Editor’s Choice Boutique Hotels

The word ‘boutique’ often gets overused when it comes to hotels, but with a mix of opulence and fashionable design, contemporary gadgetry and history these boutique hotels are a joy to behold.  There’s always something to catch your eye in these magic places, from the art to the bespoke furniture.  Here are the Good Hotel Guide’s Editor’s Choice selections for best boutique hotels.

2018 Editor's Choice Boutique Hotels

Editor’s Choice Boutique Hotels

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The Queensberry

The Queensberry

Bath

The city centre is an easy walk from Helen and Laurence Beere’s ‘near-faultless’ hotel, in an ‘unsurpassed situation’ within reach of museums, shops and heritage spots.
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • wifi
  • parking
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Drakes

Drakes - Gourmet Getaway in Brighton Special Offer

Brighton

At dusk, the lights come on over Brighton's Palace Pier – a view best taken in, perhaps, from a freestanding bath by floor-to-ceiling windows in the bedrooms of this stylish, boutique hotel.
  • weddings
  • wifi
  • parking
  • romantic
  • seaside
  • view
  • child_friendly
  • disabled
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Bank House

Bank House - Post-Christmas Break Special Offer

King’s Lynn

Overlooking the historic quayside, this popular spot, ‘well used by locals’, is ‘just what one hopes for and expects from a hotel in a large town’.
  • child_friendly
  • value
  • wifi
  • historic
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No. 1 Pery Square

No. 1 Pery Square - Two Night "Dine & Unwind" Escape Special Offer

Limerick

Patricia Roberts’s stylish town house hotel sits in a row of Georgian terraces in the centre of town, nearly within paint-splattering distance of the art gallery.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • value
  • spa
  • wifi
  • parking
  • disabled
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Prestonfield

Prestonfield

Edinburgh

The peacocks in the ‘fantastic grounds’ are but a hint of the exotic style of local restaurateur James Thomson’s characterful hotel next to Royal Holyrood Park.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • romantic
  • honeymoon
  • country_house
  • historic
  • disabled
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The Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell

The Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell

London

‘We’ve been raving about it to everyone!’ A Guide reader this year extolled this ‘brilliantly quirky hotel’ in a Georgian townhouse across the cobbled square from the original Zetter.
  • child_friendly
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • romantic
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Number Thirty Eight Clifton

Number Thirty Eight Clifton

Bristol

In a popular neighbourhood with ‘plenty of interesting local amenities’ – the Saturday farmers’ market, just down the hill, gives a fine flavour of the place – this upmarket B&B is ‘highly recommended’ by Guide readers.
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • parking
  • b&b
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2 Blackburne Terrace

2 Blackburne Terrace

Liverpool

‘The personal service, facilities and little extras put this upmarket B&B in a class above quite a few better-rated hotels we’ve stayed in.’
  • garden
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • parking
  • romantic
  • b&b
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Chapel House

Chapel House

Penzance

‘An inviting building in a lovely location’, this 18th-century admiral’s town house-turned-chic B&B has undergone a sea change in the hands of ‘caring, hands-on’ owner Susan Stuart.
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • guesthouse
  • wifi
  • seaside
  • view
  • guest_house
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Brocco on the Park

Brocco on the Park

Sheffield

‘There’s a vibrant atmosphere’ at Tiina Carr’s ‘stylish, Scandi-chic’ hotel, in a ‘buzzy neighbourhood’ of shops and cafés.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • exceptional_value
  • disabled

2017 Editor's Choice Boutique Hotels

Editor’s Choice Boutique Hotels

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The Queensberry

The Queensberry

Bath

The city centre is an easy walk from Helen and Laurence Beere’s ‘near-faultless’ hotel, in an ‘unsurpassed situation’ within reach of museums, shops and heritage spots.
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • wifi
  • parking
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Old Parsonage

Old Parsonage

Oxford

An open fire in the entrance hall sets the tone at Jeremy Mogford’s clubby, upmarket hotel, a much-extended 17th-century building where visitors give in to the charms of bookish Oxford.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • value
  • wifi
  • parking
  • historic
  • disabled
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The Rookery

