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With an impressive Georgian façade, warm colour palette and in-keeping interior with mod-cons, in this hotel (which only serves breakfast) you are a stone's throw from all the restaurants and bars in Brighton city centre. Choose a room with a seaside view for a romantic weekend by the sea.

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Just opposite the sea, Drakes is in a convenient position to experience the beach, buzzing pier and extensive nightlife, as well as walking distance to the plethora of great eateries, bars and eclectic shops. There's history such as walking tours and attractive buildings like the iconic Royal Pavilion, created as a seaside pleasure palace for King George IV. Brighton has a huge array of independent art galleries, with work ranging from accessible to expensive.

By car: over 2 hours from London and Oxford, and 3 hours from Bristol. Parking costs £15 per day.

By train: London Victoria and London Bridge to Brighton takes around 1 hour. It's a 10-minute drive (or 20-minute walk) from the station. Book trains to Brighton.

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There are attractive Art Deco touches throughout and spaces are flooded with natural light thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows which also frame seaside views. Curved walls and warmth from red hues in decorative fabrics make the hotel feel homely. The restaurant feels modern in terms of furniture, yet the ambience is still that of a Georgian mansion.


Even though there isn't the option of lunch or dinner at the hotel itself, the receptionist clearly had their finger on the pulse in terms of the best local restaurants, suggesting the top vegetarian and vegan ones in town. As we were going to be joined by our vegetarian friend, we were very grateful.

  • Terrace
  • Bar
  • On-site parking
  • Free Wi-Fi


Rooms are individually designed, some with views of glitzy Brighton city, others with sublime sea views. Expect the use of natural wood whether on the statement walls or flooring, rich reds and browns for the upholstery and slick tile-clad modern bathrooms. Some rooms feature a standalone bathtub within the bedroom.

Room types: City, Bijou, King, Attic, Queen, Yin Yang, Feature

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, bathrobes and slippers, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, bottled water, TV, free Wi-Fi


Drakes restaurant just serves breakfast, however, the choices are good and can be served in your room or at the restaurant. There is a full-cooked English breakfast, vegetarian option, eggs Benedict, Florentine or Royale, as well as lighter options. The product is good and the food is tasty.

Bar: sea views and comfy chairs. Organic local coffee, cocktails, wines and premium spirits. Open daily.

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