Editor’s Choice Best Hotels in Cities and Towns

Bright lights, culture and retail opportunities can hold greater appeal than a rural idyll. Here is the editor’s choice of ten of the best town and city hotels , from Scottish metropolis to Welsh seaside and the English South Coast.

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HOTELS IN CITIES AND TOWNS

2024 Editor's Choice Hotels in Cities and Towns

Editor’s Choice Best Hotels in Cities and Towns

1
The Queensberry

The Queensberry

Bath

Home to the Michelin-starred Olive Tree restaurant, The Queensberry applies the same exacting standards to its swish bedrooms. Larger suites have high ceilings and vast sash windows. The small Q-Bar feels like a delightful secret, as does the walled garden where you can escape the summer crowds.
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • wifi
  • parking
  • for_winelovers
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • veganfriendly
  • gourmet
  • historic
  • foodie
  • babyfriendly
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • boutique
  • romantic
2
Old Bank Hotel

Old Bank Hotel

Oxford

Bang in the city centre opposite the Radcliffe Camera, this five-star hotel has a large art collection, and serves food all day in its buzzy bistro and Italian garden terrace. A chic penthouse suite has sliding doors to a large balcony with superlative views of the city’s dreaming spires.
  • child_friendly
  • disabled_facilities
  • wifi
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • conference_meeting
  • disabled
  • gourmet
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • outdoor_dining
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • parking
  • weddings
  • veganfriendly
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • honeymoon
  • cycling
  • electric_charging_point
  • historic
  • walking
3
23 Mayfield

23 Mayfield

Edinburgh

Overlooked by Arthur’s Seat, this Victorian villa is ten minutes from the city centre. Bedrooms feature mahogany four posters, panelled walls, tartan blankets. The clubby lounge has a fire and newspapers, and the honesty bar offers wee drams. Breakfasts include rare-breed sausages and thyme-roasted tomatoes.
  • garden
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • parking
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • great_breakfast
  • boutique
  • cycling
  • historic
  • walking
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • guest_house
  • veganfriendly
4
Number Thirty Eight Clifton

Number Thirty Eight Clifton

Bristol

Panoramic views of Bristol and the Clifton Downs are afforded from this bay-windowed Georgian house on top of one of the city’s highest hills. Cool, crisply decorated rooms have vintage touches and champion minibars, and there’s a rooftop terrace for cocktails.
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • parking
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • boutique
  • great_breakfast
5
The Old Vine

The Old Vine

Winchester

In the historic heart of the city, just near the cathedral and its pealing bells, this welcoming Georgian inn has six solidly traditional rooms with mahogany sleigh beds, antiques and designer wallpapers. The restaurant offers unpretentious pub classics (ploughman’s, steaks, pies) alongside fish, pasta, gluten-free and vegan options.
  • child_friendly
  • wifi
  • conference_meeting
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • historic
  • outdoor_dining
  • outdoor_pursuits_hunting
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • pub_with_rooms
  • parking
  • rooms_with_a_view
6
Chapel House

Chapel House

Penzance

Making the most of its location overlooking St Mount’s Bay, this cool B&B ensures all bedrooms have sea views. White decor maximises the Cornish light, and beds are handmade in oak. A top-floor apartment has a terrace and retractable glass roof. Breakfast includes home-made breads and smoothies.
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • guesthouse
  • wifi
  • seaside
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • conference_meeting
  • view
  • romantic
  • babyfriendly
  • historic
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • great_breakfast
  • boutique
  • hot_tub_jacuzzi
  • outdoor_dining
  • veganfriendly
  • surfing
7
The Assembly House

The Assembly House

Norwich

This Grade I listed building in the city centre has 15 opulent bedrooms, fizzing with style and colour. A grand afternoon tea of Alice-in-Wonderland proportions can also be ordered in a breakfast ‘Beforenoon' version. Expect Cornflake jam tart and a ‘Fried egg' cheesecake.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • disabled_facilities
  • wifi
  • parking
  • honeymoon
  • cooking_school
  • disabled
  • with_cooking_school
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • historic
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • boutique
  • romantic
  • babyfriendly
  • garden
  • restaurant_with_rooms
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • veganfriendly
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • outdoor_dining
8
University Arms

University Arms

Cambridge

Town meets gown in this handsome hotel with views over Parker’s Piece. Modern comforts blend with gentle nods to collegiate life: Cambridge-blue walls, velvet-covered chesterfields, leather-covered writing desks, retro reading lamps, wood-panelled library, and bar cocktails named after Cambridge spies.
  • child_friendly
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • wifi
  • weddings
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • disabled_facilities
  • gym
  • foodie
  • parking
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • veganfriendly
  • cycling
9
11 Cadogan Gardens

11 Cadogan Gardens

London

A warren of dazzling rooms awaits you in this glamorous Chelsea townhouse, from the sultry cocktail bar and book-lined library to the elegant modern bedrooms with views of Chelsea rooftops. The fashionable Hans Bar & Grill has outside tables for people watching.
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • child_friendly
  • wifi
  • babyfriendly
  • gym
  • outdoor_dining
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • veganfriendly
  • boutique
  • garden
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • romantic
  • historic
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • weddings
  • great_breakfast
10
No. 1 York

