Contemporary, stylish accommodation
They're friendly, unpretentious, a little eccentric and highly individual. Some would say Britain's boutique hotels reflect the British character, they aim to surprise and amuse - just like the British themselves, really.
Visit The Witchery by the Castle right next to Edinburgh Castle. It has some of the most romantic rooms, with high vaulted ceilings, four-poster beds, cast-iron baths and flat-screen televisions with DVD players - all housed in a building dating from the time of Bonnie Prince Charlie. Or experience fine dining at the The Drawing Room in Wales - the exquisite Georgian restaurant with rooms is a discreet rural retreat where attention to detail is paramount.
Despite the name, the Hotel du Vin chain offers very British hospitality in some of Britain's most charming and interesting towns. You'll find Hotel du Vins in 15 British locations including Harrogate, Brighton, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, York and Newcastle. The emphasis here is on quintessential English design with modern flourishes and, of course, an undeniable devotion to fine food and wine.
Leave the car behind - boutique hotels tend to be in the heart of a city. Take London's Parkes Hotel, only 100 metres from Harrods which offers 5-star service in a warm friendly family environment. Alternatively, Brown’s Hotel, one of London's oldest, has just been given a makeover. It offers spacious bedrooms with a refined English charm offset by sophisticated modern touches. Or try the Dean Street Townhouse in London’s Soho, a master of understated elegance that occupies an 18th-century townhouse once belonging to the artist Hogarth.
People often think boutique hotels will be expensive. The 12 Malmaison hotels, pride themselves on providing guests with a luxury experience that doesn't break the bank. Each hotel has a unique setting from a converted Episcopal church in Glasgow to a remodelled prison in Oxford.
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