Everyone loves a bargain, right? So if you want to spoil your partner or your friends (but not too much!), take a look at these luxurious 5* hotels, perfect for travellers on a budget.
The Marquis at Alkham, Dover
A small, boutique hotel with only 10 bedrooms, The Marquis at Alkham offers a personal touch which can sometimes be lacking in larger properties. The highlight is surely the hotel’s restaurant which offers a seasonally-inspired menu using locally sourced ingredients such as rabbit from the Alkham Valley or fresh fish straight from the boat. The location is ideal as a stopover if you’re travelling to the continent or even just to visit local attractions such as Dover Castle.
Bishops Gate Hotel, Derry
Perfectly located near the historic city walls of Derry, the Bishops Gate Hotel is great for a short break in Northern Ireland. With only 30 rooms, the hotel is intimate and luxurious – ideal for a romantic getaway! If you want to explore the city, the tourist landmarks are just a few steps away; walk full circle around the city walls or explore the shops in the city centre, and the legendary Giant’s Causeway is only 50 miles away. After a busy day, retire to the hotel’s Gown Restaurant or Wig Champagne Bar where you can drink and dine in style!
Macdonald Randolph Hotel, Oxford
The “city of dreaming spires”, Oxford makes an ideal destination for a cultural short break. Soak up the intellectual atmosphere of this famous university town and visit the Bodleian Library, the Ashmolean Museum and the University Museum of Natural History. Afterwards, have a pre-dinner drink in the Macdonald Randolph Hotel’s famous Morse Bar before enjoying contemporary British cuisine in the Acanthus Restaurant.
Raithwaite Estate, Whitby
Located in the picturesque North York Moors National Park but just five minutes drive from Whitby, the Raithwaite Estate offers countryside tranquility, a relaxing spa and a great choice of restaurants and bars. Best of all, with this offer dinner is included on the first night of your stay. If you venture into Whitby you must visit the imposing Gothic abbey which overlooks the town and inspired Bram Stoker’s classic horror novel, Dracula. Whitby fish and chips are legendary, so be sure to try them out at one of the restaurants along the harbour side.
The InterContinental Hotel, Dublin
If you’re looking for an upmarket break in the Emerald Isle then this could be the place for you. Located in the affluent suburb of Ballsbridge, the Intercontinental Dublin combines modern design with traditional décor to create a truly luxurious environment. Relax in the spa, take a dip in the pool or dine in one of the hotel’s three restaurants. Alternatively, hop on the DART train and you can be in central Dublin in a matter of minutes.
Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian
One of the most popular destinations for a short getaway, Edinburgh offers sightseeing, shopping and plenty of restaurants and watering holes. The spacious bedrooms at the Waldorf Astoria are a relaxing haven from the excitement of the city. An iconic building in its own right, the hotel features a spa and selection of restaurants and bars. Best of all, with this offer you get a delicious afternoon tea included on arrival.
Hilton Dresden, Germany
For those wanting to venture a bit further on their short break, there are some bargains to be found in Europe too. The Hilton Dresden sits right in the centre of the Old Town, overlooking the River Elbe and near the famous Frauenkirche. The hotel features relaxing leisure facilities and a selection of restaurants to tempt your tastebuds. During your stay in the “Venice on the Elbe”, make sure to visit the Residenzschloss, Zwinger Palace and the Old Masters art gallery, all of which are within a short walk of the hotel. Try traditional German cuisine in the Sophienkeller washed down by Raderberger beer, the number one beer brand in the former East Germany.
Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire, London
The Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire has one of the best locations of any hotel in London, being right on Leicester Square. It doesn’t get more central in Central London! If bustling city breaks are your thing then this hotel is the one for you. Take in a West End show, enjoy a meal in Chinatown or shop ‘til you drop in Regents Street; everything is on the doorstep.
The Grosvenor, Chester
Historic Chester has long been a favourite spot for romantic short breaks in the UK and as the only 5* hotel in Chester, The Grosvenor is the perfect place to treat yourselves. Simon Radley’s restaurant holds a Michelin star as well as 4 AA Rosettes, you can pamper yourself in the hotel spa or just relax in the comfort of your modern, individually designed hotel bedroom.
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