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Decadent and indulgent hotel
Drakes Hotel (Brighton)
Member Name: sassypat456
Drakes Hotel (Brighton)
Advantages: Beautiful decor, stunning features, spacious
Disadvantages: Limited parking, charge for parking, expensive
They say a girls wedding is the best day of her life, so for that very reason I decided to check out hotels for my wedding night, having booked my ceremony at the Royal Pavillion.
I started my shortlisting hotels nearby as I was planning on walking to my wedding.
Drakes was the first and only hotel I visited.
It's a regency style building located 5 minutes from the city centre, and overlooking the famous seafront from an elevated position.
Marketed as a 'boutique' hotel, it has just twenty rooms and a lot of them boast sea views.
Seeing as it was a very special occasion, myself and my hubby to be wanted the best room, and were led up a spiral staircase to the top of the building where we entered the feature room.
Wow what a room! It showcases large floor to ceiling windows, a freestanding tub and a kingsize bed. And the views across the pier and sea are stunning!
This room is the ultimate indulgence and dark wood floors complement simple, yet elegant furnishings. The large, modern on-suite includes a wet room and twin basins.
Needless to say we didnt hesitate in booking immediately!
I stayed there the night before the wedding, and myself and my new hubby stayed the night of the wedding.
To prepare for the big day, I had a long soak in the bath the night before, followed by the best nights sleep ever.
In the morning, I was greeted by a delicious breakfast of muesli, toast, juice and yogurt, which unfortunately was not included in the price.
A little later my photographer arrived, trailed by my mum and sister, and there was more than enough room for everyone.
The day itself flew by and myself and my now husband returned to Drakes for a drink at the funky, sophisticated bar. It was only when we returned to our room that we saw there was a note congratulating us and offering a complimentary drink, which came too late for us!
This was one of the downsides - a lack of communication meaning the staff downstairs were unaware that we were newlyweds, and we recieved very little fuss or attention as a result.
But then that was the kind of low key wedding we had, so in some ways it was fitting.
The only other issues I had were the lack of parking and subsequent charge if you do manage to park on site, and the fact that the brekkie was not included.
The hotel is perfectly situated for enjoying the beach, and we popped across the road together after our first night as a married couple, for a bracing walk in the April winds.
The room costs £250 a night midweek, or £325 a night at weekends. Expensive, but in my eyes totally worth it for a special occasion.
I cant fault Drakes and would return in a heartbeat if I could afford it.
Maybe for our anniversary sometime...
Summary: Perfect for pampering yourself
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