again x
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified travellerfrom Los Angeles

Gem in a sea of crap

Posted 28-Dec-2014
Staff were amazing, room was amazing, restaurant was amazing, bathrooms need some love, but all in all..... Amazing
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified travellerfrom Surrey

Great place to stay for a short break.

Posted 23-Dec-2014
Pros: Friendliness of staff, location, tasteful decoration - not a bit of chintz in sight....
On arrival we received an unexpected upgrade which was a lovely start to our stay. Our room had a wonderful view of the sea and pier and was very comfortable. We booked a table in the hotel restaurant that night and were not disappointed as the food was fantastic. Within walking distance of the lanes and shops and we even managed a stroll along the front in the morning. Had to pay for a parking space but were allowed to leave car there after checkout which was very reasonable.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified travellerfrom Hertfordshire

Fantastic hotel, view and staff!

Posted 15-Oct-2014
From a call the night before arrival and our room moved based on my wife being 8 months pregnant, Drakes could not have done more to make our stay perfect! We stayed with our nearly 3 year old son and were celebrating my wife's bd. So when our video monitor to check our sleeping son couldn't get a signal down in the restaurant, they setup a table in the bar, albeit on a Monday evening, they did it without making us feel like we were being awkward in the process. Everyone was so friendly and we will definitely be back!!
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Business Travellers
by A verified traveller

Excellenter Service in sehr gemütlichem Hotel

Posted 11-Oct-2014 on Hotels.com
Das Personal war ausgesprochen freundlich und hilfsbereit. Das Zimmer war sehr gemültich und hatte allen Komfort zu bieten.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveller

I loved it and will be back

Posted 05-Oct-2014
Pros: Everything
Location: All convenient
Brilliant and I loved brighton a great town Great restaurants Great weather
5 out of 5
Recommended
by Benzfrom Cobham

Elegant room

Posted 20-Sep-2014 on Hotels.com
Well equipped room and elegant. Staff very helpful and professional. Minus no lift but they changed bedroom to first floor. 22 steep steps to first floor and bathroom down staircase in room