10 elegant city and city hotels in the UK

Eastbury Hotel, Sherborne, Dorset

Originally designed as an 18th-century ‘gentleman’s residence’, Eastbury now houses 27 individually styled rooms inspired by herbs, flowers and trees in the hotel’s award-winning walled garden. The garden also features the hotel’s spa with an outdoor hot tub and two treatment rooms. On Friday and Saturday nights, elegant dinners are held with live music, and the Pod, a glass ball in the garden that seats up to four, is perfect for special occasions.
Double room from £235 B&B, theeastburyhotel.co.uk

Paskins Town House, Brighton

Brighton Pier.

Brighton Pier.

Just a 10-minute walk from Brighton’s bustling city center in a quiet, protected area, Paskins is actually two connected townhouses, offering 19 lively bedrooms (some quite small), all decorated in a lavish Art Deco style. This is a great budget option, especially if you choose rooms with shared bathrooms. There is no compromise on breakfast, with excellent vegetarian/vegan options and a welcoming staff with a wealth of knowledge on where to eat, shop and be entertained. Dogs are welcome and parking vouchers can be purchased in advance – essential in Brighton.
Double room from £80 B&B, paskins.co.uk

No15 by GuestHouse, Bath

Situated on one of Bath’s finest streets, No15 is a set of elegant Georgian townhouses consisting of 36 individually decorated rooms. Families are welcome with mini tipis in the bedrooms, children’s menus in the restaurant and Norland nannies to look after the children and you can also bring your dog with you (for an extra £25). The restaurant stocks many ingredients from Bath’s local producers, and the downstairs spa has a couples treatment room that can be combined with a shared soak in the Copper Room’s huge tub for a romantic treat.
Double room from £168, guesthousehotels.co.uk

The Adria, South Kensington, London

A cocoon of beauty in green South Ken, Adria is a rarity: a hotel where you truly feel like you are staying at the London mansion of your greatest friends. The lounges exude quiet luxury, and staff are on hand to fetch everything from afternoon tea to cocktails and snacks from the butler’s pantry. The rooms are stylishly simple with a china tea tray and Penhaligon’s in the bathroom, and while there is no restaurant, there are plenty of places to eat in the surrounding streets. A gem under the radar.
Double from £291; theadria.com

Manor Town House, Fishguard, Pembrokeshire

It’s all about the views of this charming Georgian hotel, with four of its six elegant bedrooms overlooking the Irish Sea. The bedrooms are full of luxurious extras – Egyptian linens, vegan toiletries – and a continental breakfast is delivered to your door each morning. The town itself offers art galleries and antique shops, spectacular seafront walks and a wide range of water sports.
Double room from £125 B&B; manortownhouse.com

Townhouse on King Street, Manchester

Don’t be put off by King Street’s central location; The hotel is located in a quiet street and feels like an elegant oasis with rooms decorated in calming shades of blues, greens and greys. The icing on the cake is the infinity spa pool on the seventh floor with stunning views. Relax with a movie in the cinema room before dinner at the elegant Tavern Restaurant.
Double rooms only from £161; kingstreettownhouse.co.uk

Clementine’s Town House, York

Shopping in York.

Shopping in York. Photo: Eric James/Alamy

Clementine’s opened its doors last summer after a multimillion-dollar refurbishment that restored an elegant Victorian townhouse with chic Parisian-style bedrooms and suites, some with canopy beds. Days at Clementine’s start with a hearty Yorkshire breakfast, and the well-stocked bar invites you to enjoy an after-sightseeing drink in the walled garden in summer.
Double rooms only from £107; clementinestownhouse.co.uk

Cliftonville Townhouse, Margate, Kent

A clear and windy day in Margate.

A clear and windy day in Margate.

A 10-minute walk along the coast to the quaint old town of Margate, Cliftonville has only three bedrooms, giving it a pleasantly intimate feel. They are all bright, light and airy with modern furniture. Owners Simon and Stephen are always on hand for tips and recommendations, and the world-class Turner Contemporary Gallery is within walking distance.
Double room from £98; cliftonvilletownhouse.com

The Bonham Hotel in Edinburgh

A trio of Victorian townhouses set on a green crescent in the West End, Bonham has a classic, refined feel, with sparkling chandeliers and bedrooms that combine subdued décor with berry-colored velvet sofas and chairs. Dinner in the paneled restaurant is a big deal. Then sit back in a velvet armchair in the atmospherically lit bar for a whiskey or evening cocktail.
Double room from £165; thebonham.com

Ambleside townhouse, Lake District

Bring your walking shoes, cagoules, children and dog for your stay at this lovely Lake District B&B situated in the heart of the quaint town of Ambleside at the top of Windermere. All 15 rooms feature handmade Sealy beds and mattresses for restorative sleep after a long walk. Spectacular vegetarian and healthier options are served in the elegant breakfast room. Cyclists are also well catered for with bicycle storage and washing facilities, as well as useful information on local cycling and walking routes.
Double room from £70 B&B; amblesidetownhouse.co.uk

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