Fodor's Expert Review Drakes

43–44 Marine Parade, Brighton, Brighton and Hove, BN2 1PE, England Fodor's Choice

It's easy to miss the low-key sign for this elegant, modern hotel tucked away amid the frilly houses on Marine Parade, but it's worth the trouble of finding, because everything is cool, calm, and sleekly designed. The lobby is dark and sophisticated, while each guest room has its own style, with handmade wallpaper, firm beds covered in luxurious linens, and art everywhere. Some "feature" rooms have quirky touches, including claw-foot tubs looking out to sea. Rooms with sea views are much more expensive than the others, but what's the point of a seaside hotel without a sea view? The restaurant at Drakes—imaginatively named The Restaurant at Drakes—has a huge local following for its Modern European cuisine. Check the website for packages.

PROS

  • attention to detail
  • well-designed bathrooms
  • excellent restaurant

CONS

  • two-night minimum on weekends
  • breakfast is extra
  • limited parking

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HOTEL INFO

Phones: 01273-696934

HOTEL DETAILS

20 rooms
Rate Includes: No meals

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