By Katie Wilson
The staycation trend is going nowhere, which is good news as there are some amazing places set to open in the next 12 months.
These are the most exciting new UK hotel openings for 2021 – and the ones that only just managed to open at the end of 2020.
From luxury London townhouses to the world’s first ‘super boutique’ hotel, and the latest offering from the PIG hotel group, here’s where we will be checking in.
This list will be added to throughout 2021 so keep checking back for our latest recommendations.
Kingsland Locke, Dalston – open now
Chic aparthotel chain Locke has launched its fourth London property, Kingsland Locke, in the heart of Dalston.
Located in one of east London’s coolest neighbourhoods, it houses 124 of Locke’s signature studios – and the room rates are super affordable for the capital.
Other highlights include an on-site microbrewery and gin distillery, all-day restaurant, coffee shop, gym and co-working space.
Rooms start from £85 a night
Newhall Mains, Inverness – opening April 2021
This boutique accommodation combines the best of both worlds – hotel suites and self-catering cottages.
Formerly derelict, Newhall Mains is a family-run estate on the Black Isle peninsula, which has been lovingly restored over three years.
Rooms feature bespoke furnishings paired with bold patterned wallpaper. Even the rugs have been spun using the wool from the estate’s own flock of sheep.
But one of the biggest ‘wow’ factors is the private airfield that runs beside the property allowing guests to arrive in style. While scenic flights over the Highlands can be arranged with the local flight school.
The location is close to North Coast 500, Scotland’s answer to Route 66. It’s also the perfect base to visit Cromarty Firth, the UK’s best spot for watching bottlenose dolphins.
Rooms start from £95 a night
Thornbury Castle, near Bristol – opening spring 2021
Want to live like a real-life King or Queen for the weekend? Book at a stay at Thornbury Castle in the Gloucestershire countryside.
Built in 1511 during the reign of Henry VIII, it was one of the grandest buildings of its time in England.
Now it’s been given a 2020s update following a multi-million pound refurbishment, which features 27 sumptuous bedchambers, including some with four-poster beds.
Rooms include the Jane Seymour Suite, with views that stretch all the way to Wales. Or sleep in the King Henry VIII bedchamber, where he and Anne Boleyn stayed as part of their Royal tour in 1535.
Prices start from £229 a night
NoMad London, Covent Garden – opening May 2021
The hotel opening we are most excited about for 2021 has to be NoMad London. The group already have hotels in New York, LA and Vegas, but this is their first establishment in Europe.
The 91-room hotel is in the former Bow Street Magistrates Court building in Covent Garden.
One of the highlights, even if you’re not staying here, is the all-day dining space in the light filled atrium. We’ll be booking in for a cocktail-fuelled brunch as soon as we can.
Rooms start from £400 a night
The Harper, Norfolk – opening May 2021
This spa hotel wants to set a new standard for luxury hotels in Norfolk – and we think they might just do it.
The 32 bedrooms are a haven of modern calm and all stays include a generous breakfast, which is always welcomed.
After a day exploring, enjoy an invigorating dip in the hot tub, swim in the indoor pool or unwind with a relaxing spa treatment. Sounds pretty heavenly to us.
Rooms start from £175 a night including breakfast
The Grand Hotel Birmingham – opening May 2021
One of the biggest UK hotel openings for 2021 outside the capital has to be The Grand Hotel Birmingham.
With 185 rooms, two new bars and a destination restaurant, it’s on track to become the city’s best hotel.
In a welcome boost for locals, it also marks the restoration of one of Birmingham’s best-loved buildings.
Rooms start from £105 a night
Telegraph Hotel, Coventry – opening May 2021
If you’re planning a trip to the UK City of Culture 2021, stay in the iconic Telegraph building, which was home to the city’s newspaper for more than 50 years.
It’s now been converted into a luxury hotel with 88 uniquely styled rooms, including the Lord Iliffe Suite – named after the family who started and, until recently, owned the newspaper – which comes with its own hot tub and terrace.
The Mid-Century hotel will also feature a laid-back restaurant and bar, Forme & Chase, adding a splash of 1950s glamour.