The Rookery

London

In the buzz and hustle of trendy Clerkenwell, step back in time and enjoy a slice of Georgian London – though with air conditioning, Wi-Fi and better-than-decent bathrooms.
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • historic
  • disabled
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Number Thirty Eight Clifton

Number Thirty Eight Clifton

Bristol

In a popular neighbourhood with ‘plenty of interesting local amenities’ – the Saturday farmers’ market, just down the hill, gives a fine flavour of the place – this upmarket B&B is ‘highly recommended’ by Guide readers.
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • parking
  • b&b
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Sands Hotel

Sands Hotel

Margate

Admire ‘marvellous sea views’ from Nick Conington’s ‘stylishly refurbished’ Victorian hotel on the seafront in one of Kent’s original resort towns.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • wifi
  • seaside
  • view
  • disabled
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Kings Head Hotel

Kings Head Hotel

Cirencester

Charles II is said to have slept here, and medieval beams and Georgian panelling attest to a long history, but this former coaching inn couldn’t be more ready for the 21st century.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • value
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • honeymoon
  • disabled
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Edgar House

Edgar House

Chester

Listen to the ‘wonderful sound of water rushing over the weir’ at Tim Mills and Michael Stephen’s ‘beautifully refurbished’ Georgian villa on ancient city walls along the River Dee.
  • garden
  • wifi
  • parking
  • romantic
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38 St Giles

38 St Giles

Norwich

Father-and-son team Dennis and George Bacon run their upmarket modern B&B in a ‘convenient, central location’ within walking distance of the Theatre Royal and the hum and hustle of the central marketplace.
  • child_friendly
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • parking
  • b&b
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Artist Residence Brighton

Artist Residence Brighton

Brighton

‘Laid-back and bohemian’, Charlotte and Justin Salisbury’s hip town house hotel brings a youthful air to a street of Regency terraces.
  • wifi
  • seaside
  • view
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The Zetter Townhouse Marylebone

The Zetter Townhouse Marylebone

London

Decked out in an opulent, eccentric style befitting the one-time home of Edward Lear, this seven-storey Georgian pile is ‘an interesting place’ with a ‘warm, inclusive atmosphere’ and more than a touch of character.
  • child_friendly
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • disabled

2016 Editor's Choice Boutique Hotels

Editor’s Choice Boutique Hotels

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The Levin

The Levin - Seasonal/Weekend Special Offer

London

Between Harrods and Hyde Park, this well-established small hotel is ideally located for visitors seeking culture, commerce and the calm of one of the city’s largest green spaces.
  • child_friendly
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • wine
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Old Bank

Old Bank

Oxford

Town and gown gather at the smart restaurant and buzzy bar of Jeremy Mogford’s sleek, ‘perfectly positioned’ hotel between All Souls and Oriel colleges.
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • wifi
  • parking
  • disabled
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Hart’s Hotel

Hart’s Hotel

Nottingham

In ‘an attractive, central setting’, with ‘a commanding vista’ over the city, Tim Hart’s hotel is ‘a clear choice for business travellers and parents visiting offspring at university,’ say Guide inspectors this year.
  • gym
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • value
  • wifi
  • parking
  • disabled
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The Zetter

The Zetter

London

Heralded as the ultimate in cool when it opened in 2004, this modish hotel, in a converted Victorian warehouse, remains ‘on good form’.
  • child_friendly
  • wifi
  • view
  • disabled
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Jesmond Dene House

Jesmond Dene House

Newcastle upon Tyne

In ‘an oasis of calm’, Peter Candler’s ‘impressive, imposing’ hotel stands in ‘an attractive wooded dell, with paths leading into woodland for exploration’.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • wifi
  • parking
  • disabled
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The Grazing Goat

The Grazing Goat

London

On a narrow street lined with independent shops and restaurants, this voguish pub-with-rooms is equal parts bustle (downstairs in the busy pub) and calm (upstairs in the ‘thoughtfully furnished' bedrooms).
  • child_friendly
  • wifi
  • gastropub
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The Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell

The Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell

London

‘We’ve been raving about it to everyone!’ A Guide reader this year extolled this ‘brilliantly quirky hotel’ in a Georgian townhouse across the cobbled square from the original Zetter.
  • child_friendly
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • romantic