August 18, 2020

The Upgrade Life – UK

Charlotte Fincham
Partner Manager - Hotels

Helping travellers discover and secure premium hotel upgrades (at an unbeatable rate) is what we’re all about at Upgrade Pack.

So, in a new monthly blog, we’ll feature some of the world’s best hotels and their upgradable rooms to give you a sneak peek into the exclusive world Upgrade Pack is opening to our global user base.

In this first edition of The Upgrade Life, we pick some of the best from across the UK.

Dormy House (England) – The Loft

Dormy House

Sitting above the often labelled ‘Jewel of the Cotswolds’ village of Broadway, Dormy House is an idyllic boutique hotel.

The hotel is part of the Farncombe Estate which includes the hotels Foxhill Manor and The Fish (both are equally fantastic stays in their own right) with each hotel sitting in its own patch of beauty within Farncombe’s sprawling forest.

Whilst it’s been converted from a 17th-century farmhouse, Dormy House has retained its flagstone floors and stone fireplaces, providing customers with a real countryside feel. The hotel offers 38 rooms, all featuring stall walls and wooden beams to gives guests a real sense of how the farmhouse once was. A world class spa with a 16m infinity pool, two gyms, saunas, salt infusion and mud rooms make staying at Dormy House all the more rewarding for those lucky enough to stay.

Amongst the 20 more lavish rooms in Dormy House, The Loft is one of the most beautiful on offer. The spacious and cosy suite sits on the second floor and provides fantastic countryside views. The Loft also has the hotel’s best bathroom on offer and a freestanding, tin roll-top bath beside the room's king size bed.

The Loft, Dormy House

Voco St David’s (Wales) – St David’s Suite

St David’s is luxury in the city. With its iconic glass-fronted facade, award winning spa and high-quality restaurant The Admiral, St David’s regular guests include celebrities and wealthy individuals.

The five-star hotel provides some of the best views of Cardiff Bay and Penarth Marina available in the city, overlooking Wales Millennium Centre concert hall and the Welsh parliament.

Inside, St David’s has benefited from Voco acquiring the hotel to give it a more modern look and guest experience with a new colour scheme, carpets, curtains, desks, smart TVs and bathrooms, as well as bedding made from recycled plastic bottles.

St David’s is well known for its award winning Marine Spa featuring a swimming pool, two hydrotherapy pools, a modern fitness studio and relaxation room.

All rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows providing panoramic views, with St David’s Superior, Deluxe and Suites all coming with a private balcony and desk. Yet it’s the St David’s Suite that is the best of the lot, spanning 54 sq metres and including an extra balcony for good measure.

Voco St David's. Picture courtesy of Voco St David's.
Voco St David's. Picture courtesy of Voco St. David's.

Culloden Estate and Spa (North Ireland) – Palace Suite

The Culloden Estate labels itself as ‘the most prestigious luxury five-star hotel in Northern Island’ and it’s hard to argue. This stunning 12-acre site which overlooks the County Antrim coastline dates back to 1876 when it was originally built as an official palace for the Bishops of Dawn.

The hotel underwent a three-year, £4.8m renovation completed in 2017 to offer larger rooms, more luxurious bathrooms and landscaped gardens, amongst other modernised amenities.

The Spa at Culloden has everything a guest would need and more including nail bar, steam room, dance studio and large gym. Its centre piece is the sunken octagonal pool with its beautiful skylight.

Amongst the 98 rooms available to guests, the Palace Suite is the best on offer and provides stunning views of the gardens and Belfast Lough, along with bespoke artwork, marble decor and fantastic balcony, delivering unadulterated luxury.

Palace Suite, Culloden Estate. Picture courtesy of Hastings Hotels

Crossbasket Castle (Scotland) – Tower Suite

Less than an hour’s drive from Glasgow, Crossbasket Castle is one of Scotland’s most luxurious hotel and event venues. The castle dates back to the 14th century and has benefited from a recent £9m restoration to offer guests with a balance between traditional character and modern finishing.

The hotel has nine bedrooms (each named in honour of a historical custodian of the castle), all en-suites, and featuring antique chandeliers, marble bathrooms and classic décor. The estate sits amid large stretches of woodland that provides guest with extensive nature walks and fantastic views of the Calder River. If that wasn’t enough, the hotel’s restaurant is run by legendary chefs Albert Roux and his son Michel Roux Jr whose traditional menu provides guests with the epitome of fine dining.

Of the rooms on offer, Crossbasket’s four-story Tower Suite is a real standout, especially the top floor turret room which provides beautiful views overlooking the Calder river, described as ‘possibly the most unique bedroom in Scotland.’

Crossbasket Castle. Picture courtesy of Crossbasket Castle.
Tower Suite, Crossbasket Castle. Picture courtesy of Crossbasket Castle.

In our next The Upgrade Life, we cast the spotlight onto Hong Kong and the best hotels and upgrades in Asia's World City.

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