Looking for a romantic hotel for when hotels open on 17 May? Well look no further…
Weekends were made for stealing away with someone special, and when planning a romantic staycation the devil is absolutely in the details.
Impressing your other half and ensuring that your chosen hotel is as seductive as you’d envisioned, takes a lot of time and research, but luckily for you there’s plenty of places around the UK that should fit the bill.
Whether you’re looking to slip between the sheets in Aphrodite’s boudoir, Byron’s lair, or er, Christian’s playroom, Britain has a range of avant-garde hotels diverse enough to satisfy everyone’s needs.
Although there’s a bit of something for everyone, when it comes to romantic hotels certain themes do tend to emerge. Expect lots of rich, luscious fabrics like flowing velvet and silky bed sheets, an abundance of free standing baths and of course, four poster beds aplenty.
So treat your partner to some quality time and do it in style with some of these glorious suggestions below.
Flemings Mayfair, LondonTucked away on arguably one of London’s loveliest streets, Flemings Mayfair is both a stone’s throw from the lush Green Park and iconic landmarks like Buckingham Palace, and the quaint bistros and bars of the area.
The hotel feels like a five-star experience from the moment you step inside its polished lobby where you are assisted by the friendliest of staff, who will show you to your luxurious room. Choose from a deluxe single, classic double, deluxe double or executive king for your stay and while the room sizes may differ, the standard of the decor doesn’t.
Think velvet upholstery in rich, jewel colours, large windows and private patios for lots of natural light and statement lighting, such as huge, modern chandeliers.
While staying at Flemings Mayfair means being in a great spot to explore west London, we’d thoroughly recommend trying the hotel’s restaurant which is known as a neighbourhood gem. Ormer is currently lead by executive chef Sofian Msetfi, who has worked in some of the best Michelin-starred restaurants in the UK. Make time for a tasting menu experience with a wine pairing and we promise you won’t regret it.
Plus, if you fancy squeezing some pampering into your stay, the hotel has just partnered with renowned practitioner and facialist, Pietro Simone, to launch a R&R staycation package. This deal includes a deluxe double room, continental breakfast and a bespoke one-of-a-kind treatment such as a signature deep tissue dry massage or bamboo body tapping.
The Milestone Hotel, London
There is only a selection of venues in London which have the old school charm of The Milestone Hotel.
With a location looking out across Green Park and over to Buckingham Palace, its very position has that magic London-factor which feels so special to both tourists and locals. Inside, prepare for some of the best service of your life as every employee is thoroughly trained and passionate about the hospitality industry, with the attitude that nothing is too much effort. In fact, take a peek inside the hotel’s in-room booklet and you’ll read stories of some of the most extravagant demands they’ve ever received and what they did to ensure their guests had everything they needed. We won’t give too much away, but one unnamed celebrity requested a grand piano in their room just for their stay, and the hotel delivered.
Downstairs, each room is a pleasure to explore, with interesting details like stained glass windows giving away the character of the old building. But as well as period features, the interior design team has transformed each area into something unique – from the cigar lounge-style Stables Bar which is perfect for cosying up late into the night, to the glamorous Conservatory where afternoon tea is served.
It’s upstairs, though, where things really get exciting. Every single room at The Milestone Hotel is uniquely designed, which means you won’t see any cookie-cutter bedspreads or manila walls here. In fact, suites even have specialist themes such as the Meghan Markle room, which was created to reflect the former Duchess’s favoured colour palette and sophisticated style. Fashionistas will love the Hermes room, shown above, where impressive coffee table books of the fashion house’s works lie about the room and the brand’s famous scarves are framed on the wall.
Plus, if you’re organising your trip in light of a romantic occasion, just let the team know and they can organise real rose petals to be scattered on your bed, chocolate hearts and chocolate dipped strawberries to be put in your room and offer in-room drinks and gifts to treat your other half.
Grantley Hall, Ripon
If you need a break from reality, Grantley Hall is a safe bet. Tucked in the Yorkshire countryside – in a vast estate that counts two rivers and a lovely bunch of sheep running around – this newly renovated Grade II listed building is a dreamy escape from the city and the perfect backdrop for a romantic weekend away.
Two days will be enough to relax and recharge your batteries thanks to the hotel’s incredible spa, The Three Graces, that boasts an indoor and outdoor hot pool, a fresh indoor pool, a jacuzzi, sauna, hammam and even a snow room.
Foodies will be spoiled for choice. Try Shaun Rankin at Grantley Hall restaurant for a Michelin-starred experience or the EightyEight for a pan-Asian feast – you will get home a bit heavier and 100% happier.
The Lansborough, London
With a position that overlooks Hyde Park Corner, sitting next to the grounds of Buckingham Palace, it’s no wonder that The Lanesborough has a selection of regal rooms. Embrace the high life for the weekend and let the rest of the world melt away.
Adare Manor, Limerick
Okay, so this one isn’t technically in the UK, but it is just a hop, skip and jump away - and frankly too gorgeous to not be included. It may be called Adare Manor, but this place is actually more of a castle, and feel like royalty you will after a night’s stay here. It’s also home to the first La Mer spa, which we think warrants a visit.
Witchery by the Castle, Edinburgh
Indulge your vampire fantasies at Edinburgh’s ridiculously luxurious Witchery by the Castle, a world-famous gothic hideaway that’s home to eight individually decorated suites, each as opulent as the next. A bottle of champagne is included in the suite cost, naturally.
11 Cadogan Gardens, London
Smouldering with romantic potential, 11 Cadogan Gardens is a charming, if somewhat hidden, gem in London’s upmarket Chelsea. Describing itself as a “home-from-home for aristocrats, politicians and celebrities” we can see why the Velazquez Suite, pictured, might be a magnet for lovestruck VIPs.
Number Thirty Eight, Bristol
If you want to get amorous in a stylish and understated setting, head to Bristol’s Number Thirty Eight, where the sleek and earthy decor is punctuated by cityscape views and vivid artwork.
Kesgrave Hall, Suffolk
This grand Suffolk hotel residence not only offers bold animal print sofas and provocatively placed bathtubs inside its sharp suites - the 200-year-old building is also a favourite of arguably the sexiest royal - Prince Harry.
The Treehouse at Harptree Court, Bristol
Forget insect bites and high winds, get back to nature at Bristol’s sky-high bolthole The Treehouse, where you can luxuriate in a copper bath, watch the sunset on the veranda, or warm up in front of the wood-burner.
Lucknam Park, Bath
Pop your champagne corks on Lucknam Park’s gigantic four-poster beds, just don’t swing from its delicately strung chandeliers.
The Portobello, London
With heart shaped beds, ceiling-to-floor drapes and antique bathtubs, it’s easy to see why actors, models, rock stars and writers frequent this exclusive and eccentric Notting Hill hotel, housed in a converted neo-classical mansion.
The Grovesnor, London
The Cora Pearl Suite at London’s Grosvnor Hotel is named after a famous courtesan, at one point the toast of Paris with several wealthy lovers. In the 1870s she visited London and booked a suite at The Grovesnor (we won’t say who she was visiting, but Buckingham Palace is very close by). The hotel refused her entry. They’ve made up for it now though, the suite that bears Cora’s name has a beautiful free-standing bath, a chaise lounge and is decorated to look like a boudoir.
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