Pictured: The UK hotels that received gongs at the National Geographic Traveller Hotel Awards… including a Manchester retreat that’s been named the best budget stay in the WORLD
- Six UK hotels have been named as winners and runners-up in the National Geographic Traveller awards
- One British retreat, a 17th-century Kent hideaway, has been declared the world’s best country retreat
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Brits – that’s your next staycation sorted.
The UK winners and runners-up in the global 2023 National Geographic Traveller Hotel Awards have been revealed, from a budget retreat in Manchester to a boutique pad in Scotland.
The travel site says that each property guarantees a ‘memorable stay’, offering ‘unique interior design, world-beating food, incredible value or simply a chance to escape the world for a day or two’…
WORLD’S BEST COUNTRY HOUSE RETREAT – BOYS HALL, ASHFORD, KENT
The UK winners and runners-up in the 2023 National Geographic Traveller Hotel Awards have been revealed. Boys Hall, the world’s best country house retreat, lacks ‘the stuffiness you’ll encounter at many other countryside manors’. It’s shown in the three images above
Behold, the world’s best ‘country house retreat’, according to National Geographic Traveller.
It describes it as ‘one of Britain’s most stunning country house hotels’, noting that it lacks ‘the stuffiness you’ll encounter at many other countryside manors’.
Touching on the building’s history, it says: ‘The timbered Wealden hall house was built by aristocrat Thomas Boys in 1616, and has supposedly seen the likes of Charles I grace its delightfully wonky interiors.’
Today, the ‘intimate scale and thoughtful interior design — medieval enough to fit the structure, modern enough to feel stylish — lend a personable, homely air’. Rooms from £180. Visit boys-hall.com.
WORLD’S BEST HOTEL FOR A BUDGET BREAK – LEVEN, MANCHESTER
Leven (shown in the three images above) in Manchester is the world’s best hotel for a ‘budget break’ with rooms from £89
Manchester hideaway Leven has been declared the world’s best hotel for a ‘budget break’ by National Geographic Traveller.
The travel site says the former cotton warehouse’s transformation into a 42-room hotel ‘celebrates the industrial heritage of the building, with the guest entrance in the loading dock, and preserved steel-framed Crittall windows throughout’.
National Geographic Traveller adds that ‘room rates have been kept in check and there’s an extra incentive for the budget-conscious digital nomad: a spacious communal lounge with wooden canteen tables providing the perfect perch to work-from-hotel’. Rooms from £89. Visit liveleven.com.
RUNNER-UP, WORLD’S BEST REVAMPED HOTEL – THE NICI, BOURNEMOUTH, DORSET
The Nici – a contender for the world’s best ‘revamped hotel’ – is said to bring a ‘slice of cheery Americana’ to Bournemouth. It’s shown in the four images above
Describing this hotel, a runner-up for the world’s best ‘revamped hotel’, National Geographic Traveller says: ‘The Nici has brought Miami to the English coast, transforming a tired old hotel into a slice of cheery Americana.’
The travel site adds that ‘tropical energy infuses the property, from the cabana-lined outdoor pool to the bold foliage wallpaper’. Rooms are priced from £230. Visit thenici.com.
RUNNER-UP, FOOD HERO – UPDOWN FARMHOUSE, NEAR DEAL, KENT
Updown Farmhouse (shown in the three images above) has been named a runner-up in the awards’ ‘food hero’ category, thanks to the food plated up in its Italian-inspired restaurant
Updown Farmhouse’s restaurant ‘serves up seasonal flavours’ (above)
This Grade-II listed farmhouse hotel is a runner-up in the ‘food hero’ category, which celebrates hotels that offer ‘unforgettable gourmet experiences’.
National Geographic Traveller says the hotel’s Italian-inspired restaurant ‘serves up seasonal flavours and a jovial atmosphere fuelled in part by a well-curated wine list’.
Adding to its allure, the property also boasts ‘charmingly individual rooms’, a ‘home-from-home vibe’, a ‘well-stocked honesty bar’ and ‘quirky art on the walls’, the travel site adds. Rooms from £190. Visit updownfarmhouse.com.
RUNNER-UP, WORLD’S BEST BOUTIQUE PAD – NO 17 THE PROMENADE HOTEL, OBAN, SCOTLAND
A contender for the world’s best ’boutique pad’, Scotland’s No 17 The Promenade Hotel (shown in the three images above) boasts flickering fireplaces and an intimate residents’ salon
A runner-up for the world’s best ’boutique pad’, this Scottish retreat ‘majors in classic Scottish hospitality and has plenty of inviting cosy corners and flickering fireplaces’, says National Geographic Traveller.
