Accommodation update – March 2015

Friday 03 April 2015

April 2015: Hotel Gotham, Manchester, North West England

The Hotel Gotham will open at 100 King Street in Manchester on 7th April 2015, 80-years after the building originally opened. Edwin Lutyens designed the building in 1928, with construction finishing in 1935. It has been painstakingly restored and transformed from its previous banking life into the handsome 60-room Hotel Gotham. The Art Deco, in a ‘neoclassical style', building features Lutyens' ingenious calculations. The top stage is two-thirds the middle stage which is two-thirds the bottom.

The architecture of the ‘King of King Street' provided inspiration for the nostalgic and decadent design direction. The layout of the bedrooms features travel trunk-style cocktail cabinets and wardrobes. Burnished metals teamed with dark polished woods and luxurious leather, are coupled with feminine notes of plum and raspberry; while soft velvet and faux fur are used liberally. Subtle references are made to the banking past with moneybag style laundry bags and ingot toiletry displays.

The finished hotel is set over seven floors, each with wonderful views across Manchester. The reception and restaurant will be on the 6th floor with a club bar on the 7th. The hotel will include five inner sanctum suites featuring leather clad walls and a ‘Wonderwall' for your entertainment.

PR contact: Gabby Brunton, or Sarah Street,

Spring 2015: Zetter Townhouse, Marylebone, London

The Zetter Townhouse, Marylebone is the latest addition to The Zetter Group's Townhouse boutique hotel family. This 24-bedroom Georgian townhouse and cocktail lounge is on Seymour Street, in London's chic Portman Village. The property features a Rooftop Apartment, with a private staircase and a large roof terrace complete with a roll top bath, in addition to its 21 bedrooms, 2 studio suites, and cocktail lounge.

While The Zetter Townhouse, Clerkenwell is known as the home of Zetter's Great Aunt Wilhelmina, the Marylebone property is that of Wicked Uncle Seymour. Inspired by the architectural collections of Sir John Soane, the interiors, by renowned designer Russell Sage, are crammed with a collection amassed during Uncle Seymour's ‘Grand Tour' with Wilhelmina, and reflect the fictional owner's eclectic and colourful character.

Each of the bedrooms is unique, featuring individual collections of antique furniture and curious finds. The walls and shelves are awash with artefacts from Uncle Seymour's days as a loveable rogue and gambler. Everything has been especially designed and crafted for the second Zetter Townhouse, this includes hand-designed wallpaper inspired by eighteenth century crochet patterns, and carpets created by overlaying antique rugs. Rooms and suites vary in size from compact to generous and will be available from £258 (incl. VAT).

Seymour's Parlour is to be found on the ground floor of the Townhouse; a cocktail lounge open from breakfast until late with menus by French chef Bruno Loubet. The Zetter Group have once again collaborated with drinks titan Tony Conigliaro to create the cocktails. Drawing inspiration from the flamboyant owner's love for women and horses, the cocktails bring back forgotten recipes for drinks enjoyed at the races. More a Georgian drawing room than hotel bar, it is perfect for confidential chats over afternoon tea or decadent cocktails by the fireplace.

PR contacts: Alice Grier or Gemma at Gemma Bell PR /

Spring 2015: M by Montcalm

M by Montcalm is situated on City Road within the areas of Shoreditch, Hoxton and Islington. There are 269 stylish rooms, consisting of four categories: Deluxe, Club, Junior Suite and Suite. These are complete with luxury amenities from Elemis and Hermès, rain showers, speakers and easy to use technology. M Spa offers a wide range of therapies, a beautiful Versace tiled swimming pool with steam room, sauna and Jacuzzi, and a gym equipped with the latest in technology. Inspired by the location and locals, the hotel incorporates art, music, design, technology and embraces local business and custom. Two exciting restaurants will be launched within the property, both with renowned chefs from Michelin-starred kitchens but with very different offerings. Bookings being taken from 15/04/15.

PR contact Jo Berry

Spring 2015: Staycentral, Liverpool *Quirky!*

An unbreakable Liverpool prison is to become the city's newest hotel. Guests will be able to spend a night in the cells for all the right reasons as the former Bridewell prison on Cheapside becomes the first hotel by - a new Liverpool-based hotel chain.

The Bridewell Liverpool is an exciting "New Apartment/ Hotel" and will open in early Spring 2015. Steeped in local history, the 85 bedroom hotel and former "Main Bridewell" prison was built in the 1800s, and is a Grade 2 Listed building which has been fully restored. It will have all the expected comforts of a modern hotel, free WIFI throughout the building, modern contemporary reception and an Atrium lounge to relax in and meet friends. Rooms will consist of luxury pocket sprung beds with snuggly duvets and pillows, a 32" flat screen smart TV, ensuite shower and tea & coffee making facilities.

PR contact: Lee Darwen

June 2015: Urban Village Resorts Glasgow

See ‘Recent openings' for news about Urban Village openings in Aberdeen and Edinburgh - the Glasgow edition will open in June 2015, more details to follow.

