With the number of international destinations on the travel corridors list dwindling week-by-week, there’s never been a better time to check into a UK hotel for some R&R.
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Fortunately, there’s a whole slew of new opening to choose from, including a hip seaside offering from noughties indie-rock royalty, a duo of big-hitting London openings and a long-awaited spa haven in the Peak District.
Here are six hotels to warm your soul this winter.
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The Albion Rooms is three years in the making from The Libertines
Heralded by a jet black facade and crimson neon signage, this Victorian townhouse brings a heady dose of Gothic fanfare to Margate’s Eastern Esplanade, courtesy of indie rockers The Libertines. The band – working with designer Rhiannon Sussex – have spent three years transforming a run-down, rather insalubrious hotel into a kooky, seven-room boutique crashpad.
Bedrooms are louche-luxe; onyx offset with gilded touches, shabby-chic mirrors, Pete Doherty’s expressive artwork, vintage typewriters and Haeckels toiletries. Downstairs there’s a recording studio and the chequerboard-floored Waste Land bar for Gunga Gin and tonics and hearty burgers. Menus have been magicked up by chef Joe Hill of the Table in Broadstairs, and the best of the bunch are the Thursday-Sunday fine dining suppers served at the Arcady Coffee House, which pack a local lilt and Asian twists – think Steve Gadd’s sourdough, hand-dived Rye scallops and crescents of roasted pumpkin in seaweed dashi – set to candlelight and a Carl Barât-approved soundtrack.
While die-hard Libertines fans will be tickled by band memorabilia and lyrics in-jokes (such as the tongue-in-cheek “Death” artwork above a staircase), theatrical interiors and top-notch dining make it a rip-roaring stay in its own right.
From £114, B&B. www.thealbionrooms.live
Over on Scotland’s west coast, another seaside newbie making waves is a nine-room, family-run hotel from hospitality pro Paul Sloan and partner and GM Ioana Moldovan. With the help of interior designer Dominic Paul of Glasgow-based IBDP, the Victorian property and former guesthouse on the Corran Esplanade has been transformed into a rustic-cool bolthole.
Room categories range from wee through intimate to gorgeous, and most have sea, garden or woodland views. Personality-packed bedrooms are kitted out with quirky touches such as statement timber walls, Hepburn radios, a tartan-clad artist’s mannequin and Timorous Beasties thistle-patterned wallpaper. Tub lovers should make a beeline for room six for the sexy red clawfoot slipper bath.
For nightcaps, there’s an honesty bar with comfy velvet couches and a range of tipples including Scottish gins and whiskys. At breakfast, fuel up on brioche French toast and sweet potato and avocado hash ahead of strolls to