Springtime has seen a flurry of sexy new openings across the UK and Ireland hospitality scenes. Here are six of the most exciting releases to check out (and test).
One Hundred Shoreditch, London
Many will have fond memories of the former Ace Hotel, a niche for advertising on Shoreditch High Street, which closed at the end of 2020. Happily, the hotel was full of their shoes, One Hundred Shoreditch, feels like a masterclass in the upgrade. Combining the familiar with the fresh, a great co-working space meets the lobby bar to create a feeling of joy like never before; There’s free Ozone on-site coffee and special occasion seafood at the Goddard & Gibbs restaurant.
Workshop, a gallery space with a roster of events, is redefining the hotel as a creative hub, while a basement nightclub that once had a brick-built floor now houses the evocative Seed Library – a crimson Mr Lyan bar, where a black French martini is served alongside a bowl of smiley potatoes. A leafy rooftop bar that promises a Palm Springs feel will open in May.
The inviting guest rooms are decorated in soft, natural fibers with plush beds that are like a great big hug – there’s a sense of sanctuary, no matter how much the rest of Shoreditch is having fun. . Refillable glass carafes, DS & Durga toiletries, handwoven rugs and pleasant thick Berber rugs add to the residential feel and dogs are welcome (for a £30 fee). The larger, front-facing suites with the curtained space created by the new Oriel windows in the façade are an ideal spot from which to watch the world go by.
Rooms from £175, bed and breakfast; oneh Hundredshoreditch.com
Cashel Palace Hotel, Tipperary, Ireland
Once an archbishop’s country heap, the Palladian manor’s Cashel Palace is now sporting a whole new look and contemporary sustainability efforts, following an extensive restoration. With an incredible location next to the Rock of Cashel – a limestone outcrop that sits on top of medieval buildings – the atmosphere at the new Relais & Chateaux is all about elegant charm.
Accessed to a tree-lined boulevard, the property’s communal spaces are rich with restored original details – think corrugated wood panels and columns. The bedrooms also have historical touches – from the intricate moldings and rustic beams to the gilded trim and intricately pleated bed curtains.
In addition to lounges lit by roaring firewoods and landscaped gardens, there is a premier spa for Bamford treatments with an indoor-outdoor pool, traditional seaweed baths and a yoga studio . What else is there to do? Enjoy a dinner made with ingredients sourced from the surrounding Golden Vale’s grasslands at The Bishop’s Buttery restaurant, sip on a pint of Guinness at the basement bar, or visit an equestrian instructor for a tour. ‘Trust’ on the best horse riding in the area routes.
Rooms from £333, bed and breakfast; relaischateaux.com
Thyme and wild honey
After a slight opening late last year, the inn is in the countryside Thyme and honey opened exactly this March – with plush sofas and a lavender lounge, a glass-dome riverfront dining area and 24 serene bedrooms.
In the idyllic countryside of beautiful Ampney Crucis, near Cirencester, you’ll find exposed Cotswold stone, smoky gray and a creamy almond palette, wood paneling and checked pillows that give the suites a feeling of It feels like a contemporary cabin, while the foliage and tub are shaded. with Bramley products that encourage a relaxing soak.
The most luxurious room features a sauna and riverside hot tub, plus practical items – such as an iron and tampons provided by social enterprise Hey Girls! – can be found in a self-help communal pantry.
Hunters and bikes are provided for strolling around local farming villages and for dining, the adjacent Crown at the Ampney Brook pub serves up farm-to-table fare – think Norfolk scotch eggs chorizo, toasted Tunworth cheese with sourdough, pistachios and toasted olive oil. Signature gin cocktails are best enjoyed under sheepskin blankets in the courtyard by the flickering Argentinian grill.
Rooms from £150, bed and breakfast; wildthymeandhoney.co.uk
The Hare & Hounds, Newbury
A reimagined boutique pub with 30 rooms, Hare & Hounds just opened in Speen, just outside of Newbury. Decorated in a 17th-century red-brick Georgian inn, it pays homage to the area’s famous racecourse – about a 10-minute drive away – with its whimsical racetracks through transparent.
Saddles for a jumping pony wallpaper, stabilizing doors that split in half on the hotel’s ground floor, dog-friendly rooms, and the Barn restaurant with its horse head sculpture. A hit with locals for its fun atmosphere, hearty chicken and ham pies with truffle mashed potatoes, and bowls of apple and rhubarb with custard, this restaurant is blessed There is a three-story garden courtyard and many cozy nooks and crannies with roaring fires for the night.
H&H is also well placed for Downton fans, a 10-minute drive from Highclere Castle, which stands in the abbey on display. Snelsmore Common, the ruined ruins of Donnington Castle and the antique shops of Hungerford are also nearby.
Rooms cost from £130 B&B; hareandhoundsnewbury.co.uk
The Spread Eagle Hotel, Wandsworth
Sticking to the pub trend and adding a boutique bedroom is Wandsworth history Eagles spread. Retaining its enchanting Victorian etched and frosted glass, wooden bar and global lighting, the Grade II listed Young’s pub on Wandsworth Road has been given a new life with leather chairs vintage, brass fittings, artwork inspired by the area’s print heritage, and the intimate new Garratt Dining Room.
In the pub, chatty staff concoct exquisite amaretto soups and wines – think spirits and mash, vegan shepherd’s pie and toffee – while upstairs it’s 21 Brand new bedroom. Each room is decorated in fresh spring colors covered with fun wallpaper, industrial-style shelving, comfortable Hypnos beds and wine glass racks with lids.
Guests can relax in their sleep just steps from the dining room, or order food and drinks delivered to their room via an app. The best suites feature chandeliers and folding tubs – beer aficionados should book The Brewery suite, which has a bathtub that overlooks the original Young’s Brewery and its striking tower.
From £129; room only; spreadeaglewandsworth.co.uk
The Ironmongers, Aylsham, Norfolk
For those after a break, with the city, countryside and coast all easily accessible, boutique hotel The Ironmongers tick the unique box. Located a 15-minute drive from the Broads in Norfolk’s Aylsham, half an hour from North Norfolk’s beaches and Norwich’s churches and cafes.
It is owned by Tim and Lynnette Briscoe, who spent three years working with local craftsmen to renovate the former Clarke’s Ironmongers store. Now, original wood beams, exposed brickwork and large partition windows make up eight charming bedrooms, with vibrant fabrics in sherbert lime and teal, along with heated oak floors . With each room inspired by a historic market, the best place for families is The Haberdashery, with a four-poster bed and Narnia-like wardrobe leading to a secret bunk bed nook, while lovers History buffs will love The Tailors for its original solid and sturdy wall.
The rooms can be accessed with a smart code, but the family is just a message away in case of any questions. Instead of providing breakfast, they encourage guests to support the community by visiting Aylsham’s delicious bakeries and bakeries. Ironmongers’ lower floor will eventually house three indie-style businesses – including the recently opened fish deli and Aylsham’s M’s tapas bar, with a bakery and pizzeria coming soon.
From £120, room only; ironmongers-aylsham.co.uk