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Hot Hotels to visit this Summer

Looking for a hip and happening staycation spot this summer? Well, look no further, because we’ve got the scoop on the hottest hotels from across the British Isles. From chic city pads to serene country retreats, these top-notch accommodations are sure to satisfy your wanderlust cravings. So pack your bags and get ready to relax, unwind, and let the good times roll in some of the most stylish, hip hotels that the UK has to offer. Trust us, you won’t want to miss out on these epic staycation options.

Birch Selsdon, Croydon, London

Birch Selsdon
Birch Selsdon. Image credit Adam Lynk

A mashup of work and wellness, hotel and members club, offering great food and unusual activities, Birch opened its first property in Cheshunt in 2020. Now it has a second outpost, this time with a family wing in the 19th-century mansion set amid grounds of 200 acres. Expect bunk beds in some of the stripped-back rooms, a kids club, lido, and activities including pottery, screen printing and cooking. It’s fun for all the family, and you get an introductory food credit of £20 per person. 

Rooms from £160; →

Three Horseshoes, Batcombe, Somerset

The Three Horse Shoes
The Three Horse Shoes. Image credit Steve Joyce

It’s good luck for gastro-pub lovers: acclaimed chef Margot Henderson OBE has just opened The Three Horseshoes, with five bedrooms upstairs. The simple, short menu is big on food from local suppliers, featuring dishes such as wild garlic and bread broth, Old Spot chop and apple sauce, followed by double lemon pudding. Delicious. 

Rooms from £220, with breakfast, →

Arthur’s, Hillsborough, Northern Ireland


We love the look of this chic new guesthouse on Hillsborough’s Main Street. The 12 effortlessly stylish bedrooms blend antiques and architecture dating back to 1904 with contemporary comfort. Statement fabric headboards and plenty of colourful velvets are common to all rooms, while some have a copper bath, period fireplace or adjoining ‘pod’ area for children. 

Rooms from £150, with breakfast, →

Armathwaite Hall Hotel & Spa, Lake District

Armathwaite Hall Hotel & Spa
Armathwaite Hall Hotel & Spa

Eight swish new spa garden suites open in June at this Lake District hotel, each with oversized windows framing the views, and outdoor space. Guests can walk in the 400-acre estate and book forest bathing and a mindfulness-with-animals experience. 

From £485 a night, with breakfast, →

The Bothy by Wildsmith at Heckfield Place, Hampshire

The Bothy by Wildsmith at Heckfield Place
Heckfield Bothy – Lead image The Waters

Nature comes first at this long-awaited spa; in place of cutting-edge therapies, you get a more holistic approach. Go forest bathing or try cold-water swimming in the lake before returning to the two-storied serene space for a warm up in the glass-fronted sauna, outdoor hydrotherapy area or indoor pool. The soundtrack is birdsong, and Skye Gyngell’s short plant-based menu is designed to refresh the body. It’s not cheap – 135 minutes costs £310, but that starts with a consultation and includes access to specialists on naturopathy, osteopathy and reiki.

Hort’s Townhouse, Bristol

Hort's Townhouse
Hort’s Townhouse

For a budget break in Bristol, take a look at this revamped pub with 19 boutique bedrooms. Downstairs, it’s all vintage leather chairs and booths, with eclectic artwork in the blue-panelled dining room, and pub grub as well as seafood on the menu. Upstairs, rooms might have freestanding bathtubs, high ceilings, quirky corners and dogs’ or kids’ beds. 

Rooms from £109, → 

The Georgian, Swansea

The Georgian Swansea
The Georgian Swansea

Antiques and artwork abound in this Georgian-style boutique hotel near the Maritime Quarter. Some of the 12 bedrooms have four-poster beds, others might have double showers or a roll-top bath. You can get half-price rooms on a Sunday, too. 

Rooms from £144, →

Manchester Malmaison Deansgate 

Manchester Malmaison
Manchester Malmaison. Image All Rights Tim Winter

With bold floral murals on bedroom walls and ceilings as well as tropical rainforest designs on shower-room tiles, Malmaison’s second property in Manchester is definitely not for wallflowers. Paying homage to the retro designs of the ’60s and ’70s, the hotel will also feature a rooftop bar, where guests can enjoy Pan-Asian style tapas dishes while overlooking Albert Square. It’s due to open in July, with rooms from £195 in August. If you can’t wait until then, Malmaison’s Piccadilly hotel has just refurbished some of its rooms, which cost from £129.

Dog-friendly stays at Seaham Hall, County Durham

Seaham Hall
Seaham Hall

Four-legged guests can now stay at this beautiful hotel with superb spa facilities, which also makes the perfect base to explore County Durham’s coastline. What’s more, if you’re the owner of a King Charles cavalier spaniel and book to stay with them before 30 June, you will get three nights for the price of two to celebrate the royal coronation. 

From £465 for two humans and two dogs, with breakfast, →

Text by Jane Knight

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