Quirky hotels in the UK – Our top picks

If you’re like us and love staying in cool accomodation, these quirky hotels in the UK will be right up your street. Forget the standard, traditional style of hotel. These accommodation options are weird, wonderful and unusual places to spend the night. Visit with your loved one and capture plenty of pictures or treat the family to a themed staycation at home.

Read on for some of the coolest quirky hotels in the UK.

Sunborn Yacht Hotel, London

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Have you ever wanted to stay on a luxury yacht, popping up to the top deck for a glass of champagne or relaxing in the jacuzzi whilst peering over port-side? The Sunborn Yacht in London is a retired yacht that has been transformed into a hotel. With a 4-star rating, it boasts the fine restaurants and décor you’d expect with a designer yacht and rooms are spacious. Some even come with their own hot tub!

The Sunborn Hotel is permanently docked at the Royal Station Dock in London and you’ll be able to use it as a base to explore the trendy East London area or pop south of the river to Greenwich. What makes the experience so unique is the huge size of the vessel. You’ll feel like you’re staying on a ship at sea and have just popped into port for the night.

No Man’s Fort, Portsmouth


No Man’s Fort (also known as Spitbank Fort) is not only a quirky hotel in the UK, but challenges hotels across the globe as being a unique place to stay. Sleep overnight in a luxury offshore fortress on the mouth of the Solent. You’ll have to take a boat (or helicopter) from the docks at Portsmouth, where you’ll then arrive at this amazing island in the middle of the ocean.

Spend the night relaxing in one of the hotel’s huge suites. The view outside your window will be of the sea and there are plenty of activities to enjoy in the fortress. Ascend to the rooftop for hot-tub relaxation with a glass of prosecco, book a spa treatment, or capture stunning views from the observation deck. There’s a lot to do here and you won’t miss land for long! We recommend No Man’s Fort Hotel for couple’s wanting a quirky weekend retreat.

Crazybear hotels, beaconsfield


The Crazybear hotel chain is known for being elaborate, grand and luxurious. It’s the type of hotel to visit where you want a romantic weekend away with the company of your partner and each of its uniquely designed rooms have something special (and sensual) to offer.

A golden bathtub at the foot of your bed, velvet furnishings and glistening chandeliers are what makes Crazybear hotel stand out as one of the quirky places to stay in the UK. Everywhere you go in the hotel, from the restaurant to the room; will make your jaw drop in awe. It’s flashy, loud and a bit over the top, but there’s no denying that it’s a cool place to stay for couples. Take full advantage of their outdoor pool on a warm day!

Port Lympne Zoo Hotel, Kent


Port Lympne Zoo is a wild animal nature reserve in Kent where giraffes, gazelles and lions roam a huge area of land. Unlike traditional zoo’s with enclosures, part of this park is designed around letting the animals free-roam, just like they would in their natural habitat. Visitors can take a safari around the zoo in an African-savannah-style truck.

Take your zoo visit to the next level by staying on the on-site Port Lympne Hotel, which is based on the nature reserve grounds and you’ll have a cool view of the grasslands and animals. Some of the rooms even have a view looking out to the habitats of different animals and you’ll feel up close and personal. Accommodation options include various lodges and ‘Glamping tents’, making it a firm favourite for families.

Augill Castle, Cumbria


Our list of quirky hotels in the UK just had to include a castle! Embrace the strong British heritage and feel like a king or queen with a trip to Augill Castle in Cumbria. It’s one of the top-rated castle hotels in the UK and has been transformed from its once royal past into an accommodation and events venue. There’s nothing more charming than having a castle for your wedding venue…

In addition to the beautifully preserved castle walls and gardens on the outside, the inside has a traditional décor, with four-poster beds in rooms, standalone bathtubs and eccentric British décor throughout. The library-style common areas are a great place to relax and read a book. Base yourself at Augill Castle to explore the wider Lake District or Yorkshire Dales on day-trips.

Swinton Park Hotel, Yorkshire


Our other castle accommodation option is the impressive Swinton Park in north-west Yorkshire. 31 luxury bedrooms make up this grandeur castle. Tall ceilings, roll-top baths and spacious bathrooms make it a special place to stay for couples. Unlike many other UK castle hotels, the Swinton Estate has a touch of modernism too. Bright, luxurious corridors, a fine dining restaurant, pool and spa area are things you wouldn’t expect in a castle, but it fits them in very well.

Sure, the inside of the hotel is full of facilities and nice décor, but what makes Swinton Park unique is the tall medieval style turrets, huge castle windows and moss-covered walls. The castle sits on a lake with a surrounding golf course and country-side, setting the scene for a fairy-tale weekend break.

Hotel Pelirocco, Brighton


There’s a good chance you’ve already heard of the legendary hotel that is Hotel Pelirocco. It has an infamous reputation as a rock ‘n’ roll hotel with rooms themed around lavish luxury and living the high life. It’s most popular for couples that want to whisk their partner away for an evening of romance in Brighton and each room provides a unique experience.

To give you a sample of what makes Pelirocco a quirky UK hotel, boudoir photoshoots and rooms with giant circular love beds are common occurrence. Rooms are reminiscent of an era of 70’s rock n roll, showcased by bright colours, music memorabilia and frequent live music.

Aviator Hotel, Hampshire


If you like hotels based on themes and have a passion for the world of Aviation and air travel, the Aviator Hotel in Hampshire will be right up your street. The entire hotel is designed around the world of aeroplanes, featuring aircraft memorabilia and modern-art pieces throughout. Have a drink in the dimly lit Skybar, designed around a first-class flight lounge. Alternatively, sample a fine meal at the restaurant or peer out the window for panoramic views of Farnborough Airfield.

