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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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Poodle Power at our Boutique Hotel in London

We’re beyond the point of caring whether it makes us sound like Paris Hilton, our pets are important to us, and so what if they are a little pampered from time to time when we want to take them to a boutique hotel for a break?

Bermondsey Square Hotel - a London Boutique hotel

The satire and stereotypes may be abundant, but at Laterooms.com’s “Simply the Guest” awards, it was the animal friendly amongst us who were laughing, including our beloved Bermondsey Square Hotel (B2) in London.

Four stars and oodles of character are not the only things that make this boutique hotel shine; its uniqueness goes another step as it welcomes pets through its doors.

Setting itself apart even from its mutually award-winning counterparts however is that B2 is amongst the few truly stylish pet-friendly hotels residing in the midst of urban bliss.

On its offbeat corner of Bermondsey High Street, located in the area of the famous Friday Bermondsey Antiques Market, it is just a stone’s throw from both iconic city favourites including The Shard, the Tate Modern and the culinary delights of Borough Market, a perfect setting for a boutique hotel in London.

Bermondsey Square Hotel a London boutique hotel
Bermondsey Square Hotel

All part of the excellent service, B2 can provide dog beds, bowls, treats, a map of bars, shops and restaurants that also welcome four-legged friends, and 10% off leads, collars and harnesses at Holly & Lil – Collar Couture, a neighbour to this boutique hotel.

It’s not all just about making waves in the hospitality industry, it’s about putting your proverbial paw print on the world, and the Bermondsey Square hotel certainly knows how!

Bespoke London Hotels have Christmas Shopping Sewn up

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Christmas Shopping in London

From the lights of Oxford Street to the ice rink of Somerset House, nowhere does Christmas like London and no-one does the capital quite like a Bespoke’s London Hotel.

Christmas comes but once a year and with it do the unique joys of shopping in London. Don’t leave it to the last minute, but instead start planning festive shopping sprees in the capital now and book a Bespoke London Hotel to really make the most of your visit.

Ring in the darkening afternoons with blazing shop window, 2013’s Christmas lights cascading down Oxford Street, restaurants packed with hungry diners, audiences spilling out of theatreland, and crowds thronging the edges of the sparkling outdoor ice rinks, hoping to spot somebody famous falling over.

Gift shopping

Christmas shopping in London needn’t be all stress and last minute rushes, especially if you book into one of Bespoke’s London Hotels. Prominent shopping districts in the capital with their monolithic department stores and quirky boutiques, craft, vintage and antique market stalls come alive with Christmas spirit and late night opening hours. There’s plenty to see whilst you go on the hunt for a bargain, too, with a number of pop up shops and festive markets offering alternative and unusual gift ideas, from gourmet food to handmade crafts and one-off fashion lines.

Sightseeing in winter?

Why not combine shopping with sightseeing? All you need to do is pick your area. The West End is still the big draw, but other regions are catching up, including Westfield, the upmarket shopping mall in Shepherd’s Bush, or its sister in Stratford, alongside the 2012 Olympic Park. Additionally Canary Wharf, on the Isle of Dogs, is now a destination in its own right, with five shopping malls (subterranean and therefore weatherproof) dozens of restaurants, bars and clubs, and easy access to the O2 Arena.

Bespoke’s London Hotels

But did you also know Bespoke London Hotels can offer a choice of 4 great locations with prices to match, whether it’s the centre of the West End or a bit further out.

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Ten Manchester Street

Right behind Oxford Street there’s the stunning Ten Manchester Street Hotel, an elegant, boutique property in the heart of Marylebone. Nestling just off Marylebone High Street, with its ‘village’ feel and eclectic boutiques, Number Ten provides the perfect place to stay in London, sheltered from the hustle and bustle of the West End yet mere minutes from all it has to offer. And when you stay at this boutique hotel, with 45 unique, luxurious bedrooms, don’t forget to visit The Dieci Restaurant, a great place to unwind and enjoy rare fine wines, spirits and authentic regional Italian cuisine after hitting the high street.

