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The UK is set to see a multitude of new hotel openings in 2020, from seaside retreats to luxe ‘super boutiques’ and cosy country boltholes. London is out in front when it comes to the amount of new hotels, from New York-style behemoth The Londoner to Zedwell’s – the first hotel in the capital promising to give insomniacs their 40 winks. Further afield there’s a lot going on too, including newbies from old favourites The Pig and the Artist Residence, as well as a multi-million pound renovation in Windsor. Browse, book and enjoy your next staycation.

Artist Residence 

Opening February 2020

Adding to their already five-strong portfolio, Artist Residence open in Bristol this February bringing a seriously cool, chic boutique hotel to the city. Housed in a former boot factory, the 23-room hotel subscribes to the usual AR aesthetic – think roll top baths in rooms, an eclectic mix of furniture and plenty of art. In short: a hotel that will leave you going home with a wealth of interior update ideas.

Where: Artist Residence Bristol, 8 Portland Square, Bristol BS2 8SA

The Londoner, London

Opening June 2020

Self-styled as ‘the world’s first super boutique hotel’, The Londoner’s opening in June is sure to shake up London’s hotel scene. The brains behind the brand want to offer a boutique experience on a staggering scale and looking at their current portfolio they’re going to nail it. 

Architects Woods Bagot, who were responsible for one of New York’s hottest restaurants, Manhatta have been enlisted to create something really special in the usually tourist trapped, dare we say it naff, Leicester Square. Inside, expect six restaurants and bars, a Japanese-inspired lounge with roof terrace, two Odeon Luxe cinemas, a swimming pool, spa, salon and gym. There’s even a gastro pub onsite, as well as stunning interiors and views across the capital. Think of it as the most luxe adult’s playground to ever hit London. 

Where: The Londoner, 38 Leicester Square, London WC2H 7DX

NoMad London, Covent Garden 

Opening summer 2020

With outpost in LA and New York, this stateside hotel heads across the pond to open in London’s iconic Covent Garden for summer 2020. On the outside expect grandeur thanks to the building’s previous life as a Grade II listed Magistrates’ Court and inside won’t disappoint either thanks to plenty of marble and chic colour tones designed by the celebrated Roman and Williams. There will also be a rotating list of artists exhibiting inside and a restaurant under the watch of acclaimed chef Daniel Humm – sure to be on everyone’s must-visit list. 

Where: NoMad London, 28 Bow Street, London, WC2E 7AW

nhow London

Taking inspiration from London’s most iconic institutions, from the Royal Family to Big Ben, the new nhow hotel’s interiors are a quirky mix of clashing colour, art installations and Punk-inspired slogans. It’s situated in a gem of an area – between the chic boutiques and charming restaurants of Angel and the hip, cool bars and street food pop-ups of Shoreditch.

Finishing touches such as the Big Ben rocket sculpture in the lobby and tables emblazoned with cockney rhyming slang in the restaurant add a quirky charm to this new opening, while the price point (rooms start at a reasonable £190 per night) is a refreshing addition to the London hotel scene. 

Where: 2 Macclesfield Road, London, EC1V 8DG
Nearest station: Old Street (0.5 miles)

Ruby Lucy, London

Opening January 2020

Carnival is the theme of this new Southbank opening but done in the most stylish way possible. The Munich-based hotel group will be one of the first London openings of the year and subscribes to an idea of ‘lean luxury’. We’re not sure how that works with the carnival theme but if the first-look pictures are anything to go by, we’re into it.

Where: Ruby Lucy, 100-108, Lower Marsh, Lambeth, London SE1 7AB

The Harper, Norfolk

Opening April 2020

Norfolk has become the summertime playground of London’s middle class looking to escape the noise of the city. This spring, it’s getting a newbie in the form of The Harper, an ex-glass blowing factory-turned-boutique hotel. Food will be at the heart of the hotel with a daily-changing menu of local produce and seafood whether you’re dining in the laid back al fresco area or sampling the five-course tasting menu in the restaurant. The bedrooms will take a modern approach to country retreat with rustic furniture but state of the art tech and, we imagine, some seriously high thread count sheets. Oh, and a spa… bliss. 

Where: The Harper, North Street, Langham, Norfolk, NR25 7DH

Pan Pacific, London

Opening autumn 2020

Autumn 2020 will see the opening of one of London’s most anticipated hotels, the Pan Pacific. Located in the One Bishopsgate Plaza we’re sure it will become a favourite with high flying business people looking to bed down in The City.

