The Best Hotels to Book Near the University of Nottingham

The Nottingham Council House overlooks the Old Market Square
The Nottingham Council House overlooks the Old Market Square | © Martyn Williams / Alamy Stock Photo
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8 September 2021

Visit the grand University of Nottingham, set in green, lake-clad grounds. Founded in 1881, the Russell Group university is historical, like the city it calls home. Tour Nottingham’s Medieval castle, caves and Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire. Explore independent pubs and shops, exciting theatres, music venues and sports stadiums. Whether here for business or pleasure, wind down at one of these top hotels – bookable on Culture Trip.

De Vere Orchard Hotel

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The De Vere Orchard Hotel is sustainable and ecofriendly, from the plant-scattered lobby to the bright, modern rooms. It sits within 330 acres (134ha) of the university’s parkland, which you can see through the floor-to-ceiling windows. Relax on the picnic table-dotted terrace, whether you’ve been in meetings at the De Vere East Midlands Conference Centre or enjoying the university gym and pool, free of charge. Finish your night with a local cheeseboard at the brasserie-style restaurant, where woodland scenes line the walls.

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Mama’s Inn Boutique Guest House

Boutique Hotel
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History is turned on its head at these 1845 Victorian villas, built by the Royal Charter to King Edward VI and renovated into lavishly themed, city-inspired guesthouses. Choose the muralled Venice room for a touch of class or the fun New York room with an American flag bedspread, Coca-Cola fridge and yellow taxi lampshades. Even the food – served in the opulent bar or Versace-inspired restaurant – is travel-themed; try the Japanese rolled omelette or Spanish flamenco eggs for breakfast. On-site parking is free, and the city centre is a 10-minute walk away.

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Lace Market Hotel

Chain Hotel
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This red-brick Georgian townhouse sits in Nottingham’s former industrial hub, Lace Market. You can feel the history in the classic yet cool rooms, with Respa Sublime Series mattresses, ecofriendly toiletries and – in the superior suites – free-standing tubs. Work trip? The in-room desks, conference centre and on-hand events manager are handy. Visit its pub, Cock & Hoop, to enjoy British classics with a twist, such as the Guinness and mushroom pot pie, or book private dining with Galleries of Justice views.

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Hart’s Hotel

Hotel Restaurant, European, British, Vegetarian, $$$
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Hart’s sits on a section of the castle’s old ramparts – and there are more surprises still. This independent hotel has high-up suites with spectacular Nottinghamshire views and garden-side rooms with French doors leading to private terraces, making for the ideal brunch spot, perfected with a refreshing mimosa. Sample the restaurant menu created by a Michelin-star executive chef – think pan-fried calf’s liver or roast sirloin of Derbyshire beef alongside global fine wines – and look out for fun hotel events, such as courtyard-based barbecues.

The Linden Leaf Hotel

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The Beeston-based Linden Leaf offers rooms with colourful walls, eye-catching patterned fabrics, comfy seating areas and Mason & Miller toiletries. Best of all are the relaxing communal hubs, including the comfy fireside lounge, colourful outdoor terrace and dining room featuring a wall scattered with famous local pics. Inclusive breakfast – from a full English to simple eggs – is served here. Also, visit the “secret” bar, hidden behind the Parlour door, for a cheeky glass or two during your trip.

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  • St James Hotel

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    Expect relaxing stays with aromatic lavender spray and the White Company toiletries at St James. Plump for top-tier rooms, and you’ll find chandelier-topped jacuzzi baths, antique bespoke furniture and panoramic city views. Business trip? You’ll appreciate the conference rooms and management team. Evenings are for dinner and stargazing in the glass-roof restaurant or signature cocktails – the hazelnut martini is a must – in the bookcase-lined lounge. St James even has an art gallery showcasing local talent.

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    Mercure Nottingham City Centre Hotel

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    Quirkiness seeps through this four-star Lace Market boutique hotel, from the statement-walled city-inspired room to the luxury suite with a vintage-style lounge and “secret sleeping quarters” behind a bookcase. Work hard in the meeting rooms or 24-hour fitness centre, or kick back at one of the unconventional bars and restaurants. Go on a culinary journey at the Curious Tavern, which serves up unusually dressed oysters (try the gin-soaked), and the Lost Caves Bar, 26ft (8m) under the city in Medieval caverns.

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    Roomzzz Nottingham City

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    Live like a local in this serviced aparthotel that combines the ease and luxury of a hotel stay with the fun of city living. Modern, colourful flats – from studios to two-bedroom penthouses – come with fully equipped kitchens, comfy living spaces and ensuites. On-site 24-hour reception, a late-night essentials shop and grab-and-go breakfasts – with hot drinks, pastries, yoghurts and more – ensure you have all you need to explore nearby landmarks such as Rock City or the Royal Concert Hall.

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    Looking for somewhere different to stay? Book into one of the best budget-friendly hotels in Nottingham. And don’t miss out on all the top things to do and see while you’re in the city.

    These recommendations were updated on September 8, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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