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Five City Break Hotels For Cultural and Shopping Hotspots

Opulent bar and dining area at Gleneagles Townhouse Gleneagles Townhouse
January 2023
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Add a hint of luxury to your city break

These lavish hotels make the perfect base for exploring the North’s cultural hotspots.
Large Guest room at The Principal, York with views over York Minster The Principal, York

The Principal, York

This grand old station hotel (you can enter from the station via the original door) is minutes from the Minster, the medieval walls and the National Railway Museum, so you can enjoy all the sights of the city from a cocooning base. There are 155 ensuite rooms (it’s worth asking for a Minster-view room) and the staff will see you off the train to take your bags so you don’t miss a minute in this amazing city.

Gleneagles Townhouse, Edinburgh

The new Edinburgh outpost of the iconic Perthshire country house hotel has a buzzy rooftop Lamplighters Bar with sweeping views across Edinburgh. Interiors are an elegant mix between town and country, the 33 bedrooms are spacious and stylish and The Spence is an all-day dining restaurant serving classics with a modern twist. Walk out of the front door and you are straight into St Andrew’s Square in the heart of the city’s chic shopping district.


Exterior shot and gardens at Jesmond Dene House Jesmond Dene House
Guest Suite at The Grand York The Grand York

Jesmond Dene House, Newcastle

This boutique hotel is tucked away in the leafy suburb of Jesmond, just minutes from Newcastle’s bustling city centre and a five-minute walk from Jesmond’s Osborne Road with its popular bars and independent shops. For that extra special stay, check out the luxury top-floor apartment, which boasts its own private dining terrace, incredible rooftop views and bathroom with a walk-in double shower.


The Grand York

York’s only five-star hotel is just minutes from the Minster, the city’s ancient walls and the quaint cobbled streets of the city centre, there’s so much on your doorstep but do check out the hotel’s new Legacy restaurant which offers an eight-course tasting menu dedicated to local provenance in an iconic setting, all overseen by the talented head chef Ahmed Abdalla.

Brocco On The Park

This Scandi-chic destination in the middle of Sheffield provides a calm oasis in the city. The eight rooms are simply beautiful and each is named after a bird’s home, such as the Pigeon Loft in the eaves of the building, and the theme is subtly carried through each room. 


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