PR contact: Natalie Clark Medina

July 2015: Tune Hotel, Liverpool, North West England

A great night's sleep from £25 is what is on offer when Tune Hotels opens its doors in Liverpool this summer. The global chain, which already has hotels in London, Edinburgh and soon to launch in Newcastle, confirmed that Liverpool will be its eighth property in the UK as it looks to expand its unique no-frills, value concept to capitalise on the city's growing business and leisure tourism markets.

Development is already underway at the Grade II listed Queen Building at 3 to 19 Castle Street where Tune Hotels will look to preserve the façade of this historic building while completely renovating and creating its distinctive modern concept that will house 100 bedrooms and a spacious lobby area.

The Tune Hotels concept offers great value rooms with high-quality basics - 5-star quality beds, powerful showers, central locations, a clean environment and 24 hour security - with guests paying extra only for the facilities and services they use. Prices start from as little as £25 a night for a double or twin room and using a demand based dynamic pricing structure, guests are encouraged to book early online to secure the regular promotional prices and special offers.

PR contact: Naomi Matthews

August 2015: Hilton London Bankside

Hilton London Bankside will make its debut in August 2015. Moments from Tate Modern the Hilton London Bankside is close to Shakespeare's Globe, Borough Market and the Tower of London. The hotel will have 292 contemporary rooms and suites, vibrant dining which includes a bar and restaurant with show kitchen. It will also have a lap pool and extensive gym facilities.

The hotel will open at the end of August.

PR contact: Trevor Owen

Summer 2015: King Street Townhouse, Manchester

Work on the fifth venue in Eclectic Hotels' portfolio is underway, with King Street Townhouse set to open in summer 2015.

Eclectic Hotels currently operates a total of four destinations within Manchester: Great John Street, the former Atherton Street old school house, Didsbury House & Eleven Didsbury Park hotels, both previously Victorian Villas, and On the 7th members' club in MediaCityUK.

The Grade II listed building, located within the Upper King Street conservation area of Manchester will be home to Eclectic Hotels' second city-centre hotel offering a luxurious and unique experience to its guests.

Facilities at King Street Townhouse will include 40 bedrooms and suites, King Street Tavern (bar, restaurant and wine cellars), afternoon tea rooms, conferencing and event space for up to 200 people. Available to guests of the hotel there will also be residents' gym and treatment rooms. Amongst the most distinctive features to the new hotel will be a south facing rooftop infinity spa pool, with views of the spires and clock tower of Manchester's iconic town hall.

PR contact: Sophie Richardson

Summer 2015: The Gainsborough Bath Spa, Bath, South West England

Launching Summer 2015 as the UK's first hotel to feature its own natural thermal water spa, The Gainsborough Bath Spa has revealed its ‘Bath Circuit' concept. Tapping into the city's subterranean springs, extolled for their healing properties since ancient Rome, the 99-room luxury hotel has reimagined traditional bathhouses with a contemporary twist.

Reviving the ancient practise of social bathing, The Gainsborough Bath Spa has created a brand new spa concept: a one hour ‘Bath Circuit'. A ritualised self-guided tour of the thermal pools, saunas, steam room, ice chambers and elegant relaxation rooms, visitors will embark on a bathing journey akin to ancient Rome. The hotel's private water reserve bubbles to the surface at 47 degrees centigrade, packed full of rich natural minerals. Powered by a reserve drawn from nearby Hetling Spring - the same source to serve the ancient Roman baths - the water's restorative powers are ever-present in the spa's abundant facilities. These include 3 thermal pools of varying different temperatures, 11 treatment rooms, infrared and traditional saunas, an ice fountain and eucalyptus steam room. Executive suites with secluded couples' facilities and Asian-inspired therapies will also be available, as well as private yoga sessions in the thermal waters or yoga grotto.

PR contacts: Lallie Fraser and

Summer 2015: The Laslett, Notting Hill, London

London - The Laslett, a new hotel by Living Rooms, will open its doors in London's Notting Hill this summer. Taking its name from well-loved local Rhaune Laslett - a community activist and organiser of the original Notting Hill Festival, which went on to become the Carnival - The Laslett "takes inspiration from the area's vibrant cultural heritage while also capturing its new wave of creative cool". The hotel's location not only places guests at the lively heart of West London, but at the doorstep of everything that central London has to offer, with the West End a mere 10-minutes away.

The 51 bedrooms, like others in the Living Rooms collection, look and feel as though they could be straight out of a stylish friend's townhouse and are named - from cleverly compact ‘spare rooms' to super spacious ‘master bedroom suites' - to reflect this home-from-home vibe. Modern furniture from British designers including Pinch and Race Furniture sits alongside more personal quirks - well-chosen books for bedtime reading, proper blankets, curiosities from local antiques dealers, and curated photographs and artworks on the walls.

