Are you ready to start planning your perfect staycation? If so, why not check out our curated list of the newest and most exciting hotels in the UK! From countryside boltholes and coastal gems to stylish city suites, there’s a hotel waiting for you.
No 42 by Guesthouse, Margate
The Telegraph calls Tracey Emin’s hometown a ‘beacon of Bohemia’ and Tatler says its art scene rival’s Ibiza’s. From June, you can take in the wonders of Margate while based at this 21-room hotel, which has record players in the rooms along with coffee-makers in mini beach huts, a rooftop bar and a beachfront cafe. Opening Summer 2023.
→ Rooms from £155, guesthousehotels.co.uk
Hux Hotel, Kensington
When they say they didn’t hold back with their new suite, the folk at the hip and happening Hux Hotel next to Kensington Palace Gardens weren’t kidding. With vibrant walls and lavish furnishings, The Huxy One features work by Icelandic artist Kristjana S Williams. Stuffed animals abound: a peacock stands in the blue sitting room, a swan is stalled in flight in the swish bathroom, and a parrot occupies a dressing-room perch. We’ll leave it to you to decide if it’s the last word in extravagance or an animal-lover’s nightmare.
→ From £1,050 a night, huxhotel.com
Tongue Hotel, Scotland
The views are already pretty good from this former sporting lodge, which overlooks the Kyle of Tongue, on the scenic North Coast 500 route. Now it’s equally enticing within, following a facelift from new owner Highland Coast Hotels, which added bursts of colour and fresh furnishings to wood panelling and antiques.
→ Rooms from £149, with breakfast, tonguehotel.co.uk
Barnsdale Lodge, Rutland
Following its success with Berkshire’s Retreat at Elcot Park, The Signet Collection is introducing the same formula to rural Rutland. With sublime views of Rutland Water, Barnsdale Lodge is surrounded by walking trails, and comes with an on-site beauty salon.
→ Rooms from £120, with breakfast, barnsdalerutland.com
Boys Hall, Kent
Sometimes restaurants with rooms are more about the food than the furnishings. Not so at this Jacobean manor house, with its seven super-smart bedrooms – think rolltop baths, four posters and window seats. The enormous, beamed restaurant makes a great backdrop, too, for chef Shane Pearson’s gourmet version of home-cooked favourites. Just a 35-minute train ride from London, Boys Hall is the passion project of husband-and-wife team Bradley and Kristie Lomas. There’s more to come, with new rooms and cabins due to open later this year, along with treatment rooms and an outdoor pizza oven plus garden-room bar.
→ Rooms from £160, with breakfast, boys-hall.com
The Caban, Pendine Sands, Wales
Looking for a budget seaside break? Look no further than Carmarthen Bay, where this 14-room hotel overlooks seven miles of sand. Pared back, modern rooms cost from just £80. Better still, the hotel is next door to the new Museum of Land Speed, which replaces the Museum of Speed. The attraction opens on 31 March, the same day as The Caban.
The Suffolk, Aldeburgh-on-Sea
Sup and sleep in Suffolk-sur-sea, aka Aldeburgh, where this former inn has just opened six beautifully designed bedrooms to go with its seafront restaurant. Should you get peckish after the excellent seafood at dinner, you can raid the first-floor pantry.
→ Rooms from £180, the-suffolk.co.uk
Updown Farmhouse, Kent
It’s all very rustic at this little restaurant with rooms in 7.5 acres of rolling Kent countryside. Everything is cooked in the outdoor kitchen, with its baker’s oven built into the stable wall and wood-fired grill; guests eat in a covered outdoor space. The short menu might be Italian leaning but it’s strong on local produce. Typical dishes include tagliolini with chilli and crab and braised short rib with pickled walnut. Within the 17th-century farmhouse are five block-coloured rooms, while another is set within the gardener’s cottage outside.
→ Rooms cost from £250, with breakfast, updownfarmhouse.com
Bracken Hide Hotel, Skye, Scotland
Wilderness meets hotel at this Scottish bolthole, which opens mid April. Rooms are in 27 cabins spread over the 53-acre site, which is also home to a pair of Nordic saunas and a pond for wild swimming. A whisky bar, a games room and a restaurant are in the main building.
→ From £150 a night, brackenhide.co.uk
Words | Jane Knight