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12 luxury hotels in the UK you need to add to your travel bucket list

HELLO!'s favourite picks for a glamorous getaway

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Georgia Brown
Georgia BrownLifestyle Writer
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Sometimes, life calls for a little luxury and luckily, the UK is home to some of the world's most glamorous hotels.

From Manchester's Kimpton Clocktower Hotel to London's Landmark Hotel, why venture outside of the UK for your next city break when you can get five-star accommodation on your doorstep?

If a lavish hotel stay is calling your name, then we have the perfect selection of classy, elegant and eccentric hotels for your holiday bucket list. Whether you're after a sophisticated upmarket retreat, a romantic spot to propose, or an arty wind-down to relax, keep scrolling to discover the UK's best luxury hotels...

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Best luxury hotels in Manchester

Kimpton Clocktower Hotel

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As soon as you step into the Kimpton, you know you're in for a seriously glamorous stay. Where elegant Victorian architecture meets Manchester's vibrant community, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better location for your next luxury city break.

From the impeccable service to the plush kingsize beds placed in magnificent loft-style bedrooms, romantic décor and a seriously indulgent breakfast served in the grand Refuge dining room, this hotel is the perfect place to wind down after an evening exploring Manchester's eclectic surroundings.

HELLO!'s Lifestyle Writer, Georgia, stayed at the Kimpton Clocktower just as their music concierge service launched, an exciting experience and exclusive for Kimpton's guests.

"The key is in the details at the Kimpton Clocktower, with their newly launched music concierge service allowing guests to enjoy a tailor-made selection of records played on a chic vintage vinyl player in the room. Pop? R&B? Classical? Simply let the hotel know your music taste before you arrive. Trust us, they've got you covered."

Best luxury hotels in London

The Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square

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Situated in the heart of the city, the Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square is an exquisite place to stay. With incredible views of the Tower of London and Tower Bridge, this Grade II listed ornate building looks super grand from the outside, and as soon as you walk in, you just know you will be experiencing a stay to remember.

The rooms are spacious, with incredible, sumptuous furnishings; no detail is overlooked. Comfortable and chic is the perfect combination! Pop on your robe and visit the spa on the ground floor. The 14-metre pool is a dream, and there are a variety of jacuzzi-style jets in a separate pool, as well as a huge sauna and steam room. There are treatment rooms galore and the fitness centre is epic; it's even open 24 hours a day.

When it comes to food and drink, there are three restaurants to choose from. Also, if you're feeling in the Christmas mood, you need to try the Festive Afternoon Tea. This offering is perfect for a YuleTide treat - you can enjoy a traditional afternoon tea with live music, and the surrounding decorations are glittering.The patisseries are created by incredible Pastry Chef Sylvain Goujon.

The InterContinental Park Lane


Five-star holidaying is synonymous with the world's A-listers. Luckily, the InterContinental hotel already boasts royal credentials before you even get in the door -the hotel is located at 145 Piccadilly, the site of the Queen's childhood home before she moved into Buckingham Palace with her father, King George VI.

After a long day of exploring London, there is nowhere better to curl up than in one of the hotel's exquisite rooms. We recommend the Deluxe room, which comes with a king-sized bed, flat-screen TV and speakers, a functional work desk and a table and armchairs to sit at and take in the beautiful views of the Wellington Arch.

The Landmark Hotel

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Situated in the heart of upscale Marylebone, The Landmark London is a deluxe stay famous for its striking glass-roofed eight-story atrium with towering palm trees, an award-winning restaurant, luxurious bedrooms and an indoor pool and spa. Beautiful Regents Park and Lords Cricket Ground are both less than ten minutes’ walk away.

Marylebone underground and train station are just fifty yards away, providing excellent access to all London’s attractions from outside of the city. If the white marble bathtub or the plush super-king bed isn't enough to tempt you, we're sure the quintessential British breakfast in the hotel's iconic Winter Garden Restaurant will.

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London Marriott Hotel County Hall 

riverside view of spectacular london marriott hotel county hall hotel alongside london eye on southbank© Nigel Story Levanterman Photography

Situated on the Southbank between Westminster Bridge and the London Eye, the Grade II-listed London Marriott Hotel County Hall boasts five-star luxury and views that will leave even resident Londoners in awe.

Of the 206 bedroom and suite options, the Balcony Suites showcase the very best of the hotel. The palatial rooms feature curated art and literature capturing London through the centuries, plus all of the mod cons you could wish for!

