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Chic Hotels: Why 2015 is Right For A London Staycation

When it comes to cities and chic hotels, few are as awe inspiring as London, particularly when the sun is shining. Yet for most of us who live here it’s not often we take the time to really enjoy it. The city has so much to offer, and personally if I had a weekend in London in the sunshine I could think of nothing better than checking into one the chic hotels and exploring it through the eyes of a first-time visitor.

Chic Hotels La Suite West
La Suite West Hotel Hyde Park

While north London has its character and central London has untold
vibrancy, it’s south west London that wins when it comes to charm however, particularly in the summer months and so for this time of year that is where I would focus my urban adventure for chic hotels.

Kensington and Chelsea are almost impossible to beat for elegance and with them come some of London’s most iconic sites. The Royal Albert Hall and Kensington Palace are a living, breathing part of the city’s history while Notting Hill with its array of postcard perfect houses broadly lives up to its romantic reputation as depicted in Hugh Grant’s rom-com classic. It’s probably also got some of the best boutiques in the area (including charity shops that redefine the genre).

chic hotels The Lodge Putney
The Lodge Putney

Meanwhile, there’s also the leafy village of Putney, the large open space of Wimbledon Common (perfect for Wombling), and events including the historic Boat Race between Oxford and Cambridge, and of course the upcoming Wimbledon tennis which always inspires excitement, even if you’re mostly in it for the strawberries and cream.

Perhaps one of the greatest joys in South West London however, is simply watching the world go by, so it’s fortunate that it’s brimming with coffee shops, pubs and restaurants with outdoor spaces and gardens. Few things are finer than a leisurely weekend lunch in the sun as the world pootles around you in this little corner of the metropolis – it really is a world unto its own.

chic hotels La Suite West
La Suite West Lobby

When it comes to chic hotels, a favourite is The Lodge Hotel, a contemporary gem and former coach house nestled into a Victorian terrace that’s otherwise characteristic of its home in Putney. It has a conservatory at the back (in case you prefer the quiet of the hotel to the aforementioned pub), and it’s close to the tube should you care to go beyond this little oasis of calm and explore the wider capital.

So many people come to London every year for work and play, and see it through excited eyes, so perhaps this summer is the year for an urban staycation; time when you can look up at the beautiful architecture rather than down into the murky Underground, and instead of thinking of London in terms of job prospects and daily commutes, rediscover is as the beating heart of England, throbbing with culture, stories and exceptionally good food.

Crusts On or Crusts Off at Tea Time at Chic Hotels?

The importance of afternoon tea…

There has to be more than cream to afternoon tea at chic hotels to make it the popular phenomenon that it is. It doesn’t seem to matter where you’re from or how old you are, the prospect of an extra meal between lunch and dinner featuring impossibly small sandwiches and disproportionately large scones, is universal.

Chic hotels The Newton, Nairn
The Newton, Nairn

I think one of the reasons for it, is the wide possibilities for interpretation and innovation that this classic British institution allows even in modern chic hotels. Not to mention regional traditions that always provide healthy heated debate. Do you put the cream on first, or the jam? It is a question that has divided families and friends.

Whatever your cakey preference, it may well dictate the destination that you choose. After all, your afternoon tea style says a lot about your personality as well as that of those providing it. At the classically beautiful Stonefield Castle in Scotland a traditional approach of sandwiches and scones is exactly what you are looking for with your view of the loch.

Chic Hotels Risley Hall
Risley Hall Hotel

 

Others who do great justice to the customary variation on afternoon tea, and even throw in a log fire for good measure include the Lake District’s Inn on the Lake, and Cotswold House Hotel in Gloucestershire. At both hotels you will also obviously benefit from the hearty appetite generated from a bracing walk in the local area – it’s fine, all those hills nullify any calories you may or may not have been concerned about.

To take ‘chic’ to a whole new level however, you can always rely on Anouska Hempel to create great chic hotels. The interior designer who is famed for her high fashion flair and award-winning sense of luxury would no doubt be disappointed with anything less exquisite from the food that’s served on the carefully chosen plates. So when it comes to La Suite West in London, the 100% vegan, three course afternoon tea is just what Anna Wintour ordered, right down to the coconut cream and fresh strawberries. Talk about having your cake and eating it too!

Perhaps in the 50 Shades world in which we live however, the best is yet to come. The upcoming opening of Hotel Gotham in Manchester in April is highly anticipated for its naughty-but-nice humour and serious sex appeal… just imagine what they might be doing with the raspberry jam and the oozing black chocolate Gotham Kirsch cake!?

Vagabond Hotel: too many reasons to go back to the ‘50s

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There is something so glamorous about 1950s America. Post-war, the world was becoming a glossier place – Marilyn Monroe was in her heyday and everybody loved Lucy. Much as we appreciate all the glories of 2015, the nostalgic appeal of 1950s style has an unmistakable romance, all of which has been epitomized in The Vagabond Hotel in Miami.

