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Boutique Hotels

If you’re looking for something with a bit more character than is usually offered by large hotels, but with no less sophisticated facilities, a boutique hotel could be perfect for you. Boutique hotels have stylish character that both reflects and enhances their surroundings, whether that’s the middle of a major city or an idyllic resort.

What Are Boutique Hotels?

It’s not easy to reel off a list of what defines a boutique hotel, especially given that the term seems to be ubiquitous these days, but discerning guests tend to know one when they see it. It’s a medium-sized hotel, typically with between 10 and 100 bedrooms, but it’s neither an oversized small hotel nor an undersized property with aspirations to be a major hotel. It has a style all of its own.

Chester Grosvenor Boutique hotels
Chester Grosvenor

This sense of identity is key for boutique hotels. Whether a converted manor house or a chic designer building, each defines itself, and finds its particular character, reflecting its location.

Where Are Boutique Hotels?

Boutique hotels originated as a phrase in the 1980s, and was originally used to describe stylish, medium-sized hotels in cities like London and New York. The UK now has boutique hotels in cities like London, Manchester and Edinburgh, and the category has expanded to the extent that it can be found in most major cities round the world.

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But boutique hotels aren’t just an urban phenomenon. They can also be found in almost every environment where hospitality flourishes, from the heart of the aforementioned English countryside to the sun-drenched beaches of the Caribbean. There are even boutique resorts in prime holiday locations, whether you want to explore the rugged Indian hills or sun yourself by the serene Mediterranean.

Why Use Boutique Hotels?

If all you want is to stop off on a journey, or an overnight stay ahead of an early-morning flight, there are plenty of anonymous but reliable brands. Or even, if you don’t mind getting nothing but the basics, a boarding-house might provide a personal touch.

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What boutique hotels offer is both character and individuality without sacrificing the range of facilities. Most have a wide range of rooms and suites, often sumptuously designed, as well as all the extras you’d expect from a major hotel, from free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TV, to high-quality restaurants. Furthermore, many offer spa facilities that any self-respecting major hotel would be proud of.

In the end, boutique hotels tend to be perfect for visitors who value being a little different. Those who want a hotel that belongs to its location, rather than being imposed on it. Boutique hotels and resorts, for instance, are popular with eco-tourists, as well as visitors to major cities who want their hotel stay to be as memorable and unique as the host city itself.

If this describes you, why not discover how much more personal a boutique hotel can make your stay?

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London Hotels for your Trip

A visit to London is always special, whether you’re taking in traditional sights like the Tower or the Changing of the Guard, going to see a West End show or major sports event, or even closing a deal at a business meeting. Our great london hotels  match the experience.

While it’s true that no matter where you are based in London, almost everywhere else is easily accessible via tube, bus or taxi, London is also a collection of villages, each with its own identity. As such, your hotel will share the unique character of its surroundings, so allow us to present just a few of the many London hotels to match your ideal trip.

La Suite West

Bespoke hotels - la suite west

If you’re looking for high-fashion and glamorous style from your London hotel, you could scarcely do better than La Suite Westin the elegant streets near Hyde Park. Designed by Anouska Hempel, the hotel has a quiet Zen feel amidst the luxury of crafted four-poster beds and marble bathrooms in its 79 bedrooms and suites, alongside the American White Oak tables on the hotel’s private terrace.

The restaurant stresses healthy eating, with extensive vegan options and alcohol-free “mocktails” on offer. La Suite West is convenient both for the West End and the more bohemian Notting Hill and famed Portobello Market.

The Bermondsey Square Hotel

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Bermondsey Square Hotel

Situated in one of the most dynamic areas of London, just south of the Thames in full view of the spectacular Shard, the Bermondsey Square  will be familiar if you watched the Channel 4 show Hotel GB, starring Mary Portas and Gordon Ramsey, and was also recommended by Hip Hotels Group.  Its 90 designer bedrooms,  including 4 loft rooms with stunning views over London, are sumptuously furnished with facilities ranging from luxury beds to an 8-person rooftop hot tub.

The hotel is in the heart of Bermondsey, with a boutique cinema, an antiques market and trendy cafés around it, and it’s within easy reach of both the City and the West End, as well as attractions like The Tate Modern, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London.

The Park Hotel

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The Park Hotel

Great London hotels aren’t only in central London you know. The Park Hotel in Teddington is just 30 minutes by train from Waterloo, yet also gives easy access to West London attractions like Kew Gardens, Hampton Court and the home of England Rugby at Twickenham.

The Grade II listed building features 43 luxurious en-suite double rooms with all the facilities you’d expect in a high-class hotel. The Park Café Bar and Restaurant offers a wide-ranging menu, including both traditional and modern dishes all prepared from fresh ingredients. While the hotel also provides superb facilities for wedding receptions.

Whichever one of the above or our other London hotels you choose, you will be assured of a warm and friendly welcome, as well as convenient access to a wealth of activities across our capital.  To check availability of the hotel of your choice just click here >>>

Romantic city breaks: what REALLY makes them romantic?

