Hand-picked Guide 2023: Boutique Hotels in the UK

Our guide will take you on a journey through some of the most exclusive boutique hotels that Britain has to offer. From iconic landmarks like the Inverlochy Castle Hotel, to hidden gems like The Vice’s York and Hazlitt’s, you’ll find something to suit every taste.

We’ve taken the time to research and visit each hotel so that we can provide an honest opinion on the level of comfort, service and amenities available.  Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a chance to indulge in luxurious surroundings at one of Britain’s finest locations, this guide is sure to help you find the perfect hotel. So read on and get ready to take an unforgettable journey through some of the best boutique hotels the UK has to offer.

Criteria for Selecting Boutique Hotels

When we were deciding which hotels to include in our guide, we came up with a number of criteria to ensure that only the best made the list. We looked at locations, services available, décor and interior design, amenities such as bars and restaurants, spa facilities and cost. We also took into account reviews from other guests who have stayed in the hotels and our own experience of visiting them. We wanted to make sure that all the recommendations included in this guide are truly unique and special places to stay. This criteria includes:

Unique Design and Concept: Boutique hotels are often known for their one-of-a-kind design and unique concept. Whether it’s a historic building that has been converted into a hotel, a hotel with a specific theme, a boutique hotel should stand out from the crowd.

Size and Exclusivity: Boutique hotels are typically smaller and more intimate than chain hotels, which can lead to a more personalised and exclusive experience for guests. Many boutique hotels have a limited number of rooms, which can make them feel more like a private retreat than a standard hotel.

Personalised Service: Staff at boutique hotels are often highly trained and attentive, and go above and beyond to ensure that guests feel welcomed during their stay. From customised recommendations to individualised attention, personalised service is an important factor to consider when selecting a boutique hotel. Efficient property management is the key to ensuring this is done correctly.

Restaurant and Bar: Many boutique hotels offer on-site restaurants and bars that are unique and provide a memorable dining experience. Whether it’s a Michelin-starred restaurant or a cozy bar with handcrafted cocktails, a hotel’s dining offerings can be a major draw for guests.

Location and Accessibility: Finally, location and accessibility are important criteria to consider when selecting a boutique hotel. Ideally, a boutique hotel should be located in a desirable and convenient location, whether it’s in the heart of a bustling city or nestled in a scenic countryside. Accessibility, whether by car or public transportation, is also an important factor to consider for ease of travel.

With that being said, let’s take a look at some of the finest boutique hotels Britain has to offer.


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Hand-picked Guide 2023: Boutique Hotels in the UK

The Vices York, Yorkshire

The Vices York, Yorkshire

If you’re looking for a unique and luxurious boutique hotel in York, look no further than Preno’s very own customer, The Vices York. This hotel is known for its stunning design and concept that offers a refreshing change from the traditional hotel experience.

Built in the old Fulford Police Station, this hotel is truly one-of-a-kind and provides guests with a unique experience. At The Vices York, you’ll stay in one of the three stylish suites and indulge in their beautiful restaurant concept, Allium. You’ll be able to indulge in carefully crafted meals while observing their chefs at work, or you can eat and enjoy in their intimate Wine Library.

The Cocktail Bar at The Vices York offers a unique and luxurious experience for guests. With its cozy yet sophisticated atmosphere, it’s the perfect place to relax and unwind after a day of exploring the city. Enjoy an extensive menu of specially sourced wines, spirits, champagnes and cocktails crafted by their talented mixologist.

The hotel is conveniently located in the heart of York, making it easy to explore the city’s many attractions. Whether you’re interested in history, culture, or shopping, you’ll find it all within easy reach of The Vices York.

Grove of Narberth, Narberth

Grove of Narberth, Narberth

The Grove of Narberth is a small boutique hotel located in the charming town of Narberth, Wales. The hotel’s design and concept are inspired by the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape, with an emphasis on sustainable and eco-friendly practices. Boasting 25 individually designed bedrooms and suites, The Grove of Narberth provides guests with all the amenities they need for an unforgettable stay. From their in-room spa treatments to their private garden and wood-burning stove, this hotel is a haven of relaxation.

The rooms and suites are designed to be both luxurious and comfortable. Each room is equipped with a range of amenities, including high-speed Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and luxurious bedding.

The hotel also features a restaurant and bar, where guests can enjoy delicious meals made from locally sourced ingredients. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a relaxing break with friends, the Grove of Narberth is the perfect destination.

Inverlochy Castle Hotel, Fort William

Inverlochy Castle Hotel, Fort William

If you’re looking for a boutique hotel with a unique design and concept, the Inverlochy Castle Hotel in Fort William is an excellent choice. The hotel is housed in a stunning 19th-century castle, with a design that combines traditional Scottish architecture with modern luxury.

The rooms and suites are spacious and well-appointed, with luxurious amenities such as comfortable beds, plush bedding & flat-screen TVs. What sets this hotel apart, however, is the personalised service provided to each guest. The hotel’s staff goes above and beyond to ensure that each guest has a truly unforgettable experience.

It also features a restaurant and bar, where guests can enjoy delicious meals made from the finest local ingredients. Whether you’re interested in exploring the Scottish Highlands or simply relaxing in luxury, the Inverlochy Castle Hotel is the perfect destination.

Lime Wood Hotel, Hampshire

Lime Wood Hotel, Hampshire

Located in the heart of the New Forest, the Lime Wood Hotel is a luxurious boutique hotel with a unique design and concept. The hotel’s design is inspired by the natural beauty of the surrounding forest, with an emphasis on sustainability and eco-friendliness.

