Three of the Best: Hotels for Late Nights

Want to party? But don’t want to go all out and hit the town. Check out these hotels who have your early hours sorted.

No. 131, Cheltenham

It’s good times all round at our beautiful Georgian townhouse No. 131. And no time more so than on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights with our late-night bar, Crazy 8’s. Serving delectable cocktails along with a solid dose of fun, hit the dancefloor to the tunes of our house DJs and special guests (such as the legendary Norman Jay). Beforehand, make sure you tuck into some delicious modern European dishes, made using Best of British ingredients, in our restaurant upstairs – our hot chocolate pudding will keep you dancing all night. As the evening comes to an end, flop in one of our grand Georgian bedrooms overlooking Cheltenham’s leafy gardens or a cosy hideaway with a rolltop bath hidden in the eaves. With Egyptian cotton bed linen, unique furniture and original artworks from the likes of David Hockney, Sir Peter Blake and Banksy, it’s a feast for the eyes – plus the perfect place for a good night’s sleep. 

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Ace Hotel, London

Hailing from New York-born Ace Hotel group, this hip Shoreditch outpost keeps everyone happy: co-working space for the locals, stylish rooms for trendy travellers, a buzzing restaurant ‘Hoi Polloi’ for foodies with a British menu (try the chargrilled octopus) and a sauna for the stressed out. Then there’s Miranda, the hotel’s very own nightclub. Nestled in the hotel’s basement with late night line-ups of live music and DJs, the space is minimalist cool with dim lighting and low-slung furnishings. The trendiness continues upstairs. The hotel entrance – a florist shop – is suitably theatrical, flanked by doormen kitted out in green bomber jackets and Dr Martens. Rooms feature stark white walls, industrial style lighting and mid-century modern furniture alongside record players, vinyls and acoustic guitars should musical inspiration strike you. There’s vibrant wall art, too, with colourful murals created by young street artists.


The Principal Edinburgh

This may be Edinburgh’s oldest hotel but it’s also one of the newest, having been brought bang up to date in 2016 with a multi-million-pound makeover. Set on Edinburgh’s top shopping street, the look is softly tailored in Farrow & Ball-esque shades of oak, smoke, moss and mist with stylish leather accents. This quiet sophistication continues into the bedrooms which feature tweed throws, velvet upholstery and roll-top baths plus a tuck box beside the bed. The Printing Press is the ideal place to spend the evening. With a relaxed vibe (dark velvet banquettes, marble floor and cheerful bartenders), the restaurant offers Brit-Brasserie food (order the smoked salmon with pickled fennel and a horseradish potato scone) while the late-night cocktail bar serves a collection of local spirits, from single malts to Edinburgh gin and Scottish vodka. Go on Saturday nights for live jazz.


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