For those who want something Hip there’s the timelessly cool Bermondsey Square Hotel, set in the heart of rejuvinated Bermondsey, with a thriving restaurant, bar and club scene on its doorstep, as well as art galleries, design studios and numerous boutique shops. A short distance from the City, the Design Museum, Borough Market,

Bermondsey Square Hotel
Bermondsey Square Hotel

Tate Modern and Tower Bridge, The Bermondsey Square Hotel is a stylish Bespoke London hotel with 80 designer bedrooms, including a series of loft rooms overlooking the Shard, St Paul’s, and the rest of the iconic London skyline.

Although it was selected by Hip Hotels Group as a memorable place to stay around the world, you might recognised The Bermondsey Square Hotel  as the setting for Channel 4’s ‘Hotel GB’.  The show ran in October 2012, with Gordon Ramsey and Mary Portas competing to raise money for charity.

Fancy somewhere just out of town?

If you’re looking for something a little more pastoral, Bespoke London Hotels have two perfect locations for you.

 

The Lodge Hotel
The Lodge Hotel

The Lodge Hotel – in attractive, tree-lined Putney, near Wandsworth and the River Thames – provides an ideal base in south west London for business and pleasure. This Bespoke London Hotel offers 60 elegantly appointed en suite bedrooms, alongside Bar 52 and its elegant lounge.

Or finally why not consider The Park Hotel in the heart of Teddington Village, just yards from the mainline station. You’ll have excellent access to central London via a 30-minute train ride to Waterloo, whilst simultaneously being just a stone’s throw from popular attractions such as Richmond, Twickenham Rugby Stadium, Hampton Court Palace, Kew Gardens, and Kingston upon Thames.

In short, whichever Bespoke London Hotel you choose for your pre-Christmas shopping break, you’ll be sure to have a memorable stay and leave with bags brimming.  Check availability here now.

Reunite with Family in London Hotels with Bespoke Hotels

Is it time for your family to reunite and spend some time together? With the bustling, frenetic nature of modern life, family gathering can often be tricky things to organise, especially when the family is spread all over the place. One way to reunite is to plan a family reunion in a central location that offers convenience and plenty to see and do. London is the ideal city in which to plan a family reunion, as its central location is easy to access and provides plenty of activities for all ages to enjoy. Bespoke has some great London hotels within our group that cater for families and help guests get the most out of their trip. And with the summer season in full flow, and events such as Wimbledon and the Ashes coinciding with schools’ summer holidays, it couldn’t be a better time for a trip to the capital.

Look for Family Hotels that Cater for Children

There are always lots of children around when families reunite. Cousins, nieces, nephews, and grandchildren that may not get the opportunity to meet regularly will all be excited and ready to enjoy themselves. In this regard, it’s important to research the local area and find a place that offers appropriate services for children. Thankfully all of our Bespoke London hotels offer some great local knowledge which will help to meet the needs of the younger guests at the hotel.

Amenities that make travelling with children easier, such as board games, cards, DVDs, books, and music, are available to borrow from most Bespoke hotels. Some hotels will offer these amenities right there in your room, while others will have a system set up whereby you can call down and have the items delivered to your door. Depending on the Bespoke hotel you choose, you may even be able to rent video game systems, which are helpful if you have a rainy day or simply wish to lounge around.

Hotel Features that Make Travelling Easier for Mum and Dad

With all this talk of keeping the kids happy, it’s important not to forget that the London hotels you research should also understand the importance of making travelling easy for mum and dad. Offering features like connecting rooms so families can easily communicate with each other and travel back and forth, baby bed and cots, are all vital when staying together. While a hotel may not provide every amenity you want, most family friendly London hotels go above and beyond trying to keep guests happy, and will be more than happy to satisfy you as best they can. Consider booking a few rooms at a family friendly property in one of our London Bespoke Hotels the next time you want to reunite with distant relatives.

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