100 UNDER £100 is a series exploring some of the best boutique hotels, B&B’s and guest houses in the world to stay for under £100 a night. To kick off the series, check out ten stylish places to bed down for less in the UK - from a rustic Cornish farmhouse to a pared-back Liverpudlian party base.
1. Russell’s of Clapton, London
Rooms from £85, including breakfast.
This cool B&B is popular with visiting music industry folk, who presumably favour its proximity to the countless gig venues located in east London. And although Russel’s Clapton location is slightly out of the way if you’re looking for a full-on tourist experience, this part of town is a great place to to experience ‘real’ London.
Designed to offer a home away from home for stylish, open-minded travellers, Russell’s six bedrooms are elegant but understated - think whitewashed walls, wooden floors and antique furniture. Outside on the rapidly-gentrifying Chatsworth Road, there’s a great selection of gourmet cafes and antiques shops, with several Caribbean takeaways and a vibrant weekly street market thrown in for good measure.
2. The George in Rye, Sussex.
Rooms from £99, including breakfast.
The George is small, but it’s perfectly formed: This higgledy-piggledy hotel has a handful of unique and comfortable rooms that are perfect for a quiet weekend away. There’s also a garden courtyard where you can eat your breakfast, a private screening room, and a great in-house restaurant that serves Rye Bay lobster, moules marinière with pancetta and Biddenden cider, and lots of other local delights.
Rye itself is similarly cute and quaint, with plenty of nice bakeries, thatched roof cottages, and American tourists looking for a slice of quintessential English village life. They’re in the right place.
3. The Hoxton Hotel, London.
Rooms from £99, including breakfast.
Located slap-bang in the middle of Shoreditch, The Hoxton Hotel remains one of the best, most affordable hotel options in London. With its exposed brickwork, sleek, modernist rooms and cosy fireplaces it’s also one of the most stylish. Enjoy a daily breakfast drop of yoghurt, granola, fruit and OJ, or take The Hoxton’s advice and stock up your ‘rip-off free’ minibar with goodies from upmarket local grocery stores like the Albion, Leila’s Shop and The Grocery.
If you don’t feel like hiding away in your room then head downstairs to Hoxton Grill - a perennially popular American-style bar and restaurant that serves good cocktails and a great shrimp burger. If you’ve got a bit more money to throw around then you’re well located for rooftop drinks at the Boundary or ribeye and chips at the original outpost of London’s best steak restaurant, The Hawksmoor. Couldn’t care less what you’re having for dinner? Get a quick drink at Book Club then jump on the bus to Dalston for a sweaty night out.
4. Hotel Missoni, Edinburgh
Rooms from £90
Those not a fan of Missoni’s signature geometric prints, look away now: the Edinburgh outpost of the Italian fashion house’s hotel chain is covered in the stuff. It’s on bedspreads, curtains, art prints and wallpaper…basically, everywhere you look. But when blended with hardwood floors and vast windows, the overal effect is stylish rather than overpowering. And with a Royal Mile address, the hotel’s location and facilities compensate for any discrepancies you might have with its design.
This is a five star hotel, and it comes kitted out accordingly: there’s an in-house spa, a colourful cocktail bar and a Cucina serving an Italian menu crafted by Giorgio Locatelli. And if the stripes and chevrons start to make you feel dizzy, you’re just a short walk from Edinburgh Castle, as well as all the other must-see sights in one of the UK’s most beautiful cities.
5. The Linen Shed, Kent
Rooms from £80, including breakfast
If you favour shabby French chic over colourful geometric design, then The Linen Shed should be more to your taste. Located in the one-street village of Boughton-under-Blean (not a Harry Potter setting but an actual, real-life place in Kent), the Linen Shed has just three bedrooms decorated in a French/Colonial mishmash style. In the morning, its owner cooks up a breakfast feast of dishes including potato rosti, passionfruit compote and homemade granola. On a sunny day, make the trip to the nearby seaside town of Whitstable and knock back half a dozen local rock oysters at the Whitstable Oyster Company.
6. St. Moritz, Cornwall
Late Availability Rooms from £99, including breakfast
This gleaming white art deco-inspired hotel has a mix of luxury bedrooms and sleek self-catering apartments, all overlooking gorgeous Daymer Bay (if you’ve never been to Cornwall, then be prepared to see some Caribbean-calibre beaches). The hotel houses a restaurant, jacuzzi, Haman-style steam room, sauna, swimming pool, and Cowshed Spa, so you could set up camp for a weekend and easily never leave.
7. Hope Street Hotel, Liverpool
Rooms from £94 a night (including tax)
If you’re craving a break from London/the South but don’t really ‘do’ the countryside, then Liverpool is a good bet. Since is was named European Capital of Culture in 2008, this Northern port has emerged as the most glamorous city in the North. The art and music scene is great, the nightlife is great, and I’m filled with nothing but awe for the impeccable grooming standards of the women who live there.
Pack your best bodycon dress and head out for a decadent dinner at 60 Hope Street and cocktails at the spectacular Alma de Cuba bar, before redressing the balance with an affordable night’s stay at Hope Street Hotel. Regarded as one of the city’s best boutique hotels, each room comes kitted out with REN products, king size beds, and views of Liverpool’s world heritage skyline.
8. Botelet Farm, Cornwall
Rooms from £80 a night, including breakfast
Country life doesn’t get much more idyllic than Botelet Farm in Cornwall, which has been owned by the same family since 1860 and has functioned as a B&B since the 1930s. These days, it’s a heavenly, eco-friendly destination with a range of accommodation options: you can camp in the Farm’s 300 acres, self-cater in its cottages (one of which is a Grade II-listed Manor House), or stay in a pretty luxurious looking yurt. Yes, yurt. And yes, luxurious.
For the less adventurous, there are a couple of double rooms inside the main farmhouse which are elegant in a way you might describe as ‘rustic minimal chic’. Kick back in a four poster bed and then come down in the morning to a breakfast of locally sourced, organic and fair trade produce - think home-made breads, jams, granola, fruit, yoghurt, and home grown blueberries.
9. Launceston Farm, Dorset
Rooms from £90, including breakfast
Another chic, ‘green’ B&B that serves organic breakfasts from a stunning farmhouse site, Launceston Farm is located in the picturesque county of Dorset. The Farrow & Ball-painted bedrooms are equipped with flat screen TVs, organic toiletries, claw-footed baths and other stylish touches which elevate this place far above your typical B&B experience.
Launceston Farm is particularly good for food-obsessives who like to know where their food has come from (in this case, by literally looking out the window). Twice a week, the farm’s owner Sarah prepares a two-course dinner using free-range, organic meat reared on site. They all produce their own eggs, fruits, jams and preserves and serve them as part of a full daily breakfast.
10. A Room With A View, Brighton
Rooms from £95 including breakfast
Brighton is the quintessential weekend destination for Londoners, being both close enough to visit without too much transportation hassle and just about quiet enough to provide respite from big city life. Depending on your mood, you can join in with Brighton’s hectic weekend nightlife scene or observe it from a distance out of the panoramic windows at A Room With A View. This chic guesthouse is located right on the seafront in the hip area of Kemp Town and has nine elegantly decorated bedrooms with incredible views.