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Opened last month in Beth­nal Green, just up the road from the site of Mother Kelly’s Doorstep (sub­ject of the pop­u­lar mu­si­cal hall song), this 161-room ho­tel is a great base from which to ex­plore Lon­don (City five min­utes by tube, West End 15), the en­ter­tain­ment hub of Shored­itch (a 20-minute walk) and newly buzzing Beth­nal Green it­self, with con­tem­po­rary restau­rants and more cock­tail bars than you could shake a swiz­zle stick at. Rooms are well-equipped if diminu­tive (sev­eral are win­dow­less), but no one comes to an area like this to stay in­side.

• Dou­bles from £85 room-only, theeast­lon­don­ho­

places to eat. There are plans for a rooftop bar. In­te­ri­ors are by Por­ta­d­own-based Terry De­sign, and most of the fur­ni­ture was made in North­ern Ire­land. Broth­ers Ben and Peter Ring­land also own the city’s Cres­cent Town­house (soon to be re­branded the 1852) and the Town Square res­tau­rant.

• Dou­bles from £70 room-only, the­flintho­

Ho­tel Indigo Dundee

The Ho­tel Indigo Dundee opened this sum­mer, in time to wel­come vis­i­tors to the city’s new V&A mu­seum, which launched in Septem­ber. The 102room ho­tel is a £23m con­ver­sion of a 200-year-old jute mill. The in­dus­trial-style de­sign – pol­ished ce­ment, cast iron – is strik­ingly mod­ern yet in keep­ing with the build­ing’s her­itage; orig­i­nal fea­tures such as the vaulted brick­work ceil­ings have been re­stored. Rooms nod to Dundee in­dus­tries such as comics and com­puter games, while the res­tau­rant, Daisy Tasker, is named af­ter a lo­cal weaver.

• Dou­bles from £51 room-only,

Cardiff’s spec­tac­u­lar Coal Ex­change build­ing – where the world’s first mil­lion-pound deal was done in 1901 – had lain derelict for three years when it was res­cued in 2016. Now it is be­ing re­stored as a lux­u­ri­ous ho­tel. It opened in May 2017 and there are 61 rooms so far; even­tu­ally there will be 196 (the es­ti­mated com­ple­tion date is late sum­mer 2019). A new res­tau­rant (R P Cul­ley & Co, named af­ter the lo­cal phi­lan­thropist ) will open soon, serv­ing food sourced from the Val­leys; af­ter­noon tea can be taken in the op­u­lent Grand Hall, where trad­ing once took place. Next month, work starts on a new spa.

• Dou­bles from £80 room-only, ex­change­hotel­

Ho­tels cho­sen by Rhi­an­non Bat­ten, Liz Boul­ter, Rachel Dixon, Jane Dun­ford and Rose Shep­herd (au­thor of The Good Ho­tel Guide 2019)

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