1) Glenapp Castle, Ayrshire, Scotland
Staying for a night in the cheapest of the Glenapp Castle’s 17 guest rooms or suites (which were originally the home of the 1st Earl of Inchcape) is fairly cheap compared to some of the hotels on this list - as little as £370 in fact, although that won’t get you a mammoth 630 square foot room with sea views. However, it will get you freshly cut flowers from the castle garden - set within 36 acres of woodland and garden, there are certainly enough to go around.
2) Bulgari Hotel and Residences, Knightsbridge, London
Only opened last year, the Bulgari Hotel and Residences boasts the largest rooms and suites in London, but starting at £440 they’re also some of the most expensive. Among the services offered to guests are personal shoppers to help you navigate those exclusive boutique stores in nearby Knightsbridge. If the idea of being taken shopping sounds too stressful, you could instead pay a visit to the beautifully designed spa area, which uses Italian glass mosaics with onyx and oak to create a truly tranquil space.
3) 45 Park Lane, Mayfair, London
If you land on Mayfair during a game of Monopoly you can expect to pay out £2000 if your competitor has built a hotel on it. The prices at 45 Park Lane are a tad more forgiving, however, starting at £474 for a superior king room. What does the price get you? Well, a personal host, which the hotel describes as simultaneous personal assistant, butler, and concierge, for a start. Meanwhile, over dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, CUT at 45 Park Lane, you can enjoy Damien Hirst prints while feasting on the finest American cuisine.
4) The Lanesborough, Hyde Park, London
Ever found yourself grateful that the hotel you’ve checked yourself into offers free Wi-Fi? Well, you’d be delighted to stay the night at The Lanesborough, where complimentary Wi-Fi is combined with your very own Sony VAIO laptop. You’ll also have access to a 24-hour butler, who among other things will happily unpack and pack your luggage for you. While the most affordable room is the Deluxe Queen, which costs a meagre £495 a night, if you feel like splashing out you can enjoy The Lanesborough Suite for the princely sum of £18,000 a night - that price does include the use of a chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce Phantom, however.
5) Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, Oxfordshire
If you haven’t heard of Le Manoir you’ve probably heard of its owner, Raymond Blanc. As you might expect after hearing that, a big appeal of Le Manoir is its restaurant, which has held two Michelin stars since 1985, and uses ingredients from the hotel’s own garden. Published rates indicate that rooms at Le Manoir start at £545, which at least includes the price of a breakfast. Each room is individually decorated and furnished, providing a unique stay for guests. If you usually have difficulty finding somewhere to park your helicopter, you’ll be relieved to hear that use of the hotel’s helipad is available (at an additional fee).
Thinking of making a reservation?
So there you have it – five of the most expensive hotels in Britain. If you have money to burn, look no further! If you run your own hotel, maybe you should stop by for some inspiration. As for the rest of us, who couldn’t dream of affording to pay so much for the privilege of 40 winks, it’s nice to know that if we ever won the lottery we could find a way to spend the winnings.