Belfast Telegraph

Monday 28 July 2014

TeleBest reviews: The 50 best UK hotels

Rhiannon Batten's expert guide to Britain’s best places to stay

Chewton Glen Set on the south coast, on the edge of the New Forest National Park, this country house hotel and spa is a true English classic. With 58 decadent rooms and suites, a three AA rosette restaurant, a lavish spa and 130 acres of grounds to explore, it offers utter decadence. Peter Browne rates it for its 'timeless elegance and impeccable service in a cosseting atmosphere'. Where New Milton, Hampshire, BH25 6QS (01425 275341; www.chewtonglen.com) How much from £313 per double per night, room only
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park This is 'one of the best-located hotels in London', according to Peter. 'It never rests on its laurels and is constantly evolving,' he adds. Recent events have included special 'sugar and spice and all things nice' afternoon teas, designed to reflect Jo Malone's vanilla and anise cologne. It also has a lovely spa. Where 66 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7LA (020-7201 3773; www.mandarinoriental.com) How much doubles from £329, B&B
Travelodge 'Uxbridge may not be everyone's desired destination,' admits Garri, 'but it is the setting of Europe's first hotel constructed from shipping containers.' A clever and cost-effective way of building, the end result looks little different from any other modern Travelodge. In the comfort stakes, the company has upped its game and you get a lot of bang for your buck. Where Colham House, Bakers Road, Uxbridge Middlesex, UB8 1RG (0871 984 6373; www.travelodge.co.uk) How much doubles currently from £12, room only. Standard rates start from £45 per room

From an overnight business trip to family accommodation and luxury boutiques.

Our expert panel consisted of:

Alastair Sawday is the founder of www.sawdays.co.uk ;

Sian Williams is the founder of www.babyfriendlyboltholes.co.uk ;

Garri Rayner is the editor of www.holidaypad.net ;

Laura Greenman is director of www.ecoescape.org ;

Peter Browne is associate editor at ‘Condé Nast Traveller’ magazine ( www.cntraveller.com )

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