Bunk beds filled with dozens of travellers from all walks of life, shower shoes, and lockers for your bags—just some of the luxuries I’m used to when I travel. Usually I stay in hostels or budget accommodations, because in order for me to travel as much as I do, I need to budget. I love hostels, but nothing beats going away and getting to stay in a hotel, and to me, each time feels so luxurious in comparison to what I’m usually staying in.
Last fall I took a trip to England and Wales with Visit Britain and I had the chance to stay in some incredible places, places that I probably wouldn’t ever stay in on my own (mainly due to the price tag), and places that I probably will never have the chance to stay in again. Here were three of my favourites.
Queensberry Hotel (Bath, England)
The Queensberry Hotel is a boutique hotel located in Bath, England, and is one of the most beautiful in the historical city. The hotel is set in a converted older building/home which gives the hotel character and history, mixed with a modern flare. My room had beautiful tall old windows, cozy robes, a gorgeous deep bath tub and a bathroom the size of my apartment. I must admit, it was tough to even want to leave the room to explore the city.
Rooms start at £99.00/night
Gliffaes Hotel (Wales)
The Gliffaes Hotel is nestled in Brecon Beacons National Park in South Wales. A hotel which was a bit off-the-beaten-path but one that I’m so happy I had the chance to experience. With dwellings dating back to 1234, and the house officially opened up to guests in 1936, this property is full of history. The hotel feels more like a giant mansion that you’re staying in. My room was tiny, but had so much character, and in a hotel like this, you don’t necessarily want to be in your room anyway. The property was huge, filled with gardens, walking paths, a pond, river, etc. The common areas are complete with fireplaces, tall ceilings, and gorgeous outdoor seating areas.
Rooms start at £135.00/night
The Angel Hotel (Wales)
The Angel Hotel, located in Abergavenny, Wales (the cutest little town), was established in 1829 and is full of charm. From a delicious restaurant, to having an award winning afternoon tea, The Angel Hotel was such a comforting place to stay. Our room was in a separate building from the main one, which almost felt like a house versus a hotel. The room was complete with cozy beds and a big bathroom. I was only here for one night, but my stay was so great. There’s something about historical, boutique hotels that just bring so much charm to your vacation versus a large chain hotel. I would definitely recommend staying here if you find yourself in Abergavenny.
Rooms start at £131.00/night
What was the nicest hotel you’ve ever stayed in? Comment below!