From a trio of exciting new hotels making waves in Wales to a charming Cotswolds hostel and an affordable crash pad in the heart of London Victoria, here are six of the UK’s most popular new check-ins.
Asador 44, the restaurant famous for its northern Spanish grills and meat-based menu, needs no introduction to Cardiff diners. And the good news for foodies is that the talented siblings behind it – Natalie Isaac, Owen Morgan and Tom Morgan, aka Grupo 44 – have just added another chain to their restaurant portfolio. and bars, with a Spanish-inspired boutique hotel.
The family’s love for Spanish culture, fostered during childhood adventures off the beaten path, is expressed in nine bedrooms and a residents-only lounge located upstairs above Asador 44. Inspired by paradors (accommodations in historic Spanish buildings), rooms evoke Andalusia in a flash with sherry-inspired names, heavy wooden Spanish doors facing headboards, intricate peach and periwinkle tiles, and designer furnishings. custom-made toilet with lemon and bergamot inspired by Spanish plants.
A luxury rustic lounge with an honesty bar, featuring the family’s own manzanilla, leads to a sunny terrace, dotted with striped umbrellas and lavender planters. Ideal for an afternoon copita after spending time shopping in the nearby arcades or exploring Cardiff Castle. In addition to the fiesta-worthy feasts downstairs at suppertime, expect hearty Spanish breakfasts and ensaimadas for breakfast.
Doubles from £195, B&B; grupo44.com/parador44
Another exciting family business is Y Seler in the port town of Aberaeron in West Wales. Twins Llyr and Llinos Thomas have poured their hearts and souls into transforming the former Cellar restaurant and adjoining pub into a nine-bedroom boutique.
The siblings have hospitality running through their veins – their parents founded the much-loved family restaurant The New Celtic Restaurant next door. While Y Seler — heralded by a dark purple facade with elegant italic script — has a stylish bar with a roaring fireplace, plus a casual lounge for small plates, the main food event is the restaurant. lower level gastronomy. Here, sapphire banquettes, window-like mirrors, and gleaming spherical lights give it the feel of a railway carriage from the golden age of glamour. Behind the scenes, a team of talented chefs prepare superbly executed dishes, such as sourdough with marmite butter, hearty tomato and pepper velouté, glasswort scallops and creamy stacks of potatoes and garlic, followed by revisited classics such as pistachio bakewell Tarte.
Upstairs, nine cozy bedrooms are all in a chic mood, pairing graphite-colored walls and gold-accented lighting withcwtching tasseled blankets, crisp white linens, blackout blinds and Bluetooth music systems.
Aberaeron’s independent shops, pastel-fronted houses and shingle beach are a stone’s throw away, and dolphin-watching trips can be arranged from New Quay, a short drive away.
Doubles from £169, B&B; yseler.co.uk
Arriving just in time for a late summer seaside break is The Oyster House, a 16-bedroom boutique pub and restaurant in Mumbles. This beachfront property is located minutes from the sandy and shingle beach and a short walk from the pier.
A 15-minute drive from Swansea train station, the hotel is the latest addition to the drinks and restaurant-focused Oyster Wharf development. Downstairs, there’s a lively orbit-lit bar/restaurant with emerald seats and crimson banquettes to snuggle up in, plus two glass-walled verandas. Decorated gallery-style with foliage and boycott prints, it serves informal pub fare: think haddock and fries and halloumi salads (but skip the dessert and opt for a scoop of vanilla from the Joe’s ice cream parlor nearby).
Upstairs there’s a terrace bar for aperitifs and the bedrooms are fitted with Roberts radios, licked in bold, pastel tones. Some rooms have red coral-print curtains, others have splashes of sun and sea with buttercup-colored crown-shaped headboards and ocean-blue walls. Kids will love the Do Not Disturb sign (a stuffed toy), and those looking for a glimpse of the ocean should book a sea-facing room (but don’t expect a full-blown panorama).
Be sure to cycle the coastal path or stroll the beach to Bracelet Bay and Limeslade Bay.
Doubles from around £125, room only; oysterhousemumbles.com
The Fox at Oddington, Gloucestershire
For those looking for a more charming than average pub with rooms, this honey-hued 19th-century inn in Gloucestershire is just the thing. With six bedrooms, zhuzhed by Cotswolds legend Carole Bamford of Daylesford fame, each is a sanctuary to retreat to, with king-size beds topped with organic sheep’s wool mattresses and spacious living areas decorated with prints Hugo Guinness (and, of course, Bamford goodies in the bathrooms).
Exposed Cotswold stone walls and a palette of natural hues – think warm creams and biscuit browns – root rooms in their country surroundings. For romance, head to the master bedroom in the eaves, with its four-poster curtains, or the downstairs den for a view of the walled garden.
The equestrian-inspired bar serves great cocktails — try the Bees Knees Gin, Honey, Lavender and Bee Pollen — plus quirky features including repurposed vintage stable doors, leather bench seats, and a tack room with teal walls adorned with rosettes.
Besides looking at the biz, The Fox has strong eco-creds; the pub is powered by 100% renewable energy and in the restaurant, Alan Gleeson serves dishes prepared with ingredients from the best British producers, including Daylesford Organic and Wootton Estate.
There are loads of walking trails nearby and a fleet of 10 Daylesford electric green bikes to get to Daylesford Organic Farm Shop as well.
Doubles from £225, B&B; thefoxatoddington.com
Two years after its debut in Manchester, the Brooklyn Hotel has landed in the Midlands, bringing a touch of USA freshness to Leicester. Much like the Mancunian property, its 191 rooms are Brooklyn-inspired, with a dark, sultry industrial aesthetic created by SquidInc: Think burgundy leather-covered beds and exposed steel porticoes.
Offering design-driven accessible rooms remains at the heart of the brand, and the hotel has 10 fully accessible rooms and six walk-in rooms with en-suite bathrooms featuring matte black brass, grab bars shower supports and seats, created with Motionspot, an industry-leading accessible design fixture.
At the heart of the property is The Lair, an open-plan bar/restaurant — for steaks, truffle-oil fries, and wedge salads followed by a sticky pecan pie — as well as a stepped seating area , where patrons can spin vinyl or sip margaritas.
Located right next to Welford Road Stadium, it’s a good choice for rugby fans, as there’s even a walkway from the hotel that goes straight to the ground.
Doubles from £90, B&B; hotelbrooklynlei.co.uk
When it comes to city hotels in great, affordable and attractive locations, few big name brands do it with as much panache as citizenM. Its fourth London opening, opposite Victoria Station on Vauxhall Bridge Road, is a stone’s throw from area theaters, as well as trains to Gatwick and the Kent coast.
The 226 futuristic and modular rooms are deliberately almost identical (as much as space allows), without anything superfluous, but with everything you need. A comfy XL king-size bed, sink-in-me duvet, under-bed storage and an easy-to-use blind and lighting system controlled via tablet app – with rainbow colors progressive sky in pod style tropical rain shower – all designed for comfort and ease.
Decor is minimalist, but with a designer touch to keep it interesting: a bright Lorenzo Vitturi print from Ridley Road Market on the walls here, a red Vitra chair there. Common areas are more individual; a vibrantly colored living room features coworking tables, nooks to retreat to, and heaps of contemporary art, from glittery corgi pieces to a hanging egg sculpture, giving it a gallery-at-home feel.
Dining at the 24/7 canteenM is ideal for light snacks and energizing buffet breakfasts, while for something fancier, a host of other options ranging from Pasta Evangelists to Bone Daddies can be found at Market Halls Victoria and the Nova development. nearby.
Doubles from £159, room only; citizenm.com