Luxury facilities, great locations, stylish furnishings, intimate and comfortable atmosphere: a boutique hotel is quite an ambiguous label and one which means a number of different things to different people, but guests always expect the best in quality and the highest attention to detail.
The UK has a number of hotels that happily use the boutique term, so it is wise to do some serious research before you book anything. To get you started, in this guide we talk you through some top choices if you are looking to get involved in specific activities, such as walking, shopping and dining in style, in certain parts of the country.
RamblingThe Lake District /credit Tejvan Pettinger on Flickr
If you are looking for days spent walking through the beautiful countryside and evenings eating delicious food and drinking local ales then look no further than the Swan Hotel in the Lake District.
The Lakes is one of the best places in the country for rambling and becoming one with nature. Some of the terrain in the Lake District can be rather treacherous so you might want to consider travel insurance during your holiday.
Always book through a reputable company such as Insure and Away to ensure that you are properly covered for all eventualities.
Cornwall has some of the best weather in the country. If you are looking for seaside walks, a spot of sunshine while staying in contemporary hotel setting, consider Headland House in Carbis Bay near St Ives.
High Road House in West London is the perfect boutique option if you are looking to shop until your drop. Located near Kensington, you have some of London’s best designer shopping on your doorstep, including the infamous Harrods, while the rest of London’s retail hot spots are just a short Tube or cab ride away.
Hip and happening
Over the last 10-15 years East London has largely been favoured over West when it comes to trendy nights out, more adventurous restaurants and cost-effective shopping.
If London to you is just Oxford Street and the Southbank, consider staying in Russell’s in Clapton, with its exposed brick and modern, quirky furniture, where you can get to know East London that little bit better.
At the Blue Lion Inn, East Witton, North Yorkshire the food is a pull in its own right. But why would you want to eat a huge meal and then have to travel all the way home?
At the Blue Lion Inn the rooms are just as much of a pull as the fabulous restaurant, and you can retreat back to your room after dining. And who could pass the opportunity to eat their perfect breakfast?
This post is by Insure and Away.