A rooftop bar overlooking Belgrade Square will offer a year-round experience and is the perfect place to watch the sun go down.
Prices start from £59 a night
The Londoner, Leicester Square – opening May 2021
Billed as the world’s first ‘super boutique’ hotel, The Londoner is more than a hotel – it’s an ‘urban resort.’
The £300 million project from Edwardian Hotels, in the heart of Leicester Square, spans 16 storeys and has 350 guest rooms and suites, all with floor-to-ceiling windows.
There will also be six concept restaurants, including a Japanese lounge bar with a rooftop terrace and fire pit, plus an expansive ballroom, two private screening rooms and a wellness centre.
Rooms from £469 a night
The Double Red Duke, near Oxford – opening May 2021
The Double Red Duke is a new addition to the family of inns and pubs run by husband and wife duo, Sam and Georgie Pearman – the couple behind the Country Creatures group.
The 17th-century wisteria-clad, Cotswold stone coaching inn will boast 19 bedrooms and a menu centred around an open-fire kitchen.
And if you’re wondering where the name comes from, The Double Red Duke is a character in local folklore, which you’ll find out more about if you book a stay.
Rooms will start from £120 a night
Bodmin Jail Hotel, Cornwall – opening May 2021
A unique stay for 2021, the Bodmin Jail was left to stand as ruins for 100 years, but has now been transformed into a luxury hotel.
Far from a night in the cells, you’ll find elegant bedrooms with freestanding baths and walk-in showers.
The building also has a fascinating history. It was, as the name suggests, a prison in the 18th-century, and was once used to house the Crown Jewels in World War One.
Rooms start from £104 a night
The Bradley Hare, Wiltshire – opening June 2021
If you’re a fan of Soho Houses, you’ll love The Bradley Hare, located on the Duke of Somerset’s Estate in the beautiful village of Maiden Bradley, Wiltshire.
Comprising 12 uniquely styled bedrooms, this is definitely countryside cool – and is firmly on our wish list of places to stay this summer.
A joint venture from ex-Soho House Design Director James Thurstan Waterworth and F&B entrepreneur Andrew Kelly, the food offerings are also looking fantastic.
There is a traditional pub space which flows through to a casual lounge, plus an area called The Snug. While outside there are large private gardens and space for al fresco dining.
Prices start from £130 a night including breakfast
The Yard In Bath
This former coaching inn turned 14-bedroom boutique hotel is set to be one of Bath’s most exciting new places to stay.
The building centres around a beautiful courtyard and is split over three floors. In the rooms expect luxuries like kingsize beds, rainfall showers, REN toiletries, Nespresso machines and Netflix should you want to watch it.
When it comes to the location, The Yard In Bath is right in the city centre, close to the Roman Baths and five minutes from Royal Crescent, making it the perfect spot for a weekender.
Rooms start from £130 a night with breakfast included
The Star, Alfriston, South Downs – opening June 2021
The Star, Alfriston is a joint venture between hotelier Olga Polizzi and her daughter Alex, who is best known as The Hotel Inspector.
This striking 30-bedroom hotel is housed in a Grade II listed 15th-century building in the medieval village of Alfriston.
Nearby attractions include the South Downs National Park and the Seven Sisters chalk cliffs.
Rooms start from £190 night for bed and breakfast
The Lost Poet, Notting Hill – opening June 2021
This boutique townhouse on London’s famous Portobello Road is the first foray into hospitality from the team behind design firm, Cubic Studios.
With just four rooms, each with a different colour palette, the hotel is a poetic love letter to the local area, and features a mix of old and new, modern art, bold wallpapers and bespoke furniture.
The playful pink, green and yellow rooms are on the lower floors – but the piece de resistance is the top floor blue room, which has a freestanding bath and south facing terrace with unrivalled views over west London’s rooftops.
When booked on an individual room basis, the house will be adults only. However, guests can opt to hire the whole house exclusively.
Room rates TBC
The Carlton Tower Jumeirah, Knightsbridge – opening June 2021
This Knightsbridge hotel, with an illustrious past as an A-list haunt, will reopen its doors this summer following a £100 million renovation.
