No 131 – Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
This is the hip place to stay in Cheltenham: classic on the outside, fashionable on the inside. There are 36 fabulous guestrooms, with quirky detailing, divine beds, stylish bathtubs, bold fabrics, original artwork from some of the UK’s biggest names and period bathrooms for a touch of old-fashioned luxury. Then there’s hangouts, hideaways and sun-dappled terraces aplenty with outdoor bars and al fresco dining. Streetside elegance abounds at 131 Terrace Restaurant and its exquisite food is complemented downstairs by the relaxed buzz of Cheltenham hotspot, Gin & Juice, where you can work your way through a list of 400 gins and dance the night away every weekend with its resident DJs. As for the seasonal, carefully-sourced food, menus range from indulgent afternoon teas with bubbles and decadent suppers to hearty Sunday lunches, and there’s even a coffee menu, including No 131’s own unique house blend. Don’t miss YOKU, the hotel’s fantastic new Japanese restaurant, where sushi meets style and fashion meets food, which serves mouth-watering Asian cuisine (order the ‘Underwater Kingdom’ with its incredible array of sashimi).
Doubles from £150
+44 (0)1242 822939; no131.com