Editor’s choice:

2016 Boutique Hotels

Looking for the ultimate boutique hotel? Then we can help you - as we have reviewed the top UK hotels independently and chosen the best. The Pig in the Wall, Southampton, offers interesting bedrooms in three sizes - snug, comfy and spacious - and has its own deli. Jesmond Dene House, Newcastle upon Tyne, an Arts and Crafts mansion at the head of a forested valley close to the city centre. Or visit the quirky Zetter in London's Clerkenwell with its brightly-coloured bedrooms and buzzing bar.

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    The Zetter, CLERKENWELL

    The service is ‘exceptional’ at this privately owned, contemporary hotel beside St John’s Square. It is managed by Ashley Ely. Guide inspectors in 2015 were impressed:

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  • The Grazing Goat, MARBLE ARCH

    ‘Youthful in spirit’, this pub-with-rooms lies in a chic enclave behind Marble Arch within the Portman Estate (the name comes from the goats once grazed here by Lady Portman, who was

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  • The Queensberry, BATH, Somerset

    A conversion of four 18th-century town houses in a handsome street off the Circus, Laurence and Helen Beere’s hotel is ‘excellent and good value’, says a visitor in 2015. The ‘positive, friendly’

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  • Jesmond Dene House, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, Tyne and Wear

    ‘A country house almost in the city’, Peter Candler’s Arts and Crafts mansion is at the head of a wooded valley close to the centre. A visitor in 2015 found it ’unexpectedly delightful and

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    Hart's Hotel, NOTTINGHAM, Nottinghamshire

    There are ‘lovely views over the city from a height’ from this modern, purpose-built hotel on the former ramparts of Nottingham’s medieval castle. Owned by Tim Hart (who also has

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  • Old Bank, OXFORD, Oxfordshire

    On the High Street opposite All Souls College, Jeremy Mogford’s contemporary hotel is a conversion of three stone buildings (one a former bank). Quod, the bar and brasserie in the former banking

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  • The Pig in the wall, SOUTHAMPTON, Hampshire

    Set into the medieval city walls, this ‘smart, shabby chic’ B&B hotel occupies a ‘charming’ 19th-century building in the ‘interesting’ old town. It is part of

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  • The Levin, KNIGHTSBRIDGE

    David Levin ‘clearly sets high standards’ at his ‘immaculate’ hotel in a discreet town house steps from Harrods and Hyde Park. ‘Everything is just about perfect,’

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    Artist Residence, LONDON

    'The quirky rooms are full of character’ and the staff are ‘cheerful and helpful in equal measure’ at this small hotel within walking distance of Tate Britain, say Guide inspectors

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  • The Zetter Townhouse, Clerkenwell, CLERKENWELL

    A ‘friendly, welcoming’ place, this ‘elegant’ Georgian town house on a cobbled square is praised by a visitor this year for its ‘informality and excellence’. It is

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