Sleep in style: new hotels and places to stay in the UK and London
Book yourself a luxurious staycation when travel opens up again
Brits are counting down the days to when they can pack their bags and book a relaxing trip away.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed the long-awaited route out of lockdown and confirmed an earliest date of 12 April for single households staying at self-contained accommodation. Meanwhile, hotels are due to reopen from 17 May.
The opening of many new hotels were delayed because of the pandemic last year, but now with travel restrictions set to ease these properties will be ready to soon welcome guests.
With staycations again the big trend for travel in 2021, we pick out some of the best new hotels and places to stay across the UK and London.
- New hotels opening in Europe and Africa
- New hotels opening in Asia and Oceania
- New hotels opening in the Americas
“The Dilly” is the new name above the door of the former Le Méridien Piccadilly hotel in central London. Dating back to 1908, the property will be transformed in the coming months into the capital’s newest independent five-star hotel. Its exterior will have a new design and the lobby has undergone an extensive refurbishment. The redesign of the 255 bedrooms and 28 suites will be ongoing, although 39 will be completed when the hotel opens. As part of the new Health Club at The Dilly, it will also have one of London’s largest indoor luxury pools. Rates will start from £219.
North Lodge at Coworth Park
A new private, standalone cottage has been unveiled at Coworth Park - the Dorchester Collection’s Michelin-starred country house hotel and spa in Ascot, Berkshire. Located on the outskirts of the 240-acre grounds, the North Lodge offers three bedrooms, a lobby, dining room and kitchen. Guests can make use of their own private garden with an outdoor dining area and also have full access to the spa, equestrian centre and various dining facilities on the estate. Ideal for a summer staycation, the lodge is available to book for up to six guests. Rates start from £3,500 per night for a minimum five-night stay.
Black Isle, Scotland
Located in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, Newhall Mains is a luxury holiday accommodation and boutique wedding venue. Five cottages and four suites have been newly converted from a once derelict quadrangle of 200-year-old agricultural buildings. Newhall Mains is the only luxury holiday rental property in the UK to have its own light aircraft landing strip and the nearby Cromarty Firth is one of the best places in Britain to see bottlenose dolphins. A low-season stay costs from £95 per night in a double suite, rising to £250 per night in the three-bedroom cottage. Cottage guests all receive a welcome hamper.
The Apartments by 11 Cadogan Gardens
Reopening on 12 April, 11 Cadogan Gardens in London will mark the date with the official launch of The Apartments - the first apartment suites by Iconic Luxury Hotels. Set behind a red brick Victorian façade, the newly-renovated six-storey townhouse will offer a new style of accommodation to 11 Cadogan Gardens’ existing 56 hotel rooms and suites. Each of the six floors is home to a one-, two- or three-bedroom residence (six apartments in total) which make them ideal for families. They are also a perfect choice for a laid-back luxurious extended stay in a desirable London neighbourhood. Prices start from £350 per night for a minimum three-night stay.
After delays due to the pandemic, the official opening of London’s first super-boutique hotel will take place this year. The Londoner, from Edwardian Hotels London, will have 350 rooms, 35 suites and is dubbed the UK’s “deepest” hotel, with the lowest floor some 30 metres below ground, Business Traveller reports. As well as five concept restaurants and lounges and a rooftop bar, the hotel will also include a ballroom for up to 1,000 guests, two new Odeon Luxe cinemas and a unique subterranean spa.
NoMad London “is possibly the most exciting hotel opening in London since The Ned”, says Fiona Kerr for Condé Nast Traveller. The original NoMad, in New York, is “one of the city’s moodiest, slickest stays”. Here, in London, its “cultivated cool” is transplanted to the former Bow Street magistrates’ court and police station in Covent Garden. The design brief required exploring “the artistic and cultural synergy between London and New York, with more than 1,600 works of art on show”. The “pub-like” Side Hustle restaurant will serve Mexican sharing plates and mezcal, “in place of the usual pork-scratchings and pints, while Common Decency serves serious cocktails. After our long enforced hibernation, this is the hottest ticket in town this spring”. Room rates will start from around £455.
Bodmin Jail Hotel
In the heart of Cornwall you’ll find a unique hotel that “intertwines the history of an 18th century prison with creative, contemporary design”. Bodmin Jail was once used to house the Crown Jewels during the First World War, but when it reopens as a luxury hotel in 2021 you’ll find elegant bedrooms as well as dining options such as The Chapel Restaurant & Bar and The Jolly Hangman Tavern.
Located minutes from Hyde Park in Marylebone, Henry’s Townhouse had its soft opening in December and will fully reopen when lockdown restrictions are lifted. The private townhouse at the Grade II listed No.24 Upper Berkeley Street was once owned by Jane Austen’s brother Henry. The building itself comprises seven elaborately designed bedrooms, each with its own unique narrative to tell. Common areas include a bespoke pantry kitchen with sharing table for breakfast, private dining and parties. This space converts into a fully equipped meeting room. Henry’s also boasts a small yet lavish carriage like cocktail “snug”, outside terrace for evening aperitifs and Jane Austen’s Reading Room, which is perfect for afternoon drinks or some quiet relaxation.
Wakeling Island 10 at Silverlake
This stunning five-bedroom lakeside property at Silverlake in Dorset is an ideal place for a relaxing countryside break and combines modern architecture with nature. The accommodation provides spacious open-plan living on the ground level complete with a log fire; and the five bedrooms and four bathrooms across other levels means there’s plenty of space for all the family. It has a 20m outdoor pool that is heated year-round, and indoors guests will find a sauna, Technogym and treatment rooms. Habitat Escapes offers two nights at Wakeling Island 10 at Silverlake from £640. The property sleeps up to ten people.
This 23 en-suite room hotel overlooking the river Teifi in Wales is the newest project from “cult campsite” Fforest, Conde Nast Traveller reports. Housed in two historic warehouses, the hotel will be designed to celebrate the town’s maritime heritage and is located between two of Fforest’s existing campsites. The Albion will be “perfect for those who aren’t so into glamping but still want to enjoy all Fforest has to offer”, says Boutique Handbook.