The best UK serviced apartments 2022: Stay Camden and more
For those who do not want to check into a hotel, there is an economical alternative: the aparthotel.
Long considered the boring but functional alternative to traditional hotels for business travelers, sleek versions more akin to boutique boltholes have been popping up across the country in recent years.
They come with their own private kitchens, and sometimes even a living room, which will provide couples and even families with much-needed space to relax. And unlike cottages or Airbnbs, the availability, flexibility and facilities are usually much better, just like hotels.
If you’re looking for the best of both worlds, here are some of the best options in England.
The best aparthotels in the UK are:
- Ideal for work: Your Clifton Village Apartment, Bristol, Booking.com
- Ideal for gin lovers: Kingsland Locke, London, Booking.com
- Best for Gym Enthusiasts: Manchester native, Booking.com
- Best for Waterfront Views: Staybridge Suites, Liverpool, Booking.com
- Ideal for relaxation: Hideout Westgate Apartments, BathBooking.com
- Ideal for a spa stay: Captain’s Club Hotel & Spa, Christchurch, Dorset, Booking.com
- Ideal for home cooking: Hyatt House Manchester, Booking.com
- Ideal for London life: Camden STAYLondon
Your apartment’s new outpost is in the heart of the leafy village of Clifton, where lovely cafes and delicatessens are a short walk away. Each of the 34 studios is equipped with a double or king size bed, a kitchenette, tables and chairs. Everything is contactless – you can check in via your mobile phone. And if you stay a week or more, for a workation (there is a co-working space in the building), for example, they will even give you a discount.
Price: Rates from £63
Locke has a small empire of designer aparthotels in London and the latest to open is Kingsland Locke in the heart of Dalston. Upstairs, there are 124 apartments, subtly clad in mossy green, each with a full-size kitchen. But perhaps the best bits are found elsewhere in the building where, in addition to a gym and coworking space, you’ll find KRAFT Dalston, a gin distillery and microbrewery in one. And yes, you can get these drinks to go with the Bab’s kebabs.
Price: Rates from £115
Just a two-minute walk from Manchester Piccadilly station is Native Manchester: 166 smart apartments housed in a warehouse that once stored bales of cotton imported from the USA. There are seven different room styles to choose from, from jewelry studios to the two-bed duplex penthouse. Each apartment has its own fully equipped kitchen, lounge area and king-size beds. There’s plenty to keep you busy in the building, including a restaurant, cinema, and even a studio offering fitness classes.
Price: Rates from £98
A short walk from the Tate Liverpool is the pet-friendly Staybridge Suites by IHG. You have the choice of two apartments of different sizes – a smaller studio suite or a one-bedroom suite with a living room spacious enough to accommodate a sofa bed for guests. If you’re in one of the 132 suites that offer stunning views of the Royal Albert Dock, you might be tempted to stay and enjoy the view. But otherwise, the city’s waterfront bar scene is ready to be absorbed. Oh, and they’ll give you breakfast the next morning.
Price: Rates from £87
Hiding Space has a few boutique-style aparthotels in Bath, but the most central is Westgate Apartments, a short walk from the city’s famous Thermae spa. Although perfect for a couple, you also have the option of adding sofa beds to the spacious Scandinavian-inspired living rooms for larger groups. There’s no gym or restaurant on-site, but with the city’s gorgeous honeyed architecture and bustling food scene right next door, you’re unlikely to spend much time indoors.
Prince: Rates from £118
Perched on the banks of the River Stour in Christchurch is the Captain’s Club Hotel & Spa, which has a set of 12 self-contained apartments designed for groups. Here, everything revolves around the view: the floor-to-ceiling windows in the living room overlook the river and the Hengistbury Head nature reserve. And to welcome you to Dorset, a basket of local treats, including a bottle of award-winning sparkling wine from the nearby English Oak vineyard, awaits.
Price: Rates from £260
Hyatt House Manchester’s 116 studios and one-bedroom suites are conveniently located between the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University. The Laureate restaurant and The Graduate bar pay homage to its location, but it’s the 18th-floor lounge, with high-flying views of the city, that’s the real star here. Breakfast is included – you can now order ingredients to cook in your own kitchen or have it ready made…just like room service.
Price: Rates from £91
Stay Camden is made for the works – downstairs is the trendy LABS Collective co-working space while upstairs you’ll find 169 apartments ranging from a spacious one-bed to a spacious three-bed. Regardless of size, each of the Scandi-inspired apartments offers a fully equipped kitchen and lounge area as well as a balcony to take in the London skyline. Walk the towpaths of Regent’s Canal to access the bars and restaurants of Camden High Street.
Price: Rates from £205