The Hottest UK Hotel Openings of 2018

While jetting off to exotic, far-flung places is all part of the vacationing journey, sometimes there’s nothing quite like a little cosy comfort. The UK might not offer the warmest of climes, but beneath its rolling clouds, there are a great many treasures to be found. From the cosiest of boutique spots to the latest urban openings, hotels are popping up left, right, and centre around the country. Looking for a vacation that involves trendy, luxurious accommodations? A trip over the pond might just do you right.

There’s a buzz rising from England’s South East, and it’s got nothing to do with London. Kent is slowly becoming one of the most talked-about counties in the country, home to a string of coastal towns that are experiencing an overdue renaissance. One of the new hotspots is Broadstairs, a charming seaside town that’s bound to make you a happy traveller. While the town is as straightforward as they come, there’s a great deal of charm to be found in its chalky cliffs and stunning seaside vistas. If you’re planning on staying for the night, there’s no better choice than The Bay Tree, one of the town’s newest hotel offerings. Boasting ten smart rooms, a perfectly stocked library, and bracing coastal views, the hotel is bound to blow away any lingering winter cobwebs.

If, however, you’re more of a city person, London is no doubt your best option. Hotels are a dime a dozen in the British capital, so separating the wheat from the chaff needs to be done with caution. One diamond amongst countless duds is the New Road Hotel, located in Whitechapel. A former textile factory, the hotel is bursting with that kind of industrial coolness that took over London’s East End five years ago. Despite the clichés, the hotel is a real success, perfectly showcasing the factory’s original features while giving them a loving contemporary touch. Escape to your own little slice of paradise in the Big Smoke.

Counting William Shakespeare among its former residents list, Stratford-upon-Avon is one of the UK’s most historical hotspots. As well as housing the world-famous Royal Shakespeare Theatre and its prestigious theatre company, the city is pretty as a picture, making for a wonderful afternoon spent strolling around. Once your feet get too tired to keep on marching, you can count on a great night’s sleep in the Hotel du Vin, the city’s newest boutique hotel. A Georgian building, the hotel is as picturesque as its surroundings, helping to take you back in time. Better yet, both Shakespeare’s birthplace and the theatre are within walking distance, perfecting your historical jaunt.

Enjoying a flurry of success on its opening late last year, The Cow is set to become one of the finest luxury hotel and eatery chains in Northern England. Its flagship location is located in the heart of Derbyshire, and is well worth a visit. Proffering twelve boutique bedrooms, an onsite restaurant, and exposed beams galore, The Cow makes for the ultimate country weekend spot. With further locations already planned, it looks like The Cow’s future is burning bright; get in now before the in-crowd gets on board.

One of North Yorkshire’s most recent hotel openings, The Fleece Hotel in Richmond, is just begging to be booked for a weekend break. Once an integral part of historic Richmond, the one-hundred-and-twenty-year-old Fleece building has been entirely transformed for 2018, boasting a bold new look. While the boutique bar, restaurant, and café are bound to get tongues wagging, it’s the bedrooms that really steal the show. Plush, comfy beds and state of the art bathrooms are the norm in this hotel, so expect a seriously relaxing stay.

Hannah Lamarque
Hannah is a freelance writer and copy editor living in Europe. She writes about travel, art, design and culture and loves discovering hidden places in the cities that she visits.