Choosing accommodation can be one of the most time consuming parts of planning a holiday. With so many options to choose from, and so many mixed reports on the internet (think TripAdvisor and similar websites), it can be a hard decision to make. Friends and readers of this website are regularly asking me for recommended accommodation in the UK and Europe so I thought I'd share with you the hotels, apartments and B&B's that I have stayed in and would confidently recommend to others. (Updated December 2014)
Rather than overload you with information, I've decided to break my articles down into countries. I'll cover the United Kingdom below and will follow up with another article with my recommended accommodations in other European countries.
1-2 The Mansions (Apartment)
The apartments are located in Earl's Court, 400m to the Earl's Court tube station and a busy shopping and restaurant strip including at least two supermakets. We stayed in a 2 bedroom apartment which was clean and comfortable with a fully-equipped kitchen and laundry facilities. Free WiFi was provided. A range of apartment sizes are available. (Stayed 2013)
Primrose Cottage (B&B)
Just outside the village of Lawhitton, and a few miles from the town of Launceston, Primrose Cottage is ideal for exploring Cornwall and West Devon. There are three rooms to choose from (my husband and I stayed in the Tamar suite and my parents had The Stables room). Rooms are beautifully appointed and very spacious. The host, Louise, provided fresh cakes each day for afternoon tea and served the most delicious breakfast (her home made Bircher muesli was scrumptious!) in the breakfast room.
Rooms included tea & coffee making facilities and a fridge (with a bottle of chilled white wine), and free Wifi (the signal can be a bit hard to pick up due to the rural location). The views from each room are stunning and the property is set in a lovely garden. Highly recommended. (Stayed 2013) Update 2017: The property has now been sold and is no longer operating as a B&B.
The Hilton Bath City is perfectly located in the centre of Bath within easy walking distance of the main attractions and also close to the Hop On Hop Off bus route. It's not what I'd call an attractive building from the outside but the rooms are nicely furnished (albeit very small) and include tea & coffee making facilities but no fridge. The breakfast buffet offered plenty of choice. WiFi costs GBP14.95/24 hours, and car parking £15/24 hours. (Stayed 2013)
Parc by Thistle Hotel
Cardiff's Parc Hotel is a very modern hotel in a great, central location just off the main pedestrian shopping mall. The rooms are lovely and include tea/coffee making facilities and a fridge. Breakfast was OK but the choices were limited. WiFi access costs £10/24 hours, and car parking £12/day. The hotel was a little hard to find as the street it is on is partly a one way street and our GPS was leading us the wrong way up the one way road! A quick phone call to the hotel soon had us on the right track - we had to do a bit of a loop around the hotel and approach it from the other direction. (Stayed 2013)
Hard Day's Night Hotel
I have previously written a review on my stay at Hard Day's Night Hotel. I loved the hotel but the noise from an adjoining nightclub kept us awake all hours. (Stayed 2013)
Chipping Campden (the Cotswolds), UK
The Chance (B&B)
Our host, Sally, greeted us warmly and we instantly felt at home at The Chance. Each lovely room was beautifully furnished and included lots of small touches like fresh flowers, fresh milk & cakes, and bathrobes. The WiFi was free (and fast) and Sally's breakfast was delicious. The Chance's location made it easy for us to walk into the centre of Chipping Campden to check out Sally's recommended pubs and restaurants for dinner. Her local knowledge really helped us make the most of our short stay in the Cotswolds. Highly recommended. (Stayed 2013)
I have personally stayed in all of the above accommodations and would gladly return for another stay. All of the stays were paid for by me except where mentioned otherwise. For other accommodation options, please visit the Holidays to Europe accommodation directory but note that I have not personally stayed in any of the properties unless specified here.
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