Best hotels and hostels in The United Kingdom

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Machynlleth

    Living Room Treehouses

    Wonderfully designed, these six cosy, rustic-glam tree houses blend organically into an enchanted forest off the A470. You're as close to nature as can be (up a tree!), yet the beds are luxurious, insulation and wood-burning stoves keep you warm all year, and the seclusion is glorious (all houses are set generously apart). Arrival days are Sunday, Wednesday and Friday.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Torridon

    Torridon

    If you prefer the lap of luxury to the sound of rain beating on your tent, head for this lavish Victorian shooting lodge with a romantic lochside location. Sumptuous contemporary rooms with awe-inspiring views, top bathrooms and a cheery Highland cow atop the counterpane couldn't be more inviting. This is one of Scotland's top country hotels, always luxurious but never pretentious.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Caernarfon

    Victoria House

    Victoria House is pretty much the perfect guesthouse – a delightful, solid Victorian building in the middle of Caernarfon's old town, run by exceptionally hospitable and attentive hosts. The four spacious, modern rooms include lovely touches – free toiletries, a DVD on the town's history, fresh milk and a welcoming drink in the minibar – and breakfast is a joy.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Iona

    Iona Hostel

    This working ecological croft and environmentally sensitive hostel is one of Scotland's most rewarding and tranquil places to stay. Lovable black Hebridean sheep surround the building, which features pretty, practical and comfy dorms and an excellent kitchen-lounge. There's a fabulous beach nearby, and a hill to climb for views. It's just over a mile from the ferry on Iona, past the abbey.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in St Helier

    Longueville Manor

    Jersey's most distinguished hotel is a country manor, parts of which date back to the 14th century. Each of its 30 rooms and suites is individually styled – some contemporary, some with period furnishings – but all are uniformly luxurious, with rainforest showers and iPod docks. Walking trails, playground, spa, restaurant, and excellent service are just some of the perks.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Liverpool

    2 Blackburne Terrace

    This exquisite B&B, in a converted Grade II–listed Georgian townhouse from 1826, might just be the most elegant option in town. It only has four rooms, but each is impeccably appointed with a mix of period furniture and modern touches. Breakfast is fabulous and the lounge an absolute delight. Only Room 1 has a shower; all have free-standing baths.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Leeds

    Dakota

    Raising the bar for luxury sleeps in Leeds, this gleaming new hotel has quickly become popular thanks to its central location close to shops and bars, swanky yet muted designer interior and five-star service. Rooms are plush, modern and classic, and the suites are like mini-apartments, with open-plan lounge areas and dressing rooms with robes. Rates are room only.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Broadstairs

    Bleak House

    This former Napoleonic-era fortress overlooking the beach was converted into an opulent Victorian residence just in time for one Charles Dickens to rent it for 22 summers (1837–59). From the lounge bar to the Copperfield suite with its Viking Bay views and five-star bathroom, the whole caboodle oozes unique period character. Building tours run from 11am to 5pm.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Yorkshire Dales National Park

    Swaledale Yurts

    Yurts beat glamping tents hands-down for insulation, and the five luxurious ones at this pretty rural site are toasty warm and comfortable, with wood-burning stoves, seating areas and creature comforts such as minifridges and kettles. Other perks include hot breakfast baguettes and dinners to order, a fully licensed drinks menu and swish kitchen barn. If that's not enough, how about a private waterfall?

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Titanic Quarter

    Titanic Hotel Belfast

    The Titanic Hotel is a spectacular addition to Belfast's sleeping scene. Located in the Harland & Wolff shipping company's old headquarters, it pays tribute in both its location and design to the city's shipbuilding past, with the old drawing office transformed into a light-filled bar and each room decked out with ship-related touches.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Crinan Canal

    Crinan Hotel

    Romantic Crinan Hotel boasts one of the west coast's most spectacular views. All the bright, light rooms enjoy wonderful perspectives, and the somewhat faded old-world atmosphere is beguiling, with paintings throughout and a top-floor gallery. You're paying for the ambience and view here: don't expect five-star luxury. It's run with welcoming good humour and offers various eating options.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Aberaeron

    Harbour Master

    Standing proudly at Aberaeron's harbour entrance, this boutique hotel offers food and accommodation worthy of any chic city bolthole. The striking, violet-painted Georgian buildings hold 13 singularly decorated rooms featuring Frette linens, vintage Welsh blankets, bold colour schemes and high-tech bathrooms. Those in the newly restored grain warehouse have the same contemporary styling, with excellent harbour views.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Boa Island

    Finn Lough

    On the mainland shore overlooking Boa Island is this wonderful complex with a range of luxurious accommodation and a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. The most special rooms here are the forest bubble domes: transparent globes with uninterrupted views of the night sky, attached bathrooms and four-poster beds, hidden among the trees; the largest have free-standing baths. Book well ahead.

  • Lodging in Lowland Perthshire & Kinross

    Gleneagles Hotel

    Deep in rural Perthshire near the town of Auchterarder lies Gleneagles Hotel, one of Scotland’s most famous resorts. Not your typical bed-and-breakfast, this is a no-holds-barred luxury retreat with three championship golf courses, Michelin-starred Andrew Fairlie − often referred to as Scotland’s best restaurant (open for dinner Tuesday to Saturday) − and a variety of extravagantly elegant rooms and suites.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Stromness

    Brinkies Guest House

    Just a short walk from the centre of Stromness, but with a lonely, king-of-the-castle position overlooking the town and bay, this exceptional place offers five-star islander hospitality. Compact, modern rooms are handsome, stylish and comfortable, and the public areas are done out attractively in wood, but above all it's the charming owner's flexibility and can-do attitude that makes this place so special.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Crawfordsburn

    Old Inn

    In the quaint little village of Crawfordsburn, 3km west of Bangor on the B20, the 1614-established Old Inn claims to be Ireland’s oldest hotel. Its original thatched cottage (now the bar, with log fires and low ceilings) is flanked by 18th-century additions. Character-filled rooms have Arts and Crafts–style wallpaper and mahogany.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in North London

    Clink78

    This fantastic 630-bed hostel is housed in a 19th-century magistrates' courthouse where Charles Dickens once worked as a scribe and members of the Clash stood trial in 1978. It features pod beds (including overhead storage space) in four- to 16-bed dormitories. There’s a top kitchen with a huge dining area and a busy bar – Clash – in the basement.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Strathpeffer

    Craigvar

    Luxury living with a refined touch is what you’ll find in this delightful Georgian house in Strathpeffer's heart. Classy little extras are all here, including a welcome drink, Highland-Belgian chocolates, bathrobes, mini-fridges and fresh fruit. The owners offer wonderfully genuine hospitality with guest comfort paramount. The two light, elegant rooms are great, with fabulous modern bathrooms and thoughtful extras.

  • Lodging in Caernarfon

    Plas Dinas Country House

    Until the 1980s this large 17th-century house belonged to Lord Snowdon's family; his wife, Princess Margaret, often stayed here. Despite the ancestral portraits in the hallway and the grand drawing room, the overall impression is surprisingly homey. The 10 bedrooms are filled with antiques and thoughtful touches, such as quality toiletries and fluffy bathrobes, and self-catering cottages are also available.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Lairg

    Sleeperzzz

    This unusual hostel is set in three caringly converted railway carriages, an old bus and a beautiful wooden caravan parked in a siding by Rogart station. The carriages contain cute two-person bedrooms, kitchenettes and tiny lounges. There's also a B&B in the former waiting room, now an en suite chamber with kitchen; light breakfast is supplied. The hostel is run on sustainable lines.