PR contact: Bacchus PR and

Summer 2015: Twr y Felin art hotel, St Davids, West Wales

Twr y Felin Hotel is being restored and extended by the Retreats Group to reopen as a luxury contemporary art hotel in summer 2015. Located in the heart of the UK's smallest city, St Davids, within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, it will include 20 ensuite bedrooms, a sophisticated bar and restaurant and an inviting lounge named Oriel (Welsh for gallery).

It will join a select group of UK art hotels with a collection of over 100 pieces of art and sculpture. Leading UK artists including Phlash, Mr Jago, Xenz and Remi Ruff, Harry Adams and Pure Evil will be represented as well as Welsh artists including John Uzzell Edwards, Brendan Burns and leading ceramist Adam Buick.

October 2015: Mercure London Hyde Park Hotel

Overlooking a peaceful garden square in elegant Paddington, Mercure Hyde Park Hotel is a two minute walk from Paddington Station and 5 minute walk from London's iconic Hyde Park. A charming, classic English style townhouse, the hotel has a popular bar and comfortable rooms, designed with the contemporary/traditional British feel.

PR contact Charlotte Bourgeois

Autumn/Winter 2015: InterContinental® London - The O2, Greenwich, London

The new InterContinental® London - The O2 is scheduled to open in late 2015, providing extensive facilities for leisure and business travellers visiting the capital.

The luxury 453-bedroom 18-storey hotel and conference centre currently in construction as part of a 7.6 acre development scheme on the Greenwich Peninsula, a destination enjoying a surge in visitors following the 2012 Olympic regeneration project.

Designed to the highest sustainability standards and located immediately adjacent to The O2, the InterContinental London - The O2 will feature a dedicated conference centre complete with 20 multi-functional meeting rooms and an impressive 3000sqm pillar-free ballroom, one of the largest single event spaces in any European hotel. With its enviable position on the banks of the River Thames, visitors can take in views of the water and neighbouring Canary Wharf. The hotel's location also benefits from riverboat access into Greenwich Pier and is 400m from North Greenwich tube station where guests can reach London's West End within 15 minutes. London City Airport is within six miles of the hotel.

Facilities at the InterContinental London - The O2 include a luxury spa, hotel bar, two restaurants - comprising a fine dining and all-day dining experience - as well as a 18th floor Sky Bar boasting an uninterrupted, panoramic view across the water to Canary Wharf and beyond.

PR contact: Leah Eser or Julia Gosling at Davies Tanner,

Late 2015: Admiralty Arch Hotel

Admiralty Arch, the ceremonial archway built as a memorial to Queen Victoria in 1911, will be turned into a five star hotel to be designed by fashion house Armani. The 147,300 square foot grade I listed building will be transformed into 100 guestrooms, a ballroom, spa and a fine dining restaurant which will be open to the public. The Portland stone gateway, which links Trafalgar Square with Buckingham Palace via The Mall, occupies a prime London location, putting its guests in the heart of the city and giving them a view of the annual ceremonial parades which pass by the arch on their way to the Queen's London residence.

For more information contact

Recent openings

Jan 2015 and Dec 2014: Urban Village Resorts Edinburgh and Aberdeen

The start of 2015 saw a new arrival in Scotland with the opening of Village Urban Resorts Edinburgh; the second Village property to arrive in Scotland following the opening of Aberdeen in December 2014.

Located two miles from Edinburgh Haymarket Station, the newest addition to the Village Urban Resorts portfolio provides everything under one roof for the local community, businesses and leisure guests in the distinctive ‘Black Box' design. The hotel opened with 120 comfortable and stylish bedrooms with each providing free Wi-Fi, flat screen televisions and modern furnishings. For those looking for a well-deserved rest, upgrade to one of the 21 UpperDeck rooms and enjoy an oasis of relaxation complete with Sealy Sweet Dreams beds, snuggly duvet and linen, Bose speaker docks, Starbucks products and Sky Movies & Sports package.

The Aberdeen property is located 6 miles from Aberdeen's International Airport, and boasts the distinctive ‘Black Box' design too. The hotel opened with 148 comfortable and stylish bedrooms.

PR contact: Natalie Clark Medina

January 2015: The Hospital Club, Covent Garden, London

The Hospital Club has opened fifteen unique bedrooms this January which not only offer a place to rest a weary head in the heart of London, but also offer a creative hub from morning to night for those who stay there.

The luxury boutique bedroom extension to The Hospital Club provides members, guests and clients with a welcoming home-from-home where they can work, rest and play whilst fuelling their creativity with new breakfast menus to 'fuel the mind' and local, seasonal and healthy options available at any time of the day. The bedrooms take a unique twist on every day hotel amenities, including inspiring turndown cards, brain power tool kits by the School of Life, and an erotic mini bar by Holloway Smith Noir. There is a cocktail trolley at 7pm each evening and suite guests can enjoy a bespoke bartending experience in their rooms, with their own personal bartender. Each room also has state of the art amenities including LG Ultra HD 4K televisions.

