Hotels in England
The Lanesborough will be closed for renovation from late December 2013 to late 2014.
This family-run Victorian hotel has added six new garden suites that have a bit more privacy than the 14 rooms in the main house. The suites’ bathrooms are huge, with dinner plate–size showerheads; rooms come with beds that are wider than they are long.
This grand Italianate manor was home to three Dukes, an Earl, a Prince of Wales, and the Viscounts Astor—and hosted Queen Victoria and Charlie Chaplin—before its swimming pool landed it a key role in the Profumo affair which brought down the British government in the 1960s. It’s also gorgeous: im
Set high on a mile-long headland with sweeping views of the Channel, the 1863 Start Point Lighthouse is flanked by keepers’ quarters, which were recently transformed into two charming cottages.
Located in Shoreditch manor, the Hoxton Hotel is close to the Old Street tube, Liverpool Street, and a slew of nightclubs. This no-frills hotel is known for delivering style and value to its urban travelers.
Gravetye Manor is not only one of the first country houses to transform into a sophisticated hotel, but these 1,000 acres were also once home (and testing ground) to one of England’s most famed gardeners, William Robinson.
The gregarious Joan Brown runs three one-bedroom lodges, each with a four-poster bed, views of the manicured garden, and fresh flowers every day. Guests are treated to a huge breakfast of local eggs, bacon, sausage, grilled tomatoes, and mushrooms.
Unveiled in February 2011, the 192-room W London, Leicester Square has a frosted-glass façade that changes color throughout the day.