Ettington Park Hotel -
Hand Picked Hotels’ Ettington Park Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon was recently named the Coolest Country House, by Prestige Events and it’s easy to see why. The delightful 19th century Chapel with its stained glass windows can seat up to 14 guests, and would make a striking dinner party venue for guests who really want to make a statement.
Hotel Gotham, Manchester -
Hotel Gotham describes its Club Brass as the ‘jewel in the crown’ within its four walls. The private members club housed within one of Manchester’s coolest boutiques, Hotel Gotham, has been styled to ooze class and an air of exclusivity.
Iconic designer Edwin Lutyens has designed the building in a way that is bidding to attract a mix of stars, business entrepreneurs, media tycoons and creatives.
Hotel Gotham was opened in April 2015 and is owned by Bespoke Hotels who is planning to take the concept into key cities across the UK.
Cromlix House -
Cromlix House is tennis star Andy Murray’s first foray into the hospitality market, who purchased the property in January 2013 before transforming the historic property into a 15-bedroom luxury five-star hotel. Having reopened in spring 2014, each bedroom and public space has been individually designed and The Whisky Room (shown here) pays homage to the property’s heritage and location.
Guests also have access to a library with billiard table, a bar and drawing rooms to hide away during their stay.
Ham Yard, London -
The Croc is a spectacular private events space which houses an original 1950's bowling alley, stylish lounge, bar and dance floor. Imported from Texas and manufactured by the iconic Brunswick company, the monochrome bowling ball returns include original features such as hand warmers and visible return runs. The solid maple bowling lanes have been specially commissioned, making it one of only a few of its kind in the UK.
Back-lit bowling balls, vintage bowling shoes and bowling pin lamps sit alongside two large scale Howard Hodgkin artworks. The silver baby grand piano and South African made sofas give a lounge feel. Bowlers bowl into a suspended brick wall with flickering lights and can choose to have UV pins and shoelaces, while three driftwood crocodiles scour the wall at the back of the dance floor.
London EDITION -
The debut London property to emerge from the Schrager and Marriott partnership is home to Berners Tavern, dubbed as a ‘new kind of gathering place’. The dining room is headed up by UK chef Jason Atherton who embodies this motto by creating seasonal and contemporary cuisine to be served in the stylish space. Berners Tavern is complemented by the lobby and punch room bars, that serve exquisite cocktails.
Malmaison Oxford -
The Malmaison brand has become synonymous with historic buildings and the look inside the Oxford Malmaison is particularly impressive. The hotel itself has been converted from an old prison, so it’s unsurprising that one of its private dining rooms is a former prison cell.
Hidden away in an enclave as part of the restaurant and gives a great level of intimacy for guests.
The Scarlet Hotel -
Cornwall’s luxury eco hotel, The Scarlet has become one of the top boutiques along the south coast, with its ‘hotel for grown ups’ strapline and sustainable brand ethos.
The hotel’s Scarlet spa is an absolute showstopper and its relaxation room boasts views over Mawgan Porth Beach and the Atlantic beyond, promoting a quiet and ‘almost spiritual place’. The spa is also home to cocoom-like pods, that swing from the ceiling alongside all the regulars such as a steam room, hammam and swimming pool, and then some not-so-regulars, like an outdoor swimming pool, hot tubs and deep relaxation space.
The Zetter Marylebone -
Third sibling to join The Zetter clan, The Zetter Marylebone opened in August 2015 and buoyed by an impressively strong brand reputation, has become a firm favourite for after-work drinks in the area.
Seymour’s Parlour is the hotel’s cocktail lounge and dark and sumptuous, it takes the feel of a private residence rather than a hotel bar.
While taking its home in the third Zetter hotel, it is only the second cocktail lounge without the group, joining the hugely popular The Zetter Townhouse in Clerkenwell. Like its more mature sister, Seymour’s Parlour serves bespoke cocktails made by pioneering drinks creator Tony Conigliaro in surroundings that urge you to ‘just have another’.
Tigerlily, Edinburgh -
What better way to give guests the ‘wow’ factor than walking them into a vibrantly brash lobby when they first arrive? Tigerlily, one of Edinburgh’s most talked about boutique hotels, is decked out in an array of lively pink hues, mirrored walls and chandeliers, in a mix of contemporary design and original Georgian features.
The open fire of this lobby space, complete with tall-backed chairs and cosy cubby holes make this reception area a proper head turner.
King Street Townhouse -
Manchester newest hot boutique hotel, King Street Townhouse unveiled the city’s first hotel rooftop pool in March. The hotel, which is the fourth boutique in the Eclectic Hotels portfolio, opened in December and boasts a pool that sits seven floors atop the Grade-II listed building.
The infinity pool boasts panoramic views across the city of Manchester and completes the King Street Townhouse’s new spa, comprising of the pool, a Helos steam room, relaxation room and two treatment rooms.