Where to stay: ENGLAND
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The Berkeley Hotel | London
While it was at the forefront of the hotel scene in its heyday, today it focuses more on maintaining itself as a luxury pillar of London’s fast-moving hotel scene. This isn’t to its detriment – the hotel epitomises elegance, and is known for its collaborations with revered designers. Rob Angell recently redesigned The Caramel Room, which references the Art Deco age through tan leather chairs and hexagonal gold mirror detailing, while Paul Smith designed the china on which afternoon tea is served
Oakley Court | Windsor, Egland
A recent make-over is effortlessly eclectic: There are plush Eagle & Hodges couches, with oriental rugs set snugly beneath mid-century chairs. The beds are big and comfy, dressed in the kind of big, bold, stripy bed linen that evokes long, lazy summer days. Elsewhere, there’s a gym and pool area with infrared saunas, and a restaurant and terrace set along the river. In the summertime, you can play tennis at the on-site courts, or follow one of the nature trails that wind around the grounds.
The Newt in Somerset | Castle Cary, England
Former editor of Elle Decoration South Africa Karen Roos is responsible for the hotel’s interiors. There is plenty to admire, especially the simplicity: no curtains at the lovely sash windows, nor pointless cushions on the blissful beds; the rough-hewn walls of the natural, unadorned spa; the unfussy, almost Scandinavian style of the 23 bedrooms and bathrooms; the juxtaposition of modern and old.
The Londoner | London
It takes some confidence to replace the old Odeon Cinema West End with a hotel that towers eight floors above Leicester Square, with a further six levels below ground. It’s conceived as a “super-boutique” hotel, which aims to marry the character and personalized service of a boutique with the large scale and extreme comforts of a high-end luxury operation.
Beaverbrook Town House | London
This heritage hotel occupies two masterfully revamped Georgian townhouses, originally commissioned by Charles Sloan e Cadogan, 1st Earl Cadogan. Art and antiques galore in the 14 theatrical suites, and the contemporary Japanese restaurant and bar. The dazzling design is by Sir Frank Lowe (advertising mogul and Beaverbrook's Creative Director), and acclaimed designer, Nicola Harding, whose previous triumphs include The Garden House at Beaverbrook in Surrey.
The property, a historical 19th century building formerly known as Bow Street Magistrates Court and Police Station, has been transformed into a 91 room hotel by interior design studio Roman and Williams. Drawing on inspiration from the buildings history, location, and the artistic, cultural connection between London and New York, the luxury hotel includes a restaurant, bar, library, and a subterranean craft cocktail bar and lounge, Common Decency.
The Feathers | Ludlow, England
With more than 500 listed buildings, Ludlow isn’t short of architectural interest, but few leave such an impression as the 17th-century Feathers, with its black-and-white timbered façade, etched with ostrich-plume motifs. Expect to see selfie-takers gathered on the pavement outside. Inside old-world charm is paired with modern comforts – velvet armchairs and sink-in sofas in front of open fires — all part of a £2.5 million makeover.
The Grand Hotel Birmingham
Closed since 2002 after falling into disrepair, the 141-year-old building has reopened after an extensive renovation retaining its mix of French Renaissance, Victorian, and Art Deco features while incorporating all the modern design touches you would expect from a high-end plush hotel.
Star Inn | Alfriston, England
Originally a religious hostel built in 1345 and used to accommodate monks and pilgrims en route from Battle Abbey to the shrine of St Richard, patron saint of Sussex, at Chichester Cathedral, it became an inn in the 16th century. Wooden figures grace the upper part of the building, whilst in the front is a one-time ship's figurehead representing a red lion. The latter is connected with the Alfriston smuggling gang who used the inn as a base; their leader was transported to Australia in 1830.
Brown's Hotel | London
It may be the oldest hotel in London, but Brown’s is no museum piece. The sense of history is palpable – in the rich wood paneling, the stained-glass windows, the antique artwork – but there’s a fabulously fresh modernity, too. Olga Polizzi, co-founder and Director of Design at Rocco Forte, has a truly enviable eye: wallpapers are emblazoned with blossoms and birds; vast chandeliers glitter in the eaves, and even the floor – a hypnotic pattern of tiny mosaic tiles – delivers Roman grandeur.
2022: Radisson RED Liverpool
Opened as the North Western railway hotel in 1871 by the London and North Western Railway the hotel served Lime Street railway station. The design was by Alfred Waterhouse, containing 330 rooms. The hotel closed in 1933, subsequently becoming Lime Street Chambers for a while before closing once again. In 1994 the building was bought by John Moores University and was converted into a hall of residence for students, opening in 1996. The building is now being reconverted into a hotel again.
