Amano Hotel, London
Bringing sleek Germanic design and affordable rooms to an area generally known for its sky-high rates, Amano, due to open this spring, is the Berlin-based hotel chain’s first international outpost. Housed in a former office building on Drury Lane in Covent Garden, the hotel will have 141 rooms, ranging from super-cozy to luxurious suites, making it appealing to all budgets. Amano’s sky bar and rooftop terrace, which will host DJs on weekends, will be the big draw in spring and summer, while the restaurant and basement bar will have a dark, dimly lit vibe. Berlin-style.
Doubles from £ 139; amanogroup.de/en/
Although the bedrooms and the lobby lounge started welcoming guests at the end of November, the Leven does not fully open its doors until spring, when its cocktail bar and huge restaurant will welcome the first guests and drinkers. Converted from an early 20th century warehouse, it has 42 rooms, combining exposed brick and high ceilings with contemporary comforts, including 100% natural mattresses and Grown Alchemist bathroom treats. Ideally located at the corner of Canal and Chorlton streets, this is the perfect retreat after a night on the town.
Double from £ 88; liveleven.com
No 1 by Guesthouse, York
York will get a stylish new address when No 1, a Grade II-listed Regency townhouse with 39 languidly stylish rooms, opens later this month. The original features have been preserved, from the grand central staircase of the candlelit entrance hall to the fireplaces of the bedrooms and the cellar spa, once used as an air raid shelter. The lively bar specializes in cocktails and the restaurant menu is a pleasant combination of hearty pub classics and more upscale dishes.
Double from £ 160; guesthousehotels.co.uk
From the team behind Fforest – who redefined family camping holidays – the Albion includes two former warehouses, located on the Teifi River. The 23 rooms and common areas will take inspiration from the building’s maritime history, with much of the original architecture left intact – including 19th-century graffiti of tall ships on the third floor. The hotel sits between the two Fforest campsites, which means all of their facilities – including a cedar wood sauna and Wales’ smallest pub – are within easy reach.
Rooms from £ 125 B&B; coldnight.co.uk
Virgin Hotel, Glasgow
The new Virgin Hotel is set to be the most talked about opening in Glasgow in late spring. Situated on Clyde Street, on the banks of the River Clyde, with most of the 242 rooms offering panoramic river views, the hotel will be home to the Commons Club brand – a trendy bar, restaurant and daytime workspace – and the Funny Library Coffee Shop, which serves board games and books as well as coffee and treats. Scotland is firmly in the sights of the Virgin brand in 2022; a second hotel is due to open in Edinburgh, also in the spring.
Broadwick Soho, London
Promising to be a cross between “your eccentric godmother’s townhouse and a hedonistic ’70s nightclub,” Broadwick Soho is the first London hotel project from famed designer Martin Brudnizki, who is set to bring his opulent style Branded 57-room townhouse. The Broadwick, which will open later this year, will also be home to a Sicilian-inspired restaurant and terrace, a wraparound rooftop lounge bar, which will host live music and entertainment, and a classic sweatshop.
Gleneagles Townhouse, Edinburgh
The first outpost of one of Scotland’s most iconic hotels, the Gleneagles Townhouse aims to bring the glamor and classic style of the Perthshire original to one of Edinburgh’s most impressive former banking halls. The central hall, with its glass ceiling and grand Roman columns, will house the bar and restaurant, with a second rooftop bar, and 33 spacious rooms in between. The townhouse, which opens in March, will also have its own membership club and upscale spa with a diverse program, including a cryotherapy chamber and infrared sauna.
The artist residency, Bristol
Although officially open since November, this fifth outpost of the Artist Residence chain will be fully operational in early 2022, when the café / bar and restaurant open their doors. Housed in a former boot factory near bustling Cabot Circus, rooms range from ultra-compact Broom Cupboards to suites, all adorned with contemporary art and reclaimed period furniture. Downstairs, the lounge-lobby offers excellent breakfasts and drinks all day, for a good mix of locals and visitors.
Double from £ 95; residenceartiste.co.uk
The Retreat, Elcot Park, Berkshire
Surrounded by the lush, rolling hills of the North Wessex Downs, The Retreat is set in an 18th-century mansion, once the former home of the poet Shelley. As the name suggests, the emphasis is on rest and recovery, with hydrotherapy pools, a sauna and steam room in the spa, and an outdoor pool surrounded by private cabanas. In the evening, guests can choose between a Pan-Asian restaurant and a more informal brasserie, and end (or start) the night in the whiskey tasting room. The bedrooms are bright and airy, with pops of vibrant color, freestanding soaking tubs, and plush beds.
Double from £ 180; elcotpark.com
Fairmont Windsor Park, Berkshire Wildes, Chester
One to put in the journal for later this year, Wildes is poised to put Chester firmly on the short stay map. It is an elegantly restored Victorian building in the heart of the city’s iconic Rows. The 18 rooms will blend period touches – wooden beams, original fireplaces – with plenty of contemporary luxury, while the restaurant will be run by Harry Guy, who cut his teeth with Gordon Ramsay and Simon Rogan. The icing on the cake is the rooftop swimming pool, with a magnificent view of the city skyline; during the colder months, the hotel spa will be the perfect place to relax.
Doubles from £ 250; wildeschester.com