religionFrom three exciting new hotels making waves in Wales, to charming Cotswolds hotels and affordable crashboards in the heart of London Victoria, here are six of Britain’s hottest new check-in dates.
Known for its Northern Spanish barbecue and meat-focused menu, Asador 44 needs no introduction to Cardiff-goers. The good news for foodies is that the talented brothers behind it – Natalie Isaac, Owen Morgan and Tom Morgan, aka Grupo 44 – have added another chain to their collection of restaurants and bars at this Spanish-inspired boutique hotel.
The family’s love of Spanish culture, fueled by childhood adventures off the beaten path, shines through in the nine bedrooms of the Asador 44 and the residents’ living room on the second floor. Parador (Staying in a historic Spanish building), the bedrooms are sherry-inspired names, Spanish heavy wood doors that turn into headboards, intricate parchment tiles and Spanish botanical inspiration. Immediately reminiscent of Andalusia with toiletries made with lemon and bergamot.
Luxurious rustic living room with an open bar, complete with family-owned manzanilla leading to a sun-stepped terrace dotted with striped parasols and lavender plantings. Perfect for an afternoon Copita After shopping in the nearby arcades and exploring Cardiff Castle. Not just a feast-worthy feast, but a hearty Spanish breakfast at dinner below and Ensemadas to eat breakfast.
Bed and breakfast, double from £195. grupo44.co.uk/paraador44
Another exciting family affair is Y Cellars in the coastal town of Avellaron in West Wales. Twins Llyr and Llinos Thomas have put their heart and soul into transforming the former Kelder restaurant and adjacent bar into a nine-room boutique hotel.
Hospitality goes through brothers. My parents founded the famous family-run restaurant The New Celtic next door. Y Seller—a deep purple facade with elegant cursive lettering—has a stylish bar with a roaring fireplace and a comfortable lounge serving small plates, but the main dining event is downstairs with a delicious restaurant upstairs. Here, sapphire pans, window-like mirrors and glowing spherical lights create the feeling of a golden-age glamorous train carriage. Behind the scenes, a team of talented chefs prepare exquisitely prepared dishes such as lemon with marmite butter, mouth-watering tomatoes, pepper fillets, scallops with samphire, creamy potatoes, and heaps of garlic, followed by classic dishes with a twist, such as the Pistachio Bakewell. spicy;
Upstairs, the nine luxurious bedrooms are moody, with graphite walls and golden lighting in perfect harmony.Look Fringe blankets, fluffy white linen, blackout curtains and a Bluetooth music system.
Avilayon stand-alone shops, pastel houses and pebble beaches are just a short distance away, and dolphin spots are just a short drive from New Quay.
B&B, double from £169. yseler.co.uk
Arriving just in time for your late summer beachside stay, the Oyster House is the Mumbles’ 16-bedroom boutique pub-restaurant. This beachfront property is a short walk from a pebble beach and a short walk from the jetty.
A 15-minute drive from Swansea Station, this hotel is the latest addition to the Oyster Wharf development with a focus on drinking and dining. The ground floor contains a vibrant, globe-lit bar/restaurant with emerald green banquettes and crimson banquettes for seating, and two glass-enclosed conservatories. It offers casual gallery-style bar food, decorated with foliage and flap girl prints. Think haddock and chips, and halloumi salad (but skip dessert and opt for a scoop of vanilla from nearby Joe’s Ice Cream Parlour).
Upstairs there is a terrace bar to enjoy the sunset and bedrooms with Roberts radios and a touch of bold pastel colours. Some rooms have red curtains with a coral print in the shape of columns, while others have a buttercup headboard in the shape of a crown and sea blue walls with sun and sea sprinkles. Kids will love the Do Not Disturb sign (cute toy). After a glimpse of the sea, book a sea view room (but don’t expect a full panoramic view).
Walk the coastal paths or don’t miss the beach walk to Suar Bay and Limeslid Bay.
Doubles from around £125, room only. oysterhousemumbles.com
Oddington’s Foxes, Gloucestershire
For those looking for a charming pub with rooms, this honey-coloured 19th-century inn in Gloucestershire is just the ticket. Built by Cotswold legend Carol Bamford of Daylesford fame, the six rooms feature king-size beds with organic sheep’s wool mattresses and Hugo Guinness prints, and a spacious, ornate living area (Bamford’s stuff in the bathroom, of course).
The Cotswold’s exposed stone walls, along with a palette of natural shades (think warm cream and biscuit brown), are the rooms of the Countryside Roots. For romance, choose the master eaves room with four-poster bed or the first-floor den overlooking the walled garden.
The equestrian-inspired bar has quirky features such as repurposed old stable doors, leather banquettes and a turquoise-walled tuck room with hanging roses, plus gin, honey and lavender. Try bee pollen.
At The Fox we don’t just look after our business, we have a strong belief in the environment. The pub runs on 100% renewable energy and Alan Gleeson Restaurant serves food from some of the UK’s best producers including Daylesford Organic and Wootton Estate.
There are plenty of walking trails nearby, and 10 electric bikes from Daylesford Green take you to the Daylesford Organic Farm Shop.
Bed and breakfast, double from £225. thefoxadoddington.com
Two years after his Manchester debut, the Brooklyn landed in the Midlands, bringing a cool American touch to Leicester. Like many of her Manchester properties, her 191 bedrooms are Brooklyn-inspired, with a cool, dark industrial aesthetic created by SquidInc. Think burgundy leather beds and exposed steel bridges.
Offering accessible rooms by design, still true to the brand, the hotel has 10 fully accessible bedrooms and 6 pedestrian accessible bedrooms, with matte black brass hardware, has a private bathroom with handrails, and shower seat, and was created by Motionspot , the industry’s leading accessible design outfit.
At the heart of the property is The Lair, an open-air bar/restaurant. There’s steak and fries in truffle oil and wedge salad, followed by chewy pecan pie, and there’s also tiered seating where guests can spin a vinyl or sip a margarita.
Right next to Welford Road Stadium, it even has a footbridge that runs directly from the hotel to the ground, perfect for rugby fans.
Bed and breakfast, double from £90. hotelbrooklynlei.co.uk
When it comes to affordable, attractive and well-located city hotels, few popular brands have the Citizen M class. Opposite Victoria Station on Vauxhall Bridge Road, London’s fourth opening, it’s a hop, skip and a jump from nearby theaters, as well as trains to Gatwick and the Kentish coast.
226 almost identical futuristic modular rooms (where space allows), nothing superfluous, but everything you need. Comfortable extra large king size bed, pourable comforter, under bed storage, easy to use curtains and lighting system controlled by a tablet app. All designed for comfort and ease of use.
The decoration is simple, but with an interesting design. On the walls here are bright Lorenzo Vittore prints from Ridley Road Market, where you’ll find a red Vitra chair. Shared spaces are more personal. The colorful lounge features communal tables, cozy nooks and a mountain of contemporary art, from painted corgi pieces to hanging egg carvings, giving the gallery a homely feel.
24/7 dining in the dining room is perfect for a hassle-free snack or a lively buffet breakfast. And for something a little more luxurious, many other options can be found at Market Hall Victoria and Nova Developments, from Pasta Evangelists to Born Daddies. in the neighborhood.
Double from £159, room only. itizM.com