Often considered a dull but practical alternative to standard hotels for business travelers, elegant versions resembling boutique hideaways have sprouted up all across the country in recent years.
They have their own private kitchens and, in some cases, a lounge, giving couples and even families much-needed room to unwind. And, unlike cottages or Airbnbs, hotels have considerably superior availability, flexibility, and facilities.
Hiding Space Westgate Apartments, Bath
Hiding Space has a few boutique-style aparthotels in Bath, but Westgate Apartments is the most strategically positioned, just a few meters from the city’s famed Thermae Spa. While ideal for a pair, the spacious, Scandi-inspired living spaces may easily accommodate larger parties by adding couch beds. There’s no gym or restaurant on-site, but with the city’s magnificent, honeyed architecture and thriving culinary scene right outside your door, you’re unlikely to spend much time inside.
Rates start at £118
Your Apartment Clifton Village, Bristol
Your Apartment’s new location is in the middle of beautiful Clifton Village, close to attractive coffee shops and excellent delis. Each of the 34 studio apartments has a double or king size bed, a kitchenette, dining tables and chairs, and a bathroom. Everything is contactless, and you can check in with your phone. And if you stay for a week or longer, say for a workation (the building has a co-working area), they’ll even offer you a discount.
Price: Rates from £63
Kingsland Locke, London
Locke maintains a tiny empire of design-led aparthotels in London, the most recent of which being Kingsland Locke in Dalston. Upstairs are 124 flats, each with a full-sized kitchen and discreetly dressed in mossy green. The greatest portions, though, may be found elsewhere in the building, where, in addition to a gym and co-working space, you’ll discover KRAFT Dalston, a gin distillery and microbrewery in one. And, sure, you may order those cocktails to go with your Le Bab kebabs.
Rates start at £115.
Staybridge Suites Liverpool
IHG’s pet-friendly Staybridge Suites is a short walk from Tate Liverpool. You may choose between two apartment sizes: a smaller studio suite or a one-bedroom suite with a parlor large enough to accommodate a couch bed for guests. If you’re staying in one of the 132 guest suites with views of the Royal Albert Dock, you might be tempted to stay in and enjoy the view. However, the city’s waterfront bar scene is ready to be enjoyed. They’ll also treat you to breakfast the next morning.
Rates start at £87
Native Manchester is a two-minute walk from Manchester Piccadilly railway station, and it has 166 elegant flats in a warehouse that previously contained bales of cotton imported from the United States. There are seven distinct room types to select from, ranging from bijoux studios to a two-bed penthouse duplex. Each apartment offers a fully equipped kitchen, a sitting area, and king-size beds. There’s enough to keep you busy in the facility, with a restaurant, a movie, and even a fitness studio.
Rates start at £98.
Captain’s Club Hotel & Spa, Christchurch, Dorset
The Captain’s Club Hotel & Spa in Christchurch is perched on the brink of the River Stour and includes a series of 12 self-catering apartments suited for parties. The views are everything here, with floor-to-ceiling windows in the sitting room overlooking the river and the Hengistbury Head nature reserve. A package of local delights, including a bottle of award-winning sparkling wine from the neighboring English Oak winery, awaits to welcome you to Dorset.
Rates start at £260.
Stay Camden, London
Stay Camden is designed for business, with a contemporary co-working area downstairs and 169 flats upstairs ranging from an airy one-bed to a large three-bed. Regardless of size, each of the Scandi-inspired apartments includes a fully equipped kitchen, a sitting room, and a balcony with views of the London skyline. To get to the pubs and restaurants on Camden High Street, go down the Regent’s Canal towpaths.
Rates start at £205 per night.