Drakes Hotel Brighton
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... bought 2 pairs of shorts and a swim suit. The swim suit is awesome because it has in built shorts, so comfy!
We lunched in a tiny restaurant that winds its way up three floors in poky little corners, with almost no room to move. It was a buffet with all sorts of foods, and most of the time I wasn't even sure what I was eating, for example one of the dishes looked like chicken but tasted like fruit, but ...
... warren. Endless white tunnels and left turns. Finally made it out and home to my uncle's place.
Rested up for most of the morning until it was time for the kids to come home from school, and after some episodes of Arthur (Holly's favourite) then it was time for a visit by my grandparents and a family friend. The best part was getting to dole out early christmas presents! Turns out ...
... both very capable once there!
Whenever I ventured out of the bush to take advantage of the comparative comfort of Freetown, the staff at the Kona Lodge always welcomed me back like the prodigal son! 'Batman', they would exclaim, 'welcome home'! The owner took great delight in the fact I could greet him in his native Mende language, while others liked to test my grasp of Kono and Krio...clearly not used to Pomwei guests who spend so much time in the provinces! In ...
... especially here in Brighton where food is taken very, very seriously and I jumped right on that bandwagon. Nearly broke the ******* thing too. You don't get to stuff your facehole with all of the goodies the local pubs and restaurants have to offer without your **** becoming big enough to develop its own gravitational pull.
But anyway. English nosh. Let's start with the humble fish and chips. As a nation we're weaned on this. It's ...
... ago. Since I didn't take a picture of the glorious food before, I order the same food as when I ate it the first time (I really didn't mind, it soooo delicious!) which was a Bibimbab with black rice, spicy chicken and chili sauce. Gosh, my mouth waters just by thinking about it! In the evening, we made Swedish cinnamon rolls! We were supposed to do them so that we could eat them for Kanelbullens dag last friday, but we realised it would take too long to do them ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Drakes Hotel Brighton
Drakes is a relatively new luxury hotel, having been open 6 months. All rooms and public areas are comfortable, modern, and decorated to a high standard. Some rooms have a sea view, overlooking Brighton (Palace) Pier and seafront, though you may get some traffic noise in these from the busy A259. All have efficient aircon/heating.
We stayed at Drakes for new year, the service was excellent, extremely friendly and helpful staff, the most comfortable bed ever slept in. We loved it so much we stayed an extra night and didn't want to leave.
Have just returned from Drakes of Brighton for a 2 night stay to celebrate our anniversary. Found it on the internet and their website looked great. The hotel was lovely and I would recommend it to anyone who wants a short break in Brighton but wants to stay in a modern 'home from home' environment. The staff were all really friendly and helpful and the atmosphere was very laid back and relaxed. A few criticisms...the rooms and bathrooms are very small - we had an attic room and I would suggest a bigger room with a bath in (not available when we were there) as they looked nicer. Not a lot of storage space and as it is such a new hotel they are still learning about little things like having cotton wool and more toiletries in the rooms. I would have also appreciated being left some information about the hotel and Brighton in the rooms to help the traveller, but on the whole an extremely pleasant experience and if you are hesitating about whether to book - don't hesitate, as it is lovely! We ate at the Ginerbread man restaurent downstairs which was Ok but i wouldn't really rush there. Terre a terre, a vegetarian restaurant in town was amazing!! The location is also good as we walked everywhere we needed to go. If you are used to the Babingtons and Cowley Manors of this world, it is not quite there but you will enjoy this hotel.
Seven counties, three traffic jams and one puncture later, we arrived in Brighton for a "quickie" birthday break, and despite it's prime seafront location, from the moment we walked through the hotel doors Drakes' tranquility engulfed us. The staff can only be described as "fantastic" - nothing was too much trouble and their attention to guests' comfort second-to-none. Our stylish, circular sea-facing room had life's little luxuries covered - divine bedlinen, up to the minute entertainment system and the "bath with a view" was heaven...After a superb three courses in the Gingerman Restaurant, such was our total state of relaxation, it was all we could do to make the two flights of stairs back to that divine bed...
