AFTER many months, hotels are finally allowed to open again on May 17. In just eight days we will be able to enjoy someone else making the bed, cooking breakfast and taking care of the chores.
Why not mark the re-openings with a special stay at a new hotel? Lisa Minot rounds up the hotels welcoming guests for the first time.
FOR ART FANS
Built in 1806, the unusual Twr Y Feli building was converted into a hotel five years ago[/caption]
TWR Y FELIN is an old windmill transformed into a modern hotel with 150 original pieces of art, in St Davids, Pembrokeshire.
Built in 1806, the unusual building was converted into a hotel five years ago. But this month, 20 more rooms will open. Some feature balconies overlooking the spectacular Brides Bay, sweeping from Skomer Island to Ramsey Island.
Expect posh toiletries, luxury towels and slippers, as well as all the normal comforts in rooms that feature dark wood and black and charcoal tones. Enjoy a drink in the moody Cornel bar or try fresh lobster from the neighbouring village of Solva in the Blas restaurant. Rooms from £190 per night, bed and breakfast. See twryfelinhotel.com.
FOR TRAIN BUFFS
Toast your arrival at marble-clad Champagne Central, serving bubbles and cocktails as well as a luxury afternoon tea[/caption]
THE 230-room Voco Grand Central is a renovated 19th-Century landmark hotel attached to Glasgow Central station.
It has been given a sympathetic refurbishment, with high ceilings, wood panelling and chandeliers, including a 22.5 metre creation hanging over the main staircase.
Toast your arrival at marble-clad Champagne Central, serving bubbles and cocktails as well as a luxury afternoon tea.
In the rooms there are bedside USB connections and bespoke art. They start at £129 per night with no deposit and free cancellation up to three days in advance. See ihg.com.
FOR THE HIPSTERS
GET your fix of London’s hottest neighbourhood – Shoreditch – with a stay at the newly opened Hart Hotel.
Part of Hilton’s Curio Collection, it is named after the cabinet makers who worked from the building in the 1800s.
The design pays tribute to the site’s industrial heritage, with a modern twist.
There are views over Great Eastern Street from rooms on the higher floors, all of which feature a contemporary vibe with cool greys in the bedrooms and marble tiles in the en suites. As you would expect in this buzzing part of the capital, the hotel has an eastern Mediterranean-themed restaurant, Bourbon, as well as Tevla, an all-day bar with barrel-aged cocktails and traditional Turkish coffee.
Rooms start at £125 per night, including breakfast. See hartshoreditch.com.
FOR SEASIDE STAYS
FOR another bargain way to enjoy a summer staycation, check out Premier Inn’s new hotel in Sandown on the Isle of Wight.
The 100-bed site on the seafront Esplanade near the pier is a two-minute walk from the beach. There are fantastic views from many of the bedrooms, many of which sleep up to four and are perfect for families.
The hotel has a Cookhouse + Pub restaurant serving a hearty breakfast. Kids eat free if accompanied by paying adults. There is also a good-value menu for meals throughout the day.
Rooms cost from £33 per night. For details, see premierinn.com.
FOR HISTORY BUFFS
ENJOY exploring the ancient Roman town of St Albans in Hertfordshire on a budget with the opening of Travelodge’s first hotel in the cathedral city.
Set in the heart of the city centre, it is within walking distance of the cathedral and vibrant shopping arcades. The new hotel will feature 130 rooms, 27 of which are Travelodge’s new “SuperRooms” featuring fancy coffee machines and rainforest showers. The hotel will also feature a bar cafe.
Nearby is Verulamium Park with its Roman ruins and museum and kids will love The Waffle House set in a converted watermill, and Willows Activity Farm.
Rooms start at £24.99 per night. See travelodge.co.uk.
FOR STRICTLY FANS
THE Dilly – formerly Le Meridien Piccadilly – is the only hotel in London with its own dance studio.
Guests are welcome to join dance classes in the spectacular ballroom.
The 5H hotel has been welcoming guests since Edwardian times. The hotel now features one of the capital’s largest indoor pools in its new health club.
With the exterior and lobby already refurbished, the redesign of the 255 rooms and 28 suites is ongoing, with 39 due to be ready for when the doors open on May 17.
Its Oak Room banqueting suite will be transformed for the launch, with a pop-up bar and restaurant initially featuring Madhu’s Mayfair, a fine-dining Indian restaurant with a Kenyan twist.
Rooms start at £219 per night. See thedillylondon.com.
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FOR AL-FRESCO ALES
THE Fleet Inn in Twyning, near Tewkesbury, opens its newly refurbished doors with new bedrooms looking out on the River Avon.
The pub has a huge garden leading down to the banks of the river and views of the Gloucestershire countryside plus a revamped terrace with a heated pergola and kitchen. The three new boutique rooms are cosy with countryside chic.
You won’t go thirsty, with a selection of beers, ales and cider from Bristol’s Butcombe Brewery. Food includes pub classics plus pizzas and sharing plates.
Rooms start from £135 per night, including breakfast. See thefleetattwyning. co.uk or call 01684 297 618.