Continuing the strong heritage and association the Club has established with the contemporary art world, each room features the works of individual artists. All bedroom guests have full access to the facilities of the Club including the production and screening facilities and member events which include comedy nights, mixology classes, industry networking drinks as well as premium ticketed events such as chef master classes.

Rooms are available in four sizes: small, medium, large and suite. Suites will include a private terrace, walk-in showers, a bathtub and separate dividable lounge area.

PR contact: Daisy Bell

February 2015: Tune Hotel, Canary Wharf, London

Tune Hotels, pioneers of the hotel industry's ‘limited service' model, opened its fifth London hotel and the seventh in the UK in February. Shoreditch will be the home of the sixth London hotel in.

Located in the heart of London's financial district - 100m from West India Quay, beside Cannon Workshops on Hertsmere Road - Tune Hotel Canary Wharf is just a short walk from the major banks and financial institutions and is conveniently located for people flying in and out of London City Airport.

As well as serving London's business community, the latest addition to Tune's portfolio is ideally placed for the leisure market, with local attractions such as the O2, ExCeL and the Olympic Park on its doorstep. And, with a tube journey to Bond Street only taking 20 minutes from Canary Wharf, the hotel provides the perfect accommodation for those wanting to travel into ‘town', without paying the price of a central London hotel.

PR contact: Naomi Matthews

March 2015: reopening of The Hyatt Regency London - The Churchill, London

Hyatt Regency® London - The Churchill is located in the heart of London's West End, featuring views over the gardens of Portman Square. With 434 guestrooms and suites, plus 12 distinct meeting spaces, Hyatt Regency® London - The Churchill offers a full range of services tailored to serve the needs of business and leisure travellers alike. Dining options include seasonal dishes at The Montagu, snacks and cocktails at The Churchill Bar & Terrace or award-winning Italian cuisine at Locanda Locatelli.

Later this year, Hyatt Regency® London - The Churchill will undergo a multimillion-pound renovation that will encompass many of the hotel's guestrooms and suites. International interior designer DeSallesFlint will redesign each room using only the most luxurious fabrics and finishes. The result will be spaces that offer an elegant, sophisticated and contemporary ambience, with each renovated room featuring advanced technology and walk-in jet showers.

The first visitors to arrive at the hotel upon its reopening were members of the 2015 Churchill Commemorative Team, who included Sir Winston Churchill's relatives Randolph Churchill, Celia Sandys and Emma Soames. One of the hotel's promotions is inspired by the great leader, after whom the hotel is named. A "Churchill Commemorative" package runs throughout 2015.

PR contact: Nina Colls

March 2015: Hotel Football, Manchester, North West England

Located opposite Manchester United's Old Trafford stadium, the four-star 133 bedroom hotel, event and conference facility boasts a number of unique features making it the go-to destination for fans, families, business users and tourists. To add to the footballing credentials, other members of the Class of '92 - Philip Neville, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt, are also on board.

The hotel offers the ultimate match day fan experience, with bespoke hospitality packages, as well as being home to The Old Trafford Supporters Club, making it the place to be for any football fan.

PR contacts: Lisa Hale or Emma Cameron at Tangerine PR,

March 2015: Z Hotel, Shoreditch, London

Z Hotels' fourth London property, in Shoreditch, has opened its doors offering guests urban luxury in the heart of the city's East End with room rates from £59 per night.

A designer conversion of a former office building in the heart of London's Silicon roundabout, Z Shoreditch is located in The Bower - a new landmark quarter near Old Street which will also include offices, restaurants and retail units. With 111 rooms, Z Shoreditch adheres to the Z Hotels ethos of providing the quintessential ‘Urbanite Stay' experience; affordable luxury in a desirable location. Just a stone's throw away from the area's plethora of bars, restaurants and hip hangouts, the property is well placed for those guests looking to explore some of London's most lively nightlife. Culture vultures will also be pleased to know that Z Shoreditch is just moments away from historic houses, independent art galleries and design stores.

Arranged over four floors, each of the bedrooms will feature 48" LED HD TV's with a full selection of Sky Sports and Sky Movies available at no extra cost, power showers, bespoke hand-crafted beds, luxury bed linen and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.

PR contact: Rebecca Peters

March 2015: Leonardo Hotel London Heathrow Airport

Opening on the former Holiday Inn on Bath Road, Heathrow, the 230-room hotel has been re-branded as the Leonardo Hotel London Heathrow Airport. It will benefit from a substantial refurbishment bringing it in line with the distinctive Leonardo Hotels ‘look and feel' that is already well established in a growing number of key European cities, such as Antwerp, Berlin, Bruges, Budapest, Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna, and Zurich, as well as across Israel.

PR contact Anne Radies

March 2015: SYHA Portree Youth Hostel, Isle of Skye, Scotland

SYHA Hostelling Scotland has opened a new youth hostel in the centre of Portree on the Isle of Skye. The new Portree Youth Hostel is the renovated former Bayfield Backpackers and adjacent Bayview Guest House and has up to 18 rooms, providing private rooms, shared accommodation and self-catering facilities.

