Hotels in England

South Beach meets the East Village at London’s cutting-edge K West Hotel & Spa. Noel Pierce, of Pierce Design International, fashioned 220 calm rooms, blending soft taupes, creams, and browns with stainless steel and sandblasted glass.

Built in Victorian times as a banking hall, the Threadneedles Hotel fits in with Financial District neighbors such as the Bank of England's headquarters. A hand-painted glass dome, which dates to 1856, arcs over the lobby of walnut wall panels and marble floors.

Since the opening of this great value hotel in 2002, chef-owner Simon Rogan’s inventive cooking has quietly grown in acclaim, culminating in a Michelin star for the restaurant in 2005.

When the Savoy opened in the heart of the theater district in 1889, it introduced many hotel firsts: the use of electricity, en-suite bathrooms, and elevators.

The counterpart to Sanctum Soho in London, the land where this nine-room, red-brick hotel sits, is owned by a rock-and-roll promoter; appropriate since the wealthy Berkshire area tends to attract musicians looking for a home near highways and Heathrow.

Overlooking Lake Windermere and the hills, this cozy 19th-century hunting lodge is full of traditional English touches: oak paneling, wing chairs, a croquet lawn, and two black Labradors.

The glass-and-steel Malmaison is a flashy addition to the banks of the Mersey. A shiny industrial metal stairway spirals upward at the front desk to the champagne bar; architectural photographs of the city help set the urbane mood.

The James Bond catchphrase “shaken, not stirred” is traced back to the DUKES Bar at this Mayfair neighborhood boutique hotel. Guestrooms in this 90-room location range from the Standard DUKES Room to the Duke of Clarence Penthouse suite, which has 24-hour butler service.

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