7 of the UK’s Best Independent Boutique Hotels
You can do so much better than faceless hotel chains when you’re looking for accommodation in the UK. If you’re searching for somewhere to stay that is bursting with character, then you’ll want to steer your search toward independent boutique hotels. When it comes to boutique hotels in the UK, there are so many great choices to choose from that you won’t have any problem finding the perfect place to rest your head.
1. Oddfellows, Chester
Situated in the centre of Chester, Oddfellows was originally built for the “misfits” of society. Having now been transformed into a space for everyone to relax and rejuvenate, Oddfellows offers just a small collection of rooms, all of which are decorated to an extremely high standard. Designed to accentuate comfort in the most stylish form possible, this hotel will make you feel like you’ve just enjoyed a night sleeping in the best version of your own bedroom.
2. Harington’s Hotel, Bath
Harington’s Hotel is situated in one of the most culturally vibrant cities in the UK. Once home to Jane Austen, this city not only provides guests with real-world snippets of Austen’s life, it also showcases England’s Roman heritage through the Roman Baths, located just minutes away from the hotel. With just 13 boutique style rooms, this hotel screams exclusivity, making it the perfect destination for a romantic stay in Bath.
3. No. 131, Cheltenham
This stunning Georgian Grade II listed boutique villa celebrates England and everything that this beautiful country has to offer. No. 131 exemplifies attention to detail; every meal served consists entirely of locally grown British produce, while the available cosmetics are created entirely from locally-grown plants and flowers. Situated in the centre of Cheltenham, this hotel highlights the ways in which you can mix classic style with a modern influence, creating a distinctively outstanding hotel.
4. The Ampersand Hotel, London
From the London Eye to Buckingham Palace to Kensington Gardens, London offers only the best in activities and local attractions. With so many things on offer, you’ll never be stuck for things to do in this great city. However, once all the activities are over, you’ll also need a place to rest your head that lives up to the high London standard. The Ampersand Hotel is just minutes away from the V&A museum, as well as South Kensington tube station, making it both a convenient and comfortable choice.
5. Artist Residence, Brighton
Brighton is home to a diverse range of people with a wide selection of passions and interests and the Artist Residence encapsulates everything that is unique about this town. Artist Residence offers 23 bedrooms, each decorated to showcase rustic decor and eccentric touches. This hotel was initially built to provide artists and “creative types” with a place to relax, socialize and discuss their ideas; since 2008, it has been transformed into a place that delivers outstanding food, comfortable beds and beautiful surroundings. Located at the top of Regency Square, this hotel is situated just moments away from West Pier and is walking distance from Brighton’s infamous shingle beach.
6. Strattons Hotel, Swaffham
Strattons Hotel is an independent, family-run hotel located in the historic town of Swaffham. This town is alive with history, offering Georgian, Victorian and Medieval buildings for you to enjoy as you wander around the area. Strattons Hotel is located in the middle of the countryside, providing countless walks and trails for you to explore either on foot or on bikes during your stay. The hotel offers 14 bedrooms as well as a self-catering apartment each decorated in a luxurious, but comfortable style. If you’re flexible with your dates, you should book a stay at this hotel over the Brecks Food and Drink Festival, which is held in the first two weeks of September.
7. Lime Wood, Hampshire
If you’re looking for a stay in the beautiful forests of England, the New Forest National Park should definitely be top of your list. This park is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful woodland areas in the UK. Inside the park, there are a number of exquisite boutique accommodation options, such as the Lime Wood hotel. Situated in the heart of the park, this hotel has 17 suits and 15 bedrooms, all designed with a rustic but luxurious aesthetic in mind. If you’re looking for an active but indulgent getaway, Lime Wood and the New Forest are definitely the places for you.