Less than two hours away from London, the highly acclaimed cultural centre of the Cotswolds is a ‘must-visit’ for any lover of chic and charming British towns. With a variety of festivals and events taking place throughout the year, as well as the horse races, Cheltenham has a buzzy, quirky atmosphere with plenty to do and see. We take a closer look at two of our favourite places to stay in this beautiful old Georgian spa town.
This hotel is part of the Lucky Onion family which is owned and run by a collection of chefs, restaurateurs, hoteliers, designers and artists who all passionately believe in delivering outstanding service and hospitality. A gorgeous Georgian townhouse, every room in No.38 has been decorated individually and luxuriously: expect vibrant colours, lovely mohair throws and sumptuous stand-alone baths all with plenty of class and character.
One of our favourite things about No. 38 The Park is the cosy turn-down service: a steaming flask of milk and cocoa and a giant biscuit are delivered to your room, to ensure you of a wonderful night’s sleep.
Whilst there is no restaurant at No. 38, the hotel will happily arrange a taxi for you to their sister property No. 131 which is home to one of the hippest and tastiest eateries in town. Feeling thirsty? There’s an honesty bar on site so any drink needs can be met as and when you desire. Planning a big celebration? The whole of the property can be rented out for any special occasion; friends, families and even pets are all welcome!
With only 11 bedrooms, No. 131 The Promenade comes complete with a highly-acclaimed restaurant on site. Like No. 38 it has been gorgeously designed by the same dedicated team. During your visit make sure you keep an eye out for original artwork by the likes of David Hockey, Banksy and Sir Peter Blake. The hotel restaurant is an absolute treat, serving imaginative and delicious dishes made with fresh, local and artisan ingredients. It is absolutely THE place to be if you want to hang out with the trendy Cheltenham locals.
After a sound night’s slumber on your Egyptian-cotton, super king-size bed, wake to a delectable cooked breakfast. Cheltenham boasts a range of galleries as well as many beautiful parks and gardens. Whilst Cheltenham has a lovely high street with all the usual brands, we would recommend going to Montepellier and The Suffolks at the end of the Promenade for some lovely independent, boutique shops.
Once evening falls, Cheltenham comes alive with all sorts of lovely little restaurants and bars. The Tavern is another sibling in the Lucky Onion family and offers up delicious fresh and local food, with a relaxed but vibrant atmosphere. Tuck into some taverna classics whilst the extremely talented bar staff whip you up some of the best cocktails in town. The ‘Garden Mojito’ is a firm chic favourite…
Throughout the year there are many festivals held in Cheltenham, these include:
- The Cheltenham Festival in March
- Cheltenham Jazz Festival in April/ May
- Cheltenham Science Festival in June
- Cheltenham Music Festival in July
- Cheltenham Literature Festival in October
At these events, over 2,500 of the world’s finest jockeys, musicians, writers, scientists, performers and thinkers entertain and inspire audiences of all ages. The festivals are highly popular and town accommodation often sells out well in advance so make sure to plan ahead and book your hotel in good time.
Want to know more about these brilliant boutique hotels? Check out our interview with owner Julian Dunkerton to learn about the inspiration behind No. 38 and No. 131’s unique style.