Vagabond Hotel Miami FL USA - Bedroom
Vagabond Hotel Miami FL USA – Bedroom

Originally built in 1953 as a motel, The Vagabond was the rumored hangout of Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack. Fast-forward 60 years and following a complete renovation it’s all sparkling new, which means that frankly, nothing has changed. That’s because here it is all about that original magic, or retro-luxe if you will. If you didn’t know any better you could have stepped back into that founding year… but now it has WiFi.

Such is the landmark appeal of The Vagabond Hotel that some features really haven’t changed at all. The sign outside heralding your arrival at the ‘Vagabond Motel’ is a monument in its own right and as such had to be kept in situ as part of the conditions of the renovation. It’s part of the charm and personality of the place that it’s not just a replica of a bygone era but a thriving part of the ‘50s. It’s living, breathing and playing your favourite song on the Jukebox. If a Corvette pulled up outside it would not be out of place, it would be perfect.

Vagabond Hotel - Pool
Vagabond Hotel – Pool

A throwback to its motel past, there are just 45 rooms while the focus is on fresh colours, a sense of space, and art everywhere – not least of all because some dude has doodled all over the walls with intricately stenciled geometric patterns. It’s kitsch but seriously cool – a phrase that comes to mind when you head to the restaurant, which is still referred to as a ‘diner’. It’s just that these days it serves a Miami-modern blend of Latin-Asian-American food rather than your bog standard burger and fries.

Vagabond Hotel - Bedroom
Vagabond Hotel – Bedroom

You will be pleased to hear that even if dear old Frank isn’t gracing the bar with his presence, it remains one of THE places to go in Miami proving that it hasn’t lost any of its magnetism. In fact today it’s attracting more than clientele, the area as a whole is the go-to hotspot for boutiques and independent restaurants that are popping up at a rate of knots.

The cherry on top of the ice cream milkshake however is the Vagabond Hotel’s pool and bar. This is where you want to throw on your high-waisted bikini and lay back with a Vagabond Collins (their signature cocktail). This is what glamour really feels like. This my friends, is where it doesn’t matter what your story is, it’s worthy of the silver screen and Sammy Davis, Jr. is providing the soundtrack.

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Hotel Gotham: A New Bespoke Chic Hotel

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Hotel Gotham

 

For many people, looking for and choosing the most modern, glamorous and chic hotel across the UK is a delight well worth saving time for. Whether you travel occasionally or regularly, you undoubtedly desire the most stylish hotel in your chosen destination. From 2015, that might just prove to be the Hotel Gotham, located in the heart of Manchester’s stunning King Street.

Chic Hotels Reflect Their Clientele

If you’re traveling to Manchester and want a hip and trendy hotel, you’ll soon never have to settle for less than you expect. The coolest and sexiest hotels around the world have been specifically designed to attract a clientele that feels at home in an exclusive residence, whether on a small or large scale.

For some people, the blend of style and fashion is an essential ingredient for their choice of  chic hotel accommodation. You expect the highest of standards, not just in terms of the service from employees, but also the design of the hotel, all the way down to the quality of the sheets and pillow cases in your room. Just as you wouldn’t expect to find bland white pillowcases, you’d equally anticipate a blend of fellow visitors that are dressed for the occasion.

The latest Bespoke chic hotel will rise above one of Manchester’s premium shopping streets from its home in one of the city’s grandest listed buildings – the former Midlank Bank headquarters designed by Edwin Lutyens.

Of the 60 bedrooms in Bespoke’s chic Hotel Gotham, four will be inner sanctum suites complete with their own gardens. There will also be a restaurant, and a prohibition style bar and rooftop members only club.

The Art Deco building features carvings by local sculptor John Ashton Floyd, and is affectionately known amongst locals as the ‘King of King Street‘, due to its grandeur, size and palatial design.

The Bespoke Hotel Gotham will utilise and reinvigorate the character of this majestic building and present it to the people of Manchester as a hotel they can be truly proud of.

The Decoration of a chic hotel is Important

You’ll immediately see the amount of effort put into decorating the bedrooms, as well as the common areas like the lounge, restaurants and bars, where the design and amenities far outstrip those of run-of-the-mill, ordinary hotels.

Location is Important

hotel-gotham-manchesterMany chic hotels are located in areas close to trendy shopping and entertainment districts, so that while you enjoy relaxing in your boutique surroundings you can also take comfort in the knowledge that an extra special purchase is right on your doorstep. Bespoke’s Hotel Gotham will be no exception. The property will be fully refurbished as a luxury, 5-star hotel in the heart of Manchester’s affluent shopping district, where boutiques such as Hermès, Whistles, Emporio Armani, Agent Provocateur, Mulberry, Thomas Pink, and Reiss are all just a stone’s throw away.
And if you find the sheer weight of choices overwhelming, have no doubt that staff will be on hand to recommend the trendiest boutiques and most glamorous stores.

There are many chic hotels across the UK which specialise in providing you with a glamorous je ne sais quoi, but there’s a particular sense of style that you will only enjoy at the Hotel Gotham and other luxurious city centre Bespoke properties. Just click here to discover and learn more about the current range of Bespoke’s hip, trendy and chic hotels that the new Hotel Gotham will sit proudly amidst from 2015.