Boutique Hotels in Leicester, UK

by Mary Freeman

Leicester is one of the oldest cities in England, with a history of more than 2,000 years. Most of the boutique hotels in the city reflect the city's antiquity and culture, and many of the buildings are hundreds of years old. Styling throughout the design hotels echoes traditional elegance, coupled with modern amenities.

The City Rooms

Over three centuries old, the City Rooms exudes a historical quality, with antique sculptures and adornment selectively placed throughout. The City Rooms history is matched with contemporary amenities and conveniences. Each of the four rooms is lavishly designed; with richly golden walls and soft lighting, the rooms seem to be incandescent. Vividly dark beds, curtains and furniture starkly contrast the lighting throughout the hotel. The hotel also arranges business conferences and weddings.

Maiyango Hotel

Only 14 guest rooms make up the Maiyango Hotel, an independently owned boutique in the heart of Leicester. Hand-crafted furniture, soft lighting and original art work adorn each of the rooms. A similar elegant atmosphere imbues the award-winning restaurant, which serves a variety of international and fusion gastronomy. Special deals at the Maiyango include courtesy meals at the restaurant. The hotel is the winner of multiple awards, including the East Midlands Tourism Enjoy England Excellence Awards' Small Hotel of the Year.

Belmont Hotel

Run by the Bowie family for four generations, the Belmont Hotel is a design accommodation on New Walk in Leicester. Unique designs set each of the 75 rooms at the Belmont, ranging in style from contemporary to historic. The Comedy Festival awarded the Belmont for excellence in environmentally friendly polices, including energy-efficient lighting and extensive recycling. The hotel also features the Cherry Restaurant, serving European and English cuisines, and Jamie's Bar -- a traditional pub-style bar.

Rothley Court Hotel

Eight miles north of Leicester sits the historical village of Leicestershire, where Rothley Court Hotel is located. Once a traditional manor house and now a 30-room boutique hotel, Rothley features a chapel dating back to the 1200s. Each room is individually decorated, ranging widely in amenities and sizes. A refined, inviting aesthetic runs through the entire hotel and units, with soft lighting, rich custard-yellow walls and four-poster beds.

About the Author

Mary Freeman is a freelance writer. She has held several editorial positions at the print publication, "The Otter Realm." She traveled throughout Europe, which ultimately resulted in an impromptu move to London, where she stayed for eight months. This life experience inspired her to pursue travel writing. Freeman received a degree in human communication from California State University.