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.
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.
At the opulent One Devonshire Gardens you can eat at one of Glasgow 's best modern restaurants before retiring to a room full of luxurious Victoriana and fresh flowers. Or experience fine dining at the Drawing Room in Wales - the exquisite Georgian restaurant with rooms is a discreet rural retreat where attention to detail is paramount.
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 Harrogate, Brighton and Birmingham . Bristol's Hotel du Vin was created from 18th-century warehouses surrounding a courtyard. No two rooms are the same but all have monsoon showers and DVD players. Any of the 6,000 bottles of wine in the cellar can be brought on a tray to your room at exactly the right temperature.
And you won't need a car - boutique hotels tend to be in the heart of a city. Take London's Parkes Hotel , only 100 metres from Harrods which offers five star service in a warm friendly family environment. Alternatively, Browns Hotel is London's oldest hotel and has just been given a makeover. It offers spacious bedrooms with a refined English charm offset by sophisticated modern touches.
Malmaison hotels, pride themselves on providing guests with a luxury experience that doesn't break the bank. In Swansea, Morgans is located in the beautiful maritime quarter. It has chic rooms at a variety of prices, each decorated in suede, satin and silk.