It continues: ‘There are only seven bedrooms, which mix vintage pieces with modern metallics, yet there are five dining options right on site, from an Italian restaurant to an intimate residents’ salon.’
While there, the travel site recommends grabbing a seat at the outdoor bar, which overlooks the nearby isle of Kerrera. Rooms from £145. Visit no17thepromenade.com.
RUNNER-UP, ECO-STAY – BIRCH SELSDON, CROYDON
Birch Selsdon, a hotel that lies in Croydon, south of London, is a runner-up in the ‘eco stay’ category. It’s shown in the four images above
A runner-up in the ‘eco stay’ category, this hotel ‘aims to be one of London’s largest rewilding projects, turning its 200-acre grounds from a golf course back to its original biodiverse state’.
So says National Geographic Traveller, adding that much of the furniture in the hotel’s guest rooms is upcycled.
Rooms from £140. Visit birchcommunity.com/selsdon.
Prices correct at the time of writing. For the results in full, go to nationalgeographic.com.
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELLER (UK) HOTEL AWARDS 2023 WINNERS REVEALED
WORLD’S BEST ‘CITY STAR’
Winner: Capella Sydney, Australia
Runner-up: Palihouse West Hollywood, US
Runner-up: Palazzo Vilòn, Italy
WORLD’S BEST ‘REMOTE ESCAPE’
Winner: Under Canvas Bryce Canyon, US
Runner-up: Caravan Agafay, Morocco
Runner-up: Klahoose Wilderness Resort, Canada
WORLD’S BEST ‘MOUNTAIN REFUGE’
Winner: Six Senses Crans-Montana, Switzerland
Runner-up: Anders Mountain Suites, Italy
Runner-up: The Bolder, Norway
WORLD’S BEST ‘FOOD HERO’
Winner: Botanic Sanctuary Antwerp, Belgium
Runner-up: SB Winemaker’s House & Spa Suites, Argentina
Runner-up: Updown Farmhouse, England
WORLD’S BEST ‘ROMANTIC BOLTHOLE’
Winner: Anantara Convento di Amalfi Grand Hotel, Italy
Runner-up: Buahan, a Banyan Tree Escape, Bali
Runner-up: Domaine des Etangs, France
WORLD’S BEST ‘BEACH SANCTUARY’
Winner: Ahu Bay, Sri Lanka
Runner-up: Andaz Pattaya Jomtien Beach, Thailand
Runner-up: Casa Chablé, Mexico
WORLD’S BEST ‘BUDGET BREAK’
Winner: Leven, England
Runner-up: Nostos Sérifos, Greece
Runner-up: Ying’nFlo, Hong Kong
WORLD’S BEST ‘WELLNESS HAVEN’
Winner: Aleenta Retreat Chiang Mai, Thailand
Runner-up: The Cōmodo, Austria
Runner-up: Trakt Forest Hotel, Sweden
WORLD’S BEST ‘ECO STAY’
Winner: Cap Karoso, Sumba, Indonesia
Runner-up: Le Bois de Chambres, France
Runner-up: Birch Selsdon, England
WORLD’S BEST ‘UNIQUE SPACE’
Winner: Canfranc Estación, Spain
Runner-up: Villa Palladio Jaipur, India
Runner-up: Shiguchi Hokkaido, Japan
WORLD’S BEST ‘COUNTRY HOUSE RETREAT’
Winner: Boys Hall, England
Runner-up: The Lodge, Majorca
Runner-up: La Nauve Cognac, France
WORLD’S BEST ‘REVAMPED HOTEL’
Winner: Life House, Berkshires, USA
Runner-up: AndBeyond Grumeti Serengeti River Lodge, Tanzania
Runner-up: The Nici, Dorset, England
WORLD’S BEST ‘CLEVER CONVERSION’
Winner: Sommerro, Oslo, Norway
Runner-up: Palácio Ludovice Wine Experience Hotel, Lisbon
Runner-up: Telegraphenamt, Berlin
WORLD’S BEST ‘BOUTIQUE PAD’
Winner: De Durgerdam, Netherlands
Runner-up: Vermelho Hotel, Portugal
Runner-up: No 17 the Promenade, Scotland
Source: National Geographic Traveller (UK)
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