One of my absolute favourite things to do is to stay in a hotel. I’m not sure what it is, but the combination of crisp, white sheets, miniature toiletries and someone on the phone to be at your beck and call is truly intoxicating.
But hotels are no longer just a pit stop on your way to somewhere else, or a secluded hideaway to relax – many hotels are now a destination in themselves, offering guests the chance to experience fine dining and delicious cocktails.
Why not give yourself a Christmas present on the journey home this festive season and treat yourself to a stay and a meal at one of our favourites?
Malmaison boutique hotels can be found across the UK, including Glasgow, Oxford, Newcastle and Leeds, most with restaurants and bars nestled in the venue – however our favourite is the Smoak Bar & Grill, tucked away in the Manchester Malmaison. Serving up delicacies sourced from local suppliers in a stylish atmosphere, it’s only a few minutes from Manchester Piccadilly (perfect for last minute Christmas shopping!)
Hotel du Vin
Hotel du Vin have 14 luxurious properties across the country, with rooms featuring Monsoon showers (is there anything better than an AMAZING shower?). The properties are home to Bistros that embrace simple, classic dishes from homegrown and sustainable local produce. If you’re lucky to be passing by a Hotel du Vin on a Sunday, make sure you stop in for their traditional Sunday Lunch with all the trimmings.
ABode Hotels can conveniently be found in major cities across the country including Manchester, Chester, Canterbury and Exeter. Headed up by celebrity chef Michael Caines, each of his restaurants offer something special with British and European dishes adorning the menu.
The Balmoral Hotel
The Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh is lucky enough to be home to Scotland’s only Bollinger Bar. The Bollinger Bar at Palm Court features vintage champagnes, perfectly accompanied by oysters and the soft tinkling of a piano. Not to mention a decadent afternoon tea of pastries and sandwiches baked in-house. (Mouth watering yet?)
And last, but not least dining at The Ritz, one of the world’s most famous hotels, is an experience on its own. Afternoon Tea at The Ritz is a century old tradition and well worth the money (You can see a review of Tea at the Ritz here). Likewise, dining in The Ritz Restaurant or The Rivoli Bar is like being transported into a time gone by, where elegance reigned supreme.