Hotels in England

Compton Castle, the family estate of Elizabethan explorer Sir Humphrey Gilbert, contains a stone cottage built into the castle's curtain wall.

Part of London’s most reliable motel chain, with 18 locations in all, Premier Inn Southwark offers standardized (if bland) comfort.

A classic that’s as popular now as it was in the 20’s, this spot in chichi Mayfair is the epitome of elegance. The Art Deco details are sublime, as is the pricey afternoon tea (though it’s as much a people-watching exercise as an indulgent experience).

Hazlitt’s, named after the essayist William Hazlitt, is housed inside a group of historic Georgian buildings dating back to 1718.

With its 19th century red brick Victorian exterior, this financial district hotel was one of the original London railway hotels. Today the historic 1884 building houses a five-star hotel, the first of Hyatt's Andaz brand.

The epitome of understated chic, the Rockwell welcomes guests in a cozy reception lounge outfitted with an elegant library, vibrant flowers and even a kids' playing area.

This 69-room family-run hotel deftly balances glitz and English charm. Minutes walk from Buckingham Palace, the century-old pile has long been royally favored: it's where King George VI (and a teen Elizabeth II) came for breakfast to celebrate the end of WWII.

A staggering $488 million went into the purchase and restoration of this former Ministry of Defense headquarters south of Trafalgar Square.

Located minutes from Buckingham Palace and just south of St. James Park, 51 Buckingham Gate has 86 luxury suites ranging from one to nine bedrooms, each featuring a palate of violet, bronze, fuchsia, and mustard paired with natural wood.

On the outskirts of the Cotswolds, the lively university town of Cheltenham finally has a hotel to mirror its youthful energy.

One could hardly get further from the chrome-and- wengewood minimalism of many contemporary hotels than the Lygon Arms (pronounced liggin). Furlong Hotels, the family-run firm that bought the place nearly two years ago, has taken on the task of bringing it into the 21st century.