With Valentine’s Day approaching, and a Leap Year following swiftly after that, romantic city breaks are most definitely in the air in 2016.  While Paris is the capital of proposals and Italy has a reputation for sweeping people off their feet, we are delving beyond the stereotypes and looking to explain what really gives some of the most romantic cities in the world their edge…

Paris

You can’t really talk about romance without mentioning Paris, but in amongst the suave, sophisticated men and effortlessly stylish women, it isn’t just the accent and the food that makes Paris such a hotspot for Cupid’s Arrow.  Nope, for anyone who has spent a little time walking around the famous city it’s clear that Paris’s charm lies in the details and the atmosphere.  Personal recommendations would be to take a wander in the Luxembourg Gardens and then go for a jaunt around the Pere Lachaise Cemetery in the 20th arrondissement.  It might seem like a peculiar recommendation on a romantic getaway but here you will find the final resting places of everyone from Jim Morrison to Oscar Wilde (a legendary knee wobbler).  It’s certainly a trip you won’t forget!

Bermondsey Square Hotel
Bermondsey Square Hotel

London

The beauty of London lies in its diversity.  From Bermondsey, where visitors find themselves surrounded simultaneously by iconic contemporary features like The Shard, nestled right alongside the artisan pleasures of Borough Market, to the hoi polloi of Chelsea and Bloomsbury, the city is a chameleon where you can be whoever you want to be and the possibilities for adventure and magic are endless.  Hold hands wandering down the Southbank after an evening at the National Theatre, or pop the question on Tower Bridge… it is a Leap Year after all!

Florence

Much like France, romance is woven into the fabric of Italian culture, and nowhere is that more apparent than Florence.  One of the most beautiful heritage cities in the world, it feels alive without having the weighty hustle and bustle of other major European settlements.  At no point are you weighed down by congestion or find you’ve turned a corner only to be confronted by an offensive postwar edifice.  On the contrary, this is the city of awe-inspiring architecture, living history, palpable creativity, and perhaps the most spectacular skyline you could hope for, especially if you enjoy it at sunset from nearby Fiesole.

Edinburgh

Wrap up warm and head to a city that has history at its heart.  There’s no one more patriotic than the Scots, and their capital, with its cobbled streets, boutique shopping, spectacular castle and ample opportunities to snuggle up with a dram of whisky, makes for one heck of a passionate escape.  It might not have been the first city you thought of for Valentine’s Day, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find it has all the makings of an epic romance.

Vagabond Hotel - Miami

Miami

Another curveball to throw into the mix, while moving still further away from all things stereotypical, comes in the form of a trip to the heat and buzzing atmosphere of Miami.  Romance here isn’t about staring into one another’s eyes, but partying until sunrise and absorbing the unique social climate in this vibrant city.  If you’re lucky enough to stay somewhere like The Vagabond Hotel then you can also absorb a little of that 1950s Hollywood-esque history that it does so well… it’s like stepping out into your very own silver screen.

International Bespoke Hotels

Now the British winter seems here to stay, most of us are dreaming about getting away to the sunshine. Even if we can’t drop everything and take off right this instant, at least we can plan a holiday in the sun for later in the year. If you’re tired of the usual hotel brands, and eager to experience something a little bit different, there are plenty of bespoke hotels offering unique experiences in locations ranging from surprisingly unfamiliar corners of Europe to the exotic and far-flung. Allow us to show you a few…

Reads Hotel, Mallorca

The major resorts on Mallorca may be crowded, but the setting around Reads shows why the original tourists came to the island. The first five-star hotel in the island’s countryside, Reads is one of those bespoke hotels that has been offering exclusive service to its guests since 1995.

Nestling again the Serra de Tramuntana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Reads has suites and double bedrooms that offer views across four acres of landscaped gardens and vineyards where the hotel produces its own wine. The Vespasian Spa, rated by Tatler amongst the top 50 spas in the world, provides an impressive range of wellness options.

Reads Hotel Majorca

Palazzo Belmonte, Italy

In the Campania region, two hours down the Italian coast from Naples, Palazzo Belmonte is a 17th century palace converted into a luxury hotel, with a choice of apartments and suites as well as a restaurant. With a private beach on this glorious Mediterranean coastline as well as a swimming pool, it’s surrounded by extensive walled gardens.

And if this wasn’t a great find just five miles away, the Villa Sirena  with seven en-suite double bedrooms is under the same management. Besides its own swimming pool and Roman ruins, guests at the Villa Sirena can also use the Palazzo’s facilities. So you can chose from your type of Bespoke Hotels from one location and the facilities that you want.

The Dune Eco Village & Spa, Puducherry, India sunset

The Dune Eco Village & Spa, Puducherry, India

If you’re looking for something worlds away, both geographically and culturally, the Dune Eco Village and Spa is a beach hotel in south-east India that offers a mixture of eco-friendly living, Indian spirituality and a glorious climate. With 55 bungalows (many of them historical buildings) offering accommodation, the Village also has a spa that provides alternative therapies such as Watsu, as well as yoga, meditation and Ayurdevic treatments.

The Dune is as much a way of life as a hotel, and guests are invited to share activities like milking the cows on the property’s organic farm, which provides most of the food serviced in the healthy-eating restaurants. And alongside the quieter activities in the spa, a wide range of sports are available — as well as the glorious beaches on the Bay of Bengal.

India is becoming a great place to visit in 2016 with lots more different bespoke hotels on offer from City to Country from large to small so check out what on offer by clicking here >>>>