Revamped and revitalised: 10 of the UK’s best hotel makeovers | Travel
The Westminster, London
A multi-million conversion has transformed what was a nondescript London hotel into an affordable and chic base for sightseeing in the city. The lobby is dotted with contemporary artwork, with rooms enlivened by brightly colored armchairs and sumptuously comfortable beds. Bao Yum the ground floor is ideal for a quick bite before the theater or after shopping, serving everything from cheeseburgers or cauliflower curries to cream baos, salads, soups and breakfast. The hotel is a minute’s walk from the River Thames, and nearby Pimlico station offers fast tube links to the West End.
Doubles from £190, hilton.com
The Old Course Hotel, St Andrews
Good news for golfers, this classic hotel has undergone a serious facelift during confinement. Even for non-golfers it’s a gem for a relaxing (albeit expensive) break, with the only Kohler Waters Spa in the UK, wonderful coastal walks along St Andrews West Sands beach and the horse riding, fishing and sand yachting all arrangable through the hotel.
Doubles from £306 guest rooms, oldcoursehotel.co.uk
The Swan Hotel, Newby Bridge, Lake District
Conveniently located at the top of Windermere, The Swan opened its brand new Holte Spa last month, featuring the region’s first spa garden, an outdoor Finnish sauna, naturally filtered pools and the Soul Café, which focuses on gourmet meals. ethical origin. Days spent walking or sailing end with dinners in the cozy Swan Inn or the elegant Brasserie.
Doubles from £102 guest rooms, swanhotel.com
The Alice Hawthorn, Nun Monkton, near York
This much-loved village pub has reinvented itself as one of the best places to stay in the area during lockdown, creating 12 bedrooms – four from the existing flat above the bar and eight new bedrooms in wooden buildings contemporary, made from locally grown Douglas fir. Rooms are stylish, with rainfall showers, high-thread count linens, and all the trappings of a boutique hotel — along with a super hearty breakfast.
Doubles from £120 B&B, thealicehawthorn.com
Search Rutland Hall Hotel & Spa
With a new name, a complete facelift and a stylish new ambience, Rutland Hall Hotel & Spa (formerly Barnsdale Hall) emerges from its transformation, with the spectacular Main Hall soon to be completed. Set on 65 acres, accommodation ranges from self-catering apartments and lodges to hotel rooms, all on the banks of Rutland Water. The new Blossoms Restaurant offers some of the best dining in the area, and a new spa is also being built. Dogs are welcome, kids have their own dinner menu, and tennis, mini-golf, squash, and a pool are all on-site.
Double rooms from £109, rutlandhall.co.uk
Fowey Hall, Cornwall
A family favorite on the coast, Fowey Hall has undergone an ongoing program of works over the past year, with revamped gardens, the addition of an outdoor swimming pool and 24 new bedrooms. Perfect for the kids, there’s a recreation room with vintage-style arcade games, outdoor play areas, an indoor pool, and flexible meal times.
Doubles from £185 B&B, foweyhallhotel.co.uk
White Hart Inn, Mersea Island, Essex
Scheduled to open in late spring, the White Hart is currently undergoing a full refurbishment, with plans for six individually designed rooms, some with sea views. The restaurant will focus on local, seasonal ingredients with child-friendly options and plenty of fish and seafood, while beyond the Inn Mersea offers wonderful beach walks, fantastic sailing and some of the best oysters in the country.
Doubles from £175 B&B, whitehartinnmersea.co.uk
The Grosvenor, Stockbridge, Hampshire
Located on Stockbridge’s pretty high street, this Georgian hotel has undergone a change of ownership and a serious overhaul, with bright colors throughout, including a bright pink bar, an alpine-themed alfresco dining area (The Hut ), a cottage and a loft bedroom, and a beautifully restored walled garden with a large wooden deck and outdoor bar. Families are welcome, with adjoining rooms and cots provided, and spa treatments are available in the carefully appointed treatment shed.
Doubles from £190 B&B, thegrosvenorstockbridge.com
Matfen Hall, Northumberland
Closed between November 2020 and May last year, Matfen Hall has reopened with its historic Great Hall, stylish bar and expansive grounds restored to their original beauty. Newer rooms have imperial-sized beds, marble bathrooms, and unpretentious country-house decor. There’s a swimming pool, and foodies will be delighted, with three restaurants, including fine dining in the new Emerald Restaurant and bistro classics served in the cabins at Needham. Whichever you choose, an after-dinner drink in the beautiful 1832 Bar is the only way to end the night.
Doubles from £169 B&Bs; matfenhall.com
The Randolph, Oxford
Oxford’s grande dame got a makeover during lockdown, when US firm Graduate Hotels stepped in with a bold color palette, vibrant wallpapers and an ambience that remains on the fun side. The cozy Morse Bar, all in waxed woodwork and bottle green walls, is ideal for a cocktail before dinner in the Alice, the hotel’s dining room, with pink banquettes and sparkling chandeliers. The location can’t be beat, the breakfast is deliciously good, and there’s a delightful old-fashioned bustle – proving there’s still plenty of life in the old maid.
Double from £166; graduatehotels.com