The rooms of the Aviator hotel are decorated with wooden furnishings and small mementos of the hotel’s theme without being too over the top. We recommend a stay here for aviation enthusiasts or couples that want a cool place to stay whilst visiting Farnborough and the wider Hampshire area.

nHow Hotel, London


The nHow hotel’s location in the Shoreditch area of London should give you a hint at how trendy it is. This hip arts, tech and cultural hub is the perfect setting for a hotel that screams wild and artistic. The outside has a futuristic, overlapping design with large glass windows and a charcoal grey façade. Inside, you’ll be greeted by an elaborate reception area and plenty of colour.

The rooms, common area, bars and restaurants all pop-out with vibrant colours and huge cartoon sculptures. It manages to look like one giant fun house yet somehow doesn’t lose its touch of class. If modern art, sculptures and installations make you feel like home, this quirky hotel is the place to stay whenever you visit London. You have easy access to the booming nightlife of Shoreditch and Brick Lane market at your doorstep.

Big Green Bus, Sussex


Right on the mark for a cool yet weird hotel is the Big Green Bus hotel in Sussex. Set in the middle of a quiet forest is a converted double decker bus. It’s been painted green and has been decked out with everything you’d need for a vacation rental. Chill in the trendy bus living room, relax in the outside hot tub or cook up a storm in the downstairs kitchen.

As the Big Green Bus sleeps 6, it’s one of the quirky hotels in the UK that’s great for families. Kids will love playing outdoors in the forest and sleeping in one of the craziest rooms they’ve ever seen. The bus renovation has made it surprisingly spacious and nothing has been left out. It’s actually an extremely liveable hotel option!

Cley Windmill, Norfolk


Nothing says Norfolk like a traditional windmill overlooking the beautiful coast and countryside. The Cley Windmill Hotel is a well-known icon on the Norfolk coast. It was once an 18th century working windmill and has since been converted into a cosy place to stay. Your approach to the windmill will have you surprised at how big and beautiful this old structure is and the views from your bedroom when you wake up on a morning will have you in awe once again.

Stay in one of the 10 uniquely designed rooms to experience a different corner of the windmill. Relax to your heart’s content, enjoy a glass of wine on the hotel balcony or venture out to the beach or Norfolk Broads for the day. Return in time for a beautiful sunset and enjoy dinner in the on-site hotel.

The Nest Treehouse, Devon

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Treehouse hotels are popping up across the globe and the UK has plenty of its own. Feel like Robin Hood camping out in the forest with a treehouse stay of your own. Although you’ll find these types of hotels all over the country, we those the The Nest Treehouse in Devon as one of our top picks for quirky hotels, as the location and design of the tree-top cabins is so cool.

Stay overnight with your partner or family in a cabin perched between trees, where you’ll need to climb a staircase to enter. The interior is basic but well equipped and you’ll have all your usual amenities, including kitchen facilities and electricity. Cosy up on an evening and wake up to the sound of nature on a morning… Within a short drive of The Nest, you have some of the UK’s best beaches and many Devon attractions.

Wee Retreat Cottage, Norfolk

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Possibly the strangest of our quirky UK hotels is Wee Retreat in Sheringham, situated on the Norfolk coast. This quaint cottage has been converted from its original use as public toilets to an adorable little accommodation rental overlooking the beach. Wake up every morning to a view of the waves crashing against the shore.

The Wee Retreat cottage is a spacious and unusual place to stay when visiting the beaches of Norfolk or Norfolk Broads and you’ll have no idea that it was once the destination for people doing their business. The interior has been converted beautifully and it’s very spacious. Beach party anyone?

Lingholm Boathouse, Cumbria


The Boathouse at the Lingholm Hotel is one of our favourite quirky hotels in the UK and is in one of the most picturesque destinations. The boathouse is a luxury, standalone guesthouse for couples that’s located just down from the main hotel building. It’s perched on top of Derwentwater lake in The Lake District, setting the scene for a romantic break in nature. Wake up to views of the calm lake in the morning and sit on the lakeside decking enjoying your breakfast.

The Boathouse is a nature escape in one of our favourite areas of the country and is neatly decorated throughout, with modern, artistic, décor. We really can’t fault this unique guesthouse! See the pictures for yourself for a glimpse of how stunning it is. Use it as a base for touring the Lake District, rent a boat or embark on an epic hike.

West Usk Lighthouse, Newport


Did you ever want to be a lighthouse keeper as a kid? Make your dreams come true or surprise your children with a stay at the West Usk Lighthouse in Newport. The lighthouse is perched on top of the cliffside with magnificent views of the ocean and beaches below. It looks particularly stunning at sunrise and sunset! It’s a quirky hotel in the UK that’s excellent for exploring the nearby beaches and coastal attractions of Newquay in the summer months.

West Usk lighthouse has 3 unique rooms that have been maintained with the classic wood furnishings of the original working lighthouse. You have access to a hot-tub view a view on the rooftop, a spa treatment area and can explore the winding staircases, viewpoints and common areas at your leisure.

We hope we’ve inspired you with quirky hotels in the UK and you’re ready to book a stay of your own! Each option has a unique appeal to suit everyone from families to couples looking for a memorable overnight stay. Many of them have cool things to do nearby. Equally, you can simply stay in the hotel for your whole stay and enjoy the quirky facilities.


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