After tearing yourself away from your cushioned balcony seats (a discreet but prime position for people-watching), take a soak in your marble bathtub or slip into your complimentary robe and slippers and wander down the corridor to the sauna, steam room and 25-metre indoor swimming pool that is bathed in natural daylight and accessible exclusively to hotel guests.

King George V officially opened the hotel in 1922, and if you meet Len at reception, he is a fountain of knowledge and will happily book you in for a decadent Afternoon Tea in The Library.

Sun Street Hotel


In a convenient central London location, the recently launched Sun Street Hotel is situated only a five minute walk from the bustling Liverpool Street and Moorgate stations. The vibrantly elegant interiors, paired with a traditional Georgian style exterior of this new boutique hotel are incredibly charming. Boasting 41 rooms in total, including seven suites, you can choose to stay in a space decorated in either a modern or traditional style. Our recommend? The latter, which encompasses beautiful oriental themed wallpaper, plush furnishings and opulent bathrooms that create an inviting yet luxurious atmosphere.

The restaurant, library and bar are other hotspot areas within the hotel that are certainly worth a visit. Whilst the bar is a contemporary space offering exotic cocktails and a place to gather with friends and loved ones, the library has been created as a snug environment in which you can rest and relax with a good book in hand. Sounds dreamy.

Best luxury hotels in Edinburgh

The Virgin Hotel

The bedrooms at the Virgin Hotel Edinburgh are spacious and luxurious© Hotel provided
The bedrooms at the Virgin Hotel Edinburgh are spacious and luxurious

The Virgin Hotel in Edinburgh is a blissful surprise. Located slap bang in the centre of the Old Town, 10 minutes walk from the station and literally looking out on Victoria Street (the stunning street J.K. Rowling supposedly based Harry Potter's Diagon Alley on, with all the charm you'd imagine), this hotel is right where the action is. But once inside, it opens up in a kind of tardis-like way, offering an instant reprieve from the bustle of the city, it's peaceful and minimal modern interiors bringing a sense of calm to its impressive and ostentatious Victorian architecture. 

I stayed two nights with my son, on a mini-tour of the city and it was perfect. The room we stayed in was so spacious, with sofas and chairs available for us both to have room to chill out (or check work emails/watch YouTube, depending on which of us it was!).  There was space for a roll out bed, the mini-Smeg fridge added style and function on a hot summer's visit and the huge King-sized bed was incredibly comfortable. 

Eve, the restaurant on the ground floor (the hotel has way more floors than you first imagine as it's built into one of Edinburgh's hills) serves a delicious a la carte breakfast each morning and dinner on the patio during the height of summer was a real treat. Sharing dishes we loved include the Salmon Poke Bowl and the Pork Belly - all washed down with a cocktail from the cocktail list. Eve gets busy - it was fairly quiet and laid back the night we were there, but DJ nights and live music are common. 

There are other offerings in the hotel that looked uber cool and we didn't get to trial or spend much time in this trip like the Common's Club (pine-panelled glamorous dining venue) and the delights of the Victorian Funny Library - I'd have loved to have spent longer here. The books and boardgames make this a perfect place to unwind. 

Because the weather was so warm when we were there, drinks on the rooftop patio were a must - and the views to the castle behind, the perfect backdrop for an Instagram snap. 

It manages to find the perfect balance between being cool while also inviting and accessible, and two days in Edinburgh or at the Virgin hotel are not enough! 

Reviewed by Sophie Vokes-Dudgeon

The Balmoral

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The iconic Victorian-style building is at the epicentre of Edinburgh, surrounded by stunning views of the bustling, historic city. With its ornate grandeur and welcoming service, this elegant 5-star hotel - which is situated on the most prestigious address, No. 1 Princes Street - is the perfect setting for an idyllic city break.

From the high ceilings and stunning art collection, the hotel exudes a grand and timeless feel. If you're looking for a luxury escape with a touch of class and culture when you're travelling to Edinburgh, you certainly can't go wrong with The Balmoral.

Best luxury hotels in Bath

The Gainsborough

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The Gainsborough Bath Spa, situated in the heart of the historical Roman Baths city, undeniably offers the perfect getaway for those looking for some much-needed rest and relaxation with a spot of class and luxury.

Housed in a former 18th-century Georgian mansion, the yellow, honeydew brick building holds an impressive 99 rooms, various suites, thermal rooms as well as a spa in their historic vaults - a totally wonderful setting for some much-needed downtime.

