Hotels in England
One Aldwych, a modern, independent hotel, is located in the heart of London within minutes of the city’s top sights, including West End theaters, the London Eye and St. Paul’s Cathedral.
Too often, bed-and-breakfast implies dingy paint and graying curtains. Enter Penny Brown, Colette Huck, and Lynne Reid, the owners of the 17-room B&B Belgravia. The trio went high style, gutting a Victorian town house in one of the city’s most exclusive neighborhoods.
A 12th-century walled castle on 12 acres. Rooms have four-poster beds, arched windows, and antique furnishings.
This cozy B&B doubles as a gastropub. The interior is adorned with a mishmash of old wooden chairs and large Oriental rugs. It's laid back and understated, except for the food: expect imaginative dishes such as grilled John Dory with braised octopus.
Luxury hotelier Rocco Forte restored this historic treasure beyond its former glory, and his sister, Olga Polizzi, transformed the public spaces and 117 bedrooms within these 11 Georgian townhouses. It all fits perfectly into today’s London.
The rooms are thick with over-the-top modern furniture and the main restaurant, Juliana's, is so formal you need to bring dress-up clothes. Though, to be fair, the food is inventive, refined, and pristinely executed, and the pricey wine list is extensive and global.
At the nine-room Rough Luxe, in a Georgian building in the King’s Cross neighborhood, Hotelier Rabih Hage left historical details as they were: some chipped paint here, a bare floorboard there.
A restored one-bedroom cottage-next to the world's oldest surviving wireless station-offering dramatic panoramas of Housel Bay's craggy shoreline.
Designed in a French-chateau style and opened in 1906, The Ritz London neighbors Green Park and Buckingham Palace. White-gloved doormen usher guests into the grandiose lobby. All rooms, from the queen-bed singles to the marble-clad suites, have fireplaces and are decorated in Louis-XVI style.
Main House, named after owner Caroline Main, discreetly holds four suites in fashionable Notting Hill, each one occupying an entire floor of the upmarket Victorian townhouse.
This coaching inn’s history runs back to the 12th century, and the common areas form the activity hub of the 50-room location.
The contemporary Great House Hotel is in Lavenham’s town center.