From cosy country cottages to splendid West End family businesses, boutique hotels are ideal for people who prefer more homely, intimate atmospheres, and can provide excellent value for money. They often cater to niches, such as couples on romantic getaways, people travelling on a budget, business guests, or families with children, and are venues where the owners can instil their personalities and tastes into their service.
Close to the famous bars and restaurants of Kensington, the K West Hotel & Spa is very conveniently located near the world-class theatres of the West End, and has earned a prestigious four-star designation. This sophisticated boutique hotel is also close to London's most popular park, Hyde Park, and is very near to Shepherd's Bush and Kensington (Olympia) Underground stations , which offer fast tube links to the rest of the city.
The Chelsea Harbour Hotel, London
With pleasant, scenic harbour surroundings near the Thames, the Chelsea Harbour Hotel is a truly romantic, exquisite 5-star boutique hotel that will appeal to guests looking for easy access to Chelsea's exclusive bars and shops. The hotel is practically a stone's throw from Imperial Wharf railway station, and is a very short distance from the one of Britain's most famous football stadiums, the headquarters of Chelsea Football Club.
On Manchester's vibrant Canal Street, Velvet is a majestic, hospitable venue with a renowned restaurant serving delicious homemade dishes. Nearby is the revered Museum of Science and Industry, which showcases the role of Manchester as one of the world's principal commercial centres during the Industrial Revolution.
The Royal Hotel, Cardiff
In a fine Victorian building, the 3-star Royal Hotel is known for its immaculate, modern rooms, and is only minutes from the terrific Millennium Stadium. The hotel is also just a few minutes from Cardiff bus station and Cardiff Central station, and in walking distance to the popular Motorpoint Arena and enchanting Cardiff Castle.
Another charismatic boutique hotel, the 4-star Tigerlily overlooks Edinburgh's handsome George Street, which is one of the city's main shopping areas. This romantic venue is also within easy reach of striking Edinburgh Castle, an imposing medieval fortress commanding superb panoramic views over the Scottish capital's skyline.
The Bloc, Birmingham
Within easy reach of Birmingham's thriving Jewellery Quarter, celebrated Museum and Art Gallery and the city's main railway stations, the Bloc offers affordable, sophisticated accommodation, and will definitely appeal to people travelling on a budget. The venue is noted for its attractive contemporary style, and is less than a mile from the acclaimed National Indoor Arena.