Having accidentally left organising a treat for my wife's birthday on 23 December until December 21 (!), I accidentally stumbled across a hotel called Drakes offering rooms for just £70 instead of the usual £195. I checked out their web site to find a very cool, recently opened hotel right on Brighton's seafront. I called the hotel direct and they matched the offered web-rate and I was thrilled to discover that I was offered the choice from three 'circular seafacing' rooms; I went for 101 with the balcony effect outside. When they took my booking they offered to find me a dinner reservation and called me back within 5 minutes with a table for two at Blanch House (very swish and hard to book at short notice). On arrival at the hotel I found the room to be just as shown on their site; curved wooden inlayed walls, a wetroom, bath in the window of the bedroom (plenty of room for two we later discovered...in fact anyone on the top deck of a passing bus probably discovered this too - sorry Brighton commuters) and at the touch of a button, the curtained wall whirred back to reveal some storage space for clothes (wouldn't recommend trying to store more than one night's wardrobe here though), tea & coffee stuff and a few Habitat VIP range choice items of houseware. It all felt very naughty, glam and special (especially at £125 off the rack rate!). Only criticism (and only to balance this report out - in truth, I've nothing to moan about at all), was that secure parking is down on the Marina which means waiting around in a windswept carpark for 10 mins until the booked taxi turns up to bring you back to the hotel...and visa versa in the morning - and that considering the owner is a 'Storage Business Magnet', there's no storage ironically anywhere for more than a shirt and a jacket each. But these are all easily compensated for by the fabulous location, the friendly and helpful staff, the uniquely designed rooms and all the above touches (tip - bring your own candles and champers to enhance the bathtime experience). Would certainly return there again...and again. Oh - and it beats Hotel du Vin in Brighton hands down! I want to go back there - now.
The title says it all really. From arrival and being served complimentary Kir Royales whilst we eased the stresses of train journey from London. From sorting out a restaraunt for dinner on saturday night, to booking the table and ordering the taxi. We stayed in one of the semi circular rooms with the bath out front. Something decadent about lying there watching the world go by..... The only criticism i can have is of the wardrobe......it was pitiful and just about managed to hang a couple of shirts there. Small criticism to be honest - the bed was big gorgeous and covered in the highest quality linen. For me Drakes defines a boutique hotel with the restaraunt sub-contracted out to another company, all be it a very yummy menu they have.
A Warm Welcome
Some teething problems here but the excellent staff make up for it. Customer service couldn't be better with one person even offering to take our washing to the launderette! The bed was the most comfortable I have ever slept in, and the wet rooms are luxurious but we were disappointed our room didn't have a bath, so make sure when you book. Breakfast is expensive at £12.50 for kippers or scrambled egg and smoked salmon, and that didn't include any toast. Not quite the Du Vin, but we would definitely go back.
I really can't say enough about this hotel, I just hope it keeps up the good work. Without exception from Neil down the management and staff are fantastic and the rooms are just lovely. Alright there were a few minor teething problems with the rooms when we arrived one week after they opened but they were being attended to. We have since been back and everything was perfect.
My wife and I just have paid a quick overnight visit to Brighton (from London) to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We chose Drakes Hotel because we had seen it in a newspaper lift-out. We were very impressed. The staff were amazingly friendly, and went out of their way to help. In particular the man in that checked us out at 06:15 was impressively friendly for that time of the morning. We ate at the Gingerman restaurant, and the staff were very helpful and their menu suggestions we spot-on. The set price menu is a great idea, and the wine list was excellent. I particularly liked the Baileys bread and butter pudding with banana ice-cream, it was superb! We stayed in a Ying Yang room which was a little on the small side, but still perfect for a short-break. The bath was great, and a very relaxing end to the evening, lying back and looking out of the Brighton Pier. Overall it is highly recommended.
Don't GO there!
The Amalfi was awful! The reason we were tempted to stay here is it had a few free car parking spaces out the front. The room was a shoe-box, the beds suitable for children, the covers the size of postage stamps, although I was dubious about having the covers anywhere near me! Scared to use the communal bathroom. All in all the type of place you don't get any sleep and can't wait to leave!!