We had the great pleasure to stay here for two nights in mid-April, due to the happy fact that my oldest friend and his partner were having their Civil Partnership ceremony within the hotel. We really couldn't fault the hotel in any way. We had the ground floor city view room. To be honest, there's not much of a view from this room, but it didn't matter, as we were only about ten steps from the front of the hotel, which is perfectly situated for views of the sea and Brighton Pier. The room itself was just the right size, more to the point it had every amenity imaginable, including tv, DVD player, HI-fi and free wifi which was a personal favourite with me. The beds were so comfortable with countless cushions and pillows heaped all over it in a very tasteful way. No expense has been spared in the furnishing of the rooms.
From start to finish we were treated like royalty - I'm not talking Fergie - more like HM The Queen. Absolutely nothing was too much trouble. A friend of ours developed a headache, so one of the guys behind the bar (Fraser I think) ran down the road to get him a packet of Nurofen. And we'd brought a bottle of our own champagne which needed chilling. I asked for an ice bucket and two flutes, and it was no trouble and was in our room within two minutes.
The whole 48 hours we were there was an absolute joy. The food was out of this world, we had a 7 course tasting menu on the first night, a different drink with every course. I don't think we've ever had such wonderful food. Also, the cocktails at the bar were out of this world. There's a cocktail with rhubarb in, which was my particular favourite, totally sublime.
It's an expensive hotel, however, I think it's worth every penny, especially for a special occasion, and we can't wait to think of an excuse to return. The organisers made sure that our friends' civil partnership reception, and the 40th birthday the following day went completely without a hitch.
Thanks so much guys and we hope to see you soon.
Andy and Chris Roberts
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Drakes is a design-led 20 bedroom "hand-made" hotel on Brighton's seafront. Everything about Drakes is exceptional, from the impeccable service, to the stylish design and highly acclaimed fine dining Restaurant at Drakes. Now in their 13th year, 4 star Drakes continues to set the standard of quality and luxury in the city winning several accolades and praise year on year. ... more less
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