The Hotel Inspector

Alex's favourite classic English hotels

Need some expert advice on where to go next weekend? Alex Polizzi has some fabulous recommendations.

Hotel Endsleigh

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Brown’s Hotel, London

The first-ever London hotel is simply steeped in history. It’s set in a lovely old street in Mayfair, has hosted everyone from Rudyard Kipling to Agatha Christie and was where Alexander Graham Bell made the first successful British telephone call. It is quintessentially British, and is wonderful for it.


Hotel Endsleigh, Milton Abbot, Tavistock, Devon

This is a classic example of a country-house hotel that is still privately owned - and it shows. The building dates back to 1810 when it was the Duchess of Bedford’s shooting and fishing lodge and it still has that perfect balance of stately grace and homely comfort.


The George Hotel of Stamford, Stamford, Lincolnshire

This hotel doesn’t try to be achingly chic, yet it’s very service-led. It’s a wonderfully reassuring place to be and you will feel cosseted from the moment you walk through the door.


Hotel Tresanton, St Mawes, Cornwall

It’s fair to say that the Tresanton started the Cornish revival, and although the hotel is now more than 10 years old, its charm hasn’t dimmed. All 29 rooms have magnificent sea views and are uniquely furnished with antiques and Cornish art. It’s a very special place.


The George in Rye, East Sussex

Just five minutes from one of England’s most beautiful beaches, Camber Sands. The building dates back to the 16th century, so plenty of history and modern chic style.