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5 most expensive hotels in the UK

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  • By Lisa Nightingale
  • Published 31 October 2022
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Proudly flaunting a rich history, bountiful rolling countryside, and very cool cities, the UK remains one of the most popular destinations in Europe – and indeed the world – for both foreign and local travellers alike. 

Its monarchical society conjures up fairy-tale imagery, with castles, cathedrals, and centuries-old buildings adding to the magic. Of course, this comes at a price. 

Yes you could find a budget chain hotel or an Airbnb but it’s not as fun as splashing out on a luxurious five-star hotel, is it?

Whether you opt to stay in the buzzing capital of London or a grand estate in the country, many hotels in the UK can be decidedly pricey, but the quality is off the charts. 

We have pulled together a list of some of our favourite luxurious five-star accommodations across the country to give you inspiration for your next staycation, including the most expensive hotel in the UK, and wow, she’s a stunner!

The Savoy, A Fairmont Managed Hotel, London 

Well documented as one of the UK's finest luxury hotels, The Savoy has been a stalwart of London’s high-end hotel scene for more than 130 years and sits upon the north bank of the River Thames, offering an unrivalled location and a world-renowned service that is beyond compare.  

The Savoy. A Fairmont Managed Hotel was the first purpose-built luxury hotel in the city, enticing distinguished guests from around the world. Members of the royal family dined here as well as a long, glittering list of movie stars stayed, including Marilyn Monroe, Katharine Hepburn, and Charlie Chaplin. Like the feeling of walking the steps of those famous? Discover where celebrities stay in the UK here.

Also, a small selection of One-Bedroom Personality River View Suites has been named after some of the hotel’s most famed guests such as Mel Brooks and Frank Sinatra and feature The Savoy’s signature chequered black and white bathroom floors as well as beautiful clawfoot bathtubs.  

In 2021, for Gucci’s 100th anniversary celebration, The Savoy’s Royal Suite was renovated with the iconic fashion house to mark the company’s founder, Guccio Gucci, who was a luggage porter and lift boy in his youth.  

Three-nights at this epic hotel will set you back approximately £1,440 per person for the Superior Queen Rooms, but if you really want to push the boat out then how about an eye-watering £15,000 per night for the Royal Suite by Gucci? 

What to Expect: 

  • Quintessentially British afternoon teas 
  • Flawless personal service 
  • Unbeatable city location 

The Savoy, A Fairmont Managed Hotel, London

The Savoy, A Fairmont Managed Hotel, London

Mandarin Oriental, London 

Said to be the most expensive hotel in London, and one of the top five-star accommodations in the city, Mandarin Oriental is located overlooking Hyde Park in the prominent Knightsbridge area.

This wonderful hotel boasts a signature, state-of-the art Spa – for which the Mandarin Oriental brand is known – as well as incredible restaurants and a fantastic bar. 

Three-nights in a Superior Room will cost around £1,530 per person, and on the other end of the scale, the Royal Suite will set you back around £18,000 per night.

For this you will receive your own dedicated butler and even your own choice of artwork from a local gallery adorning the walls, how is that for a personal touch? 

What to Expect: 

  • Signature MO experience packages 
  • One of London’s finest culinary hotspots 
  • Magnificent, recently reimagined spa 

Mandarin Oriental, London

Mandarin Oriental, London
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Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, A Belmond Hotel, Oxfordshire

Perhaps not one of the easiest hotel names to pronounce, but certainly one of the most lavish in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside. You’d be forgiven for thinking we’ve gone mad and included a French hotel in our list, but in fact, luxury UK holidays don’t come more exquisite than this.  

Set within a 15th-century manor house, this beautiful accommodation combines traditional British elegance with French flair, most notably in its two Michelin-starred restaurant, which is headed up by none other than esteemed French chef, Raymond Blanc. 

Offering a stunning farm-to-table gastronomic experience, the restaurant gained its coveted Michelin stars upon opening and has kept them for the 38 years since.

The hotel features 32 individually designed rooms, each taking inspiration from Raymond Blanc’s travels with superb marble bathrooms and exquisite décor. One night’s stay at this dreamy hotel will cost around £1,325 per room. 

What to Expect: 

  • Incredible and unique dining experience 
  • Cookery school for all ages and abilities  
  • Stunning secluded countryside setting 

Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, A Belmond Hotel, Oxfordshire

Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, A Belmond Hotel, Oxfordshire

The Goring, London 

This family-owned luxury London hotel is famously known for its connection to the Royal Family, as the closest hotel to Buckingham Palace it shares a rich history with the royal circles and has been a favourite with them for many years.  

The Middleton’s reportedly stayed here before the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge got married. The Queen Mother dined here and for the coronations of George IV and Queen Elizabeth II the hotel was filled with royal dignitaries.

Plus, a Royal Warrant was awarded to the hotel in 2013 for its services to the Households of Her Majesty the Queen. 

Offering some of the finest hotel suites in London, you can expect to pay upwards of £2,200 per room, per night at The Goring for a One-Bedroom suite. Each is classically designed with individual touches, sumptuous furnishings and lavish marble bathrooms. 

What to Expect: 

  • Perfect location in London’s Belgravia district 
  • Home to the Illustrious Goring Cocktail Bar 
  • London’s last remaining family-owned luxury hotel 

The Goring, London 

The Goring, London 

The Grand, York 

Set in the historic and interesting cathedral city of York, The Grand is one of the UK’s leading five-star hotels.

It offers impeccable service, a marvellous range of food and drink venues as well as the tranquil Spa at the Grand with 14-metre swimming pool, steam room, Nordic dry sauna, spa whirlpool and state-of-the-art fitness centre. 

Rooms, Suites and Studio Apartments are stylish and spacious, separated into two wings. The first is part of the original building with tall, Edwardian ceilings, rich colour schemes and quirky architectural features; the second has a more contemporary and simplistic feel with muted tones and modern furnishings.

The lavish Penthouse Suite offers panoramic views over the city as well as loads of space, a super king-size bed, gorgeous lounge area, twin walk-in rainfall showers and a rolltop bathtub right by the window with a beautiful city vista.

One night in this stunning suite will cost more than £900 per night for two people sharing. 

What to Expect: 

  • The Spa at the Grand offers an indulgent and tranquil city escape 
  • Gorgeous dining options including a restaurant and cocktail bar 
  • Attentive concierge team to help book fantastic local experiences 

The Grand, York 

The Grand, York 

It's safe to say that the priciest hotels in the UK are predominantly in London, but there are some incredible gems dotted throughout the country in its smaller towns and cities, as well as the beautifully verdant British countryside.  

If you are planning a luxury UK family getaway and want to spend some serious money to make it extra special, perhaps for an occasion, celebration or just to treat yourselves, you are sure to find the perfect hotel either in this above list or on the Winged Boots website! 

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