The opening of the new Portree Youth Hostel follows on from the recent modernisation of Glasgow, Oban and Lochranza Youth Hostels in SYHA's strategic plan to modernise its popular youth tourism destination hostels to meet guests' expectations. This plan includes an increased number of private and family rooms, whilst retaining the youth hostelling ethos of fellowship of likeminded individuals.

Portree is a popular destination for all types of travellers, ideally located for those wishing to explore the town and also experience the attractions and hospitality that the Isle of Skye has to offer.

PR contact: Paddy Cuthbert, Littlehouse Media

Refurbishments and expansions

Upcoming refurbs and expansions...

May 2015: The Marylebone Hotel new suites, London

In May 2015 The London Suites at The Marylebone Hotel will be unveiled. A collection of stylish, large and modern suites in the heart of the city, the suites offer views over the rooftops and chimney pots of Marylebone and Mayfair all the way to The Shard and beyond. The suites will feature huge terraces with retractable roofs and luxurious interiors.

Located in London's fashionable Marylebone village, The Marylebone is a hotel full of character and charm perfectly situated to explore this area's boutiques, restaurants and buzzing cafes. Located between the townhouses of Welbeck Street and trendy Marylebone Lane, the hotel comprises 257 guest rooms including 44 suites including the three new London Suites. In addition there will be a redesign of the hotel's lobby and public areas following the recent launch of 108 Brasserie - the hotel's restaurant and bar. 108 Brasserie, along with 108 Pantry, has been decorated in a subtle and chic style and specialises in British cuisine using fresh produce from local suppliers, served in a contemporary and stylish setting.

PR contact: PCC - Perowne Charles Communications

June 2015: The Lanesborough, London

The Lanesborough is set to complete an extensive renovation project as part of the hotel's commitment to providing guests with unrivalled facilities and services. Having closed its doors on the 20th December, 2013, the hotel is set to reopen in June. The new designs imagined by renowned interior designer, Alberto Pinto, will enhance all guest rooms and public areas. The project marked one of Alberto's final ventures, before his death at the end of 2012, and sees his legacy live on at The Lanesborough. The refurbishment will extend to all areas of the hotel including the 93 guest rooms and all public areas. Acclaimed Apsleys will unveil an elegant new look, The Garden Room will resume its position as one of the capital's most glamourous outdoor areas and The Library Bar as one of London's leading bars.

For more information contact Clare Gillespie

June 2015: London Marriott Hotel Park Lane

London Marriott Hotel Park Lane is set to complete an extensive renovation in June 2015 as part of the repositioning of the hotel to represent the best of Marriott in London and to be the hotel of choice in Mayfair.

Housed within a Grade II listed property, London Marriott Hotel Park Lane will have views over Hyde Park, opulent guestroom accommodation and luxurious public areas. The interiors of London Marriott Hotel Park Lane are currently undergoing a complete transformation across all 152 bedrooms, the introduction of five new suites and a redesign of the lobby, executive Lounge and meeting rooms. Materials such as leather, silk, solid wood and marble are to be used throughout. A collection of British artwork features throughout the hotel and Royal Warrant holder suppliers include Floris bathroom amenities. The guest experience will be elevated with the introduction of a signature arrival and bespoke personal service.

For more information contact Anita Gryson

December 2015:Cockliffe Country House, Nottinghamshire, East Midlands, England

Cockliffe Country House, which dates back to the 17th Century, has completed the first phase of its extensive refurbishment, focussing on infrastructure and kitchen and back of house areas. Front of house areas and bedrooms will be updated in a scheme scheduled to complete by the end of December 2015.

Recent refurbishments and expansions

The Goring's new Front Hall, London

The Goring re-opened its doors to reveal the final flourish of a major refurbishment: a ravishingly transformed Front Hall, unveiled just in time for the hotel's 105th birthday on 2 March. Over the past few years, with a little help from his designer friends including David Linley, Nina Campbell, Tim Gosling and Russell Sage, Jeremy Goring has overseen the top-to-toe renovation of the whole hotel, from the ground floor to each and every guestroom and suite. Even the garden has been re-landscaped.

PR contact: J Public Relations,

The Langham's 150th birthday expansion, London

As The Langham, London celebrates its 150th anniversary, it unveils The Regent Wing, with newly renovated Grand Executive Rooms and suites aimed at guests seeking the feeling of a private residence. The Regent Wing evokes the feeling of a boutique hotel, with a new style of comfort that captures the essence of the Regency period. The larger-sized rooms are aimed at couples on leisure stays offering direct access to Chuan Spa and a private entrance at the top of Regent Street for shopaholics and guests looking for more privacy. Flexible family accommodation includes the option of an apartment occupying an entire floor with up to four bedrooms, a sitting room and kitchen, for longer stays or family gatherings.

