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Spotlight on: 9 stylish boutique hotels

12 April 2018

A guide to nine of the UK’s best boutique hotels that are offering guests something a little different from the mainstream.

1. Hotel Gotham, ManchesterHotel Gotham, Manchester | Capita Travel and Events

It’s not surprising that Hotel Gotham has been described as “part Gatsby, part Grand Budapest”. Designed in 1928 in the art deco style, the former bank offers an immersive experience, from the retro-clothed ‘cast’ of characters milling around the 1920s speakeasy to the sumptuous rooms with tactile furnishings. The attention to detail in the suites is outstanding – home-made biscuits, fresh milk and twin-head showers. Other services include a chauffeur-driven Bentley and a 2 AA Rosette-awarded restaurant.

2. Hotel du Vin, Stratford-upon-AvonHotel du Vin, Stratford-upon-Avon | Capita Travel and Events

The 19th addition to the Hotel du Vin family is due to open in spring 2018 and has the character and features you would expect, including du Vin’s famed French bistro. A team of interior designers has added some new contemporary flourishes to the hotel’s 46 guestrooms: colourful accents, stylish wooden furniture and Metro-tiled showers. You will also find an events space that can accommodate up to 70 guests, as well as a landscaped courtyard – wonderful for a spot of al fresco dining.

3. Quebecs, LeedsQuebecs, Leeds | Capita Travel and Events

Originally a political club for the Liberal Party, there are hints of the Quebecs’ past everywhere, whether it’s the stunning stained-glass windows portraying the coat of arms of Yorkshire’s principal towns, or the grand oak staircase with decorative carvings. Situated in the financial and legal quarter of Leeds, the striking terracotta building now houses 44 luxury guestrooms and suites where comfort is paramount. Think Egyptian cotton bed linen, duck feather pillows and a complimentary daily turndown service.

4. The Zetter Hotel, Clerkenwell, LondonThe Zetter Hotel, Clerkenwell | Capita Travel Events

A converted Victorian warehouse between east London and the West End, The Zetter marries vintage style with modern luxuries. Special touches in suites include REN bath products, walk-in Raindance showers, pink mood lighting and personally selected Penguin paperbacks – which you can read while relaxing on a sunbed on the suite’s private balcony. With its imposing regency table, the Dining Room in the hotel’s nearby Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell is also perfect for board meetings.

5. Karma Sanctum Soho Hotel, LondonKarma Sanctum Soho Hotel, London | Capita Travel and Events

Chic décor meets bohemian opulence at this five-star hotel in the heart of Soho. Finished to an incredibly high standard, the rooms are also brimming with mod cons: phone charger ports, Onyko sound system with DAB radio and Bluetooth, and flatscreen TVs with complimentary movie and sports channels. You can even request a Nintendo Wii for your room. Elsewhere, guests can take a dip in a heated outdoor jacuzzi and enjoy a drink at the private bar on the hotel’s roof terrace.

6. Lime Wood Hotel & Spa, HampshireLime Wood Hotel & Spa, Hampshire | Capita Travel and Events

Lime Wood certainly isn’t short on wow factor. The beautiful regency-era country estate in the New Forest National Park has a variety of suites, from charming guestrooms in the main house to two-floor lodges with balconies overlooking the forest. All rooms come equipped with a well-stocked pantry, iPod docking station, and bathrobes and slippers. In the extensive grounds, guests can enjoy two top-tier restaurants, as well as a spa, which has a sauna, indoor hydro pool and mud house.

7. The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square, EdinburghThe Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square, Edinburgh | Capita Travel and Events

The second Principal hotel in Scotland’s historic capital (the other is on George Street) recently underwent a multimillion-pound restoration. The rooms in this Georgian townhouse were given a makeover inspired by the golden age of travel and have quirky features found in other Principal hotels, such as red bedside telephones, tuck boxes of treats and vintage postboxes. In the centre of the hotel, you will also come across a peaceful internal courtyard with a glass roof – a pleasant spot for dining.

8. The Forbury Roseate, ReadingThe Forbury Roseate, Reading | Capita Travel and Events

Described by the Evening Standard as “the UK’s sexiest townhouse hotel”, The Forbury Roseate is sure to impress – beginning with its chandelier of 86,000 beads in the former council’s original lift shaft. The 23 bedrooms meanwhile blend art, design, lighting and sound to create an atmospheric space, and come with Nespresso coffee machines, Molten Brown toiletries and a high-tech audiovisual system. The hotel also benefits from a generous private cinema, which can accommodate a range of events such as corporate presentations.

9. Didsbury House Hotel, ManchesterDidsbury House Hotel, Manchester | Capita Travel and Events

Didsbury is only a 15-minute drive from Manchester, yet this green suburb feels a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. A popular choice for both business and leisure guests, the Victorian townhouse has peaceful lounges, a snug bar ideal for relaxing, and 27 individually designed bedrooms featuring influences from around the world. There are also two spaces available for small conferences and boardroom meetings.

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