Inn on the Square, Keswick
What it is: A slick, modern Scandi-style haven on Keswick’s Market Square.
Highlight: The second and third floor rooms look out towards Catbells.
Keswick’s only four-star hotel combines the homely Cumbrian welcome you’d expect and the Borgen-esque Scandi chic that’s all the rage. The AA Rosette-winning Brossen Steakhouse prioritises local produce, while the hotel’s location is perfect for any day trips.
Market Square, Keswick CA12 5JF
0800 840 1247 www.innonthesquare.co.uk
Hotel Indigo, Newcastle
What it is: Classic hotel hospitality presented with a splash of colour.
Highlight: Creating cocktails will be a doddle following a masterclass with world champion George Liddle, formerly of The Ritz, and his team.
Right next to Newcastle’s Central Station, Hotel Indigo combines the class and values of old-school hospitality with 21st century design. As you’d expect, the food’s a treat, too: Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill is a must-visit for any culinary connoisseurs.
2–8 Fenkle Street, Newcastle NE1 5XU
0191 300 9222 www.hotelindigonewcastle.co.uk
Dean Court Hotel, York
What it is: A 37-room hotel situated in York’s beating heart.
Highlight: The stunning view of York Minster.
This extravagant city hotel is – rather appropriately – as timeless as the cathedral it sits next to, with its decor refined yet welcoming. The hotel boasts two great eateries, with the DCH restaurant earning two AA Rosettes for its fine cuisine, and The Court café offering scrumptious lighter meals and traditional cream teas. Whatever your preference, stay a while in this urban haven, and let the city (and the hotel staff) revolve around you.
Duncombe Place, York WO1 7EF
01904 625082 www.deancourt-york.co.uk
What it is: A boutique hotel in the centre of Leeds, serving delectable dishes in its brasserie.
Highlight: The Chez Mal Bar, where £5 cocktails and £6 glasses of Maison Champagne are all yours.
Malmaison hotels are well-known for their understated luxury, and the Leeds outpost of this popular chain is no different. Accommodation comes in the form of rooms and suites and all benefit from mod cons such as WiFi and laundry service as standard. Book the Depot (the hotel’s executive suite), with its monsoon shower and deep sunken plunge bath, if you really want a taste of the high life.
Swinegate, Leeds LS1 4AG
0113 426 0047 www.malmaison.com
The White Lion, Hebden Bridge
What it is: A traditional coaching inn by the riverside.
Highlight: The roaring fire, ready to welcome you after a long day walking in the wild.
Full of exposed timber and grand masonry, The White Lion is perched on the riverside in Hebden Bridge. With cobbled courtyards and delicious pub-style dining, as well as 10 ensuite rooms in which to spend the night, it’s the perfect base for a family outing or romantic weekend away. Surrounded by some of the best landscapes in the country, it manages to sit in the bustling town centre and still be a handy stepping off point for rural explorers.
Bridge Gate, Hebden Bridge HX7 8EX
01422 842 197 www.whitelionhotel.net
The West Park Hotel, Harrogate
What it is: A 25-room hotel in the heart of Harrogate.
Highlight: The view of the Harrogate Stray, 200 acres of parkland in the centre of town.
The grand rooms at The West Park are well-known for their luxury boutique decor, and this contemporary hotel is right in the heart of things in hustling, bustling Harrogate. Sit al fresco at café-style tables lining the property and watch the world go by, then head out into the centre of the spa town to indulge in some much-needed retail therapy.
West Park, Harrogate HG1 1BJ
01423 524471 www.thewestparkhotel.com