PR contact: Aysem Monaco,

New Wizard Chambers at Georgian House, London *Quirky!*

Following the success of the original Wizard Chambers, The Georgian House in London has invested £35,000 into the hotel to add a further two themed bedrooms. Guests have to pass through a passageway hidden behind an inconspicuous bookcase to reach the world renowned rooms and a whole host of curious artefacts await behind each door.

First launched in 2013, the original Wizard Chambers received interest on an international scale with bookings for the rooms flooding in. Due to such high demand Georgian House has now expanded its magical offering even further with the addition of two new sorcery-inspired bedrooms, both available for bookings now.

A unique offering, the Wizard Chambers offer guests the experience of staying in a magical dormitory complete with stained glass windows, wood burners, pewter cookware and four poster beds draped with velvet curtains. Having received significant interest in the original themed bedrooms from couples, and not just families, the two new rooms have been designed to offer a sophisticated twist with a slightly romantic feel.

PR contact: Alexandra Bertram

New apartments at Cheval Knightsbridge, London

Luxury serviced apartment specialist Cheval Residences unveiled 11 new apartments at its Cheval Knightsbridge property in March. The three month, extended-stay apartments include five one bedroom apartments, three two bedroom apartments and one three bedroom apartment on Brompton Road and two three bedroom apartments on William Street. With the V&A galleries, Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Knightsbridge tube station on the doorstep, the prestigious Cheval Knightsbridge addresses provide a base to explore this exclusive area of London.

The contemporary designed one, two and three bedroom, fully furnished apartments are flooded with natural light and every detail has been considered to create the ultimate luxury experience, from the private balconies and textured chenille, velvet and silk rugs to the avant-garde inspired Gaggenau appliances, Italian Dada kitchens and the Samsung Smart TVs. The William Street apartments even feature the spectacular original wooden beams of the property. Each apartment is equipped with air conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi access, weekly maid service and a 24 hour concierge service.

The dedicated concierge service is on hand to support all guests' needs, from making personal travel arrangements to booking front row theatre seats at the latest West End show. A decadent welcome hamper ensures guests have all the basics they need upon arrival, with some luxurious extras for good measure. Furthermore, guests can enjoy complimentary gym access at the nearby Aquila Fitness.

PR contact: Felicity Thompson

Ramside Hall, Durham, North East England

Ramside Hall Hotel near to Durham will be opening the Spa at Ramside in the spring of 2015, with a range of exciting facilities including a 25m long pool, hydrotherapy pool, saunas and a range of different steam rooms. The project includes the creation of an outdoor balcony with an infinity pool spa, a Caldarium - a hot plunge pool - and a Rasul mud chamber. It will offer 12 therapy rooms, a gym, a dance studio and a hair salon, along with enhancing the hotel's food operation with the addition of a new Asian style restaurant and bar. The spa is part of a massive investment in the four star country house hotel, with the additional bedrooms bringing the total up to 128.

PR contact: Bernice Saltzer

Picton House, West Wales

The grade II listed Picton House Hotel, a former village posting house and forge - where the resident blacksmith would shoe the carriage horses, has reopened its doors for business. After lying empty for years, the hotel has been restored to its former glory in the village of Llanddowror, near St Clears in West Wales. The hotel has been refurbished in keeping with the building, but has a quirky and contemporary feel with all of the mod cons that guests require. Originally on the stage coach route from London to Tenby, horses, dogs and owners are now welcome to stay the night in one of the six bedrooms and explore the many bridal paths in the area. Horses can stay the night in the hotel stables from just £15. Picton House reopened October 2014.

Northcote, Lancashire, North West England

Newly-appointed Relais & Châteaux property and Michelin-starred restaurant Northcote has opened the doors to its Garden Lodge. An impressive new building in the hotel gardens, the Lodge comprises seven spacious bedrooms and one Master Suite, each with individual terraces and views across the rolling Ribble Valley.

Currently celebrating 30 years of Northcote, now tastefully improved after a year of extensive refurbishment, chef patron Nigel Haworth and managing director/director of wines Craig Bancroft invite guests to enjoy world-class luxury in Lancashire - with the Garden Lodge increasing the hotel's capacity from 18 to 26 gorgeous guestrooms.

Spread across two floors, guests can choose between three types of luxe lodgings - Superior Rooms, Deluxe Rooms and the expansive, 82-square-foot Master Suite. Every room comes with king-size beds, oversized bathtubs and rain showers while the Master Suite features a separate lounge area with L-shaped sofa and recessed fireplace together with patio doors leading to a balustrade balcony. Other guest facilities include on-site boot and drying rooms for walkers and sportsmen, whether a walk into the Forest of Bowland, a round on one of the nearby courses or a shoot in the county's moorlands. Storage for golf clubs and a licensed gun safe mean equipment can be kept safely, too, making the Garden Lodge the ideal stop-off on sporting trips from London to Scotland.