The Peak Fitness Club & Spa is set over three floors and features a new Talise Spa and London’s largest 20 metre swimming pool.
Guests get exclusive access to private garden square Cadogan Gardens and its tennis courts.
There is also a destination restaurant and bar, theatre kitchen for immersive dining, alfresco seating on Cadogan Place and the Chinoiserie, an all-day lobby lounge offering a ‘cake-o-clock’ afternoon tea.
Rooms start from £469 a night
Harbour Beach Club, Devon – opening June 2021
Harbour Hotels is opening its second Salcombe establishment, Harbour Beach Club Hotel & Spa.
The luxury hotel almost touches the end of South Sands beach, overlooking the estuary in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
A stylish waterfront hotel and resort, the Harbour Beach Club will feature 50 bedrooms, which all come complete with Harbour Hotels ‘Little Luxuries’, including complimentary gin and locally-sourced organic toiletries.
Other highlights include the beach bar, wide outdoor terrace, laid-back restaurant and of course the spa, which will feature an indoor pool, sauna, steam room, five treatment rooms – and has a crèche so parents can get some well-deserved pampering time.
Rooms rates TBC
Three Mile Beach, Cornwall – opening June 2021
Hidden among the sand dunes, coastal grasses and palms, this collection of 15 luxury self-catering beach houses is laid-back luxury at its finest.
Just four miles from St Ives, each of the three or four bedroom cabins – which are also dog friendly – have open plan kitchen-lounge diners, log burners and wrap-around terraces with hot tubs.
From July 2021, four glamping yurts will be available to stay in. Each sleeps 2 and comes with a private outdoor deck and access to a shared 9ft Alaskan Cedar hot tub and sauna.
Rates start from £1,200 a week in low season
Wildhive Callow Hall, Derbyshire – opening summer 2021
Wildhive is a new boutique hospitality brand opening its first property, Callow Hall, in rural Derbyshire this summer.
The perfect launchpad for a stay in the Peak District, this restored Victorian country house is surrounded by ancient woodland and 35 acres of open wild space.
Catering for all types of traveller, there is a choice to stay in a bespoke bedroom in the Main House, a back-to-nature glamping ‘hive’ in the grounds, or two custom-built treehouses with luxurious outdoor baths on the decking.
Dine at the glass Garden Room restaurant, take afternoon tea in the Secret Garden or enjoy a picnic by Bentley Brook. While the Coach House Wellness Centre has a gym, yoga studio, sauna and steam room, and offers organic and thermal spa treatments.
Prices start from £179 a night
Fairmont Windsor Park – opening summer 2021
This regal hotel with 200 guestrooms and suites next to Windsor Great Park is set to be the UK’s leading wellness retreat.
Facilities include indoor and outdoor pools, courtyard vitality room (pictured), a Himalayan salt room, Hammam and Japanese foot spa.
A full body cryotherapy (cold therapy) chamber – the first of its kind in the UK – has been fitted.
The new retreat will also be home to a sumptuous Tea Lounge, Champagne Bar, botanical Gin Bar and fine dining restaurant.
Prices start from £375 a night
Artist Residence Bristol – opening summer 2021
Set in a Grade I listed old boot factory, Artist Residence Bristol is the fifth hotel offering from young British hoteliers Justin and Charlotte Salisbury.
The hotel was due to open in autumn 2020, but this has been pushed back until 2021, with the exact date still to be confirmed.
It has 23 rooms, including two suites and The Lookout, set over a private terrace overlooking the surrounding rooftops of historic Portland Square.
The hotel also has a bar, restaurant, coffee shop, event space and terrace garden.
Rooms start from £120 a night
Mondrian London, Shoreditch – opening summer 2021
The former Curtain hotel and members club in Shoreditch will relaunch as Mondrian London this summer.
Following a major renovation and restyling, the 120-room hotel – which has a rooftop pool and wellness centre – will be home to several signature food and drink brands when it reopens.
Details are still under wraps, but it is set to include a culinary experience from world famous chef Dani Garcia.
Rumpus Room, a long-time fixture on the glamorous London nightlife scene, will also make a return as a rooftop lounge.
