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