PR contact: Nicky Clarke or Romi Rauber at Roche Communications

Daish's Hotel, Shanklin, Isle of Wight, England

Daish's Hotel has undergone a £1 million refurbishment. Situated in Shanklin, hotel is currently the only hotel on the Isle of Wight to have been refurbished on this scale.

The company has improved all 72 of the hotel's bedrooms as well as its Tally Ho bar. It has added a coffee shop, where guests can enjoy light snacks and overlook the hotel's garden and terrace.

Originally an 18th century coaching inn, the Daish's Hotel has been welcoming guests for hundreds of years. It gained a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2013. Today, the hotel retains its period features, yet gains the facilities people expect in a modern destination.

Sawday's and Canopy and Stars

New to Sawday's *Quirky!*

Sawday's is a collection of distinctive B&Bs, self-catering cottages, inns, hotels and pubs, while its sister company Canopy & Stars (see below) caters to those who fancy a stay in a treehouse, cabin or yurt! All ‘special places to stay' are selected by Sawday's and a common feature is that they're owned and run by friendly hosts. Great for a warm welcome, properties often have quirky, luxurious and quintessentially British features.

Rathfinny Wine Estate, Flint Barns, Sussex

An extraordinarily beautiful setting with views all the way to the sea. A pioneering English vineyard (discover the story and take a tour) and an unusual place to stay in huge comfort and style with a homely feel. More poshtel than hostel, find chunky doors, reclaimed oak floors and bedrooms with luxurious mattresses and crisp white cotton.

From £80 per night, / 01323 874 030

Alpine Apartments, Betws-y-Coed, Conwy

These funky apartments sit above a grand ‘statement' Victorian railway building, now home to shops and cafes. Inside, eclectic furnishings are welcoming: antique furniture, bright walls, interesting art and cool lighting. Bedrooms are opulent with cosy throws and fun headboards - one in the shape of angel's wings!

From £400 per week (sleeps 2 - 6), / 01690 733796

Upton Cressett Gatehouse, Bridgnorth, Shropshire

This 16th-century turreted gatehouse has been the hideout of Prince Rupert in the Civil War as well as an inspiring retreat for writers and romantics. Step into a world of aristocratic grandeur, oil-painted ancestors gaze down, mullioned windows spike chunky brick walls and original wood panels contrast with statement wallpaper.

From £450 per week (sleeps 2 - 4), / 01746 714616

2 Precentor's Court, York, Yorkshire

This 18th-century, terraced townhouse is only a skip away from Yorkminster. Once used by Minster clergy, it's had a cool makeover that has retained its ecclesiastical calm; a mix of modern and vintage gives it a quirky charm with modern art and well-chosen antiques.

From £1920 per week (sleeps 8), / 01347 869075

Glazebrook House Hotel, South Brent, Devon

What looks like a traditional country house hotel reveals surprises galore within. The bar has tufted leather panel walls, good art, handcrafted chairs and a stunning chandelier. Upstairs, whacky bedrooms await; a doll's house wall in Mad Hatter and a butterfly writing desk in Caterpillar are just the beginning...

From £179 per night, / 01364 73322

Helmsley Railway Carriage, Helmsley, Yorkshire

This Victorian railway carriage is a hidden retreat tucked under an apple tree and strewn with wisteria. Inside is decorative but stylish, with a Victorian air: a red velvet sofa, a marble bathroom meet original railway lamps reflected in a silvered wall mirror and outside, the decking is brand new.

From £700 per week (sleeps 4), / 01439 771864

Peasecroft, Coniston, Cumbria

An enchanting cabin amid eight acres of woodland, fields and orchard. Drive through the wooden gates to immerse yourself in blissful silence and very English views of Coniston Water and the village cricket pitch. Delightful Fay and Antony have converted this romantic bolthole for two so beautifully that it's hard to believe it was once used as a coach house! Painted green with a mossy slate roof, it subtly blends into the sublime Lakes landscape. Inside, beneath the creamy vaulted ceiling, luxury and comfort combine effortlessly. Cosy sheepskins and merino wool cushions cover sofas and armchairs, while a wood-burner is a central focus in this serene, open-plan living area. A smart little kitchen tucked away at one end is stylishly equipped with a Smeg oven, Nespresso machine and Sophie Conran crockery. When you've tired of reading by the fire, climb the ladder to the snug mezzanine and sleep beneath the twinkly lights. Pampering spa treatments can be arranged in the cabin and it's a short stroll to Coniston for great pubs.

From £650 per week (sleeps 2),

PR contact: Emily Enright

New to Canopy and Stars *Quirky!*

Sawday's Canopy & Stars is a great collection of treehouses, yurts, cabins, Gypsy caravans and other outdoor, glamping places in the UK and Europe. They have added some quirky new places to their collection, all bookable at

The Garden Retreat, Bristol - Cabin for 3: Badminton, cray fishing and big bonfires. If you can dream it up, it's probably happening inside the walls of Wick Court's gardens.

