We love to travel in style, finding hidden gems and fabulous, fun places to stay that don’t cost the Earth. England has some truly marvellous hotels from the traditional luxury of Claridges, The Dorchester or Browns to an array of individual boutique hotels with a difference. Staying in a hotel with great personality can add so much more excitement to your travels and love every moment. Here are our top 5 Unusual Vintage Hotels in England:
1. La Rosa– Victorian Seaside fun on the West Cliff in Whitby. A beautiful early Victorian building in the picturesque town of Whitby. Special offer £90 per room per night. The hotel interior is furnished with vintage and antique finds from auctions, flea markets and car boots. Whitby has a combined maritime, mineral and tourist heritage, also home to the ruins of Whitby Abbey this is a town steeped in history. Part of Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula was set in Whitby incorporating pieces of local folklore including the beaching of the Russian ship Dmitri. Stoker discovered the name “Dracula” at the old public library. Whitby also plays host to the annual Whitby Goth Weekend, a great place for rich history filled days by the seaside and great fish ‘n’ chips.
2. The Pavillion Hotel, London- Approx £100 per room, per night. Set in an old London town house in a very central location The Pavillion Hotel has been decorated with great care. Each room has it’s own theme. I’ve stayed at The Pavilllion Hotel twice now and have loved it every time. The decor makes for the perfect back drop for photo shoots featuring regularly in various fashion magazines. It’s no wonder the hotel is nicknamed ‘The Rock ‘n’ Roll Hotel’ having played host to numerous big names including Naomi Campbell, Helena Bonam Carter, Leonardo di Caprio, Jools Holland, Bryan Ferry, Ian Brown, Jarvis Cocker, BB MAK and Morrissey, phew! For the same price you’d pay to stay at some anonymous chain hotel in Central London you could experience a real slice of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
3. The Old Railway Station– Petworth, Near Chichester, West Sussex. Approx £114 per night. Luxury train journeys were once the epitome of glamour made famous by legendary Pullman train services such as the Orient Express. Some of the original pullman carriages have been lovingly restored at The Old Railway Station. There are 4 Pullman carriages providing 8 suites so you can enjoy an evening of old fashioned luxury. Many elements have been revamped, like fully equipped bathrooms. The Old Station House, built in 1892 for the Prince of Wales has been sympathetically restored, providing 2 additional en-suite bedrooms. Goodwood House racecourse and racing track is nearby as is the South Downs for country walks.
4. Clink 78 or Clink 261 Boutique Hostel- London. From £9 per night! I’m frequently asked by friends about affordable places to stay in London. The Clink Hostels are individual, stylish and very affordable. With a retro vibe the Clink Hostels are converted Magistrates court buildings. Clink 78 is a 200-year-old courthouse situated in a conservation area 10 minutes walk from King’s Cross station. Originally the court rooms were used to try petty criminal and less serious offenders, The Clash were convicted here in the 70’s. Rock ‘n’ Roll! Retaining the original facade and many of the courtroom relics, this Grade II listed building has been restored and converted to offer a combination of hostel dormitory, single and double rooms as well as 6 original prison cells it’s cool, up-beat and fun.
5. Hampton Court Palace– East Molesey, Surrey. Approx price per night £125- £200. Hampton Court Palace has 2 properties available for overnight stays, Fish Court and The Georgian House. The Palace has not been inhabited by the British Royal Family since the 18th century and is now a popular tourist destination. Thomas Wolsey (Archbishop of York) favourite of Henry VIII, took over the site of Hampton Court Palace in 1514. Wolsey spent lavishly to create the finest palace in England. A well-known curiosity of the palace’s grounds is Hampton Court Maze; planted in the 1690s by George London and Henry Wise for William III of Orange. Perfect for a unique and highly memorable night in an opulent classically English setting. Swoon.
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