Editor’s Choice 2017 Boutique Hotels

The Rookery

London

Three’s a charm: in a trio of elegantly refurbished town houses near buzzy Smithfield Market, Peter McKay and Douglas Blain’s ‘outstanding’, ‘friendly’ small hotel has the rakish appeal of an 18th-century private gentlemen’s club.
From £258.00 per night
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  • romantic
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • disabled
  • wifi

The Zetter Townhouse Marylebone

London

In a fitting modernisation of the former home of that great fabulist, Edward Lear, ‘a warm, inclusive atmosphere’ reigns over the Chinese ceramics, architectural plaster mouldings and assorted ornaments in this deliciously designed town house, a ten-minute walk from Hyde Park.
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  • romantic
  • child_friendly
  • disabled
  • wifi

The Queensberry

Bath

‘A near-faultless stay.’ In a ‘great’ location – ‘so easily reached from the centre, yet so quiet’ – Laurence and Helen Beere’s ‘excellent’ hotel continues to please guests with its ‘personable, efficient’ staff, ‘delicious’ food and ‘generously sized’ rooms.
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  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • wifi
  • parking
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Artist Residence Brighton

Brighton

The electric-pink front door, opening onto Regency Square, gives it away: Charlotte and Justin Salisbury have created a ‘laid-back, bohemian’ town house hotel with ‘jazzy’ rooms, ‘young, friendly, efficient’ staff and ‘a range of fun art’.
From £90 per night

Number Thirty Eight Clifton

Bristol

Regular guests praise the ‘impeccable’ service and ‘well-appointed’ rooms at Adam Dorrien-Smith’s relaxed, modern B&B, in an ‘excellent’ location at the top of Clifton Downs.
From £115 per night
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  • b&b
  • wifi
  • parking
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Edgar House

Chester

Tim Mills and Michael Stephen’s ‘highly enjoyable’ small hotel is ‘refreshingly different’, say Guide inspectors in 2016 – and not just for the honesty bar secreted in an old telephone kiosk.
From £199.00 per night
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  • garden
  • wifi
  • parking
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Kings Head Hotel

Cirencester

Mark and Alison Booth spent a king’s ransom to transform this medieval inn on the market square from staid to ‘state of the art’.
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  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • disabled
  • wifi

Sands Hotel

Margate

‘Sympathetically and stylishly refurbished’, Nick Conington’s Victorian seafront hotel is ‘on top of its game’, say Guide readers in 2016.
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  • seaside
  • view
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • disabled
  • wifi

38 St Giles

Norwich

In an ‘excellent’ central location, this upmarket B&B, all fresh flowers and polished floors, has new owners, father-and-son team Dennis and George Bacon.
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  • child_friendly
  • b&b
  • wifi
  • parking

Old Parsonage

Oxford

With ‘excellent food and comfortable rooms’, Jeremy Mogford’s luxury hotel ‘never disappoints’, writes a trusted Guide correspondent, a regular guest, in 2016.
From £225 per night
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  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • disabled
  • wifi
  • parking