Hafan, Carmarthenshire - Cabin for 2: Connections to the grid somewhere between teeny tiny and tiny means plenty of time for unhurried tea sipping and swooning over wild meadows

Upcott Roundhouse, Devon - Roundhouse for 4: Invite up to nine of your loved ones to rediscover the enchantment of an open fire with a fascinating and oh so romantic step back in time

And 12 other spaces have been added in the last couple of months - find them here, including a train carriage in Somerset and stone barn/ timber cabin combo on Pembrokeshire coastal path.

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Heritage charity expands in-church-camping to three sites for 2015 *Quirky!*

The Churches Conservation Trust announced the expansion of its unique ‘champing' breaks - which offer the chance to sleep the night in a Grade I and II* listed church - to three sites for the 2015 season, following the success of a pilot project in 2014 at Aldwincle in Northamptonshire.

‘Champers' will now be able to choose from three rural churches for their break, either enjoying the Georgian interior of the Church of St Cyriac and St Julitta at Swaffham Prior in Cambridgeshire, revelling in the Medieval simplicity of All Saints' Church in Aldwincle, Northamptonshire, or bedding down in a box pew beneath the 17th century wall paintings of the Church of St Mary the Virgin in Fordwich, Kent.

Champing adventures in 2015 will cost £60 per person per night, including breakfast, but those booking before 1st June will also be able to take advantage of a limited-term early bird offer of £45 per person per night. Alongside the standard champing break, The Churches Conservation Trust can also arrange activities to complement stays, including leisurely walks, canoeing adventures, storytelling and yoga.

The church camping breaks see ‘champers' enjoy a two-day break, including a night by candlelight in one of England's treasured country churches. Guests have the building to themselves for a peaceful night's sleep interrupted only by the sounds of the natural world, and time to explore the beauty of the surrounding countryside at their own pace by day.

PR contact: Tom Jones

Learn to speak Welsh at the Grade II listed Château Rhianfa *Quirky!*

For those wanting to learn something new in 2015, Château Rhianfa in Anglesey is launching a special two night Welsh lessons break from £450 per couple. On day one, guests are treated to a Welsh afternoon tea complete with buttered Bara Brith, an exhilarating RIB boat ride through the Menai Straits and a three course Château dining experience. Guests will enjoy a 90 minute Welsh lesson with a native speaker who will help with pronunciation and terms which can be used during a stay in North Wales. A second Welsh lesson will follow on day two, before guests retire to the property's wine cave for cocktail making lessons and wine tasting. By the end of the break, guests should even be able to pronounce the longest place name in Europe; Llanfair­pwllgwyn­gyllgo­gery­chwyrn­drobwll­llanty­silio­gogo­goch.

Three award winning Welsh hotels unveil new website Driving Wales

Driving Wales, a new website launched by three independent Welsh hotels, brings together Bodysgallen Hall in Llandudno, Llangoed Hall in Brecon, Ynyshir Hall in Machynlleth and their surrounding hills, coasts and nature through specially created driving routes. Driving Wales is a showcase of the three hotels, all of which have won the AA Hotel of the Year for Wales award consecutively over the last three years. The hotels are approximately a two hour drive from each other and one suggested route starts at Llangoed Hall in the Wye Valley, surrounded by the Black Mountains in Mid Wales, driving onto Ynyshir Hall by the Cambrian Mountains and the Dovey Valley before continuing north to Bodysgallen Hall close to Snowdonia. Each hotel is home to an award winning restaurant using local produce and a kitchen garden, where fruit and vegetables are grown and used throughout the year.

Location Revealed for the Edinburgh Festival Campsite 2015

Campingninja, operators of large scale campsites for World Class events, have revealed that they will be bringing affordable accommodation to the Edinburgh Festival 2015 at the Royal Highland Centre, in Ingliston, Edinburgh.

The announcement follows a huge demand for affordable accommodation in Edinburgh during the month of August, both from visitors to the City and participants in the 6 big festivals. Since launching the campsite last month Earlybird camping passes have already sold out, which led Campingninja to appoint one of Scotland's leading outdoor venues.,

Gladstone's Library in Wales tops poll for well-being *Quirky!*

Gladstone's Library recently topped a poll by readers of The Guardian newspaper and independent judges of world-wide travel destinations that are recommended as ‘well-being' retreats. The Library was praised for being a ‘peaceful retreat' that was ‘perfect for relaxing', also mentioning its ‘inspiring, silent environment'.

The Library is Britain's only Prime Ministerial library and the national memorial to William Gladstone. It is home to a unique collection of more than 250,000 printed items and offers a comfortable, sociable and stimulating environment together with resources for creative study. It also has 25 boutique-style bedrooms, a bistro and conference facilities.

*Quirky!* AND FINALLY... Staybridge Suites in Vauxhall, London, have a hotel dog that's part of their ‘welcome team'! He's called Waggers

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