Whether you're looking for a spa, a class in English literature, a vibrant shopping culture or a decadent afternoon tea at neighbouring tea rooms, you'll find something that more than meets your needs on the doorstep during a stay here.

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Best luxury hotels in Berkshire

Clivenden House

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This five-star country-house-hotel hosted Meghan the night before her lavish wedding to Prince Harry in 2018. Stretching across 376 acres, the 17th-century property has welcomed the likes of Queen Victoria, Winston Churchill, and Charlie Chaplin through its doors.

Better yet, the property offers surprisingly affordable rooms and runs family-friendly offers all year round, including a 'kids go free' option worth keeping your eyes peeled for.

Best Luxury Hotels in Hertfordshire

The Grove



Just 18 miles from London lies The Grove, a five-star hotel underpinned by luxury. The hotel has just unveiled their 12 newly-refurbished suites in their 18th-Century Mansion, each individually designed and unique. With four restaurants and a championship golf course, we promise your jaw will drop as you drive up to the entrance. Sequoia Spa located within the grounds is a spa like no other, with black mosaic tiles and sun loungers both inside and on a relaxing terrace outside, this really is the ultimate place to recharge. All treatments use Bamford products, an organic and sustainable skincare brand, with some serious results. We’d recommend the B Silent Ritual, a treatment devoted to relaxing the body, using Japanese shiatsu rocking techniques and a foot bathing ritual - simply divine! 

With four different restaurants, all offering varying cuisines, there really is something for everyone. The Glasshouse, a buffet style restaurant is extremely popular with guests, especially those with children, but hidden in the grounds is The Stables. The relaxing restaurant uses seasonal British produce grown in the Kitchen Garden. The Spatchcock chicken with preserved lemon was the perfect summer dish, just be sure to save enough room for the new season strawberries and elderflower dessert - we’re still thinking about it now! It’s clear, the food is a highlight of this exquisite hotel, as even breakfast in The Glasshouse was a meal to remember. In fact, the hotel is currently running a Feast and Foraging Discovery Package, with a foraging tour around the hotel and a seasonally-inspired feast cooked over open fire, if you like us, love food!

 The staff couldn’t have done anymore to welcome us, and whilst the rest of the hotel is lovely, we would encourage a splurge to enjoy a suite in the Mansion as they provide a stay to remember. If we’re honest, it was struggle to even explore the hotel, with such a beautiful room waiting for us! 

Best luxury hotels in Cambridge

The Varsity Hotel & Spa


The Varsity Hotel and Spa, situated in central Cambridge along the river is the perfect hotel for a city break. With a riverside location, rooftop terrace, incredible restaurant and spa, this beautiful hotel really is the perfect place to relax after a long day of sight-seeing.

 Guests are spoilt for choice with the rooftop garden, a Bar Steakhouse overlooking the River and a Brasserie with panoramic views of the city. We’d recommend booking in at the Steakhouse for some of the most mouthwatering steak we have ever tried -just be sure to add a side of their epic macaroni cheese! The staff throughout the hotel were all lovely and couldn’t have done anymore to make sure our stay was perfect - without doubt, this is one of the best places to stay in Cambridge.

Best luxury hotels in Newcastle

INNSiDE Newcastle 


INNSiDE Newcastle is located on the city’s Quayside, bringing both incredible views and luxury to your weekend getaway. Overlooking the River Tyne, the views from this modern hotel are simply spectacular, and the location is even better! With just a 10 minute walk to the railway station and only slightly further to the shops, this really is the perfect base to explore Newcastle from.

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Equipped with a fitness centre, parking, bar and restaurant, this hotel caters for all. Gino d’Acampo’s restaurant offers an all-day menu, and the breakfast buffet was superb - one of the best we’ve had. The staff are all incredibly friendly and give the large hotel, the buzz you might be scared it could miss - we’d highly recommend staying here for your next city break!

Best luxury hotels in Kent

Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve


This award-winning boutique hotel is situated within 15 acres of landscaped gardens, and amongst a safari and wilderness reserve, making it the perfect luxury getaway for couples and families alike. Whether you decide to sleep in the decadent tiger lodge, camp out under the stars in the giraffe lodge, or opt for a stay in one of the popular treehouses, you'll come away feeling revived and rejuvenated. During your break, you can embark one of the many activities on offer, from safari experiences to junior ranger academies. Another draw is that the reserve is renowned its conservation efforts, housing many rare and endangered species across the park.

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