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As we entered 2020 – a new year and an exciting new decade – we were, among other things, excited for a whole host of new UK hotel openings and a year of embracing the staycation. That was until COVID-19 hit.

2020 might not have been the year we expected it to be, but among the tragic loss of life, economic downfall, family separation, isolation, health worries and everything else it has brought, we have been able to pause and appreciate the things we previously took for granted. The annual Ibiza pilgrimage might be off and the long-haul you’ve been waiting for will take, well, a little bit longer, but get ready to embrace some of the UK’s best new hotel openings as the future of travel looks a lot closer to home, for the time being anyway.

From seaside retreats to luxe ‘super boutiques’ and cosy country boltholes, there’s something for all. 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 capitalising on a nation of insomniacs (they’re inspired by all things sleep). 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 from 4th July onwards.

NoMad London, Covent Garden 

Opening TBC

With outposts in LA and New York, this stateside hotel heads across the pond to open in London’s iconic Covent Garden for 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.

The NoMad London’s dining and drinking experiences will be led by Executive Chef Ian Coogan and mixologist Leo Robitschek.

Where: NoMad London, 28 Bow Street, London, WC2E 7AW
Website: www.thenomadhotel.com

The Londoner, London

Opening late 2020

Self-styled as ‘the world’s first super boutique hotel’, The Londoner was gearing up to open in June 2020 but has been pushed back to later in the year due to the crisis. 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. 

Sure to shake up London’s hotel scene, The Londoner will be well worth the wait. 

Where: The Londoner, 38 Leicester Square, London WC2H 7DX
Website: www.thelondoner.com

Artist Residence 

Opening soon

Adding to their already five-strong portfolio, Artist Residence were due to open this February in Bristol, bringing a seriously cool, chic boutique hotel to the city. The opening is set to come soon but watch this space for an official date. 

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
Website: www.artistresidence.co.uk

nhow London

Reopening 4th July 2020 earliest

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)
Website: www.nh-hotels.com

Ruby Lucy, London

Reopening 4th July 2020 earliest

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

Where: Ruby Lucy, 100-108, Lower Marsh, Lambeth, London SE1 7AB
Website: www.ruby-hotels.com

The Harper, Norfolk

Opening soon

Norfolk has become the summertime playground of London’s yuppies looking to escape the noise of the city. This spring, it was all set to get a newbie in the form of The Harper, an ex-glass blowing factory-turned-boutique hotel. The opening has been put on ice, but they’ve ensure us it won’t be long before they open their doors.

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
Website: www.theharper.co.uk

Pan Pacific, London

Opening early 2021

Initial plans for this exciting new openings had Autumn 2020 as the launch date but sadly that’s been pushed back to early 2021. Without a doubt one of London’s most anticipated hotels, the Pan Pacific, located in the One Bishopsgate Plaza, is sure to 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
Website: www.panpacific.com

The Pig at Harlyn Bay, Cornwall 

Opening 6th July 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
Website: www.thepighotel.com

Fairmont Windsor Park, Windsor

Opening early 2021

Another hotel that was due to open this year was the Fairmont Windsor Park, but they’re working hard to get back on track for an early 2021 launch.

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
Website: www.fairmont-windsorpark.com

Graduate Hotel, Cambridge

Opening TBC

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. 

A new opening date is yet to be announced but it is sure to be a new reason to visit the iconic university city.

Where: Graduate Cambridge, Granta Place, Mill Lane Cambridge, CB2 1RT
Website: www.graduatehotels.com

Zedwells, London

Reopening from 4th July earliest

Insomniacs, listen up. London now has its first sleep dedicated hotel (isn’t that what all hotels are about?) 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
Website: www.zedwellhotels.com

Hotel Brooklyn, Manchester 

Reopening 4th July 2020 earliest

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. 

They opened on Valentine’s Day earlier in the year but will be back as soon as they can.

Where: Hotel Brooklyn, 59 Portland Street, Manchester M1 3HP
Website: www.hotelbrooklyn.co.uk

The Falcon Hotel

Opening Summer 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
Website: www.thefalcon-castleashby.com

Check out all the world’s top hotel openings this year, here.