It’s the hotel group’s first European outpost boasting 237 guest rooms and suites designed by Yabu Pushelberg, a spa and a lap pool with epic views. Its jewel in the crown? The hotel’s Signature Suite on the 18th floor with views overlooking of one of London’s most iconic buildings, The Gherkin.

Where: Pan Pacific, 6 Stone House Court, London EC3A 7AY

The Pig at Harlyn Bay, Cornwall 

Opening June 2020

The Pig, which now has hotels in Hampshire, Devon, Kent, Somerset and Dorset, has become one of the most successful hotel ventures to hit the UK in years. Their cosy, rustic but impossibly chic hotels marry the best of British country charm with excellent food and great service. The latest is set to open in Cornwall on the picturesque Harlyn Bay. 

In true Pig style, the rooms will sit in both the main house – an old Grade II listed building – and in more rustic living quarters in the renovated stables. If food’s your thing, Cornwall’s famous Padstow (or Padstein as it’s often known thanks to the Rick Stein monopoly) is just a short drive away. We’re yet to see pictures inside but we’re placing bets that we’d quite happily haul up for the night. 

Where: The Pig at Harlyn Bay, Harlyn Bay, Padstow, Cornwall, PL28 8SQ, UK

Fairmont Windsor Park, Windsor

Opening late 2020

The website hasn’t even launched yet so there’s not much to let on about Fairmont Windsor Park. But what we can tell you is that the hotel, which was once the Savill Court Hotel and Spa, has over gone a complete multi-million pound redevelopment. A spa will remain the new hotels’ USP with an indoor and outdoor pool, salt room, Japanese foot spa and hammam room, with the whole beauty and wellness area sprawling 2,500 square meters.

Where: Fairmont Windsor Park, Bishopsgate Road Windsor, Berkshire

Graduate Hotel, Cambridge

Openings summer 2020 

Graduate Hotels have made a name for themselves stateside by openings stylish, affordable hotels near some of the country’s top colleges. They’ve seen potential here in Blighty and have snapped up a property close by to perhaps the most famous college of them all, Cambridge. 

Perched on the banks of the river, these sweet lodgings are perfect for those visiting students or those who want to take in the rich history Cambridge has to offer. 

Where: Graduate Cambridge, Granta Place, Mill Lane Cambridge, CB2 1RT

Zedwells, London

Opening February 2020

Insomniacs, listen up. London is getting its first sleep dedicated hotel (isn’t that what all hotels are about?) in February and it’s intent on helping those struggling to get their eight hours in. Sleep and wellness are at the heart of the Zedwell ethos and the hotel has been specifically designed to limit anxiety, lack of sleep and distractions through calm inducing colours, a filtered air system, serious soundproofing and much more. Ironically it sits in one of London’s busiest and loudest spots, Leicester Square’s Trocadero, but they promise to put an end to counting sheep. 

Where: Zedwells, Great Windmill Street, Soho, London W1D 7DH

Hotel Brooklyn, Manchester 

Opening February 2020

Fun fact: many films and TV shows set in New York, particularly period pieces, are actually filmed this side of the pond in Manchester. The red brickwork, grid-style street system and overall moody feel of the buildings sometimes makes Manchester feel a bit like Manhattan, which is why its latest hotel opening feels just right.

Hotel Brooklyn celebrates all things Noo Yawk, from the steaks to the stoops, the rooftop bars to the beer. The rooms are simple and chic with NY-inspired touches, from concrete walls to floor to ceiling glass windows and exposed brick. And positioned just behind Manchester’s famous gay quarter, there’ll be plenty of restaurants, bars and bustle nearby to keep guests entertained. 

Where: Hotel Brooklyn, 59 Portland Street, Manchester M1 3HP

The Falcon Hotel

Opening Spring 2020

The Falcon is set to be the new staycation on everyone’s lips. Set deep within the 11,000-acre Castle Ashby estate (the ancestral home of the 7th Marquess of Northampton, no less), the Grade II-listed coaching inn dates back to 1594 but has been given a luxe makeover to make a gorgeous, 22-bedroom country bolthole. But it’s not just the chic interiors, delicious food and cosy hospitality you can look forward to. Nature and the local area will be at The Falcon’s core (just look at those views of deers and acres of England’s green and pleasant lands) – perfect for tired Londoners looking to indulge their inner country bumpkin.

Where: Castle Ashby, Northampton NN7 1LF

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