The Best Holiday Apartments in the UK

The lure of apartment-style hotels is growing in the UK – and with it, the standard you can expect
The lure of apartment-style hotels is growing in the UK – and with it, the standard you can expect | Courtesy of The Halcyon Apartments / Expedia
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2 January 2021

Apartment-style hotels are a great hands-off alternative to a hotel stay, and the UK has a top selection, many of them of an exceptional standard. Here’s our list of the best.

The Richmond, Liverpool

There’s something curiously appealing about an office space that has been cleverly converted into accommodation, and the Richmond is a fine example of this. Close to Liverpool’s main terminus, Lime Street station, this modern aparthotel is hidden behind the facade of a 1906 building that was once the headquarters of Liverpool’s tram network. The hotel is split between 151 rooms, divided into 52 apartments, many of which have balconies offering views over the city. The kitchenettes are surprisingly spacious, with a decent-sized fridge and oven, but you can always hit up the on-site restaurant if you don’t have the energy to cook.
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Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Restaurant
Express check-out
Conference space
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

STAY Camden Luxury Apartments, London

Camden remains one of the most lively areas of London, with plenty of interesting places to stay. The aptly named STAY Camden comes with all the trappings of a boutique-style hotel, but with all the facilities guests need to look after themselves. It’s cheekily tucked away next to Hawley Lock on Regent’s Canal, an idyllic spot which manages to stay within easy access of all the bars, restaurants and gig venues. There are 169 apartments, varying in size but all dealing in sleek, convenient, Ikea-showroom appeal. There are interactive smart TVs/speakers, fully equipped kitchens, big floor-to-ceiling windows and a rooftop terrace from which to admire the North London skyline.
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Free WiFi
Express check-out
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Multilingual staff
Smoke-free property

Old Town Chambers Luxury Serviced Apartments, Edinburgh

Another hidden gem, Old Town Chambers lives up to its name, a concealed collection of apartments just past Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile. The Scott Monument and St Giles Cathedral are both within walking distance and yet, somehow, all the noise of the daily bustle is elegantly sidestepped. The apartments themselves retool the city’s archaic concrete bones to accommodate modern bedrooms, kitchens and terraces with neat touches like a stonewall bathroom with velvet curtains and candelabras. You can have just about any amenity you can name delivered to the room, and there’s a well-equipped gym ready and waiting, not to mention discounts at local restaurants and bars.
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Free WiFi
Express check-out
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Smoke-free property

Native Apartments, Glasgow

The Native hotel chain has created clever aparthotel solutions in several cities, but the Glasgow edition is extra special. Once the HQ of a shipping business – with a big, imposing facade disguising a functional bare-bones interior – all of the design flair is reserved for the rooms themselves, which are appealingly sleek and feature fully equipped kitchenettes. The studios also have washer and dryer combos and the penthouses have balconies overlooking the city. The cherry on top is the pair of independent restaurants connected to the building: The Anchor Line, which specialises in prime beef and fish prepared in a traditional Scottish style, and The Atlantic with its menu of French specialities and commendable wine list.
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Free WiFi
24-hour front desk
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

Paintworks Apartments, Bristol

Far from being just an apartment complex, Paintworks is a cultural hub in its own right, built over the skeleton of a Victorian-era paint factory. There are just five loft-style apartments available, but they are operated by a group of staff who live on site. You can really feel the care that’s been taken in imbuing each with its own personality, from the local art on the walls to the endearing patchwork of different types of furniture. The rest of Paintworks is easily accessible, and you could soak up entire days visiting the cafes, bars, art installations and other places which line this charming Bristolian gem.
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Smoke-free property

The Halcyon Apartments, Bath

The Halcyon Apartments are split between two buildings, one on the ever-lively George Street in the epicentre of Bath, and the other on the quieter but no less convenient Henry Street. The first set of apartments reside in a Grade-I listed building, while the others are in a more modern structure, but all the rooms tend towards the same neo-classical style with antique wooden pieces arranged right next to abstract art and other accent pieces. Even the smallest of the 15 apartments have full kitchens and living rooms, including washers, dryers, dishwashers and fireplaces. The George Street building is connected to a restaurant, Clayton’s Kitchen, as well as the Circo cocktail bar, which stays open late and has a Cuban music night once a week.
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Free WiFi
Smoke-free property

