Britain has a fabulous selection of hotels, no question, and you can always find somewhere comfortable to stay. But what if you're after something a little bit special, the sort of place you would return to and recommend to your friends? We have one of the most extensive inventories of UK hotels available online, with everything from stylish boutique hotels to pubs with rooms to cool urban retreats to sprawling country house hotels where nothing is too much trouble. Browse our detailed list of independent reviews by location or by style and find exactly the right place for your trip. And when you've been, come back and tell us all about it!
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Country House & Resort Hotels
In a country that's crammed to rafters with historic buildings, it's no surprise that the UK has a fabulous choice of places to stay in beautiful – and often beautifully situated – country houses. And with the success of Downton Abbey, who doesn't dream of being to the manor born? We have a number of favourite places around the UK where you don't have to dream – country houses, stately homes and boutique mansion retreats at which you can indulge yourself as a paid-up member of the landed gentry, even if it's only for a weekend. Of course, the country house hotel experience isn't just about the building, and you can normally also expect a restaurant serving high-end food, sumptuous grounds and gardens, and any number of activities to make you feel like you're really living the country life, from clay-pigeon shooting and horse-riding to indulging yourself in the hotel spa or the swimming pool. Basically it's all about arriving somewhere for a weekend and staying put, because everything you could possibly need is on hand. Go on, indulge yourself, you know you want to...
If you're planning a weekend break in the countryside and want to stay somewhere special, it's hard to know where to start. Luckily we have a great selection of fabulous countryside hotels for you – ranging from classic country houses to boutique village pubs to places that enjoy amazing locations by rivers, lakes and up mountains. Browse our collection of hotels in the country and make your selection.
Pubs & Inns
There's nothing quite so cosy as a traditional country inn – warm, inviting places with roaring log fires, local ales, great food served every night and a handful of rooms upstairs you can stagger off to once you've eaten (and drunk) your fill. The good news is that pubs with rooms are making a bit of a comeback these days, with a lot of local and sometimes down-at-heel pubs having been refurbished as boutique hotels, and others simply taking the opportunity to build on their reputation for good food by converting their upstairs floors into boutique B&Bs. Plus of course there are pubs that haven't had to reinvent themselves at all, but have always offered good food, accommodation and a warm welcome. More power to them. Whether you're looking for a place to stay in the country, by the sea, or in the city, what could be better than a traditional British pub? Browse our collection of country inns all over the country.
Everyone loves the seaside, but for years seaside hotels had a reputation for poor-quality rooms, shabby service and rules and regulations galore. Not any more: we reckon the revolution among British hotels is stronger than ever by the sea, and by way of celebration we have put together a fantastic selection of hotels in the country's best seaside resorts – boutique hotels, cosy harbourside inns and pubs with rooms and imposing clifftop boltholes with glorious sea views. Browse our collection of seaside hotels... and dream.
Small & Boutique Hotels
If you're looking for a real treat but still want somewhere that's affordable, where do you go? You could check yourself into a luxury hotel and weep at the bill, but these days you don't have to, with all manner of independently owned small hotels all over the UK offering a luxury alternative to the chains and increasingly going the extra mile for guests, with posh toiletries, king-sized beds, fluffy robes and IPod docks all common features – and often more affordable than a regular mid-range hotel room. We love the fact that the rooms in many boutique hotels are thoughtfully and stylishly turned out, with artfully mismatched antique furniture, bold colour schemes and retro floral patterns that all combine to make you feel you've arrived somewhere special. But don't just take our word for it – check out our collection of the best boutique hotels in the UK and see for yourself.
Town & City
Those planning weekend breaks in UK towns and cities are often spoilt for choice when it comes to desirable places to stay. We've tried to make things easier for you by selecting what we consider to be only the best – and best-located – town and city centre hotels, in a range that runs from classic city centre inns and pubs with rooms to cool boutique renovations with classy restaurants attached. Browse our collection of city hotels and make your selection.
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