From staying in one of Manchester's swishest boutique hotels to relaxing in a luxury tree house set in an enchanted wood, we round up the cool new hotels we’d love to stay in this year.
Release your inner nerd with a stay at Hotel Gotham. Sitting in Manchester’s central conservation area, this handsome art deco edifice looks like it’s been lifted straight from the pages of a Batman comic. Dubbed ‘the King of King Street’, it was designed in 1928 by the famous British architecture Sir Edwin Lutyens, and was formerly a bank’s premises. Promising to be ‘a fun, witty destination and a little bit naughty’, the boutique hotel in the North West will offer 60 stylish double rooms from April, as well as a restaurant, prohibition-style bar and rooftop members-only club.
Nottingham’s iconic four-star boutique hotel is set to reopen under new owners, with extensive refurbishments made to the Grade II-listed Georgian townhouse. In the heart of Nottingham’s trendy Lace Market area, the hotel will offer 42 sumptuous new bedrooms, including three individually designed Signature Suites with complementary champagne and a hamper full of goodies. Guests can choose an indulgent afternoon tea in the new residents’ lounge or tuck into hearty ‘Best of British’ fare, washed down with craft beer, in the historic pub.
From April, families and couples staying at Alton Towers can enjoy an enchanting break in a charming lodge or luxury tree house, and experience a land full of forest spirits and mischievous fable folk. Rooms in this Alton Towers hotel have a woodland-inspired theme and the tree houses even have their own hot tubs bubbling away on the balcony. Kids can climb, slide and run around the Enchanted Village until dusk, when the forest’s great oaks are lit up with hundreds of fairy lights. Guests are then free to follow the glowing mushroom trail to the Crooked Spoon restaurant for an evening of imaginative food and family-friendly entertainment.
For a spa break that promises the height of exclusivity, The Gainsborough Bath Spa is a must. The UK’s only hotel to house a natural thermal spa, the site occupies three listed buildings – The Gainsborough, Bellotts and Hetling House. Inside you’ll find five-star accommodation, with all rooms and suites custom furnished, blending period details with contemporary comforts. High windows let in plenty of natural light and state-of-the-art amenities include iPod docking stations and heated bathroom floors. Opt for the Spa Village guest room and you’ll be treated to daily massages and Bath’s famous thermal water flowing straight into your bathtub.
Built in the Georgian period and expanded in the Victorian, the new Heckfield Place manor house hotel sits on a 330-acre working farm, near the picture-postcard village of Hartley Wintney. Once the country pile of Lord Eversley, the second longest-serving speaker of the House of Commons, it will open this spring with 60 individually designed bedrooms, a walled garden of flowers, herbs and fruit trees, a 65-seat subterranean cinema and, best of all, a delicious restaurant which sources everything on-site.
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