Room rates TBC
Pan Pacific London – opening summer 2021
Pan Pacific London is a spectacular 43-storey bronze tower which houses a luxury hotel, destination restaurant, cocktail bar and high end shops near London’s Liverpool Street.
The property represents a number of firsts for London, including a wellbeing floor for guests, complete with an 18-metre infinity pool with spectacular cityscape views. It will also house the first ballroom in the Square Mile.
And the hotel’s signature suite perched on the 19th floor is the epitome of luxury with spectacular views of city landmark, The Gherkin.
Room rate TBC
The Graduate, Oxford and Cambridge – opening summer 2021
Graduate Hotels is a US chain which specialises in boutique hotels near university campuses, providing parents with stylish places to stay.
Now they are set to open their first hotels in the UK in two of our most famous university towns, Oxford and Cambridge.
The Oxford branch will be in the city centre on the site of the former Randolph Hotel, while the Cambridge hotel is a waterfront property on the edge of the River Cam.
Room rates TBC
The PIG-in the South Downs – opening summer 2021
The latest addition to The PIG hotel litter is nestled in the South Downs National Park, along the West Sussex coast.
Set in a Grade-II listed lodge, guests can stay in 30 rooms spread across the main house, newly converted Stable Block, Chicken Shack and Chicken Coup. There will also be a selection of accommodation huts in and around the picturesque kitchen garden.
The original opening date for The PIG-in the South Downs was summer 2020, but this has been pushed back a year.
Rooms start from £155 a night
The Farmyard at The Newt, Somerset – opening summer 2021
This much-loved hotel and spa in Somerset has a very exciting addition for summer 2021.
The Farmyard is a range of 17 hotel suites, spread between a former farmhouse and several other outbuildings.
From what we hear, there is also set to be a new restaurant, swimming pool and spa facilities, which will be separate from the main country house hotel.
Room rates TBC
Chateau Denmark, London – opening summer 2021
A rock star hotel is coming to London’s Denmark Street, which is synonymous as the birthplace of the British music scene.
The famous street was once home to the Sex Pistols, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, and was where The Rolling Stones recorded their first album.
Now it will house 55 session rooms and apartments, which all have a rock ‘n’ roll theme.
Room rates TBC
Beaverbrook Town House, London – opening summer 2021
This summer, Beaverbrook is bringing the splendour of their award-winning country house hotel in Surrey to the heart of Chelsea.
Following an extensive £25 million restoration of two Georgian townhouses in Sloane Street, the new boutique hotel will feature 14 luxury suites, all styled and named after London theatres.
There will also be a 60-cover contemporary Japanese restaurant and bar inspired by the work of 19th century artist Hoksuai.
Room rates TBC
The Broadwick Soho, London – opening September 2021
The Broadwick Soho is an independent luxury hotel created by a group of friends including Martin Brudnizki, the man who designed Annabel’s, The Bloomsbury Hotel and Sexy Fish.
Taking inspiration from gritty glamour, Brudnizki describes the new hotel as being like ‘your eccentric godmother’s Soho townhouse’.
It will house 57 rooms including nine suites and one penthouse, plus an authentic Italian restaurant with a generous terrace. Upstairs, there will be a rooftop cocktail bar with impressive views of the Soho skyline.
Rooms start from £350 a night
The Albion, Aberteifi, West Wales – opening September 2021
The team behind luxury family campsite Fforest will offer a more refined guest experience for 2021 – when they open a hotel.
Perfect for those who aren’t so into glamping but still want to enjoy all Fforest has to offer, the hotel is set in two converted warehouses and has 23 bedrooms with riverside views.
You’ll find it between Fforest’s two existing campsites; one overlooking Penbryn Beach and the other on a 200-acre farm.
Room rates TBC
Late 2020 Openings
Probably the hottest hotel opening of 2020, Birch is still one of the most exciting stays for 2021.
Part members’ club, part hotel, part co-working space, it also has a screening room, wellness centre – and is set to get its own heated lido in time for summer.
The best part is you don’t need to be a member to stay over, anyone can book. It’s reasonably priced too.
Rooms start from £110 a night
Henry’s Townhouse, London
Henry’s Townhouse is the recently renovated former home of Jane Austen’s favourite brother, and a place she would often visit during her lifetime in the late 18th century.
