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5 non-mainstream UK city hotel stays, all ranked #1 on TripAdvisor

So many of us will have sampled the delights of New York, Paris, Rome – leaving the UK somewhat overlooked, particularly beyond the bright lights of London or Edinburgh at festival time. Here are five ideas for places to stay that have been ranked #1 on TripAdvisor in their cities, all of which are destinations you may not associate with the typical city break but have much to offer the luxury-loving traveller. The Best Western Henbury Lodge Hotel in Bristol is a spacious Georgian country house with a walled garden and award-winning restaurant. Skene House Whitehall in Aberdeen comprises 49 studio, executive and superior one, two and three-bedroom apartments in five interior styles. Special touches include the VIP (Very Important Pillow) service whereby guests’ own pillows are kept safe until their next stay. The Chambers Park Place in Leeds, also offering stylish serviced apartments, combines period features with contemporary furnishings and houses the city’s only rooftop Jacuzzis. Belfast’s Tara Lodge, located in the leafy Queen’s Quarter is an ideal base for exploring this compact city. The new Belfast is a vibrant place to visit, and the Lodge has the attractions such as the rose-filled Botanic Gardens and the Ulster Museum on its doorstep. Manchester’s trendy Velvet hotel has 19 rooms, three of which feature balconies overlooking Canal Street. Ideally placed for lively night life and shopping galore.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. Wow, how did these 5 make it on all at number one on tripadvisor. I have been to manchester a few times but thanks for recommending the velvet hotel, will maybe stay here as location is quite good.

  2. It’s not often you see “spacious Georgian country house” and “Best Western” in the same sentence. These sound like great places worth checking out – and a good value too.

  3. It is so important to stay in “real” hotels. I find that privately owned accommodation, run by the owners, always stand head and shoulders above chain hotels. The bed & breakfast run in the farm-house by the farmer and his wife will offer real food and friendly surroundings. Waking up to the smell of fresh cooking and the chance to have a wander around the countryside before breakfast always works up an appetite.

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