The rooms and suites at the Lime Wood Hotel are spacious with luxurious amenities such as comfortable beds, plush bedding, and high-speed Wi-Fi. The hotel also features a restaurant and bar, where guests can enjoy lip-smacking meals.

With its stunning design, luxurious amenities, and commitment to sustainability, it’s no wonder why this hotel is considered one of the best boutique hotels in Hampshire.

The Zetter Townhouse, London

The Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell

Nestled in the heart of Clerkenwell lies the Zetter Townhouse, a boutique hotel unlike any other. With its rich history, luxurious amenities, and convenient location, it’s no surprise that guests rave about their experiences there.

Once the home of a wealthy family who traded spices from around the world, the Zetter Townhouse is now a beautifully decorated hotel that reflects the bold and playful spirit of its former resident, Wilhelmina. From the elegant decor to the unique amenities like the curated cocktail menu and eclectic game room, it’s easy to see how the hotel manages to stand out from its competition. Whether you’re seeking a peaceful retreat from the city’s hustle and bustle or an unforgettable adventure, the Zetter Townhouse is sure to surpass your expectations.

The Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell is a Georgian hotel with 13 rooms that is independently owned. They have an award-winning cocktail lounge and are passionate about serving great cocktails and hosting amazing parties.

Hazlitt’s, London

Hazlitt's, London

If you’re looking for a truly unique boutique hotel experience in London, look no further than Hazlitt’s Hotel. The hotel is housed in a stunning Georgian townhouse, with a design and concept that emphasises sophistication and elegance. Located in the heart of London’s Theatreland, Hazlitt’s Hotel is ideally located for exploring the city’s most iconic sights. Whether you’re interested in shopping, dining, or simply taking in the local culture, you’ll find everything you need just a short walk from the hotel.

What sets Hazlitt’s apart from other hotels is its commitment to providing guests with personalised and attentive service. From the moment you arrive, you’ll be greeted by friendly, knowledgeable staff who are always on hand to help with anything you need.

The hotel’s Library, complete with a working fireplace and comfortable furnishings, is the perfect place to relax with a good book or entertain friends. Hazlitt’s also offers an honesty bar, 24-hour room service, same-day dry cleaning and laundry service, and can even arrange transport to pick you up from the airport. Want to make your stay extra special? Just let the staff know, and they’ll happily help you with everything from Champagne to theatre tickets. With a range of rooms and suites that blend historical elegance with modern comforts, Hazlitt’s is the ideal choice for travellers who want something truly special.

Foxhill Manor, Cotswolds

Foxhill Manor, Cotswolds

If you’re looking for a luxurious countryside escape, Foxhill Manor is the perfect choice. This Grade II listed manor is surrounded by 400-acres of picturesque woodland, forming part of the Farncombe Estate, and boasts stunning views of the Cotswolds countryside.

What sets Foxhill Manor apart from other boutique hotels is its emphasis on thoughtful treats and personalised service. Your personal host will be on hand to make your stay as seamless as possible, while the ‘whatever you fancy, whenever you fancy’ motto invites you to indulge in cake, cocktails, and snacks from the Pantry whenever you like.

The bedrooms are unique and characterful, with features like roll-top tubs and pillow-stuffed window seats. And if you’re in the mood for something extra special, the chef can cook up your favourite dish or prepare a bespoke tasting menu to suit your tastes. When you’re not relaxing in the hotel’s elegant drawing room or exploring the local area, you can take advantage of access to the luxury spa at Dormy House or try your hand at archery and quad biking. The possibilities are endless at Foxhill Manor.

Middleton Lodge, Yorkshire

Middleton Lodge, Yorkshire

If you’re looking for a luxurious and secluded getaway, then look no further than Middleton Lodge in North Yorkshire. Nestled in 200 acres of picturesque countryside, this rambling Georgian country estate offers boutique accommodation that’s second to none.

One of the most unique aspects of Middleton Lodge is its fascinating history. The hotel is housed in a beautiful Georgian mansion that dates back to the 18th century. While the property has been extensively renovated and modernised, it still retains many of its original features, such as the grand staircase, intricate plasterwork, and beautiful gardens. With 45 stylish rooms to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect space that complements the vaulted beamed ceilings and graceful Georgian windows.

The rooms are a mix of contemporary and traditional decor, designed by owner Becky, an architect. And with amenities such as REN treatments and free bikes, you’ll never be short of something to do. Indulge in a fine dining experience with a garden-to-fork ethos at the three-AA-Rosette restaurant, The Forge, or try the local cuisine at the two-AA-Rosette Coach House. You can also explore the walled, Elizabethan-style Kitchen Garden, two and a half acres of apple, fig and peach trees, vegetable plots, a prairie garden, and a wedding arbour designed by celebrated landscape architect Tom Stuart-Smith.

For those looking to explore the surrounding area, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy. From scenic walks through the nearby North York Moors to visiting local attractions such as the historic town of York and the stunning Yorkshire Dales, there is something for everyone at Middleton Lodge.

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For those looking for a luxurious and memorable getaway, these boutique hotels all offer something special. Whether it is modern comforts blended with historical elegance, personalised service, or exploring beautiful walled gardens, each hotel provides an unforgettable experience that is sure to make your stay memorable. So, why not escape the everyday and indulge in a luxurious boutique break?

About the author

Kendra, the Marketing Content Manager at Preno, brings her expertise in Marketing and Communications to help hoteliers stay ahead of the curve. With a deep passion for the industry, she is committed to providing valuable insights and strategies for success.

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