Leman Locke, London

Aldgate is a garden of high-rises marking the edge of the capital’s Square Mile, with easy passage into East London. The up-and-coming vibe of the area is well-suited to Leman Locke, a 171-apartment complex yards from both Aldgate station and an easy walk to Shoreditch or Dalston. The interior design evokes New York City, with exposed concrete and steel everywhere, sci-fi fixtures and an open-plan approach to the apartments themselves. There are lots of millennial-friendly features, like complimentary yoga mats, sustainable toiletries by AS Apothecary from Lewes, Sussex, regular meditation classes and exhibitions by local artists. There’s a gym too, and a surprisingly upscale restaurant with lots of outlandish and enticing menu options, should you eschew the allure of the Smeg-decked kitchen.
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Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Restaurant
In-room accessibility
Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
Express check-out
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Multilingual staff
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

Quebec Luxury Apartments, Leeds

Even though there’s nothing about it that relates to Canada, Quebec Luxury Apartments lives up to the luxury bit of its name. There are just 23 apartments, right in the heart of Leeds, all of which offer a tremendous amount of space that dwarfs most hotel suites, at a fraction of the cost. As well as the fully functioning kitchens and wet rooms, you can utilise personal shoppers, order massage therapy services to the room and each room comes stocked with films and a PlayStation console. There’s a business lounge area, a gym and a restaurant that can provide room service. Everything really is taken care of.
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Free WiFi
Express check-out
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Smoke-free property

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  • UR STAY Apartments, Birmingham

    UR Stay are another emergent aparthotel chain, and their Birmingham iteration enjoys a prime spot in the middle of the trendy Jewellery Quarter in an old metalworks. The apartments have a Nordic vibe, favouring space over frills, which anyone planning to cook will be thankful for with the sizable kitchenettes and big fridges. Unlimited broadband is available throughout, as is Netflix, and the staff are very attentive and ready with recommendations for things to do around the city. For international travellers, airport transfer is also readily and happily provided.
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    Free WiFi
    Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
    Terrace
    Smoke-free property

    Brighton Square Apartments

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    Brighton Square Apartments
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    Brighton’s historic Lanes are one of the city’s greatest draws, so being able to stay right next to them is a prized asset. Brighton Square Apartments offer this and more. Each apartment has a bedroom, kitchen and lounge area with an extra pull-out bed. Some also have an outdoor terrace area which is great for looking out over the busy Lanes and out towards the pier. Just about every appliance and comfort you can name is provided, and there’s ample space to cook and have a sit-down dinner.

    Cambridge Orchard Apartments

    Located in the Orchard Park area, around 25 minutes on foot from the centre of Cambridge and closer to Milton Country Park, Orchard Apartments is removed enough to be peaceful but still connected enough that it doesn’t feel like a slog to get into town. This is just a single apartment with two bedrooms, a kitchen and an open-plan living/dining room. All have been furnished with a quirky appreciation for Cambridge and England at large – the second bedroom has a board of vintage photographs of British landmarks between the twin beds – and there are cute little touches like a spice rack with bottles shaped like lightbulbs. Alongside the upcycled light fixtures and Scandi furniture there’s also a NowTV-enabled flat-screen, Mason & Miller toiletries and Bosch kitchen appliances (including a coffee maker).
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    Free WiFi
    Multilingual staff
    Smoke-free property

    Temple Twenty5, Oxford

    Another single apartment, Temple Twenty5 has three bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a living room, meaning that it verges on being an actual house. Its location places it in easy reach of attractions such as the Bridge of Sighs and the New Theatre. The bedrooms open out onto patios which provide a place to relax in better weather, and the appealing design features exposed brick juxtaposed with white walls; a long, airy dining area with a glass table and more cabinet space than you’d ever need for a short stay. The nearby area is awash with quality bars and restaurants too, so if you don’t feel like cooking, merely step outside.
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    Smoke-free property
    These recommendations were updated on January 2, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.