No. 1 York

York

This gorgeous Grade-II listed Georgian building comes with whimsical interiors. The bar has a toy train and turntable (there’s a vinyl library to browse), and rooms have a nostalgic simplicity, with muslin-draped four posters, dolls’ houses, a ‘pantry’ of treats.
  • babyfriendly
  • boutique
  • child_friendly
  • cycling
  • disabled_facilities
  • dog_friendly
  • electric_charging_point
  • historic
  • outdoor_dining
  • parking
  • spa
  • veganfriendly
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • wifi
  • great_breakfast
  • conferencemeeting_friendly

2023 Editor's Choice Hotels in Cities and Towns

Editor’s Choice Best Hotels in Cities and Towns

1
Cnapan

Cnapan

Newport

With a home-from-home ambience, this Georgian B&B on Newport’s main street is an ideal base from which to explore the Pembrokeshire Coast national park.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • exceptional_value
  • good_value
  • seaside
  • great_breakfast
  • babyfriendly
  • wildlife_watching
  • parking
2
Jesmond Dene House

Jesmond Dene House

Newcastle upon Tyne

In a historic rural park, just ten minutes’ drive from the city centre, this Arts and Crafts mansion impresses with its grand interiors, bold design features and first-rate modern British cooking.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • disabled_facilities
  • wifi
  • parking
  • conference_meeting
  • boutique
  • disabled
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • babyfriendly
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • outdoor_dining
  • for_winelovers
  • historic
  • country_house
  • foodie
  • great_breakfast
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • romantic
  • electric_charging_point
  • veganfriendly
  • walking
3
Hazlitt’s

Hazlitt’s

London

You can imagine nodding off in an armchair over the latest issue of Samuel Johnson’s Idler, or William Hazlitt’s polemics in the Tatler, when you step into this time-warp hotel and close the door on trendy Soho.
  • child_friendly
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • historic
  • conference_meeting
  • boutique
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
4
Hart’s Hotel

Hart’s Hotel

Nottingham

A sleek, modern hotel on the ramparts of what remains of medieval Nottingham Castle, Hart’s is where your home is when you want to escape the bustling city.
  • gym
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • value
  • disabled_facilities
  • wifi
  • parking
  • conference_meeting
  • disabled
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • babyfriendly
  • dog_friendly
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • ecofriendly
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • outdoor_dining
  • electric_charging_point
  • veganfriendly
5
Grasshoppers

Grasshoppers

Glasgow

It feels a bit like finding platform 9¾ but trust us: buzz an intercom to enter a grand, buff-stone railway office block by Glasgow Central, ride the lift to the penthouse and step into a cool city hotel.
  • child_friendly
  • wifi
  • exceptional_value
  • view
  • good_value
  • dog_friendly
  • babyfriendly
  • parking
  • great_breakfast
  • boutique
  • rooms_with_a_view
6
Number Thirty Eight Clifton

Number Thirty Eight Clifton

Bristol

‘Our favourite stop-over when travelling to Cornwall’, this twin-bayed Georgian merchant’s house B&B sits atop one of Bristol’s highest hills, with panoramic views.
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • parking
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • boutique
  • great_breakfast
7
The Pig in the Wall

The Pig in the Wall

Southampton

This little piggy, the babe in the litter of Robin Hutson’s Pig hotels, is set in a crenellated Georgian house and former pub built into the city’s medieval wall.
  • child_friendly
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • parking
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • disabled_facilities
  • veganfriendly
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • boutique
  • outdoor_dining
  • electric_charging_point
8
The Old Vine

The Old Vine

Winchester

Fine bedrooms, mixing antique and modern furniture, are named after designers and styled accordingly, at this Georgian-house-turned-pub by the cathedral, with a menu of old favourites and inventive dishes.
  • child_friendly
  • wifi
  • conference_meeting
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • historic
  • outdoor_dining
  • outdoor_pursuits_hunting
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • pub_with_rooms
  • parking
  • rooms_with_a_view
9
The Old Rectory

The Old Rectory

Hastings

Lionel Copley applied his designer’s eye and gentle wit to the styling of bedrooms at this chic Georgian rectory B&B, with elegant public spaces, treatment rooms, walled garden, and a breakfast to write home about.
From £90 per night
  • wifi
  • weddings
  • garden
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • boutique
  • parking
  • seaside
  • good_value
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • veganfriendly
  • great_breakfast
  • guest_house
  • spa
10
2 Blackburne Terrace

2 Blackburne Terrace

Liverpool

Art-filled interiors and home comforts make for a soothing ambience at this elegant Georgian townhouse B&B on a cobbled drive in Liverpool's cultural quarter.
  • garden
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • parking
  • romantic
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • boutique
  • historic
  • rooms_with_a_view
Last updated: May 21, 2024