Hotels in England

The look is traditional English contemporary—bold patterns and plumped-up pillows meet granite-and-oak bathrooms and sandstone fireplaces—at this 44-room hotel on a quiet cul-de-sac in tony Knightsbridge, a stone’s throw from Harrods. Snug parlors and a well-stocked honor bar add to the appeal.

On Cornwall’s rugged coast, the brightly painted hotel is situated along the ancient pilgrims’ route to Land’s End. Rooms are rustic in feel: wool blankets draped over beds, old books on the nightstands, and bathrooms stocked with locally made soaps.

Once a sleek furniture company headquarters, the Sanderson became a hotel in 2000 under the guidance of Ian Schrager and Philippe Starck. The team preserved much of its Midcentury charm while adding signature touches (note the Daliesque red-lip sofa in the lobby).

Centrally located in Knightsbridge, the Jumeirah Carlton Tower hotel is within a five-minute walk of major attractions, including Harrods and the Sloane Street designer stores, which range from Louis Vuitton to Giorgio Armani.

From the flower planters to the bedroom pillows, MyHotel Chelsea brims with warm shades of pink. Architect James Soane of Project Orange reinvigorated this space with the color, turning a former Victorian-era police station into a modern hotel.

Unveiled in February 2011, the 192-room W London, Leicester Square has a frosted-glass façade that changes color throughout the day.

Only the faintest signs of life outside can be heard from Montagu Place Hotel, a secluded, 16-room Georgian town house in regal Marylebone.