The best boutique hotels in the UK and Ireland

By Kingfisher Visitor Guides

Upgrade your staycation with a boutique hotel experience, proving that you don't have to go far to have a special holiday. Boutique hotels are luxurious, unique and personalised. They're the opposite of your cookie-cutter chain hotels. Boutique hotels are known for their attention to detail and excellent customer service. Give your next UK holiday a touch of luxury by checking out, and checking in to, one of these gorgeous boutique hotels.

Hazlitt’s, London

Immerse yourself in the lively and historic literary hub of Soho, London. This beautiful Georgian boutique hotel was founded in 1718 and its location is second to none. You’re in the thick of it, with Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery, West End theatres, shopping, pubs and restaurants all within easy walking distance. But you may not even be tempted to leave your gorgeous wood-panelled room, with its antique furnishings and top-end amenities.

6 Frith St, London W1D 3JA

Culloden Estate & Spa, Belfast

The five-star Culloden Estate & Spa in Belfast stands on the forested slopes of the Holywood Hills, overlooking Belfast Lough and the glorious County Antrim coastline, offering idyllic surroundings for a welcome break. The hotel has entertained A-list couples such as Victoria and David Beckham and Catherine Zeta-Jones and is celebrating the major accolade of ‘Best Hotel for Romance in the UK’ by Luxury Lifestyle Magazine.

Culloden Estate and Spa stands magnificently in the Holywood Hills near Belfast

Culloden Estate and Spa stands magnificently in the Holywood Hills near Belfast

Part of the Hastings Hotels Group, the Culloden is a favourite destination with couples from around the world wishing to enjoy a romantic break in a magnificent estate in the suburbs of Belfast’s gold coast. Deemed ‘The Ritz of Northern Ireland’, the Culloden is a grand estate originally built as a palace for the Bishops of Down. Guests can explore the glorious nature on their doorstep, whilst admiring the stunning maples at Mount Stewart, which is located just minutes away from the Culloden Estate & Spa.

Bangor Rd, Holywood BT18 0EX

Brimstone Hotel, Ambleside

The charming town of Ambleside makes a great base for exploring the beautiful Lake District, and the Brimstone Hotel will make your visit even more special. This boutique hotel and spa features luxurious suites with log-burning stoves and private balconies to help you unwind after a long day of walking in the Lakes. The on-site spa includes thermal experiences, an indoor-outdoor pool, fitness studios and spa therapies.

Great Langdale, Ambleside LA22 9JD

Seaham Hall, County Durham

Seaham Hall is a five-star boutique hotel overlooking Durham’s glorious heritage coast. The Garden Suites feature outdoor hot tubs, while the Penthouse offers stunning views and the Ada Lovelace Suite is the grandest suite, featuring a chic mirrored boudoir plus a split-level mezzanine overlooking a bathing deck and two slipper baths which sit in front of the stunning Georgian windows overlooking the Seaham grounds and the sea beyond.

Front entrance to Seaham Hall boutique hotel

Treat yourself to a spa weekend at Seaham Hall

It also has a world-class spa and is the only spa in the North to be classified as ‘Five Bubble Luxury’ by the Good Spa Guide. The Serenity Spa features a 20-metre pool, outdoor hot tubs, thermal rooms, salt sauna, fitness suite, 18 treatment rooms, plus a Pan-Asian restaurant The Ozone.

Lord Byrons Walk, Seaham SR7 7AG

Bella Luce, Guernsey

Stay at the stylish Bella Luce in Guernsey with its own gin distillery. Sitting in a quaint village among tranquil green lanes, Bella Luce is just a stone’s throw from the island’s southern coast and the romantic spots around Moulin Huet and Petit Port. It is a 12th-century manor house that epitomises understated luxury and classic elegance. Guests can also enjoy a gin experience in the Bella Luce Small Batch Distillery, the home of Wheadon’s Gin.

La Fosse, St Martin Guernsey, GY4 6EB Guernsey

Brooks Hotel, Edinburgh

For a luxury stay in Scotland’s capital city, look no further than Brooks Hotel, an affordable yet elegant boutique hotel. The 46 rooms feature modern amenities, fluffy towels and comfortable beds. The delicious, locally-sourced breakfast menu is worth getting out of bed for, with artisan bread from a local bakery and a local butcher’s best haggis – a must-have for every visitor to Scotland! It’s conveniently located in the West End, just a five-minute walk to Princes Street and 10 minutes to the Royal Mile.

70-72 Grove St, Edinburgh EH3 8AP

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