Exciting new places to stay in the UK and Ireland

Glenridding village

Sometimes a hotel can be just as much of a focus for a holiday as the destination. New properties have the power to open up unknown areas or add a spark of excitement to well-trodden haunts in need of a refresh. That’s certainly the case for this year’s selection of openings.

And don’t assume all hotels are expensive. While many high-end accommodation options come with a price tag, there are lots of affordable new places to rest your head – good news for families looking for a great value in 2024.

Here are a few fresh openings to inspire on your next trip.

Dunluce Lodge, Ireland

Overlooking the fourth fairway of the Royal Portrush Golf Club, with views of Portrush town and the Donegal headlands, this top-end hotel promises to bring a touch of glamour to Ireland’s north shore. Opening this northern summer, it’s in a prime position to enjoy next year’s Open Championship tournament.

But even ‘golf widows/widowers’ can make good use of the hotel by luxuriating in the spa. Adventures can also be organised along the Causeway Coast, including trips to the Isle of Islay, Carrick-a-Rede and the Giant’s Causeway. Prices to be announced. Visit dunluce-lodge.com.

The Brackenrigg, Ullswater

The Brackenrigg Inn (Another Place/PA)
The Brackenrigg Inn (Another Place/PA)

After a long day walking in the fells, a country pub can be the icing on the cake for an enjoyable trip to the Lakes. The newest addition to Cumbria’s cosy collection of inns is a revamped property sitting on a hill overlooking Ullswater.
After a pint of real ale and a meal made with ingredients grown onsite, guests can crawl upstairs to a single, double or two-bedroom suite (suitable for families). Close by, larger sister hotel Another Place has a swimming pool and sports facilities. In the future, there are plans to have a microbrewery up and running in the stable block. Visit another.place/the-brackenrigg-inn.

Treehouse Hotel, Manchester

Artist impression of the Treehouse hotel
(Treehouse/PA)

Aptly timed for the northern spring, this cult London property is branching out by taking up new roots in Manchester from April. Spread over 14 floors on the site of a former hotel in Deansgate, 224 bedrooms will feature designs inspired by nature. Sustainability is – naturally – a key theme, with highlights including a zero-waste restaurant, a living wall of plants and an apiary producing honey for the hotel. Quirky touches include wooden mural boards on each floor where guests are encouraged to share thoughts and tales. Prices to be announced. Visit treehousehotels.com/manchester.

Tynecastle Park Hotel, Edinburgh

The main stand at Tynecastle (Heart of Midlothian Football Club/PA)
The main stand at Tynecastle. (Heart of Midlothian Football Club/PA)

Eat, sleep and breathe football at the UK’s first club-owned and operated hotel to open inside a football stadium. Opening this month, 25 guest rooms and an event space will be integrated into the main stand of Tynecastle Park, home to 150-year-old Scottish Premiership team Heart of Midlothian. For those who literally want to wake up with a view of the ‘beautiful game’, some rooms come with HD plasma screens showing a live view of the pitch. An opening offer of dinner, bed and breakfast will be available from $290 per room per night (two sharing). Visit tynecastleparkhotel.com.

Clink i Lár, Dublin

A room at the Clink hostel
(Clink/PA)

Hostels have upped their game in recent years, providing comfortable and affordable accommodation for all ages of traveller. Following their successes in Amsterdam and London, Irish sisters Anne and Shelly Dolan have brought their Clink Hotels brand home to Dublin.

The 638-bed property, which opened last October, is in a key location in the centre of the city and close to the Ha’penny Bridge that crosses the city’s River Liffey. Alongside multi-bed dorms, there are air-conditioned rooms, private ensuite rooms and female-only rooms. An onsite cafe and bar keep guests refuelled, although anyone wanting to save cash can make use of a communal kitchen. Stays from $50 per night, room only. Visit clinkhostels.com.

Butlin’s, Skegness

New lodges at Butlin's
(Butlin’s/PA)

When it comes to affordable British family holidays, it’s hard to beat old favourites like Butlin’s. First opened in 1936, the company’s Skegness resort made seaside holidays accessible to all. For the first time in a decade, the company has launched new accommodation, adding 128 Premium Lodges (each sleeping up to six guests) to the site.

Opening in time for the May half term holidays, the Maple Walk village will access to all facilities at the resort including the Skypark playground. A four-night stay starts from $1099, including all activities and entertainment. Visit butlins.com.

Have you tried new accommodation in the UK? Did you enjoy it? Why not share your favourite in the comments section below?

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