Richard III, football and the National Space Centre are just a few reasons why people visit the historic city of Leicester. Here are some ways to stay in the city in style.
Leicester is one of the ten largest cities in Britain and its significance in the country’s past is underscored by the fact that there are historic ruins dating back well over 2,000 years here. Leicester’s abbey, cathedral and castle are major sights, as is the car park where the remains of one of England’s most divisive monarchs, King Richard III, were discovered in 2012. Today Leicester’s sports teams and its university, in addition to the historic sights, bring people to Leicester. Stay at one of these top luxury and boutique hotels during your visit.
Driving up to the gorgeous Georgian mansion of Winstanley House, through the wrought iron gates and along a gravel drive, feels almost like being in a period drama. The boutique hotel sits at the heart of Braunstone Park, which was once part of the mansion’s estate. Today it is one of Leicester’s finest luxury hotels, with spacious rooms and an onsite steakhouse. All rooms have air conditioning, a kettle and a coffee maker. From £134 per night.
St Martins Lodge
Having King Richard III Visitor Centre and The Guildhall Museum as neighbours would make any hotel sound well located. But St Martins Lodge takes things one step further by being directly opposite the Cathedral in a Grade II-listed building. This historic property has had a complete modernisation, while maintaining that upmarket vibe through patterns tiling, painted wainscoting and tasteful furnishings. While the hotel facilities are limited, the rooms are large and cannot be beaten for location. From £89 per night.
The Belmont Hotel
The Belmont Hotel is located outside of central Leicester in a leafy Victorian neighbourhood a few blocks from the train station. It is within easy access of De Montfort Hall, making this a classy boutique hotel option for anybody visiting Leicester for a live music event. Guests have been welcomed through the doors of the Belmont since 1934, making this a time-tested favourite. The junior suite is the best room in the building. From £85 per night.