UK hotel stays: Is it chain or chic boutique? Can YOU tell a one-off hotel from a global giant?

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Is it chain or chic boutique? Bland is banished at these 10 British hotels – so can YOU tell a one-off from a global giant?

And the trend is set to continue. For instance, Hilton now has 189 hotels in its Curio Collection, Tapestry Collection and LXR Hotels and Resorts. ‘In Europe we expect to more than double our portfolio under these brands in the coming years,’ said a spokesman. Meanwhile IHG, which owns Holiday Inn and Hotel Indigo, says it has been focusing on curating unique design and experiences in every property. And Accor’s budget label Ibis also has its Ibis Styles arm for its more individual properties.

Here are pictures of ten British hotels. Can you tell which are one-offs and which belong to a global brand? Scroll down to the bottom for the answers – you may be surprised that three of them have rooms that cost less than £70 a night.


A. Stained-glass windows and artfully mismatched furniture feature in this former glass factory on the Norfolk coast. Pick from Big, Bigger and Biggest rooms ¿ all come with complimentary cocktails in the minibar. In the bar proper, they serve a mean lobster and samphire mac ¿n¿ cheese



B. A fun weather theme runs throughout this Manchester hotel, from a huge pair of sunglasses and oversized deck chair to umbrellas hanging from a deep blue ceiling. Even the bedrooms have weather-based murals on the wall. At night, sink an icecold beer in the warm atmosphere of the Jamboree Restaurant




C. This 18th Century Bath townhouse, which once hosted the likes of author Sir Walter Scott, has been brought bang up to date. Contemporary rooms have Hypnos beds and Bramley toiletries. Downstairs is a clubby bar and a restaurant specialising in wild food and game



E. The sleek bedrooms in this London hotel reflect the East End¿s textile history, with the concrete ceilings and black bathroom fittings highlighting its industrial influences. Top-floor suites have impressive city views, and in spring a rooftop bar is due to open, looking out to St Paul¿s Cathedral. Borrow a hotel bike and ride to nearby Tower Bridge or Spitalfields



F. Swim a few laps of the 18-metre pool in the swish spa at this London hotel before enjoying a massage, visiting the nail bar or hitting the hot tub. You can go shopping or visit nearby Kensington Palace before returning for a champagne afternoon tea. Alternatively, just hang out in the private garden

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