I had a great four day stay at Drakes Hotel in late March 2023, with a sea view room. I was impressed with everything, from the friendly and very helpful staff, to the comfortable, clean, and stylish room. Every detail was thought of, and though I had a smaller room, the thoughtful design and amenities made it perfect for me. As well, on the days I didn't have the housekeeping staff in, they kindly left a package with additional supplies like the complimentary sparkling water and a fresh bathrobe, etc.
Located in Kemptown, there's plenty to do and see, and well located. It's not far from Brighton Pier or from the pubs, cafes and shops of St James' Street, and onto the Laines and North Laines. Also, for the artists, there's the Black Dove Pub around the corner from the hotel for drop in life drawing classes. Seeing the street art and murals around Brighton was a big highlight, along with the many contemporary art galleries.
Although a lot of the guests are couples, I felt very welcome even as a solo traveller and well cared for. Breakfast was delicious and a good selection of options. I would definitely recommend staying at Drakes and will do so again when I'm next in Brighton.