Virtually everyone starts the New Year with resolutions, goals and wistful ambitions, right? Some of those involve the standard ‘get fit’, ‘lose weight’, and ‘look after myself better’. But many those include ‘more holidays’, ‘more weekend breaks’, ‘more sightseeing’ and ‘more me time’. So here at Venue View, thought we’d compile a little list of our top 15 UK hotels to visit in 2022.
Located in the heart of Whitehall, Corinthia’s 283 rooms, which include 51 characterful suites and seven uniquely designed penthouses are something to behold. Offering unrivalled panoramas of the London skyline and a level of luxury that is hard to replicate, it is seriously one for the bucket list – even if just to pop in for afternoon tea.
The Bodmin Jail Hotel
Steeped in history, wonder and intrigue, dating as far back as 1779, The Bodmin Jail Hotel is, as the name suggests, built within the walls of the impressively renovated and infamous, former Bodmin Jail. Offering luxurious stays in their stylishly designed rooms, which blend the old and new, you are promised a completely unique and sumptuous escape.
Hotel Brooklyn, Manchester
Bringing a taste of the big apple to the heart of the North West, Hotel Brooklyn, Manchester is the place to stay for city slickers, suits and sightseers alike. The old Brooklyn vibe, blended with uptown style make it the perfect base for your city stay – with Canal Street and Chinatown on the doorstep and the Northern Quarter and Spinningfields a short stroll away, you’re also truly spoilt for choice when it comes to enjoying Manchester’s vibrant nightlife.
The Gainsborough Bath Spa
It wouldn’t be a trip to Bath if you didn’t enjoy a dip in the iconic thermal springs and there’s nowhere better to take in the waters than The Gainsborough Bath Spa. Offering beautifully appointed 5 star accommodation and the spa itself set under a stunning glass atrium, it’s easy to see why this hotel made it into the Conde Nast Readers’ Choice top 30 UK hotels in 2021.
Titanic Hotel Liverpool
Titanic by name, titanic by nature, the warehouses that once formed the lifeblood of the thriving port of Liverpool have been breathtakingly revitalised in the impressive regeneration project in which Titanic Hotel is a pivotal feature. Harnessing its industrial heritage throughout, you can enjoy stylish rooms each combining comfortable and contemporary finishes with an abundance of industrial rustic charm. With it’s own subterranean sanctuary in the on site spa plus some of the best dining in the city, it’s a one-stop-shop for an indulgent stay.
The Balmoral, Edinburgh
Famed not only for its clock set 3 minutes fast in a bid to help passengers make their train at the station below on time, nor just for its links to the Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, The Balmoral is one of Edinburgh’s most iconic landmarks. This truly remarkable hotel offers uninterrupted views of the historic castle and old town, while overlooking a bustling Princes Street below. Offering Michelin-starred dining and award-winning afternoon tea, you’re in for a real treat!
The Grand, York
Wannabe master chefs, solace-seekers and city explorers will all be truly satisfied at The Grand, York. Not only are their rooms brimming with world charm and elegance (and all the mod cons.) but their on site spa offers the ultimate secluded and tranquil escape, while The Cookery School offers you the opportunity to put your culinary skills to the test and learn a little extra about fine cuisine.
Grand Hotel, Birmingham
Scoring 9 out of 10 with The Telegraph’s experts (who are we to disagree?), Grand Hotel, Birmingham has welcomed royalty and rock stars throughout its illustrious history. But following a £50 million restoration and refurb, which was completed just last year – having been closed for almost 20 years, it’s ready to welcome you in the next chapter in its history. Giving opulence and grandeur a contemporary twist, the suites all offer four-poster beds with a loft apartment vibe. While the beautiful rooms compliment the heritage of the hotel – at the same time providing 21st century comforts.
A boutique hotel, brimming with understated luxury, Dakota is the perfect base to relax and unwind or enjoy Leeds’ nightlife, shopping, music and theatre scene, and of course, the sport. The attention to detail afforded in every room, the muted colour palette and spectrum of textures guarantees you a sumptuous stay. Dakota Grill offers effortlessly edgy dining, while the bar offers you a touch of sparkling glamour among the Hollywood stars.
New House Country Hotel, Cardiff
If you’re looking for a hotel that’s a little bit town and a little bit country, you can’t get much better than New House Country Hotel, Cardiff. Situated just outside the city, this serene and romantic country retreat enjoys spectacular views across the Cardiff skyline, out to the sea and Devon beyond. It’s an easy trip into the city to enjoy the buzz but remote enough to feel like you’re a million miles away from home.
Located right in the heart of Belfast, there’s no missing the 272 room Europa. Having recently completed the first phase of an extensive refurbishment, this world-renowned hotel has adopted an urban chic aura that is befitting of celebrities and city-goers alike. Ideally situated just a stones throw from all of Belfast’s top visitor attractions including the Ulster Museum, Grand Opera House, City Hall, Titanic Belfast, Waterfront Hall and SSE Arena, it’s the perfect place to stay for a weekend city break.
Barnsley House, The Cotswolds
If you were going to dream up the idyllic Cotswold retreat, Barnsley House would be it. Offering a touch of luxury with oodles of rural charm, this hotel boasts not only a choice of individually styled rooms and suites, but also plenty of special touches and comfort in abundance. While each room feels totally secluded, the Secret Garden Suite takes that up a notch, to provide you with your own private hideaway, complete with outdoor hot tub, and four-poster bed for the duration of your stay.
Hotel Du Vin at One Devonshire Gardens, Glasgow
Renowned for finding homes in buildings oozing with history and character, Hotel Du Vin’s Glasgow hotel is absolutely no exception. Located in an enviable position on a stunning tree-lined Victorian terrace in the city’s fashionable West End, this characterful, 5 star boutique hotel boasts 49 inviting bedrooms and stunning suites. The warm, welcoming restaurant, located at the heart of the hotel provides the perfect setting to enjoy an expertly curated meal, with its sparkling chandelier and oak-panelled walls creating a touch of accessible elegance that is hard to match.
With each of its six exclusively designed suites named befittingly after sweet treats, you couldn’t be anywhere else but Paul Ainsworth’s Padstow Townhouse. Small but exceptionally formed, and located in the heart of Padstow old town, it takes boutique stays to the next level. With its very own Pantry, brimming with sweet and savoury treats to raid to your heart’s content, during your stay, this hotel’s culinary heritage shines through.
Chewton Glen, Hampshire
Sprawling over 130 acres of Hampshire countryside, on the edge of the New Forest, Chewton Glen offers quintessential luxury in both its 18th century country house and its famous tree houses which offer a level of peace and privacy that is hard to beat. Just minutes from the sea in one direction, and thousands of acres of national park in the other, once you park up on arrival, there’s very little need to set foot in your car again until you leave.