The Midland | Manchester
Opened in 1903 as an extravagant railway hotel, the historic Midland’s claims to fame include being where Rolls decided to go into business with Royce, Becks wooed Posh, and the first tango in the UK was danced. The imposing ornate building is home to two excellent restaurants as well as a luxurious spa.
A £30m development located close to Piccadilly Train Station, Dakota Manchester has marked a huge step forward in the regeneration of one of Manchester’s historical mill districts, Piccadilly Basin. It offers 137 stylish guest rooms (including 27 suites), cocktail bar, brasserie-style restaurant and outdoor cigar terrace.
The Hari London
Contemporary and chic, the hotel features velvet and marble furnishings, chrome finishes, glass fixtures, and artwork by Tracey Emin and photographer Mario Testino, among other renowned artists. Formerly known as the Belgraves and renamed under the Hong Kong-based Harilela Group, the property was refurbished by British interior designer Tara Bernard who has designed a host of other luxury hotels around the world including for the Four Seasons and Sixty Hotels groups.
The Lygon Arms | Broadway, England
The Lygon Arms was a tired shadow of its former self when it was acquired by Iconic Luxury Hotels. It has been soothingly restored and exudes cosy-chic appeal. This is a place to sink into. There are numerous lounges and snugs and several fireplaces; furnishings range from Gordon Russell pieces to restored antiques – and plenty of squishy sofas.
Mercure Bristol Grand | England
The Victorian heritage of Bristol stalwart from 1869 is still apparent after a sympathetic refurbishment which has seen the “Grand” embrace the the city’s street culture with numerous artworks, featuring over 500 pieces of art by local artists - including installations by Gemma Compton (known for her experiments with pattern, texture and symbolism), illustrator and designer Cai Burton and Jon Burgerman's signature doodles to the printed fabrics.
The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa | Bath, England
Built between 1767 and 1885 as part of Bath's famous Royal Crescent, one of the UK's finest examples of Georgian architecture. Number 16 became a guesthouse in 1950 and was combined with number 15 in 1971 to become The Royal Crescent Hotel. It combines 18th-century heritage with 21st-century indulgences. Expect elegant and individual bedrooms, first-rate food and an enticing spa.
Andaz Liverpool Street London
The Grade II-listed Victorian building was originally built in 1884 as the Great Eastern Hotel and is a cluster of venues that differ in style: one minute you're in the oak-panelled George pub, the next in the art-laden Gallery with staircase inspired by the Guggenheim. Original features have been retained throughout, such as marble staircases, mosaic floor tiling and corniced ceilings, offset with quirky pieces such as original rail tracks.
Mollie's Motel & Diner | Bristol, England
This retro 1950s American diner is the second in Soho House’s modern roadside chic Mollie’s Motel & Diner chain. The 123-room throwback motel, which guests check-in to online or by mobile app, is a daring departure - and more affordable option - from the trendsetting brand’s typical posh offerings. It is located at Cribbs Causeway and has excellent links to Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and the South West.
Beaverbrook | Leitherhead, England
As owner of the Daily Express newspaper, Lord Beaverbrood wooed the world’s luminaries at his fanciful wedding-cake of a home, set within the Surrey Hills. Rooms nod to past guests – Elizabeth Taylor, Rudyard Kipling and Ian Fleming – and as a minister to Winston Churchill, Lord Beaverbrook also hosted key wartime conclaves here. And yet, it doesn’t languish in the past: interiors are by Susie Atkinson, of Soho House fame, and the Japanese restaurant is run by an ex-Nobu chef.
The Sandy Duck | Falmouth, England
Originally built in 1899 as a boarding house for Revenue & Customs to house their officers, it was later sold on as a bed and breakfast and has been run as such ever since. Owner Freyja Ducker has masterfully renovated it into the boutique townhouse it is today, styling the house using her own vision where simplicity of style meets modern comfort.
The Fish Hotel | Broadway, England
Rooms of the Fish Hotel are dotted across a wide area, some near a small lake, others variously up a steep hill commanding majestic views over Broadway and across the Vale of Evesham. Key to the operation is The Lodge, a modern chalet-style building which is the dining, bar, lounge and general activity hub. It’s a relaxing, welcoming space, with Scandi-cool furnishings, clean lines, clever lighting and big windows.