The seven-bedroom property exudes Georgian glamour – and we love how each room is named after a particular character. Favourites include Cassandra and Phylly.
Although guests will be able to book a room in the future, we have been advised that for now the townhouse is operating as an exclusive hire property from £4,950 a night for up to 14 people.
The Mayfair Townhouse, London
From the people behind Chewton Glen and The Cliveden spa hotels comes The Mayfair Townhouse, a new establishment in the heart of Mayfair.
Claiming to offer ‘the dandiest stay in London’, this 172-room hotel takes its inspiration from Oscar Wilde. Its location was the setting for The Importance of Being Earnest.
Look out for sprinkles of Wilde, especially in the Dandy Bar which serves up his favourite champagne. You can also catch sight of the house’s mischievous motif, the fox, throughout the hotel.
Rooms start from £266 a night
The Kings Arms, Egham, Surrey
This new restaurant with six boutique bedrooms is from the same team behind The Cricketers on the Green in Pirbright, Surrey – and the grade II listed building has quite a history.
It’s on the doorstep of where the Magna Carta was sealed in 1215. It also has links to royalty. Throughout the hotel there are nods to King John and the barons, with the rooms even being called The Barons Quarters.
In addition to the main restaurant, there is ‘The Menagerie’, a year-round alfresco terrace with convertible roof, fire and ice tables, botanical trees and a lavish living plant wall.
Rooms start from £90 a night
The Mitre Hampton Court
This boutique hotel near Hampton Court Palace was once used to accommodate guests of King Charles II back in 1665.
After an extensive makeover, it has reopened as a 36-room riverside hotel, which blends quirky British sensibility with elegant luxury.
Highlights include the 1665 brasserie restaurant led by chef Ronnie Kimbugwe, formerly of Gordon Ramsey at Claridge’s.
Rooms start from £120 a night
Crockers Henley, Oxfordshire
Go to Crockers for the food, but make a real night of it by staying over in one of their sumptuous four poster bedrooms, which all have freestanding baths.
This restaurant with rooms, which only got to open briefly in 2020, has three different dining experiences to enjoy; modern British or pan Asian Chef’s Tables, which are both fine dining, or the more relaxed Bar & Grill.
It’s the brainchild of former chef Luke Garnsworthy, who has previously worked with Heston Blumenthal. This place is definitely on our list to visit for 2021.
Dinner and a one-night stay for two people starts from £380
Clifftops, Portland, Dorset
One of the most on-trend places to stay in Dorset right now, these luxury lodges are literally carved into the cliff.
The unique development, which has a big focus on sustainability, sits on the edge of the Pennsylvania Castle Estate on the Jurassic Coast.
Each of the five copper wrapped lodges, which all have stunning sea views, have been designed to blend in with the natural landscape as they age.
Rooms start from £630 for two nights
The Grosvenor Stockbridge, Hampshire
This 19th-century hotel on Stockbridge High Street was once home to the Ascot of its day.
Now it’s been lovingly restored to its former glory, and we love what they have done with the place.
There are 32 rooms, which cater for all tastes. Our favourites are The Hayloft, The Britannia and The Bibury.
Rooms start from £145 a night
The George, Cheltenham
The George is the latest offering from The Lucky Onion group, the same team behind the No. 38 The Park and No. 131 The Promenade hotels.
It is the first of what they hope is many hotels in the UK, launched under their new company, Cult Hotels.
With its super chic rooms, budget-friendly price point, and features such as contactless check-in and a 24-hour pantry, are these the hotels of the future?
Rooms start from £90 a night
Hotel Indigo Bath
This Grade I listed property is the first ‘global boutique’ hotel in Bath and has just reopened following a multi-million pound restoration.
Situated on a beautiful honey-coloured Georgian terrace, just steps from the centre, it’s ideally located for a visit to the city.
Its 166 rooms have been redesigned around five themes reflecting the history of Bath. These include ‘Romance & Mischief’, ‘Literary Hideaway’, ‘Architectural Beauty’, ‘Garden’ and ‘The Vaults’.
Rooms start from £149